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I saw the news today… Oh Boy!

Bad and scary news everywhere today, but not here. Only good news here. This is the Good News Blog! On the way out, we had a full day in London, which is becoming my favourite city very quickly now. I… Continue Reading →

Day 10 Foula, Shetland Islands

Late, but we did get a landing on the Shetland island of Foula. Had a very nice hike, just me and Chantal, and the ponies, sheep and birds. This is a very remote, lonely place and inhabited by only 36… Continue Reading →

Expedition Days 7-9

This morning we did a 5km hike at the Loch Scavaig, on the Isle of Skye. Very technical hike, on slippery rocks, fog and some rain, but a really nice walk. The zodiac ride back was like riding a wild… Continue Reading →

Expedition Day 6 – St. Kilda

St. Kilda, the outermost of the New Hebrides Islands, sustained people from about 4000 BC, living on seabird eggs, fish, and a few vegetables as well as sheep and cattle. There is a village of “Blackhouses”, named because the fire-pit… Continue Reading →

Aboard the Ocean Endeavour

I’ve been on this ship before, 2 years ago in the Arctic. See my blog at Arctic-explorer-expedition-2016 . Same ship and same tour company, Adventure Canada, but completely different adventure. We had some rough seas on this trip and Mathew,… Continue Reading →

Scotland Interior – Days 8-11

We flew from Dublin to Glascow, from where we visited the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness during a full day excursion. Meeting up with Adventure Canada in Glascow, they transported us to the town of Oban, where we boarded the… Continue Reading →

Days 4-7 Irish Eyes Do Smile :)

This trip is starting to feel like one big international pub crawl, as we visited Dublin, then went on an over-night excursion to the west coast of Ireland. We visited Galway, Bunratty village and castle and the Cliffs of Moher…. Continue Reading →

Day 2-3 – London – All the tourist things

We got Oyster cards for the bus and subway, but when we’re visiting European cities, we prefer the bus, as you see much more. Especially in London, the double-decker buses are great. We actually met a guy from Port Credit… Continue Reading →

Jack the Ripper – circa 2040

In 1888, Jack the Ripper murdered and severely mutilated 5 prostitutes in Whitechapel, London. During our month in the UK and Ireland, we spent quite a bit of time in Whitechapel, which turned out to be one of my favourite… Continue Reading →

The Land of Volcanos and…. Excursions?

Iceland is a very high-tech country, especially in computer software and geothermal power generation. But it seems to me that the biggest industry is tourist excursions. I thought it would be pretty quiet in mid-October, but there were hundreds of… Continue Reading →

Rockin’ in Reykjavik (Iceland)

The first thing I thought about in Reykjavik was that it was so much like St. John’s. Except the people talk even funnier. No offence to my Newfie friends (don’t worry… you guys still talk funny… and I love it!)…. Continue Reading →

Under the Tuscan Wall

We were also under the Tuscan sun, which was up to 35C everyday. We stayed in the town of Lucignano, which is a medieval walled town, originally built in 1391. We were actually staying in a wall, with no view… Continue Reading →

Thinking about the Urban Prophesy in Florence

The next leg of our Italian adventure was a 6 day cycling trip from Venice (actually Maestre, which is the mainland part of Venice) to Florence. When I saw this graffiti in Florence, it made me think quite a bit…. Continue Reading →

A Few Days in Venice

There are 55,000 people living on the island of Venice, and over 20 million tourists a year, so we were a little overwhelmed. Yes, it was busy, but we found quiet places where you could relax and where the food… Continue Reading →

Cycling the Dolomite Mountains in Italy

The second part of our Italian adventure was a cycling trip from Niederdorf, which is about 10 km from the Austrian border, to Maestre, which is by Venice, but on the mainland. The 6 day cycling trip covered 340 km…. Continue Reading →

Do I have a half-brother in Italy?

Or sister? In Rome, for the first part of our Italian adventure, we were walking around the old Roman ruins area close to the coliseum. At one point, we were high up on a lookout point, I started thinking about… Continue Reading →

Kangerlussuaq (Day 12) – final

We left the ship for the last time at 8:30 this morning and on shore in Kangerlussuaq, which was a US airbase during the cold war, we boarded Mercedes Unimog all terrain trucks. It was a very bumpy ride up… Continue Reading →

Itilleq, Greenland (Day 11)

This morning there was a AC Q&A panel meeting with much talk about the conditions of the Inuit – political, social and economic. Seems like the answer would be more and better education, which is expensive because of the large… Continue Reading →

Ilulissat, Greenland (Day 10)

This morning, we had a very interesting session about “Intergenerational Connections”, hosted by 87 year old Sally. The young people were very much into this, and I spent about half an hour holding 3 ½ month old baby Jane. In… Continue Reading →

Uummannaq, Greenland (Day 9)

This morning, we landed for a short visit to an ancient cemetery at Qilakitoq. Then, back at the ship, we had our polar dip, but it wasn’t too cold… about 5áµ’C. Spent the afternoon in the town of Uummannaq, Greenland… Continue Reading →

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