snapshots of my travels

Hello and welcome! Happy to have you here to join me as I travel and experience adventures either alone or with new and/or old friends. You’ll find my latest adventure here on the homepage, but feel free to explore my stories and photos from past trips.

To my faithful readers (Mom & Dad), who have followed this blog since inception, thank you for continuing to follow it in its new form at its new (and proper) address. Don’t think that you’ve already seen it all – through the transfer of the blog to this new site, I was able to include new photos and even the odd video or two! Take a peek around and enjoy.

my latest adventure…Hawai’i!

The last days in Hawai’i

How can it already be the weekend? Our last couple of days were spent snorkeling, stargazing, more snorkeling and beach naps. It’s important to go home from vacation well rested, after all:) Saturday we stayed local, snorkeling at some of the best Kona lava beaches....

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Waterfalls and Volcanos by Night

These days just keep getting better and better…we’ve had some great moments and tours, but as far as full days go, this was my favourite by far. After seeing so many waterfalls during the helicopter ride, I wanted to see them up close. So we headed across the island,...

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A Hawaiian Luau

It’s Thursday and this week is just whizzing by. We had booked tickets for the Luau at a local resort for tonight, for which we needed to be home by around 4pm, so we couldn’t stray too far. So we decided to head north to some well known snorkel areas, known for their...

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check out some of my archived blog posts below…

December 2016-January 2017: Indonesia

Indonesia: a journey

And the journey begins. I booked this trip back in July and coordinated it with my friend Jackie so we would take the same flights to and from Bali for 4 weeks of peace, tranquility and balance. 2016 was a year of change, upheaval and transition. This will be...
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Yogyakarta: Five Temples in 5 Hours

I arrived yesterday afternoon and took a $6 cab ride to my guest house, Andelis Homestay, located just on the outskirts of Yogyakarta. It’s rated the #1 Homestay in the city and I can see why: the owners, Bram and his wife Sita speak fluent English (which is rare...
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A Pre-Christmas Miracle at Borobudur

Today is the day I get to visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, located about 40minutes from Yogyakarta. Late last night Bram, my guest house host, told me he wouldn’t be able to take me because his uncle is sick and asked if I minded if...
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Mount Merapi with new friends

Not as many photos today but a great last day in Yogyakarta. Bram, Bambang, Annette and I headed out at 7am for Mount Merapi, an active volcano about 30min by car from the guest house. After winding our way up the base of the mountain we parked and arranged for an...
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Merry Christmas from Bali!

I made it back to Bali! After three full days of sightseeing Yogyakarta it was time to head back to the lush island of Bali for some relaxation. When I booked my hotel from Yogyakarta, I didn’t realize I had booked it for the remainder (18 days) of my stay...
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A Boxing Day Water Blessing

While I was on Java having fun, Jackie had been visiting another island and hanging out with energy healers and local spiritual leaders. Jackie had been invited to visit a water temple with one of her new friends (and a Russian woman they had met on a snorkeling...
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To market, to market…Ubud style

It’s been a quiet several days here in Bali. Ever since the water ceremony on Boxing Day I’ve had a scratchy and then full out sore throat. it could have been the fact that I was standing in frigid water for over an hour, serially submerging my head...
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A Balinese Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! After several days of rest and relaxation by the pool or wandering around Ubud, Jackie and I were eager to get out for some sightseeing, but didn’t want to venture far from town. We decided to get up early on the 31st and walk the 6km to...
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The last days in Bali

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and for good reason: I’ve been doing more of the internal work rather than traveling around seeing things. You know, things like relaxing, meditating, journaling, wandering aimlessly, reflecting and...
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August 2016: San Francisco

San Francisco

Well, colour me delighted. What better way to ignite a romance than a long weekend away on the west coast. Sunshine, laughter and relaxation. Chris, the new man in my life, travels a lot for work, was headed to San Fransisco and invite me to join him. We left on...
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August 2015: Mighty Five National Parks in Utah

Utah!

I’m on the road again. I have a course in Vegas from August 5-9 so decided to head out a week early, rent a motorbike with a friend (I’ll be on the back!;)) and explore Utah and its Mighty Five National Parks. Day one was a doozy: 5am wake up call for...
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Utah Day 3: Dead Horse Point & Canyonlands

An early but fun day. Today we explored Dead Horse Point State Park by mountain bike and then drove through Canyonlands National Park in the early afternoon. We woke up at 5:30am to have a quick breakfast in town (Denny’s – an all american…
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Utah Day 4: Delicate Arch & the Fiery Furnace

Another day, another early start. Today we woke up early to see the Delicate Arch (in Arches National Park). It takes about 30 minutes to get to the hiking area from our campground, and another 45 minutes to hike to the arch, so a Clif Bar and coffee/tea after...
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Utah Day 5: Goblin Valley

Today: six hours of riding, two national parks, one state park, one mountain lion, one hail storm, one award winning restaurant in the middle of nowhere and countless different rock formations and landscapes. Where to begin? After an early breakfast in Moab we...
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Utah Day 6: Bryce Canyon

