Anyone who’s followed my blog knows that we haven’t been great fans of Costa Rica. Santa Teresa ended up being the one place in Costa Rica that we loved. First of all, Santa Teresa itself isn’t much of anything. It’s a dirty little town built up along a horrible dirt road. Because of the dryness of… [Continue Reading]

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We had a lot of things planned in La Fortuna. Unfortunately everything on this Costa Rican trip was going wrong.

La Fortuna

Most of my friends thought I was crazy when I told them that I was going to Colombia, they thought I had a death wish. I was bored with the usual destinations. I wanted something that would get me excited. I ended up loving Colombia so much

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About 20km from touristy Fussen, across the border and in the Austrian Alps, is the pretty little town of Reutte. Located in a large green valley surrounded by snow capped mountains it is just fantastically beautiful. It ended up as one of our highlights on this European trip.

Reutte

Bacharach is a small town situated on one of the most scenic stretches of the Rhine river. It is about an hour and a half from Frankfurt, or about 15 minutes away from Bingen (the nearest “big” town). This stretch of the Rhine is dotted with castles and

Bacharach

Trinidad was just what we needed after Havana. It is a Unesco world heritage site and is referred to as Cuba’s colonial jewel; a small town of churches, mansions, and pretty colonial buildings located in a valley between the sea and mountains. Today many of the houses have been restored as casa particulares (private hotels)… [Continue Reading]

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Ko Yao Noi was the highlight of our trip to Thailand. It’s not as spectacular physically as Phi Phi and the beaches are not as nice (the picture above is at low tide) but the inhabitants were just incredibly friendly.  I chose Ko Yao Noi because

Ko Yao Noi

Mexico City was not somewhere I had ever wanted to go. It was actually one of those places most likely to be on my ‘avoid’ list. I had a banker friend (with Scotiabank

Mexico

Within Lake Nicaragua, which is the largest lake in Central America, lies Isla Ometepe. It is a small island shaped like an hourglass – both sides of the hourglass being volcanoes (Concepcion on one side, Maderas on the other)

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I expected Brazilians to be like those friendly, beautiful people you see in the travel ads. My first upfront experience with a Brazilian was at the airport when I was taking my backpack off the luggage carrousel. I suddenly felt a whack on the back of my heel.

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Photo Essay – Montreal in the Autumn

The best of Autumn is coming to an end in Montreal. The vivid colours have started turning to different shades of brown and the trees are getting increasingly bare. It won’t be long until we start waking up to frost in the morning - Halloween usually signals a quick descent into the dregs

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Photo Essay – Sunsets and Volcanoes in Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

Within Lake Nicaragua, which is the largest lake in Central America, lies Isla Ometepe. It is a small island shaped like an hourglass – both sides of the hourglass being volcanoes (Concepcion on one side, Maderas on the other)

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Highlights of a trip to Venice, Italy. And why proposing on a gondola is not a good idea…

Every corner of Venice is another painting. Three days we walked the city, usually getting lost. Tons of alleys, little bridges over canals, squares with churches. The detail is everywhere and the beauty of Venice is that it hasn’t changed with time.

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Ko Yao Noi, Thailand – Getting away from the mass tourism of Phang Nga Bay

Ko Yao Noi was the highlight of our trip to Thailand. It’s not as spectacular physically as Phi Phi and the beaches are not as nice (the picture above is at low tide) but the inhabitants were just incredibly friendly.  I chose Ko Yao Noi because

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Beautiful Lake Maninjau, West Sumatra – and going Rambo on the locals

After Lake Toba, we took the bus back to Medan where we boarded a flight to Padang in West Sumatra. I never really took to West Sumatra for reasons I will soon explain. The highlight, geographically, was Lake Maninjau. Like Lake

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Travel Tips and Photo Essay on Incredible Cartagena, Colombia

Most of my friends thought I was crazy when I told them that I was going to Colombia, they thought I had a death wish. I was bored with the usual destinations. I wanted something that would get me excited. I ended up loving Colombia so much

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Why we didn’t like Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I expected Brazilians to be like those friendly, beautiful people you see in the travel ads. My first upfront experience with a Brazilian was at the airport when I was taking my backpack off the luggage carrousel. I suddenly felt a whack on the back of my heel.

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Ko Phi Phi, Thailand – Paradise ruined

I almost wanted to cry when I saw what had become of Ko Phi Phi. When I first came here in 2001 all the hotels were bungalow-type operations on the strip of sand that made up Tonsai village. Coming in, you could barely make out the bungalows among the tall palm trees – the island

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