Inquisitive (adjective): 1/ seeking knowledge; inquiring.
2/ unduly curious. From the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.
Travel is about many things. It's about discovering new places, tasting new foods, and exploring diverse cultures. It's about shifting perspectives, meeting new people, and enriching the lives of one another. Travel is also about the journey ... whether it's moving from one locale to another, across oceans, or the steps we take within.
In this blog my goal is to share my travel adventures, learnings, and memories with you. Thanks for joining me!
The Inquisitive Traveller
August 8th 2012
In more than a decade of travel, I’ve truly loved the majority of places I’ve travelled. But I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Paris. My first and last visit to the City of Light was in 2001, when I embarked on my first real travel adventures. Paris was the final stop on a two-month European trip following a two-week sojourn in London, three weeks in Spain and four weeks in France, culminating in a one-week Parisian stay. I had anticipated big things from the city, and it did not disappoint. The people, the food, the language. The only disappointing thing was that it took me 11 years to return. Flying into Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport, I quickly made my way into the city by metro and the Jardin du Luxembourg exit, ... read more
April 13th 2012
In need of some sun, sand and surf, and on the cusp of a milestone birthday, I decided to spend a week at a surf camp, where I enjoyed the sunny, 30-degree Dominican sun, met some new-found friends, caught a wave or two, and enjoyed exploring the local beachside town. A link to a travel article I wrote for a local paper is available here: http://www.straight.com/life/341141/learning-surf-laid-back-fun-dominican-republic-camp.... read more
December 29th 2011
Bogota. Population 7.8 million. Colombia’s capital and a city that conjures up images of adventure. The final stop on our four-city, whirlwind, two-week tour. Bogota was unlike any of the other cities we visited, a place that marches to its own beat. After settling in, the first order of business was to adjust to the altitude as the city sits right in the Andes; at 2,625 metres, it’s third highest in South America. For the first day or two this meant drinking lots of water as we were constantly parched, though cervezas or vino tinto (red wine) were largely out of the question. To have any more was to invite a 12-hour headache. We stayed in an area of the city known as La Candelaria, an older part of the city where the Congress, City Hall, ... read more
December 29th 2011
Medellin was a really pleasant surprise. Admittedly we weren't quite sure what to expect. We'd heard it was much cooler in central Colombia, spread out, and recalled all those stories from the '80s and '90s when the city was known as among the most violent in the world. Today's Medellin couldn't have been further from any of that. The weather was sunny and an agreeable 26 degrees Celsius the entire time we were there, it was easy to get around thanks to a super-clean and efficient metro system, and people were extremely friendly which, we learned, is especially characteristic of the region’s people, known as the paisas (people who inhabit a region over northwest Colombia in the Andes). We figured a great way to begin our time in Medellin, which was extremely lush and green, was ... read more
December 28th 2011
A short five-hour ride east of Cartagena by collectivo (a small mini-bus accommodating 8 to 10) lies Santa Marta, reputedly the oldest city in South America. Like Cartagena, Santa Marta's also along the Caribbean; much smaller it has its own vibe and similar climes, though the heat is drier. In mid-December, temps averaged anywhere from 28 to 31 degrees Celsius during the day, and 17 to 20 at night. While in Santa Marta we took in the sites, including the oldest church in Colombia, and enjoyed seeing the city all decked out for Christmas. Santa Marta's a place made for wandering. It's also a jumping-off point for local day trips, including Taganga with its laid-back beach attitude, and Parque Nacional Tayrona (Tayrona National Park), a true Colombian gem supposedly 45 times larger than NYC's Central Park. ... read more
December 28th 2011
If I had to describe Cartagena in one word, it would be colourful. From the buildings, to the food, to the people, there's a vibrant, lively feeling that abounds in everything. Four days in this Caribbean gem offered a wonderful introduction to all that Colombia has to offer, including time wandering the streets of the Old Town, enjoying an Aguila or two along the way, and exploring some of the nearby neighbourhoods including the Getsemani and Bocagrande. There was also time for a good meal or two and some local Colombian specialties including arepas con huevos (fried dough balls with egg), patacones (plantains) and other tasty treats. What was also really agreeable was the weather, mostly a hot-but-sticky 31 degrees. Coming from Canada where it's a tad colder in December and it's anything but flip-flop weather, ... read more
November 29th 2011
Here's a link to a recently published article I wrote for a weekly local newspaper about seeing Vietnam by bike, a truly enjoyable experience and one I'd highly recommend to fellow travellers interested in truly becoming acquainted with a destination. The photo accompanying the article is also mine! For more Vietnam photos, please check out my earlier blog posts. Enjoy! http://www.straight.com/print/546151... read more
April 25th 2011
Ucluelet, British Columbia. A stunningly beautiful place, seemingly at the end of the earth, and only a 2.5-hour drive from Naniamo (on Vancouver Island). Branded with the slogan, 'Life on the Edge,' it's about as far west as you can travel in Canada without finding yourself in the Pacific Ocean and en route to Japan. A small fishing community (population 1,652), Ucluelet (pronounced u-CLUE-let) is a local First Nations word that means 'people with a safe place to land.' Known as 'Uke' by the locals, it's a place where the air is fresh, the wildlife is abundant and First Nations roots are strong. It's an ideal — and idyllic — place to spend a long weekend, or longer. The photos here show the scenery near Little Beach (Ucluelet), some shots of Long Beach (Tofino) and one ... read more
February 10th 2011
Having never been to Hawaii, I couldn't turn down the opportunity to escape the cold and rainy winter and get a bit of sun and some down time for six days. With spectacular scenery, a laid-back vibe, and friendly locals, who could ask for more? Highlights included a visit to Puka Dog (as seen in chef-come-TV host/traveller Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations); an afternoon at Sandy Beach; visiting the North Shore and the windward side of the island over two days in a rented Jeep; a stop at the Dole plantation; and burgers at Kua 'Aina. Other highlights (not pictured here) included seeing the cast of the new ABC series "Off the Map," meals at Morimoto and Town, catching some wave action (though regrettably not on a surfboard), and beach time with a good novel (The ... read more
February 7th 2011
A few of the more creative images I took on my three-week sojourn in this remarkable country. Thanks for checking out my Vietnam photos. Cảm ơn. ... read more