Up an’ at’em bright and early again this morning with our day starting around 6am with a sunrise hike around the Bryce Amphitheatre for a few hours. Spires and hoodoos of different heights, shapes and colours (mostly red sandstone with white and...
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Utah day 7: Zion – Angels Landing

Majestic Zion. I can understand why people come here as their first stop and never get to the other national parks nearby. Zion National Park is beautiful with steep mountain cliffs and a few rolling hills of sliprock, all leading down to narrow canyons and a...
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Utah day 8: Zion – The Narrows

The Narrows. The most famous hike in the entire US National Park system, we are told. We hadn’t heard of it until a couple we met in Bryce during the horseback ride recommended it. Then, when we arrived in Zion a couple of days ago we realized that...
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June 2015: Peru

Peru, we’re here!

Peru and Machu Picchu have been on the top of my bucket list for a while now, so what better way to mark a milestone birthday than a two week getaway to explore Inca territory with a friend. We left Montreal Monday afternoon, and with a 2hr layover in Toronto...
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A day trek near Puno

A long day of trekking today, but not a lot to report. We started our trek about 20min from the hotel around 8:30am and 32km later we arrived at Sillustani, a well known archeological site outside of Puno, around 4pm. A long day indeed, hiking up and down...
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The Andean Explorer

From Puno to Cusco we rode the 10 hour train The Andean Explorer. Considered one of the best train journeys of the world, it’s easy to see why; the journey was an experience in luxury surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. After arriving at the station...
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Cusco, the navel of the world

Today we spent the day with our guide, Henry, visiting many of the original Inca archeological sites in the morning, and touring the main square (where festivities were in full force) and wandering around the markets of Cusco. The navel of the Inca world, to be...
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The Sacred Valley

Today was short but intense. We left Cusco around nine headed for Pisaq in the Sacred Valley with a few stops on the way: an animal rescue centre, a llama and alpaca ‘zoo’ and textile exhibit as well as a few stops near the valley simply to take...
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Lares 2 day mountain trek

We just arrived in the town of Machu Picchu by train and we are exhausted from our two day Lares trek. So I will keep this to the facts and highlights:) Fact: This trek is normally a three day trek which was modified by our organizer, Uniktour, to be two days to...
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Machu Picchu

Finally, the day has arrived. The day to visit Machu Picchu. And an early day at that. We were ready and in the lobby to meet Henry by 5:30am since the gates open at 6am. A twenty minute bus ride up the mountain and through the gates we enter the mystical land...
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A free day in Cusco

Finally, our first (and only) free day to explore as we pleased and nothing on the agenda. Yay! We slept in, left our hotel around 10am and headed straight for the local market. We’d been there once before but with our guide so didn’t have time to roam...
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Amazonia: Glamping in the jungle

After a week and a half of trekking and taking in the Inca history and culture, it was time to wind down and head to the region of Amazonia for three nights of glamping. That’s right: glamourous camping. We flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado then took a...
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February 2015: Palau

Taipei…in half a day

On a whim back in January, I decided to join a friend on a scuba diving trip to Palau. After a month of anticipation February 4th finally arrived when I was finally able to leave the snow and cold weather behind and board a plane for a warmer weather and what...
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Taipei continued….

Next stop: The Grand Hotel. Built years ago and once the most opulent hotel in the city, it is now a very reasonably priced hotel (according to Jan) and has recently undergone a makeover to bring it up to date. Jan said he stayed here 23 years ago when first...
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Welcome to Palau: A day of kayaking & snorkeling

We finally arrived in Palau late Friday night (it was a five hour flight from Taipei) and were exhausted. We are spending two nights on the island in a resort before boarding a liveaboard scuba diving yacht to tour the islands of Palau for the next seven days....
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Paradise: A week of diving in Palau

The moment we had been waiting for: Sunday afternoon we boarded the liveaboard, The Palau Aggressor. First order of business: getting all of our diving gear set up on the deck. Well, let’s be honest, I didn’t have the first clue how to get my gear ready...
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Palau: more underwater pics!!

An unplanned post: I just received the DVD of the dive pictures that Captain Scott took during our trip with his fancy underwater camera and lighting system. They are stunning and worth posting….it really was like swimming in an aquarium with colourful,...
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Peleliu Island: A journey into the past

On Wednesday we were given the option to skip our second dive and instead take a field trip to the nearby Peleliu Island for a land tour. Peleliu Island, I learned that day, was an infamous battle ground in World War II between the Americans and the Japanese. A bit...
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Mystical Jellyfish Lake

After a full week of diving, our last full day on the liveaboard came all too soon. On Saturday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day – we had to stay close to the surface for a full 24 hours before getting on a plane on Sunday. Snorkeling was in...
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December 2013-January 2014: Myanmar & Istanbul

Christmas Market Layover in Frankfurt

I had a 12 hour layover in Frankfurt on the way to Bangkok. And needless to say I was not looking forward to it. Until, that is, I checked tripadvisor before arriving and found out that in December Frankfurt holds a huge outdoor Christmas Market. It’s...
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TIpsy in Bangkok

