Truly once-in-a-lifetime

I am very aware of and appreciate this amazing life I have, living and working around the globe, experiencing once-in-a-lifetime moments more than once in my lifetime.  Trekking to find the mountain gorillas in Uganda this month, I believe, was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.   Firstly, we went with my sister and her husband, which…

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Risotto…or is it?!

Each country we live in comes with new ways to explore food.  I love to cook and enjoy finding what grows locally with each season.  Fiji brought the joys of fresh fish and coconuts and tropical fruits but with limited lettuce greens.  Now in Rwanda our days of fresh tuna are over but access to locally…

All the ‘lasts’ of Fiji

Packing up and moving countries is always a stressful time, no matter how often I have gone through the process or how organized in advance I plan to be.  I am a check- lists-and-plans kind of girl but there are always last minute papers to sign, accounts to close, documents to save and various sequencing events to…

Living in Limbo: Hong Kong

Limbo:  “An uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition”. Not to be confused with the Limbo (dance), which is quite a bit more fun but also requires a certain level of flexibility. While awaiting the “decision/ resolution” to move from the Fiji Islands to Rwanda, my time of living-…

The Kingdom & The Queen (of the ocean!)

Living in Fiji has given us a unique chance to easily explore the South Pacific, or at least some of it.  With many magical and exotic places to explore, the Kingdom of Tonga has been on our wish list.  What we were most excited about was to experience the migration of the humpback whale, where…

Home Leave can ruin you…

  Home Leave: “To visit ones home country in order to renew and strengthen cultural and family ties". This is the wonderful and highly anticipated time for me to be reminded of what it is to be Canadian.  To renew ties with my homeland, my family, my friends…my gynaecologist, my dentist, my GP, my optometrist,…

Mini Canada or New Zealand?!

As I travel, I make an effort to adapt to my new surroundings.  I don't do this because I am trying to be someone else, I will always remain truly me.  I do it because I feel I learn and grow more by being an integral part of a new place, not just a visitor.  I try not to…

Travel Perks

Most times I would cringe at the thought of a 9-hour layover in an airport, but not this December when our travel took us through Hong Kong.  I quite like the HKG airport, with it's great shopping, many seating and dining options and long walkways.  THIS trip we would get to experience a completely new…

When Winston made up his mind…

For those in Fiji, it will be a tragic event used as a benchmark in their lives.  Where were you when the Category 5, Tropical Cyclone Winston hit on February 20-21, 2016?  Me?  I was at home in my sturdy apartment, fitted with a generator and large water tank, staying clear of the many windows,…