I started writing in journals when I was 12 years old. Writing was a joy to me, and being an avid reader provided a vivid imagination. I also loved looking at beautiful travel photos so I bought my first ever 35mm camera, a Pentax K1000 back in 1980. I was so excited to have my own camera, although in those days we have a finite number of photos per roll of film. In those days, I preferred to have my photos developed as slides, so slideshows were often a Friday evening activity.
My first out of province trip as well as my first airplane trip happened when I was 11 years old. My Mom took my brother and me to visit my sister and her family in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. My first international trip was to Spain, in 1977, where I spent the summer studying and learning about the very different culture of Spain. I had such an amazing summer and I subsequently returned during the next two summers. I felt comfortable traveling to new locations and sought to live as local as I could. Early on I realized I preferred living in dorms and hostels than large hotels. I also truly enjoyed meeting the local people and learning of their ways of life.
My career as a consultant took me to so many new cities and countries. I worked quite often in the United States of America, and in the later years of my career, the international landscape included Buenos Aires Argentina, Bangalore India, Dublin Ireland, Bejing China, Caracas Venezuela, and San Salvador El Salvador.
I so enjoyed all my work-related travels as well as our personal family travels. Once retired, I found myself starting a series of journeys across Spain, on foot, on the Camino de Santiago. Since then, my husband and I have taken multiple cruises and trips, and I regularly return to Spain and France during the summer.
During my many travels, I often would share with my coworkers and friends stories about Canada. I am a proud Canadian and I especially enjoyed sharing tales with people who had never seen or experienced snow. Some would say I could weave a story that had them ready to take the first winter flight to Canada to see snow for themselves.
In 2010 I was assigned a 3-month project in Buenos Aires Argentina. I started my personal blog not only to record my adventures in BA, but also to share the beauty and uniqueness of Argentina with my friends and family. My love of writing came back in earnest and I truly enjoyed sharing my trials and tribulations with my readers. At that point, I recognized that blogging was going to be an integral part of my day to day life. Last year, I realized that I wanted to combine my biggest passions and do something that would help others who wanted to travel but perhaps didn’t have a lot of experience.
Combining my love of travel with my love of capturing moments through photographs and sharing my experiences via a blog seemed to truly be the perfect focus at this time in my life. Armed with decades of travel adventures and mishaps, more than 100,000 photos and the use of social media tools, I have set out to put it out there for whoever feel a connection to my tales. I have found such a great way to combine all my joys!