On this day: Yanaka “Cat Town”, Tokyo

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On November 15, 2018, I was visiting Yanaka “Cat Town” in Tokyo, Japan. Japan loves cats. From cat cafés to actual cat shrines, you will find symbols of our feline friends everywhere in the country. This is reflective of…

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Photo essay: The dogs of Peru

When we landed in Peru earlier this year, one of the first things we noticed was the abundance of dogs wandering the streets. We saw them all over the streets of Cusco, in the Sacred Valley, and around Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) too. There is indeed an issue with stray animals in Peru, but according…

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Welcome to the jungle: A week in the Peru Amazon

After a few days in Cusco and our Inca Trail experience, we headed north to begin the next portion of our Peru trip, in the Amazon rainforest. We embarked on a 6 days/5 nights stay with Amazonia Expeditions, a top rated ecolodge located on the Tahuayo River, a tributary of the Amazon River. Amazonia Expeditions…

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Ain’t no (Sacred) Valley low enough

I’m posting this entry a day later as I was too tired to finish it on the evening prior to our Inca Trail trek. The summary of my Inca Trail experience will come next! (Spoiler: It was rough) After two days in Cusco we had an action packed day as we embarked on a tour…

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Peru, here we are!

Mr. Chuckles and I arrived in Cusco, Peru early yesterday morning to begin our final ‘big trip’ of 2019. We will be spending the next 12 days in the Cusco Region and Amazon Basin of Peru. We are joined by two of my old housemates from Vancouver, who will be with us for just the…

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Caring for elephants in Chiang Mai

Today’s forecast: 38°C, foggy ⛅️ Mosquito bite tally: 5 The best day ever It really was. Today we went on our highly anticipated visit to Elephant Nature Park which we had booked 60 days in advance. It was our most expensive activity on this trip at 6000 baht each, but completely worth it. The Asian…

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A jaunt in Japan: Tokyo

After a short stay in Kyoto, we headed off to Tokyo. We had to take the opportunity to ride the famous Shinkansen bullet train, which travels up to an astonishing 320 km/ hour. At this rate, our travel time was about 2.5 hours for 450 km. As advertised, the train schedule was precise to the…

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A jaunt in Japan: Kyoto and Osaka

The second part of my East Asia trip last autumn was a check off a long-standing item on the bucket list: Japan! After five days in South Korea, our group of three flew on T’way Airlines from Seoul to Osaka. T’way is a low cost carrier based in Korea; it was decent for the short…

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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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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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