Hi, I’m Desiree Anstey. I was born in South Africa, but moved to the Isle of Man at 6-years old. My enthusiasm for travel started at a young age.
From my travels I met many inspirational people and made amazing friends. In fact, I even found my husband, Terry, while I was an exchange student at Brock University, in Canada.
I have traveled, worked, and immersed myself in various countries. My most memorable adventures include: climbing the Alps, riding a camel in the Sahara, helping children in a Romanian orphanage, working in Croatia, and road tripping through the USA and Canada.
This list is growing...
I hope to travel all around the world with my husband, family, friends, fellow travelers out there, and even with our future kids. To live a life of no regrets.
My travel blogs are composed to not only give you a matter-of-factually account of events, but also aim to motivate and inspire you to break out of the 9-to-5 lifestyle every once and a while. It's time to just do something adventurous and a little bit crazy!
I have adapted to the travel name "Kickapoo" because of my cultural adventures. Like the name “Kickapoo” suggests, I stand here and there.
November 6th 2013
I had been fantasizing about this moment, seeing the cliffs with my husband, for many weeks, but now that we were finally here, I almost didn’t care. Time collapsed minute-by-minute as we trekked along the cliffs. I understood on some dim, detached level that the earth beneath my feet was a spectacular sight. But, I struggled to focus on the beauty-of-the-moment as I squeezed through the traffic jam of tourists. The crowd had gathered to view the 214m (702 feet) cliffs at their highest peak. However, the clouds were darkening and swelling. The mob was getting anxious as the heavens were about to burst. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and ... read more
October 31st 2013
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. – Pope Paul VI, Italian Pope (1897 - 1978). Since it’s that time of year again – Halloween – I will tell you about the haunting adventure I had in Rome. I had only heard of Capuchin Crypt by word of mouth. But, the further I investigated the more intrigued I became in discovering this out-of-the-way chapel made entirely from human bones. Located on Via Veneto, near Barbarini Square, we (a traveling companion and I) arrived at our destination. Entrance is by donation, the door manned by a forceful Italian ... read more
October 12th 2013
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost There's something wonderfully romantic about a real Canadian log cabin break. It's an escape in the true sense of the word: nestled away in the woods and alongside a peaceful lake - there's nothing to distract you but your traveling companion(s), a bottle of wine, wildlife and bird song. With Autumn finally hitting home, Terry and I decided to experience the great Canadian outdoors in the best way possible. Forget sleeping bags and soggy ground mats - this log cabin came complete with a steaming hot tub, wood burning stove and quirky interior design. We waved goodbye to city life and delightfully retreated to our rustic hideout. Located in Lone Wolf Forest, ... read more
October 2nd 2013
Gardens are fragrant oases with ancient statuary, cool pools and fountains, and all shades of green. Well, some gardens... The International Mosaiculture Garden in Montreal is by far the most spectacular exhibition of a garden I have ever set my eyes upon. It's a cluster of art, poetic beauty, and innovative convention. When you first walk through the gates you are greeted by towering sculptures - a turtle, a dog, swans, and flowers of all kinds. All these two-and three-dimensional sculptures are skillfully crafted across a 2km circuit. The theme of the garden this year was "Land of Hope". The sculptures are part of an international competition and run on these six components: The interdependence of man and nature Positive actions for the environment Endangered or at-risk species or ecosystems Nature in the city The beauty ... read more
January 31st 2013
When I look at the picturesque views below, the enchanted forest, the townships, municipalities and villages along the Ottawa River, I see more than buildings and streets and bridges. I see the varying competence of the geology below, heart-stopping, once-in-a-lifetime wildlife in action and the glories of civilisation. You too can feel your heart soar while you take to the skies and capture the capital city, Ottawa on camera like no other... Terry and I journeyed back in time to the 1930s, an unforgettable era when Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart made headlines with their world famous voyages that changed the course of history. We flew across Quebec and Ontario in an open cockpit WACO biplane. It was an incredible experience as we bounced across the clouds and watched the perpellar spin into action. Dressed in ... read more
December 7th 2012
Shine your light at the Firestarter Youth Festival, running from the 17th to 21stAugust, at the Ardwhallan Outdoor Education Centre. Firestarter is the Island’s only festival catering exclusively for teenagers, described as three weeks of entertainment crammed into five days. Festival Coordinator, Graeme Brooks said: "I've been working with Firestarter for a few years now and I say this every year, but every year it's true: this one is going to be the best festival yet. The new site means some great new activities, alongside all the usual awesome music and crazy activities. The only drawback is that we have a limited number of tickets available because of the smaller size of the site, so we expect them to sell out pretty quickly. Book now so you don't miss out!" The festival will feature a wide ... read more
June 29th 2012
Date of wedding and location My wedding ceremony took place at 1pm, the 29th June 2012 at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, in Canada. The ceremony location was at a scenic lookout over the falls. Kakabeka Falls is considered the Niagara Falls of the North and plunges 40m over sheer cliffs and some of the oldest fossils in the world. This is also the location where we got engaged, on December 10th 2011. How we met I met Terry as an exchange student at Brock University, Ontario in 2006. I had come over for a semester from England (Keele University). Originally I had planned to go to Tennessee University. Terry and I were in the same history class. However, it was only the very last week of my time in Canada that he plucked up the courage ... read more
April 22nd 2012
Discover your bird watching paradise, soaring in exceptional beauty, any season, any time, in a variety of habitats unlike any other only on the Isle of Man. Bird watching is just one part of ornithology - the study of birds. It is one of the fastest growing pursuits in the UK and already attracts a tremendous following here on the Isle of Man, due to the ideal location and unspoilt diverse landscape. This flexible hobby can get you hooked! How? Read on... Manx Mountains and Hills Ideally nestled in the middle of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is often described as “the emerald in the Irish sea.” Stretching 31 miles/ 50km in length and 12 miles/ 20km at its broadest point, the island is dominated by two ranges of mountainous hills; Snaefell (‘snow mountain’) ... read more
April 21st 2012
An English explorer goes in search of a memorable adventure out of this world- uncovering a Space Tourism Industry, which has firmly landed on the Isle of Man. Discover it now before everyone else does. Orbital Space Tourism is not the first thing you think of when considering the Island as a holiday destination. Amongst the controversial world championship series of TT motorbike races, cultural heritage, and outstanding and diverse natural beauty, the Island has a fascinating history of folklore and traditions. Yet the thought of exploring the Milky Way, or other galaxies, takes a quantum leap out of the notebook of “traditional” tourism. And, no longer can it be said that the Island of Manannan Mac Lir (the legendary Celtic sea god) lies remote and mysterious beyond the horizon of mist and fables for twenty-first ... read more
April 20th 2012
“Tell me why you wanted to do this again?” Is the thought that rushed through my mind as I hang over the edge of a 110ft cliff on a string sized rope bearing my full body weight, like a spider dangling from its web. It’s one of those rare moments in life where the swirling feeling of vertigo hits you like a brick. There’s a faint smell of seaweed brushing through the air, as I glance down at the jagged rocks and crushing tidal waves beneath my wobbling legs. There’s only one destination to go, down. No turning back now. Decked out in a blue helmet, harness, carabineer and mountain gear, I melt into the shadows of the rocks, legs straight in a seated position. I bounce back into the glimmering light, and then fade back ... read more