A big shout out should be given to the PanAm Games. Besides making all the construction downtown Toronto a nightmare for the past few years – now that the Games are finally here, we as Torontonians can rejoice at the new infrastructure we have built to welcome the athletes and fans to our beloved city.
As each salty wave crashed into me, I struggled to keep hold of my paddle and baseball cap. I began timing my breaths of air with each pause between the endless gushes of ocean water that were becoming more and more violent. Down the cove, my bright yellow board drifted farther away from me with … [Read more…]
It has been a few months since I’ve sat in front of the computer to write about travel. It’s not that my passion for travel has diminished. It’s not that I haven’t been travelling. Unfortunately, some stress I’ve had in my life has temporary stripped my desire to share my passions. Yet today, I’ve woken … [Read more…]
One of the few benefits about getting older is getting vacation during “prime time”. This past year, both Bruce and I lucked out and were able to take the week during New Year’s off, so we booked a family trip to Iceland. We had a few months to plan our week and came up with … [Read more…]
“Why are you visiting Finland? Isn’t it just like Canada?” so asked one of the Finns we met on our travels. In a lot of ways, Finland is very much like Canada – a cosmopolitian capital, areas of vast wilderness, and a love of hockey. But Finland differs with it’s European architecture, cobblestone streets, passion … [Read more…]
Tallinn, Estonia is located on the south shores of the Baltic Sea, and can easily be a day trip, a short overnight or weekend holiday from Helsinki, Finland. With limited time on our vacation in Finland, we decided to spend just one night in this UNESCO heritage site – known for it’s magical medieval atmosphere.
After initially booking our flight to Helsinki, my quest to find accommodation began. I had heard rumour that many hotels in Finland were generic and dull, but I read a blog about a girl who had stayed in a hotel in Helsinki that was originally a prison and my interest was piqued. Using other travel … [Read more…]
A public toilet, an old bank, a school house and a pharmacy. What do these four things have in common? In the west coast city of Turku Finland, they are all buildings that are now occupied by a pub. I love finding fun themes when I tour a new place, and what better theme is … [Read more…]
Happy 1 Year Anniversary to NomadicDispatcher.com! As with any birthday or anniversary, I like looking back on the past and ahead to the future, all the good as well as the not so great. It’s been a wonderful, adventurous year overall. My travels have taken me far away from home, down the street and everywhere … [Read more…]