Antarctica with Quark Expeditions

So June asked me how I ended up guiding in what might be the coldest place on earth–even colder than the corner of Portage and Main in Winnipeg in case you’re curious.  There’s a rumour that since I spend a great deal of my spare time in Central America and South East Asia and India that I dislike the cold….. NOT TRUE! I’m on my way south–pretty much as far as you can go– with Quark Expeditions and will be … Continue reading

Canadian Marshmallow Farms

                                            This is not an uncommon site in the spring and the fall of the year if you’re driving down Canada’s byways.  But the question of what it is does require some thought.  What you’re looking at is the result of a bumper crop at one of our marshmallow farms.  Anyone who has  stopped on the side of the road for a stretch,  or to see if you have phone … Continue reading

What’s on the books for the next year

So there are a few exciting things in the pipeline.  In October I’m looking at another “Splendours of India” with Goway Travel. I’ve just finished watching Tracey Bragg’s video.  Tracey was a guest on the India trip in October last year.  Turns out she’s a pretty good photographer.  It was just like being there again. “An Evening at Varanasi” is a blog post I wrote for Goway’s Globetrotting online magazine that will give you a feel for it. “Spendours of India” … Continue reading

Peru–Now there’s a place for you Kit!

                                           Many years ago I got some advice from a good friend of mine.  We were plowing through old National Geographics in the basement. As I recall you bought them by the pound from the second-hand shop.  The planet hadn’t changed much in my small lifetime so it didn’t matter one bit that they were out of date by a few years. They were by far my favorite reading. “Peru–now there’s a place for you Kit.  You should be in … Continue reading

Earthdate February 3 2015, Antigua Guatemala

One of the things I remember clearly about Antigua Guatemala are the ancient gnarled cobblestone streets.  They make for great photos–at night just after it rains and you can see the window lights dancing across them like diamonds. In the glaring light of day, they’re a bit precarious for walking and like any artistic impression, they are what they are in reality.  You watch where you walk, avoid the rough bits and steer clear of the dog poop. So there … Continue reading

Earthdate January 24th 2015 Rio Dulce Guatemala

  Imagine this road after a torrential downpour of 18 hours.  Now imagine that it could be the next best thing to a running river of mud.  It might in fact have ruts and divets.  It might have a hole at the bottom of a small hill big enough to swallow a small car.  Okay maybe not quite that big. But it is a hole and there is a pile of truck and collectivo traffic passing through here for a … Continue reading

Earthdate January 23 2015 Rio Dulce Guatemala

It’s been a crazy couple of days.  I’ve taken care of business in Antigua.  The hotel (La Posada Merced) is much brighter than I remembered and I know everyone is going to love it.  More on that later.  Now with the business out of the way and the group not coming for a couple of weeks, I thought I’d hop a bus to Rio Dulce and spend a few days chillin’ on the river.  I’ve never been there so the … Continue reading

Earthdate January 19 2015 Denver Colorado

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is Ally at the United Airlines check in desk.  We’ve overbooked the flight today to Houston and we’re looking for volunteers to stay behind.  We can offer you a $400 United flight voucher plus accommodation and food vouchers tonight if you need them, in the mile high city.” Are you kidding?  I’m a couple of weeks ahead of the group so I’ll happily take advantage of that.  Often the best experiences are not about the destination … Continue reading

Adventures with Kit – Guatamala ’15

Guatamala is one of the most vibrant, colourful countries in all the world

La Merced

Come with me for three weeks through the highland villages and into the jungle where you’ll learn a little Spanish and live in the midst of this glorious culture. Guatamala travel is as cheap and authentic as you can get, so this is the trip of a lifetime for the intrepid traveler.

We’re leaving February 7, so get your bags packed!

Bienveiudo a bordo!