I had no intention of drinking today. And yet it’s 12:30am and I’m kinda tipsy. Oops:) I arrived in Bangkok mid-afternoon and exhausted despite sleeping rather well on the plane. By the time I got to my guest house – one train, two skytrains, and...
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A blind date, ping pongs & a schlong

Not many pictures from yesterday, but an interesting day nonetheless. Yesterday was supposed to be ‘get a Burmese visa’ day. My flight out of Thailand to Yangon was booked for 7am this morning (Dec 11) so it was imperative that I get the one day...
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Yangon, Yangon, I could go on and on…

I love this city. There, I said it. Maybe because I wasn’t expecting much, and maybe my tepid feelings for Bangkok had me thinking that all ‘major’ Asian cities are the same. How wrong (and admittedly naive) I was! There is so much to say,...
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Yangon, part 2….day 1 continued

We wandered around most of the afternoon, and by 5pm headed to the major landmark of the city, Shwedagon Paya, a massive pagoda drenched in gold. dsc_0102 dsc_0099 dsc_0100 dsc_0105 dsc_0108 dsc_0109 dsc_0114 dsc_0116 dsc_0122 dsc_0123 dsc_0126 dsc_0138...
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And just when Yangon couldn’t get any better…it got better

Day two in Yangon was even better than day one. Aki, Lili and our new friend Sener (from Turkey) walked around most of the day, first to the port, then to Inye Lake, a large lake in the northern part of the city, and then back to the port where we boarded a long...
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Yangon Village

After a morning of visiting the port of Yangon followed by a couple hours walking around Inye Lake we were eager to make our way to the village Sener had told us about across the river from Yangon. We took the 45 minute cab ride back down to the port and managed...
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Bagan: Land of a thousand temples

Roughly 2600 temples, to be more precise. And that’s down from an original 4000 before the earthquake in 1975 (and an even more original 10,000 that once existed in the area). Lili, Aki and I took the night bus from Yangon to Bagan and arrived early the...
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Bagan: day 2

So taking the night bus from Yangon to Bagan left me with little sleep, and subsequently a cold:( No matter, biking and fresh air was the perfect medicine. Day two of Bagan was pretty much temples, temples, temples. But a day of bike riding and temples always...
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Bagan day 3: tourista strikes:(

Despite taking a Dukoral booster and being fairly cautious with the food I’ve been eating, the lack of sleep from the overnight bus from Yangon left my immune system weak and I came down with a mild-moderate case of tourista. Aki was sick too so we all laid...
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December 2012: Thailand & Cambodia

Day 1: the floating market

Arrived tired but happy to be in Bangkok. After an overpriced cab ride to the hotel (I really have to start doing more research on reasonable prices) I checked in and set out for the day. I asked the concierge to point me in the direction of a floating market, and...
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Day 2: Bangkok by boat and the reclining Buddha

It’s morning of day 3, I am now in Cambodia waiting for my day of temple seeing to begin…but let me tell you a little about yesterday. I took the advice of a friend who travels to Bangkok frequently, and hired a driver for the day. My friend gave the...
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I heart Cambodia!

End of day two of my three day stay in Cambodia, and all I can think is that I should have planned for more time in this country. The people are so friendly, the countryside is beautiful and the temples are plenty….and stunning. Yes, I will definitely be...
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Cambodia Kbal Spean: a trek

After seeing a few temples on day 1 (The north gate of Angkor Thom City and Preach Khan), we decided to do the 45 minute, 1.5 km uphill trek to see ‘the carvings’. The place was about a 45 min tuk tuk ride from the main temple area, so we were afforded...
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Cambodia: Angkor Wat

So after touring many of the smaller temples yesterday we had finally built up to the largest temple: Angkor Wat. The sheer size of this temple is amazing. It is a Hindu temple, which was built over 37 years. Although the structure was completed, the...
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Banteay Srey: the lady temple

This temple was on our list of places to see for sure. We are, after all, three strong and single women who happened to meet in Cambodia. Where better to visit than the temple best known as ‘the lady temple’. The temple was built in the 10th century...
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Ta Phrom: the Tomb Raider Temple

This one we visited towards the end of the day today. It’s known by most foreigners as the Lara Croft Tomb Raider temple because although the movie was filmed at different temples in the area, the majority of filming occurred at this one. This temple is...
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Bayon in Angkor Thom: temple of smiling faces

Of all the temples I’ve seen so far, this one is my favourite. It’s not the biggest, nor the prettiest. But to me it was the most spiritual. And part of that might have to do with the fact that its symbolism is simple. There were once 49 towers in...
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Beng Mealea

Day 3 of my Cambodia stay, and we lost one of our travel buddies, Janet. She had already planned a bike tour from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on Sunday so it was just Melissa and I for another day of adventure. Our guide and friend, Sokky, was busy today, so we hired...
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Kampong Pluk: a floating village

There are a few floating villages around Siem Reap, but we were told that this was the most authentic, and it was on the way back from Beng Mealea so Melissa and I put this on our itinerary. It wasn’t at all what I expected. I partly expected it to look...
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