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

Toronto's Lucy Izon shared a wealth of Twitter information in Sarasota.

Lucy Izon’s Twitter Tips

Lucy Izon, whose CanadaCool website is the coolest, is a Twitter goddess and a few of us at the SATW Canadian Chapter meeting in Sarasota were privileged to have her share some of her immense knowledge. Of course, we had … Continue reading