On this day: Old and new in Seoul

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On November 7, 2018, I was in Seoul, South Korea. After reuniting with our friend in Busan, we returned to Seoul to spend the remainder of our time in South Korea. As the capital and largest metropolis of…

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Photo Friday: Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul

This weekโ€™s Photo Friday is inspired by Leighton from Leighton Travels, who just published a great post about his visit to a hanok village in Otgol, South Korea. He reminded me of my own experience in a hanok when I travelled to South Korea back in 2018. Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village…

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Photo Friday: The Crystal at Royal Ontario Museum

Today’s edition of Photo Friday comes to you from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal was constructed in 2007, as a multi-million dollar expansion to the Royal Ontario Museum located in downtown Toronto. The structure employs a Deconstructivist crystalline form, made of 25% glass and 75% aluminum sitting atop a…

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House on the hill: Casa Loma, Toronto

Casa Loma (Spanish translating to ‘Hill House’) is a prominent mansion and garden located in midtown Toronto, situated at an elevation of 140 metres above sea level. It was constructed between 1911 and 1914 as a residence for financier and founder of the Toronto Electric Light Company, Sir Henry Pellatt. Designed by architect E.J. Lennox,…

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The one with all the Angkor temples

We got right into the action soon after our arrival in Siem Reap. Our second day in town was spent on one of our most highly anticipated excursions of this trip: a visit to the Angkor temples. Getting there Angkor Archaeological Park is a massive complex spanning over 400 square kilometres, containing magnificent remains of…

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Surviving the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Since my last post, we have moved onto the Amazon jungle portion of our travels in Peru. It took me a few days to get a strong enough WiFi signal out here to upload my photos, so here is the belated recap of our short Inca Trail experience! The classic Inca Trail hike requires 4…

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Ainโ€™t no (Sacred) Valley low enough

Iโ€™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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A day in Inkaredible Cusco

Today was our second and final full day in Cusco. I awoke feeling much better than yesterday but have decided to resume the acetazolamide due to my new perpetual headache. I sure do feel funny with lots of tingles all over my body; Iโ€™m not sure if itโ€™s the medication or altitude, or combination of…

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Peru, here we are!

Mr. Chuckles and I arrived in Cusco, Peru early yesterday morning to begin our final โ€˜big tripโ€™ 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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