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Matcha and Meditation

December 9th, 2022
Matcha and Meditation

I sit with crossed legs and heavy eyelids. I’m the last in a line of seven people, each of us waiting in silence outside of the dim meditation hall. It’s nearly midnight at this Zen Monastery, and many of us hope to stay awake until sunrise. For two nights and three days, forty of us will hold vigil to commemorate the Buddha’s enlightenment.

Here’s What’s Coming in the Next Few Weeks

December 3rd, 2022
Here’s What’s Coming in the Next Few Weeks

Greetings from Réunion Island!

I've had a splendid few days on this lovely and surprising island, and I've thoroughly enjoyed its unique little vibe. It's one of these gems that requires that one or two extra steps from the more well-known places to get to, and one that comes with all the rewards of that extra effort.

A Planet Called Ocean: In Search Of The Blue World We Often Miss

December 2nd, 2022
A Planet Called Ocean: In Search Of The Blue World We Often Miss

Oh, what a world.

At the time of writing, NASA’s Artemis spacecraft has just achieved an incredible milestone - it’s travelled 430,000 km out from the Earth, far beyond the other side of the Moon. This is further than any spacecraft designed for humans has ever travelled (this time around, Artemis is unmanned - but future expeditions will take astronauts back to the Moon). 

And to celebrate this monumental landmark, NASA pointed the ship’s Orion capsule back the way it had come, to take this instantly iconic photograph.

Mauritius & the Mekong

November 26th, 2022
Mauritius & the Mekong

Greetings from Mauritius!

I'm here quite some distance east off the coast of Madagascar and the African continent, in the southern Indian Ocean, checking things out so we can add it to our slate of tropical LiveAway trips for the end of next year and the beginning of 2024.

It's been a beach destination for the well-heeled European and Indian elite for some time, but for obvious reasons of distance fewer Canadians make it all the way out here.

The ethereal yaguara of costa rica

November 25th, 2022
The ethereal yaguara of costa rica

“The beast that kills in one bound.”

That’s what Yaguara, or jaguar, translates to from its original Guaraní Indian.

The largest cat in the Americas, jaguars have been revered through countless native mythologies for their stealth, beauty, and power.

Sardinia & Her Secrets

November 19th, 2022
Sardinia & Her Secrets

Greetings from Sardinia!

I'm just wrapping up my journey through Corsica and Sardinia, with my last day here in the charming town of Bosa, on the northwest coast of Sardinia. Though you may not have heard of it, it is touted to be one of the most beautiful towns in all of Italy, and from where I stand it most certainly has a strong case.

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