Making the Most of a 24 Hour Layover in Tokyo

My most recent travel adventure  was one fine day in  Tokyo.  Japan has been high on my wish list for some time now.  Why only one day? Well, one efficiency I have learned in my long term travels is that when I am booking my annual Canada visit,  I keep my eyes peeled for any interesting […]

The Lost Chronicles

Traveling and living in foreign lands is a great life and I love it . Sometimes however things go amiss, for me especially on travel  days. Hey, it can’t be rainbows and unicorns all of the time, otherwise we don’t fully appreciate the good times. Passport I found myself with a few minutes to spare […]

A Journey Back in time on Southern Prairie Railway

On my latest visit back to Canada, my nephew and I went on a little adventure, touring some of the sights in Southwestern Saskatchewan. Though I lived many years close by, this an area I have spent very little time there , especially as a tourist.  We covered quite a bit of ground for one […]

Coffee Paradise in Ubud, Bali

My first visit to Ubud in central Bali, Indonesia was 5 years ago, mainly to check out it’s world-renowned spa and wellness scene.  The Bali massage, which you can find everywhere you turn in Ubud, is a wonderful combination of relaxing and restorative. The local people are sweet and there is a huge artistic community […]

Gili Air and Kuta, Lombok Photo blog

A few words about my recent Indonesian adventure which included Bali (my next blog),  the island of Gili Air and the surfers paradise, Kuta, Lombok.   I really cherished my time in Ubud, Bali but let’s face it, it is crowded and there is a  ton of traffic.  Gili Air was the perfect  onward destination […]

Top Tips For Using ATMs in Southeast Asia

Update 2020 I learned another valuable ATM lesson I feel compelled to share.  After the Bali incident in the update below, I was down to one and only one bank card which was really my lifeline. Unfortunately it really started acting up, not working at all for a week or more. I called my bank […]

Iban Longhouse stay in Borneo

I had fun times on my recent trip to the huge island of Borneo, the major highlight being my stay at a traditional tribal longhouse. There are many tribal groups in Borneo and the Iban tribe is the largest one.  Their traditional way of living is for an entire community to live under one roof […]

Spectacular Coffee at Caffe Terzi, Bologna, Italy

Recently I visited Northern Italy for the first time and what a wonderful adventure it was.  I explored Torino, Treviso and surrounding area including Venice, Bologna and finally Rome. Italian food and drink was one of the main attractions for me and I ended up hitting the bar scene hard.   No, not that bar […]

Sidikalang, Sumatra Coffee Tour Part 2

Heavy machinery for coffee processing The morning after our wonderful coffee farm tour ,we finally got to meet our host and the Sidikalang coffee master himself, Samuel. We had a great chat about coffee over coffee, then it was on to the Poda Coffee processing area and laboratory. This is where we would do the coffee […]

Sidikalang, Sumatra Coffee Tour Part 1

I love coffee,  not just drinking it, but everything about it from hunting for the best coffee shop, trying different brewing methods, different varieties,  and learning about the coffee’s journey from farm to cup. On my second trip to Sumatra I wanted to dig deep into what makes this world-famous coffee so special.  I was at Lake Toba […]