Very few countries in the world suffer from an outdated reputation more than Colombia. When we first arrived in Bogota, we asked one of the local tourism representatives which parts of the country were safe. She laughed and told us the country’s tourism slogan –...Read More
Bolivia is home to some of the world’s most diverse landscapes you will ever see. From the mountains around La Paz to the jungle climates of the Pampas to the desolate wind swept plains, Bolivia has it all. The Salt Flats in the South West are easily the most...Read More
I am the keeper of your dreams and guardian of your ambitions. I store them in boxes and label them as “too expensive” or “maybe some day” in rooms that I fasten with locks of insecurity and comfort.
When you ask me kindly, I will let you in, take you by the hand and walk you down the rows of neatly piled ideas and aspirations.
“What’s in this one?” you ask.
“Why here is that trip you were going to take!” I exclaim, unfolding the carton to reveal images of an incredible future. Images of lions and hilltops, of monuments and deserts will flow forth, spilling out of the box and pouring out onto the floor.Read More
There’s an Agave Americana plant in the Allen Gardens in Toronto that, after more than 50 years of pretty much doing nothing, has all of a sudden, decided to do everything. It’s begun to sprout and soon, it will blossom for the first time in its long existence. And then it will die. The Agave Americana plant, you see, saves up its energy in order to go out with a bang. It flowers only once, at the end of its life, using all of the energy it has saved up to that point and dies very soon after.Read More
As a world traveler, you are endowed with an abundance of that precious commodity that so much of modern society has wasted: free time. It’s literally everywhere you go. You can’t shake it. When you first start traveling, you’ll feel the burden of time pressing on you in some strange ways.
You’ll feel this urgency to do something. Anything. You’ll feel like you are wasting time since, well, you aren’t working. You’ll feel guilty about every minute that passes you by in which you aren’t jumping out of airplanes while wearing scuba gear and playing cards with a water buffalo all at the same time.Read More
I recently watched the beautiful work of Commander Hadfield singing the legendary David Bowie song, “Space Oddity”. It was an appropriate send off piece for Hadfield who has been stationed above earth for the past few months as commander of the international space station.
The piece is beautiful. Hadfield takes advantage of his unique position and does a great job of shooting himself in his surroundings. The lyrics fit wonderfully with the music. When I watched it, I felt an stronger emotional reaction to the song than I normally have (I love the song). I felt the loneliness of the lyrics more deeply and profoundly than I had before.Read More
If you set out on a “around the world” trip, you’ll come across a million blogs that will list out their suggested packing list. We’re no different here of course. No matter what you pack, you’ll adjust on the road. But road life has a way of forcing you into the embrace of minimalism and simplicity. Carry everything you own on your back most days and you’ll quickly learn what you need and what you don’t.Read More