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Gut Check – How To Eat Well And Not Get Sick From The Food

Travel Food Tips - Gut Check "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates A balanced diet is essential. A proper and adequate intake of proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates will keep your energy level up, and help stave off any ailments that might come your way. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins. A variety of nuts and beans will provide you with necessary protein, and every culture has a staple starch dish to fill your carbohydrate needs. However, Montezuma’s Revenge or Delhi Belly can [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:43:06+00:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Food and Drink, Health and Fitness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Road To Damascus – Palmyra To Bosra

The Road To Damascus Part Two - Travel In Southern Syria Before The War “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine If the world were a book, it would be a history book. And travel, to a large extent, is a trip through the past – an experience we hope will help us understand the present, and imagine the future. So, in our continued effort to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites (ie. history) as practical, we head to the [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:42:22+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Perspective, Syria|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Road To Damascus – Aleppo To Hama

The Road To Damascus Part One - Travel In Northern Syria Before The War “The natives showed us extraordinary kindness.” - Acts 28:2 The second intifada forces us to reconsider our plans. Access to the West Bank is restricted and most sites closed, so we promise to visit the land another time. Overland options along the eastern Mediterranean are limited, and we decide to take ferries from Turkey to Egypt via Greece. We ring in the New Year waiting for the boat to take us from Marmaris to Rhodes. Meanwhile, outside [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:42:11+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Perspective, Syria|Tags: , |0 Comments

Salt Flats And Pink Flamingos – Across The Bolivian Altiplano

Southwest Bolivia - Salar De Uyuni and the Andean Altiplano “Kid - the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia', let's go someplace like Bolivia.” - Butch Cassidy Dotted with cacti and eroded rock formations, the area bears an uncanny resemblance to America’s wild west. It is therefore appropriate that it was here that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid spent their last days and met their end. The southwestern landscape near Uyuni We spend an afternoon riding a couple of [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:41:24+00:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Bolivia|Tags: , |0 Comments

Football Frenzy Tico Style – San Jose Soccer

Costa Rica Soccer - Football Frenzy Tico Style “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” - Bill Shankly We have a day to kill in Costa Rica’s capital before heading to the coast, so we decide to take in a local football match. There is a game between two of San Jose’s suburbs, Alajuela and Heredia. We take a local bus to the stadium and buy a couple of bleacher tickets. Before entering the gate, [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:41:04+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Costa Rica|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Slow Boat Through Laos – Cruising The Nam Tha River

Drifting Down The Nam Tha River - A Slow Boat Through Laos “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” - A. A. Milne Peace and Baaah All travel is slow travel in Laos. For two days, we stare at the countryside out the back of a truck, waving to children as we drive through their villages and negotiating landslides. Finally, we arrive at Luanag Nam Tha. The Nam Tha River starts near this growing town in northern Laos, and continues until it reaches the Mekong. [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:39:26+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Laos, Perspective|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Vegan Banana Muffins

Vegan Banana Muffins Banana bread has always been a staple in our diet. It’s easy and delicious and a great way to use up all those bananas that seem to go from green to brown overnight. As a child, I can remember looking forward to my grandparents coming for a visit, knowing that Grandma would bring a loaf of this sweet, moist treat. I used her recipe for years - with a half a cup of butter, two eggs, white flour, and a whole cup of sugar! As the years went by, we became more health conscious and our diet [...]

By |2018-05-29T03:15:31+00:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Health and Fitness|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fins Up – Great White Shark Cage Diving In South Africa

Great White Shark Cage Diving - Fins Up In South Africa “You're gonna need a bigger boat.” - Chief Martin Brody (Jaws) Day breaks over a cloudless sky - we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We had seen Southern Right Whales breaching in Hermanus, and hope to see another one of the ocean’s great creatures. We take the shuttle to the skipper’s house in Gaansbai, where breakfast and the boat are waiting. Shortly afterwards, we reach Dyer Island - home to a colony of Cape Fur Seals. These creatures are [...]

Samba In The Rain – Blame It On Rio

Carnaval In Rio De Janiero - Samba In The Rain “Come on, let's go, let's go to Carnaval. It’s time to sing and dance my love. I want the happiness and joy that's found in Carnaval.” - Carlos Sanatana Nestled among the mountains of a rainforest and flanked by the palm-fringed beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, Rio de Janeiro is arguably the most beautiful city in the world. All western cultures celebrate the week before Ash Wednesday and Lent, and Carnaval in Rio is one of the world’s biggest parties. We [...]

By |2018-12-28T00:37:40+00:00May 7th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Brazil|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Goin’ Down The Road – On Tour With The Grateful Dead

So Many Roads To Shakedown Street - My First Grateful Dead Tour “The bus came by and I got on. That's when it all began.” - Grateful Dead Tour Bus I have no idea. I had seen them twice before, but this is my first tour and my first exposure to life on the road. We don't have a car, so Rick and I “straddle that Greyhound” in Toronto, bound for Alpine Valley – somewhere near Milwaukee. Traveler's cheques seem like a safe option, but I never think about where I [...]

By |2019-02-18T18:35:49+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, United States|Tags: , , , |0 Comments