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What the heck am I doing in Ghana…

A little about my mandate. I was sent to Accra by Crossroads International, a Canadian NGO that sends volunteers overseas to work with local partners. Crossroads does a lot of work to build capacity and improve the lives of women … Continue reading

Accra, Ghana: First Observations

I arrived in Accra a week ago and am starting to settle in. Natalie, the Crossroads liaison officer picked me up at the airport. Super hot…but not quite as humid as Hanoi so easier to take. I was swarmed by … Continue reading

NATJA Bronze Winner!

I am so pleased to tell you that I was awarded the bronze award from the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) for my story Travels With My Dad: A Father-Daughter Bonding Journey through Southern Africa, published by Travel World … Continue reading

Miracle Moringa Trees Could Help Haiti

I posted this story about moringa trees in Haiti recently on the Innovate Development site. Will check the study at year end to see what they have found.

Motorbike Repair Skills Help Disadvantaged Hanoians

Andrew, at VIP Bikes, is a real inspiration. It was such a pleasure meeting him and learning about this social enterprise for my article on the Innovate Development website. His shop was neat as a pin! Not like most greasy … Continue reading

Climbing to the Clouds: Hanoi to Ha Giang

On Labour Day weekend (same in Vietnam as in Canada), myself and four friends hired a car and headed north: destination Ha Giang Province. Ha Giang contains Vietnam’s northernmost point along the Chinese border. Two of the gals I was … Continue reading

A Great Trip to Ninh Binh

A few weeks ago I took a trip with some friends out into the country to Ninh Binh (pronounced Ning Bing), around 93 km south of Hanoi. We rented bikes and found ourselves meandering along tiny dirt paths, past squawking … Continue reading