Meeting the Maasai in Terrat, Tanzania

Over on Twitter, this week’s #Top4Theme was #Top4SmallTowns. One of my featured photos was taken in Terrat, Tanzania, where I spent just over two weeks in 2017. At the time, I was participating in a medical volunteer mission, working with a Canadian NGO and its African partners to provide primary healthcare to people in this…

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My UNESCO World Heritage checklist

When the UNESCO World Heritage list was first published in 1978, there were only 12 places included. Since its inception, the list has now grown to encompass over 1000 sites worldwide, identified as places on Earth that are of outstanding value to humanity in terms of cultural, historical, or scientific significance. The UNESCO designation confers…

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#Alphabet Adventures: Travel memories from A to Z

I’m bored. The province of Ontario is finally looking at a gradual re-opening of the economy, but the process is going to be a slow one. This is surely appropriate, but it unfortunately means that my beloved hobby of travel planning is still on hold since I don’t know when I will be going anywhere!…

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Movies to scare you before travelling

With all the news about the Wuhan coronavirus, I have become a little anxious about my upcoming trip to Asia. So far, there are two confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Vietnam, with further global spread anticipated as Lunar New Year approaches and more international travel ensues. Hopefully the massive quarantines happening in central China will…

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Travel wish list: 5 places to revisit

Now that we’ve started a new year and decade, it’s time to consider my travel goals and start building up that wish list. My world travels only started in earnest within the last 3 to 4 years, so as someone building up my ‘country count’ I am still at the stage of visiting new places…

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Off the beaten path in Tanzania: Ukerewe Island

I was browsing through my old photos albums the other day and came across the shots I took during my trip to Tanzania in 2017, so it’s time to reminisce! I visited this East African country for the second time as a volunteer with a Canadian NGO and a group of Tanzanian healthcare workers running…

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Gorilla trekking and other adventures in Uganda

Another part of my retrospective series. On my second trip to Africa in 2017, I capped off my trip with a visit to Uganda. My friend and I were referred to a great local tour operator named Explore Uganda with Dan, who arranged a private customized 5 day tour for us, the highlight of which…

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Looking back (and up) at Mount Kilimanjaro

Continuing on with my retrospective series, I thought I’d recap the second part of my first trip to Tanzania. After a few days in Zanzibar and a two week volunteer mission, I finished off my Tanzanian adventure with a day hike to base camp of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa,…

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Zipping around Zanzibar

This is a retrospective post. I travelled to Tanzania a couple years ago and returned for a second trip a year later. This was the first ‘faraway’ place I had ever visited and made for a number of memorable experiences. My trips to Africa have been for the purposes of volunteer work related to my…

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