About Anne

This blog began as a personal travel diary and has evolved into something more. Over 500 people follow me on my journeys. A number of you have sent in lovely comments over the years which I treasure, as well as the sense of connectedness to people all over the globe. I look forward to continue to share my travels. Peace and blessings to you. 

Re-discovery

We have come through a dark three years into a world that is in some senses unrecognizable. From 2011 to 2019 I was fortunate to travel widely to many parts of the world that left me in awe of their beauty as well as enriched as a human being from the connections made with people all over the world. As a young twenty something I followed the normal gap/party year route through Europe, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Scotland, the United States, Western Canada, Mexico, Hawaii,  the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. When travelling began to be possible again in midlife, I knew I wanted a different type of experience, one that allowed engagement with local and indigenous cultures, combining the natural history and social fabric of regions with connecting with the people inhabiting the areas. As a biologist with a keen interest in evolution, island destinations hold a particular fascination. As an amateur photographer, taking photos of life happening (whether rural or urban) is high on my agenda. As you may have guessed, Ecuador, the Amazon and the Galapagos islands were my first destinations in 2012. This was followed by 6 weeks in Africa starting in Rwanda and then travelling overland from from Nairobi to Cape Town. An indescribable trip in some ways that changed my life.  2014 closed with a trip through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and the Antarctic. 2015 was marked by a trek through Vietnam and Cambodia and a celebration of my seventh continent visited.  2016 began with a trip through Costa Rica early in the New Year. 2016 closed with a long awaited trip to the Arctic including Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland! 2017 started with another anticipated trip in late February to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. The focus was Mayan culture (an interest since my childhood), natural history and photography. Mayan sites on the list included Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque, Tikal, Bonampak, the San Ignacio sites and Tulum. 2018 began with an incredible journey through Northern India in January, which more than lived up to expectations! 2018 closed with two shorter adventures. The first, three weeks in the Cariboo district of British Columbia exploring the history and beauty of the area. The second a week in Oaxaca Mexico experiencing and photographing Dia de los  Muertos, the  “Day of the Dead” Festival. 2019 was another awesome, thought provoking year beginning with a 2 week wildlife safari in Borneo in April and finishing with 2 1/2 weeks in Morocco in November.

Following a three year hiatus and a great deal of thought,  I have started up my wandering again. The first trip was  a local one in fall 2022 to the Great Bear Rainforest located on the SW coast of British Columbia – specifically to photograph the Grizzlies.  It was followed a few weeks later by a photographic odyssey through Mexico City and Oaxaca City. Both were amazing journeys and confirmed my wish to keep exploring this incredible planet of ours.  2023 closed with an epic journey – travelling through Nepal and Bhutan with an add on in the Delhi area on the way home. Nepal and Bhutan are difficult to describe. Like the African vastness you have to be there. I do hope that the photos and descriptions in the blog do them justice. The treks we completed there have sown the seeds for planning further walking/trekking experiences in the future. 

2024 promises to be another memorable year, beginning with a journey to the west coast of Vancouver Island in March. 2024 will end with an exploration of the history and culture of Portugal, as well as trekking through Madeira and the Azores islands. Stay tuned!

Travel widely and the crescent will become a full moon