Category Archives: The Great Outdoors

Long Hue Round

ho chi minh trail

Whew… It’s been a busy few days. I apologize in advance if this is a crazy-long post, but we just have so much to tell you!

As Pia mentioned, after Hanoi and Ha Long Bay we headed to the center of the country to the small-ish city of Hue (pronounced hway), which is just South of the DMZ (demilitarized zone that once separated North and South Vietnam). After the frenetic ...continue reading

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Fish Tales and Monk-y Business

Okunoin Cemetery - Koyasan, JapanAfter three and a half weeks in Japan, I no longer have Turning Japanese in my head 24 hours a day; it’s been replaced by Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips. Oh Japanese-inspired pop ...continue reading

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Canucks Of The Caribbean

canucks of the caribbeanAfter a few days of theme parks (which did their best to ensure that we were sick of Christmas even earlier than usual), we got on a 7-day Caribbean cruise that we were able to book last-minute for really cheap. We were very enthusiastic about the opportunity to slow the pace down a little, get some work done, relax, etc.

We left from Port Canaveral, which is right ...continue reading

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Borders, Bar Harbor, and Boston

We crossed the border with much less fanfare than the last time, and then had to pull over and manually unclench our buttcheeks. I’m pretty sure that border crossings are on that list of the most stressful events in life, like moving and living with a teenager. From ...continue reading

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Fall Colours, Surprised Mothers, and a Gigantic Fiddle

cape breton island fall coloursLet’s see… when my lovely wife left off we had just reached Halifax, or as I like to think of it, the East Coast’s Victoria. It really did feel a lot like our home town, even though we were on the opposite side of the country. I think the fact that it rained a whole bunch ...continue reading

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Maritimes and Struggling Rhymes

New BrunswickSo, when Pia left off we were at the end of the Gaspé Peninsula in Percé, Quebec, home of the famous Percé rock. We took a boat tour from Percé which took us to see their namesake then around nearby Bonaventure Island, a provincial park which is home to the largest colony of northern gannets in the world, and neighbourhood hangout for young punk seals with nothing better to do but lie around in the ...continue reading

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