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Truc Bach, My New ‘Hood

I am slowly getting acclimatized to Hanoi (pop.6.5 million) and its unstoppable traffic. I’ve learned to keep walking slowly, listen to the honks and keep to the side of the road. Pedestrians are the lowest ones on the totem pole, … Continue reading

Hanoi: 10 Observations So Far

Having survived my first week in Vietnam, and finally able to walk outside without being overwhelmed, here are a few initial observations… 1) GOOD MORNING VIETNAM…my 5 am wake-up call comes from a neighbour’s rooster. No need to hit the … Continue reading

WUSC, Uniterra and My Mandate in Vietnam

The walk from the cool Hanoi airport into a waiting cab was the first warning. It was 37C with 85% humidity. Hanoi in July is not for the faint of heart. I’ve been here five days now and am slowly … Continue reading

My podcast about Swaziland and Ethiopia

Following is a link to a podcast I did with Michael McCarthy, a writer and radio personality who lives in Vancouver. I met Michael on a trip to Louisiana and was really impressed with his travels and his efforts to … Continue reading

Lip-Smacking Louisiana!

Check out my story on Louisiana’s hidden foodie gems on the hospitality site AmberSpire

Back to See the Girls of Swaziland

Little did I know I’d be returning to Swaziland in less than a year! Crossroads sent me back in March for two weeks. It was great to get out of the polar vortex of Canada, but Swaziland was Noah’s Arc. … Continue reading

Foodie Tampa

Here’s a link to a wonderful new hospitality site called AmberSpire and the story I wrote for them on the yummy gourmet offerings in Tampa, Florida! http://amberspire.com/savoring-flavors-tampa/

Livi laBomake – Women’s Voices: A Yebo ArtReach Project in Swaziland

Yesterday I took a kombi to Swaziland National Museum in Lobamba to see the Women’s Voices exhibit. Organized by Aleta Armstrong, owner of Yebo Gallery, the exhibit was a combination of creativity and community women’s voices. “I invited rural women … Continue reading

Wonderful Wendake: First Nations Getaway Outside Quebec City

Boutique hotel complete with fluffy beaver pillows and wood burning fireplace, or chilly outdoor longhouse? Hummm. Well, I had to go out and have a look. In fact, while I was at the Hotel Musée Premieres Nations in Wendake I … Continue reading

Quebec City Winter Carnival Says to “Bring It!” to Polar Vortex

I love going to Quebec City in February. While mountains of snow and polar temperatures turn Ontarians into cringing shut-ins, Quebecers head boldly outdoors. Traffic is barely affected in blowing snow conditions, all night dance parties take place in sub-zero … Continue reading