Durban, South Africa: An Ode to Food

Durban, South Africa: An Ode to Food

If you know me, you know I like food. Of course, as much as I love culinary delights, I’m also okay with pepper jack cheese and Wheat Thins. You’re just as likely to find me making a risotto as you are to find me eating scrambled eggs for dinner. Sometimes, I even wear lipstick and sweatpants….at. the. same. time. When I visited South Africa, my friend and I explored the city of Durban. And for me, exploring a city is...
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South Africa: Lion & Safari Park

South Africa: Lion & Safari Park

I’ve never been interested in visiting Africa. While growing up, it seemed like everyone else wanted to go to Africa because it’s still such wild and needy continent. And yet, I had no interest. And then, a friend of mine moved to South Africa, and she bugged me to visit. And I’m glad that I visited. However, South Africa definitely cannot represent the continent of Africa. Just as Canadians would rather not be grouped into the image created by the...
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My 10-Hour Munich Layover

My 10-Hour Munich Layover

My 10-hour Munich layover followed a 7 1/2 hour flight from Toronto where I had My 12-Hour Toronto Layover. Planning for my 10-hour layover in Munich was more difficult because I had no idea what my energy level would be. Would I sleep on the airplane? Would my feet be dead from the previous day? After exploring Toronto, I boarded the airplane ready to sleep. And I did sleep. Kind of. My 10-Hour Munich Layover So I, of course, still...
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My 12-Hour Toronto Layover

My 12-Hour Toronto Layover

I gotta be honest. When I realized that my flights had been changed to include a 12-hour layover in Toronto alongside a 10-hour layover in Munich, I groaned. And complained. And moaned. Until a wise guy said, “Ooo! What a cool adventure.” With that my perspective shifted: click. He was right. This was an opportunity for more adventure on top of an already exciting destination to be reunited with a dear friend. How To Plan For A 12-Hour Layover Research...
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Partner in Crime: Traveling Companions

Partner in Crime: Traveling Companions

Nothing sets your ideal partner in crime a part from the crowd when you become traveling companions. Traveling tests your plans and spontaneity. And, if you’ve done any type of traveling, you quickly figure out who you like to travel with and who you’d literally run away from if they said, “So I was wondering…” *you run away* And when I say traveling, it absolutely includes road trips, train trips, walking trips, and plane trips. If your body is moving,...
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A Thankful List For Traveling

Thankful Travels

In the spirit of gratitude that drapes across the fireplace mantle in deep green pines and brilliant garnets and flickering ambers, I’d like to sprawl the decoration further. Twine thankfulness up the banisters and scatter laughter as ornamentation to the garlands of gratitude. And if you step back far until your back touches the wall to breathe in the whimsy, you’ll see sparkles along the edges. A lightness of feeling glistening. The moments that could have been tears turned to...
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Dream Destination: Where Two Oceans Meet

Dream Destination: Where Two Oceans Meet

Did you know that sometimes when oceans meet that you can see the divide between them? It’s seamless water, and yet, something’s different. How can it be water and yet separate? This phenomenon is as mythical and magical as it sounds. But you can sometimes find it in Alaska! Eventually, the waters mix, but for that moment, you can see the separation of two bodies of water. The most common explanation is when two bodies of water carrying different earth...
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Connecting With Family While Traveling: The Stone Lion

Connecting With Family While Traveling: The Stone Lion

Traveling far from family and friends can be difficult (adventurous and exciting, yes). But there are days where you just want to tackle-hug your brother or cuddle up on the couch with your sister for a cute movie. On those days, you need a way to connect with your loved ones, even when you’re far away. I don’t know what that will mean for you, but I can share what I did. It all started with a photo that my...
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Barbara’s Tiny Cheat Sheet to Austrian German

Barbara's Tiny Cheat Sheet to Austrian German

Before moving to Austria, I remember trying to learn as much German as possible. I had beginner German CDs. I used Duolingo, and I listened to songs in German. I even read books that were set in Austria. I stuffed the German vocabulary into my head. And then, when I arrived in Austria, I realized that “willkommen” was not “you’re welcome”. Sure, in English, we’d translate “willkommen” as “welcome.” But in Austria, you would not use it in response to...
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Why You Should Travel To Russia (an interview)

Why You Should Travel To Russia (an interview)

Erin and I met through Pinterest at first, and then e-mail, and then in real life (when we lived, worked, and explored Austria together). Isn’t it funny how internet friendships begin? When Erin and her sister visited Russia (why didn’t I go!) for a sister vacation (oh, that’s why), she fulfilled one of her pipe dreams. You can’t live a dream unless you make it happen. So Erin did. Erin’s cool. Do what Erin did. You can’t live a dream...
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