Photo Essay: Cabo in ROYGBIV

When I visited Cabo in December I found a myriad of bright colours nearly everywhere I looked. From its turquoise waters to potted red Christmas poinsettias, the dull browns of the desert to the vibrant greens of the palms, eye candy colour is found with each glance.

Below is a roundup of photos featuring rainbow colours collected during my visit. As you will easily notice, many of these photos could represent multiple colour categories!

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Shucking and sucking oysters: Learning the real (raw) deal

Lessons and a photo essay from an Oyster 101 class with Fairmont Waterfront’s Executive Chef, Dana Hauser.

Experiencing a first is always exciting and many times I welcome the opportunity to try something new. This is especially true when it comes to learning about food as I have A LOT to learn. Taking a class on shucking oysters was one such experience I was very enthusiastic to try during a recent trip to British Columbia.

It was fabulous to have some professional guidance for the hands-on session. Chef Hauser was a wonderful and patient teacher who has definitely shucked her fair share of oysters. She not only taught me how to get an oyster out of its rugged shell but she also made sure I didn’t stab myself. Bonus.

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I felt right at home in the Fairmont kitchen. Haha.

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My winter ‘spots’ … still time to enter the contest

So maybe you saw my first post about the TripleSpot contest, but you aren’t sure it’s for you. Well, if you a) love taking photos b) try hard to make the best of winter or c) like winning stuff, then you should consider taking part.

I don’t download a whole lot of new apps myself, but I am finding that I really enjoy TripleSpot. It’s like a mix between FourSquare and Instagram but with helpful and relevant advice, especially if you are visiting somewhere new. ‘Spotting’ something in a town/city or where ever let’s everyone know that it’s perhaps worth a try. It’s especially helpful for travelers. Oh and did I mention – it’s a FREE download. Nothing to lose here.

Best thing is …  you can spot from ANYWHERE. You don’t have to be from Saskatchewan or even Canada to take part. So whatcha waiting for? You have until January 31st!

Stuck at what is a good spot? The answer is: whatever works for you. Here are some of mine.

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A variety of spots from time spent in B.C. recently and during travel in my home province of Saskatchewan.

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Need to relax, de-stress or simply get lost in something?

The answer >> jellyfish. Simply stunning creatures. If you need a moment of peace, watch this video. That is all. Carry on.


You’re welcome.

P.S. These beautiful specimens are from the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia Canada. Fascinating aren’t they?

Show me your cool winter and I will show you mine CONTEST

If you are a regular subscriber to this blog you know just how much I love winter, ahem, have learned to embrace and love winter. Admittedly, it takes a bit of motivation to get off the couch and brave the cold. But once you bundle up and get out there, so much fun is waiting to be had.

And Sask peeps – there is a lot of winter fun to be found in our province! Here are a few ideas.

So I want to know – what does winter mean to you? How do you make it cool? Are you working up a sweat dancing at your local watering hole? Are you a ski bunny working the slopes? Maybe spicy food from your favourite restaurant warms you up (or some blackberry mead perhaps)? Making your way to a great festival? SPOT IT!

TripleSpot also loves winter and to celebrate they are running the Winter Weekend contest and I am partnering with them to run a mini-contest from my site and social media channels (sponsored by TripleSpot). So now you have two ways to win! Continue reading

The best of 2013′s unexpected travel moments

I have shared many highlights from my 2013 travels here on the blog so some of this list may be familiar but I know there are a few for certain that haven’t been shared with you … until now!

Travel doesn’t run smoothly all of the time despite good planning and best efforts. Wildlife rarely cooperates, weather as we all know is hit and miss and then there are times where you just make mistakes. On the flip side, travel often surprises you in good and unexpected ways.

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Christmas gift picks for 2013

Still in need of a few gifts this year? These are my very biased recommendations! Below you will find something warm, pretty, useful, dreamy, fun and quirky.

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Because lions deserve to live – help me cause an uproar

Because lions deserve to live – help me cause an uproar.

lionI am hoping to appeal to any animal lover who reads this because when species disappear, whole chains of ecosystems change forever.

National Geographic has been working with communities in Kenya and Tanzania to implement a smart, affordable solution that is making a big difference. It’s called a boma.

Everyday lions are killed in communities that keep livestock. Livestock is the livelihood of many African communities. Because they live in such close proximity, lions kill livestock and then lions get killed. There is a solution and you can help. Continue reading

Photo Essay: Uganda land and river safari (part 2)

Welcome back to the safari party!

In case you missed the first post on the beginning of my African safari at Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda and stay at Paara lodge, you can catch up here. Basically I had to split the posts as I had so many images to share (these really are just the tip of the iceberg) and wanted to include as much of what was a wonderful adventure with you. Onto Day Two!

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European travel inspires brewer to set up shop in Regina

It never grows old … hearing stories of how travel inspires. Whether it be new found happiness, fresh perspectives on places or people, new or renewed passions, an influence in artsy or creative pursuits or even a career change, travel often has a knack for adding more than dimension to one’s life.

The most recent example of travel inspiring life change was evidenced when I visited the District Brewing Company (in Regina, Saskatchewan) during the day of their first open house.

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