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The alms ceremony in Luang Prabang, Laos

The alms ceremony in Luang Prabang, Laos

Early every morning in much of Southeast Asia monks can be seen out on the roads collecting alms. This is an ancient, religious tradition and those who give alms earn merit for their next life. … Read entire article »

The spirit houses of Thailand

The spirit houses of Thailand

Outside virtually every house and building in Thailand there is a miniature structure that looks like a little temple or old style Thai house. This is where the spirits that inhabit that particular plot of … Read entire article »

These are not your typical Thais

These are not your typical Thais

The word “Thai” means free and Thailand stands for the “land of the free”. The country was only named that in 1949 and it was previously known as Siam. About 95% of Thais are Buddhists … Read entire article »

Being a foreign student at the University of Havana

Being a foreign student at the University of Havana

Patricia LaSalle spent a semester at the University of Havana, Cuba as part of her international development degree. She was there for 3 ½ months, sharing a room with Kristin, another student in the program. Cuba … Read entire article »

Being in Sri Lanka during the tsunami

Being in Sri Lanka during the tsunami

On December 26, 2004 an earthquake in the Indian Ocean caused one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Janice Gray was in Sri Lanka at the time and was suppose to be on … Read entire article »

Four days in a jeep to the Salt Flats in Bolivia

Four days in a jeep to the Salt Flats in Bolivia

Vanessa Kohut travelled for 2 ½ months in South America and she has really great memories of the four day circuit to the Salt Flats. Bolivia really surprised me. It can be a tough country to … Read entire article »

A music teacher volunteers in Egypt

A music teacher volunteers in Egypt

Janice Gray is about to fly to Cairo for her fourth year as a volunteer music teacher. Prior to volunteering, she taught in paid positions at schools in Canada, Egypt and Kuwait. By Janice Gray After a … Read entire article »

An accountant travels to Africa

An accountant travels to Africa

By Sue Landreville In the past, accountants rarely got to travel as part of the job. Instead, we always seemed to work in cramped dark offices, counting beans just like in the cartoons. But a series … Read entire article »

Catching the wave in Playa Nosara, Costa Rica

Catching the wave in Playa Nosara, Costa Rica

Stephanie Jack spent 5 days at Playa Nosara learning to surf and finally was able to catch the wave. On a trip to Costa Rica in February, I decided to spend a few days surfing. … Read entire article »

Biking in Vietnam from the mountains to the coast

Biking in Vietnam from the mountains to the coast

Dalat is nestled in the mountains of Vietnam and Nha Trang is a coastal town. Stephanie Jack decided that biking down the mountain would be an interesting way to get from one town to the … Read entire article »

In Todos Santos, all the saints are celebrated on Nov. 1

In Todos Santos, all the saints are celebrated on Nov. 1

Don’t bring a suitcase on wheels,” my daughter Jessica told me. “You’ll never be able to pull it up the hill to the house”. When I got off the bus in Todos Santos, a village in … Read entire article »

Getting stuck in Alligator River, Australia

Getting stuck in Alligator River, Australia

Matthew Reinhardus travels for wildlife and scenery – and not the usual kind. One of my favourite places in Australia was Darwin because that’s where all the crocs are. I just needed to find a way … Read entire article »

Canyoning in Vietnam

Canyoning in Vietnam

The sport of canyoning involves hiking, repelling, swimming and sliding down waterfalls through a canyon. Stephanie Jack went canyoning for the first time in Vietnam and found it exciting, but was a little scared for … Read entire article »

Wagah Ceremony: Closing the border between Pakistan and India

Wagah Ceremony: Closing the border between Pakistan and India

At sunset each day there is a rather extravagant ceremony to close the border between India and Pakistan at Wagah. The village of Wagah was divided in 1947 when India was split into two countries. … Read entire article »

Should we take the ‘road of death’ to the Amazon?

Should we take the ‘road of death’ to the Amazon?

The ‘road of death’ (aka the North Yungas Road) has been called the world’s most dangerous highway. It starts in La Paz, Bolivia (the world’s highest capital city) and winds down to the Amazon, dropping … Read entire article »

A day with elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A day with elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Have you ever considered spending time with elephants on a remote reserve north of Chiang Mai, Thailand? Stephanie Jack did just that. I’ve always liked elephants and since I was planning my first trip to Thailand … Read entire article »

China: Looking back

China: Looking back

There have been profound economic and social changes in China over the past few years and a much improved tourist infrastructure is now in place. Not so long ago it was a challenge to travel … Read entire article »

The power of the visual in Western Cape, South Africa

The power of the visual in Western Cape, South Africa

A large water colour hangs on a wall in our home in Canada. My husband Gerrit was very moved by Thabo Nyelele’s interpretation of life in an ‘informal settlement’ in the Cape Flats.  For a … Read entire article »

Two sisters in Bahrain

Two sisters in Bahrain

Darlene Burke and her sister, Sue Burke, took the opportunity while living in Kuwait to visit another Middle Eastern country, Bahrain—a visit made extra special because of a connection with members of Bahrain’s extended royal … Read entire article »

A road trip through Northern Canada

A road trip through Northern Canada

Tom Sunter and his son Andrew had a father-son trip through British Columbia, up the Inside Passage to Alaska, over to Whitehorse in the Yukon, to Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories then down … Read entire article »

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