Guns, Strippers – and other Unusual things to see and do in Prague


I always hear people complain that Prague is too touristy. There’s some truth to that – but most of the “too touristy” problem in Prague is due to tourists going to all of the same (ie. usual) places.

See this post I wrote a few years ago on 50 Things to Do in Prague.

We spent August 2017 in Prague, our 4th time here (Prague is where we come to get our medical/dental stuff done). This time we decided that we’d explore more unusual things, with an emphasis on more ‘doing’ than ‘seeing”. The things we did below were inspired by things we knew existed in Prague but had never tried (the guns and strippers), obscure recommendations from locals we met (the Czech Hockey Hall of Fame, the vineyard in the city, the “jumping elevator”), and from this book highlighting all kinds of off-the-beaten-track sights that even locals don’t know about.

You’ll find sights and activities in this post not covered by any traditional guidebook.
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The colours and churches of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. And thoughts of living there as an Expat.

When planning my trip to Mexico in June my mom had suggested that we visit San Cristobal de las Casas in the Chiapas region. She had good memories from a previous stay and was considering the possibility of making San Cristobal her new base in Mexico.

We flew together (my mom and I – this was our once-a-year-get-together) from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutiérrez. From there it is about an hour’s drive to San Cristobal de las Casas. Having spent the last 3 weeks travelling around Northern and Central Mexico, Chiapas instantly felt very different: the vegetation is green and lush, the towns are smaller and separated by longer distances, and the temperatures – especially driving up the mountains towards San Cristobal – are much cooler. Everything reminded me of the Eje Cafetero in Colombia, the lush and mountainous region where Colombia’s coffee is grown. The similarities aren’t far off – like Eje Cafetero, Chiapas is one of the best coffee growing regions on earth. [Read more…]

A Daytrip to Hvar town, Croatia

If you go to Croatia you can’t escape hearing about the island of Hvar, more specifically Hvar Town. It has become the place to go, mostly among the young partygoers and the international jetset. It’s actually been nicknamed the “St. Tropez of the Adriatic” (it’s also been called “the place of Sodom and Gomorrah”. More on that further below).

The above is not at all our scene. We usually hate that kind of place. But with easy access to Hvar Town from Split (more so in the summer when there are catamarans doing the trip in an hour) we decided to take a daytrip to see it for ourselves.

This post is not a guide (you can click here for that) but rather an ‘impressions’ post. I’ve included some photos as well as our thoughts. Hopefully it’ll help you decide if Hvar is a place you’d want to visit. [Read more…]

Our experience shipping belongings from Canada to Europe. Europack VS AGS, costs, and dealing with Croatian duties and taxes.

When we decided to make Split (Croatia) our temporary home earlier this summer one of our priorities was liquidating our assets in Montreal. That meant selling the condo (which we had rented out the last few years) and emptying out our storage unit (a 12*15 ft unit, for which we were paying $275/mo).

After weighing the pros and cons of: a) giving away all our stuff or b) shipping it all to Croatia we decided that we would seriously look at shipping it. I had heard nightmares about people doing this so I was a bit apprehensive. This post covers what we went through.
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Impressions of Guadalajara, Mexico

I was about 36 hours in Guadalajara, a short stop between the week I spent exploring the Copper Canyon and meeting my mom in San Miguel de Allende.

I’ll admit I didn’t know much about the city. It is Mexico’s 2nd largest city and is famous for being home to both mariachi and tequila. Locals I’ve met like to boast that “Tapatios” (locals of Guadalajara) are good-looking, friendly, and that they like to party. They also say that Guadalajara has “genuine” Mexican food, unlike northern Mexico. Tapatios generally seem to have a pretty high opinion of themselves 🙂 .

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August 8, 2017 Newsletter – Prague, Plans, Views from a Plane Window, Experiences in CDG and a few other things…

Croatia, Canada, Mexico…and we’re now in Prague. Lots has happened over the last few months. Here’s a summary, our plans, and few anecdotes you might enjoy.

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Split, Croatia Guide (with day trips)

We first came to Split in 2015. After 3 visits, we decided we’d like to live here and in early 2017 applied for temporary residency. We’ve now been living in Split 7 months. Besides one of the most incredible natural setting anywhere (of the places we’ve visited only Cape Town compares), its old town is a UNESCO site that dates back to the Romans. Even after all our time spent here we still always look around in amazement at the history around us. [Read more…]

Rent our Apartment in Split!

We might have the most unusual apartment in Split.

6 months ago when we decided to make Split our base one of the considerations was being able to rent out our accommodations while we travel. We love Split but we also never want to stop travelling.

We found an apartment we liked and have been fixing it up to our tastes. Part of the process was shipping our furniture from Montreal including many of the things picked up on our travels (which for now we just don’t have the stomach to get rid of). We have cabinets and a library from India, drums and paintings from Africa, a Thai bench, Javanese desks…it’s why I say we may have the most unusual apartment in Split. [Read more…]

The absolute worst thing about being a full time traveller (it’s got nothing to do with travel)


Bad words, I’ve warned you. This is one of those “angry posts” (ooohh, those angry posts – the ones that make my mom cringe).

Someone asked me once about the worst thing about travelling, no doubt thinking I’d say something like “I miss my family/my friends/my dog” or “I wish I could have my bed”. No.

The absolute worst thing about being a full time traveller isn’t actually anything having to do with traveling. If it was only that easy. It’s all the stupid bureaucracy back home and what they make you go through when you just want to live your own life. [Read more…]

Why riding El Chepe through Copper Canyon is just mind-blowingly amazing

I used to have a co-worker called Pat. He drove me crazy. I worked with him for 20 years and when I quit/was fired one of the best things that came out of it was that I no longer had to work with him. I think that’s added a few years to my life.

But when you work with someone for 20 years some things stick with you. And if there is one thing Pat loved above anything else it was trains. He loved trains and even built himself a huge train set in his basement with trains, a town, hills and tunnels. It was quite impressive. My hobby was planes and at one point I had built myself an airport with all my planes on display. So in a way we shared a passion.

I’ve just completed the famous (but not well-known) El Chepe* train ride from Chihuahua, Northern Mexico to Los Mochis on the Pacific Ocean. And after not thinking of Pat in a very long time I couldn’t stop thinking about him. Because if there is one thing I could tell him it is that he HAS to take this epic train ride. If you are a train aficionado this is the Holy Grail. If you are a train aficionado you can’t die without doing this trip. Period.

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