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Journeys in Iran: Persia, picnics, pomegranates & poetry

From historic silk road desert towns to modern metropolises to remnants of the glorious ancient Persian empire, Iran will amaze even the most intrepid of travellers. My journey through the authoritarian country, finding laughter and hospitality at every turn.

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“Butanding!”

DONSOL, THE PHILIPPINES – After three hours of aimlessly crisscrossing the waters I thought the guide would call it a day without us having caught a single glimpse. Not a fin. Even the spotters, perched high on the small boat’s bamboo towers, slumped and seemed less optimistic.

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Portraits of Northern Laos: The story behind the colours

Portraits of Northern Laos: The Story Behind the Colours This photo essay is the first of a series of posts to give you a rich narrative of this region. 

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Coppelia Ice Cream Parlour, Cuba’s Cathedral of Ice Cream

Coppelia, HAVANA, Cuba – Forget cigars, rum and old cars. Forget Hemingway, Fidel and Che. If there are only two things to remember about real Cuban life, it’s this: queues and ice cream.

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Plunge into local life in Luang Prabang at Phosi Market

Phosi Market | LUANG PRABANG, Laos – Silvery, slithery things indignantly flick their tails sending a wave of water out of the bucket. Unidentified creatures with small paws sizzle on a grill.

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Din Tai Fung & the Art of the Dumpling

The art of the dumpling & how legendary Din Tai Fung restaurant brought Taiwanese food to the world stage.

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I’m on Tripbod! – Personalized trip planning for Luang Prabang & Southeast Asia

I’m now on Tripbod for Luang Prabang & Southeast Asia!

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October 23, 2011: “Stuff”

I recently stumbled upon something I had written and long forgotten about. It was entitled “Stuff”, dated October 23, 2011. Exactly two years ago today, I was frantically packing up my stuff, my life in Toronto for an opportunity to pursue my dream job abroad as a travel writer. It felt crazy; I was taking […]

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Hiking in Luang Prabang: The Chomphet Hike

Looking for some hiking in Luang Prabang? Just across the Mekong River from town is a fantastic half-day walk known as Chomphet Hike. 

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The Akha Headdress: Iconic Ethnicity

Because of their magnificent headdress, the Akha are one of the most recognizable, iconic ethnic groups in Southeast Asia. In this post: details on the headdress & a visual step-by-step on how to put one on.

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