Travel Advice (and why you should ignore it)

We humans love to give out advice. Absolutely love it. You think that you don't? Take a moment to reflect on some conversations or text threads you've had recently. Ah yes, there it is. In any case, apart from us loving the sound of our own voices and communicating our wisdom to all within earshot, … Continue reading Travel Advice (and why you should ignore it)

Belize Diaries – Day 2

So after a night of being rocked to sleep from a flimsy bunk bed with an active downstairs occupant, it's time for an early start and bus back to IAH. So far my bus skills have needed some work, and we're only one day in. The comedy continues. After stuffing the rest of last night's … Continue reading Belize Diaries – Day 2

Hiking: Baden-Powell Trail – Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon (Vancouver, CA)

This is my first summer in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, and it would be tantamount to sacrilege if I wasn't hiking in the drop dead gorgeous wilderness every chance I got. So far I've only taken an easy on legs walk around Alice Lake Provincial Park, which is half cleared roadways and half bush walk. … Continue reading Hiking: Baden-Powell Trail – Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon (Vancouver, CA)

Can Learning a Second Language Destroy Your Native Tongue? — Oh God, My Wife Is German.

Just came across this site, and a wonderful article on the joys or learning a new language, the mental gymnastics your brain will have to do, and the benefits of expanding those neural pathways. Check out https://ohgodmywifeisgerman.com/  for all that and more!   I’m an American citizen from Portland, Oregon, and I’ve been living in Germany since … Continue reading Can Learning a Second Language Destroy Your Native Tongue? — Oh God, My Wife Is German.

The #1 Travel Companion: The Mighty Pen and Paper

Also the most underrated. Apart from the necessities, like passports, travel documents and some form of luggage to carry your few belongings, I believe there is no better travel companion than a trusty pen and (relatively) sturdy notebook. No better! If we broke it down again, I would give the gold medal to the pen, … Continue reading The #1 Travel Companion: The Mighty Pen and Paper

How 2 weeks turned into 2 years – Part 3

If you're just tuning in to this love story, welcome! Check out Part 1 & Part 2 to get yourself up to speed. OK, now that you're with us, the journey continues below ...   So while I mourn the loss of some toe nails and marvel at the hideously blackened ones that tenaciously hang … Continue reading How 2 weeks turned into 2 years – Part 3

Do you even catch planes!?

Depending on where you live, the metal sky tube that serves alcohol and charges for leg room is your link to another country/culture/opinion of what is acceptable hygiene practices. I was born in the South Pacific and have lived, for almost equal time periods,  in New Zealand and Australia during my formative years. There was no other (time effective) option for visiting foreign nations. My Dad once took a ship from Australia to England when he was in his early 20's. This took something like 3 weeks from start to finish and those days are LONG gone.

How 2 weeks turned in 2 years – Part 2

If you're wondering, does this mean there was a Part 1? You're damn right! Take a deep breath and click here!   Lightning Recap: R&R, negotiating taxi fares, late night, turning down paid for sex, sweaty and greasy, un-massaged, new friends, hostel pools, crammed cabs, dance floor squats, tequila, sunsets, cold beers. Right, all caught up   … Continue reading How 2 weeks turned in 2 years – Part 2

Planting the seed for the next adventure

There's been many a time, after staying put for longer than usual, that the thought of taking a holiday or extended adventure just seems far too remote and an unlikely possibility in the near future (for God's sake, say it isn't so!). I know, what a sad thought. Not having something to look forward to tends to blur the days together and the pages are falling off the calendar without you noticing. What it's August already?? Last time I checked it was Tuesday. Fuck.