Gallipoli – ANZAC Identity and the Birth of Turkey.

“Off you go to your death…” -Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (or at least a quote attributed to him) The World War 1 battle of Gallipoli resonates deeply within three societies. For…

Our Food (one step towards healing)

Recently we enjoyed an excellent fine-dinning experience at Salmon n’ Bannock, on West Broadway. Vancouver is a multicultural, foodie city where organic is popular and the environment healthy. So other…

Canada’s Shame (& the Catholic Church) – this is time for action.

“… holding the spirits of the little ones, and I have been doing that, I did that through the rest of the days of commission, … I’ve had that call…

Canadian Independence – the time has come

It would seem Julie Payette is a really unpleasant person. Incredibly impressive on paper, the former astronaut seemed like a good choice for Governor General of the country. As the…

The Threat of the Far Left (and false equivalencies)

Venezuela is a disaster. Populist authoritarian ‘socialism’ has caused untold misery in the once oil-rich South American country. Somewhere between 4.7 and 6 million people have fled the lush country…

Ecuador in November

Dear friends and fellow travellers, last year we were planning planning a custom Ecuador trip in November. Covid put that to bed and Ecuador has had a tough time (as…

10 Travel Dreams – we’re beginning to think about travel!

My specific quarantine began March 14 – just as I returned home from a trip to Mexico. We are now in the third week of January and are waiting anxiously…

Ireland in October! (and maybe a few days in London)

It is (almost) time to travel! Here I am at the Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s dramatic west coast with my friend and tour coach operator, Tommy Manning. I have…

2021 and the future of travel

Well… as we stumble, shell-shocked towards the end of 2020, some of us are beginning to contemplate a world where we may cross boarders – or even leave our houses.…

Canada Day 2020… eh?*

Canada’s complicated history July 1 – Canada’s birthday. Appropriately, there are no parades this year. We are hiding covidly. Not just in the country, but regionally, for Canada is not…

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