Only In Madagascar

Here are some of the photos from Madagascar…

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Lured by the how exotic Madagascar seemed, this was my next destination.  I came here because of the unique flora and fauna of the island.  Little did I know that I would be intrigued just as equally by its people, culture and way of life.

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When you typically visit Africa, you do a lot of driving.  But you find yourself seeing so much more than scenery while on the road, because the main arteries take you through villages where we were a witness to the daily lives of the Malagasy which were an interesting people with a mixture of African, South East Asian and Arabic taking on different aspects of each culture.

There were many handicrafts that the Malagasy were very proud of to display

Madagascar is a very large island with vast different landscapes throughout

There are a lot of flora and fauna in Madagascar that is unique to…

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Colombia

Some photos of my trip to Colombia. Ohh to be back there right now…

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2016 saw my return to South America.  I hadn’t been here since 2009 and it was great to be back.  Unfortunately, I only got out to the Caribbean coast of Colombia, leaving much of the country to still be explored.  I enjoyed my time on the coast as you’ll see it is quite beautiful.  With the Caribbean coast, came beaches.  We explored three beaches: two in the Tayrona National Park and Playa Blanca.

Of course there was the 4 day jungle trek to La Ciudad Perdida which I’ve previously blogged about.  A grueling trek, but totally worth it.

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Cartagena and Santa Marta were base towns for us.  They provided us with colourful and cultural experiences.

Like central American countries and other South American countries, the buses are painted with vibrant colours.

I just need to go back to explore the rest of the country.

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The Canadian East Coast

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Views of Cape Breton within the national park

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here.  My travels over these past year or so have been short and sweet travels mainly to warm destinations with lots of beaches.  However, I did have a road trip this year to a destination that over recent years I have been neglecting very much.  My own wonderful country.  Jumped in the car with my folks and headed east from Toronto to the Maritime Provinces.  This eastern part of the country which admittedly has not been high on my list was a shockingly wonderful surprise.  It left me questioning my folks as to why we spent so much time in the US on family holidays and not more time exploring this beautiful area which is a short car drive and is absolutely stunning.  The photos don’t even do it justice.

After one and a half days on the road, we reached our first destination…

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Laos, the Land of Waterfalls

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My final stop on my travels ended up being Laos.  I really wanted to return to Laos because I hadn’t spent much time here before.  This trip was concentrated on visiting the south of Laos.  I had heard great things about the south, especially about 4000 Islands and I couldn’t wait to get there.  But first, we started in Pakse and headed to Vat Phou in Champasak.

View of the temple from the hill View of the temple from the hill

This little boy was busy working with his mom selling cold refreshments on this very hot day. This little boy was busy working with his mom selling cold refreshments on this very hot day.

Our next stop was to the Bolaven Plateau which would offer some cooler temperatures.  I started to realize on this trip that Laos is the country of waterfalls.  While on this two day road trip, we saw plenty of waterfalls.

Behind is Tad Phasuam.  This gesture that my Russian friend is doing is one that we saw all over SEA when people were handing us things Behind is Tad Phasuam. This gesture that my Russian friend is doing is one that we saw all over…

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Vietnam: Discovering the Caves and Tunnels

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Although we were specializing in doing nothing, we picked up the pace in Vietnam.  It was a whirlwind adventure as we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City via the Mekong Delta.  We were going to spend a couple of days here and figure out how to get north quickly to check out the Phong Nha Caves.  HCMC was definitely a lot more bustling than where we had been previously.

The tourist ghetto in district 1 The tourist ghetto in district 1

My favourite breakfast spot.  Banh sandwiches for breakfast. Yum yum My favourite breakfast spot. Banh sandwiches for breakfast. Yum yum

The last time I was here, I missed out on the Cu Chi Tunnels and decided to not miss them this time round.  Booked a tour which included a stop to workshop where people affected by agent orange are trained to make art out of eggshells.

The work is stunning and time consuming.  I bought a tea set which I'm still waiting for it to arrive in the mail. The work is stunning and time consuming. I bought a tea set which I’m still waiting for it to…

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Cambodia: Pure Relaxation

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I found myself back in Cambodia 2 years later.  This country had not been on the original itinerary as by this time I was supposed to be finishing my travels.  But instead of heading home, I met up with my Russian friend who I’d met in the Philippines.  She was located in Cambodia and I found her and started travelling areas of the south that I hadn’t been to before.

We met up in Kampot a quiet riverside town where we started to perfect the art of doing nothing.  This technique we would perfect in weeks to come.

Sunset over Kampot.  This is one the big things to do in Kampot, see the sunset by boat. Sunset over Kampot. This is one the big things to do in Kampot, see the sunset by boat.

Our amazing bungalow with walls and roof that didn't meet.  Surprising we never met any strange critters there. Our amazing bungalow with walls and roof that didn’t meet. Surprisingly we never met any strange critters there.  The art of doing nothing was born here.

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The Beauty of Auckland

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New Zealand took on a different feel.  I had travelled through here a couple of years ago and the purpose of this visit was not to see places of the country that I had missed the first time around but to visit friends of mine that I had met in London and had moved home.  The pace slowed down as I made one place my home for 3 weeks and I was no longer planning every move but was allowing myself to be a guest and be shown the great city of Auckland.

Auckland is a city that is bordered by coasts on its east and west sides.  You can’t help but relish in the beauty of the beaches.

Beautiful blue ocean with white sand and clear blue skies Beautiful blue ocean with white sand and clear blue skies

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Made us so ecstatic, we just wanted to jump with joy

I was able to explore Devonport which is just a…

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