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The little adventures of Jo! Travel with me on my overdue gap year around the world :)

Trip: Round the World

There are [124] stories from my trip: Round the World


First Stop: Amsterdam

NETHERLANDS | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Views [382]

I have to admit before coming to Amsterdam, I thought the city was all about legal prostitution and pot. I was surprised each time someone told me it was beautiful. I was unsure when I read that it is a city of museums and chic cafés. Surely ... Read more >

Tags: airbnb, boats, cities, european adventure, family, flowers, nature, sightseeing


Another Continent Done

BRAZIL | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Views [302]

Holding back the tears was difficult. There's nothing as hard as leaving people you so quickly and naturally bond with. Thank you for making my  trip! Goodbye Rio. Goodbye Brazil. :(   Goodbye South America - thanks for all the new ... Read more >

Tags: brazil, friends


Viva Brazil

BRAZIL | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | Views [409]

I feel like I will REALLY leave my heart in this gorgeous country.  Today's breathtaking memory: Dangerously perched at the edge of a rock, watching the waves violently crash and mingle at Joatinga at sunset. It was like watching fireworks but ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, bohemian, brazil, bucket list, cities, food, friends, landmarks, nature, sightseeing


Visiting Iguazu and Beyond

BRAZIL | Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | Views [502]

The Iguazu falls were a spectacle to behold from both sides. Unbelievable in every regard - huge, plenty and powerful - perfectly framed with rainbows and butterflies. It was just as you would picture paradise to be. It reminded me so much of my favourite ... Read more >

Tags: animals, argentina, brazil, buses, cities, crossing borders, food, friends, languages, nature


Living La Vida Boca

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | Views [841]

I'm on my way to Iguazu on a 17 hour bus with Via Bariloche. Sitting in a cama seat is like business class on a bus. Leaving Buenos Aires was difficult. I made a wise choice picking Federico's home on AirBnB. Not only was I blown away by his very ... Read more >

Tags: airbnb, argentina, bohemian, buses, cities, dance, food, friends, music, sightseeing


The Inca Trail

PERU | Sunday, 21 Apr 2013 | Views [497]

It's hard to believe that I've now ticked off some major items on my bucket list in the space of two months. The Inca Trail is the latest to be crossed off   Before the trail, I was very anxious and nervous as to how it would pan out. I had ... Read more >

Tags: bucket list, camping, friendly strangers, landmarks, nature, peru, trekking


Peru

PERU | Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | Views [399]

Peru is amazing. I've quickly discovered that two weeks in Peru might not be enough. Although I am doing more than what I initially planned to do, I'm really only visiting the Sierra or mountain region of Peru. There are still two other regions ... Read more >

Tags: animals, culture, history, nature, peru, trains


Bohemia & Barranco

PERU | Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | Views [467]

I've arrived in Lima! The guy at the check-in counter in Toronto was kind enough to seat me in an empty middle row and I slept pretty much all of the flight very comfortably. Maybe a little too comfortably because I missed breakfast. :( ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, bohemian, cities, flights, friendly strangers, languages, peru


Off to Peru!

CANADA | Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | Views [268]

I'm leaving North America tonight and will be heading south to my Latin American leg of Peru, Argentina and Brazil. I am excited and a little anxious about what new adventures await me. We'll see you there!

Tags: canada, peru


I Heart NY

USA | Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | Views [300]

It goes without saying, I've had a fantastic stay in NYC. On my last full day, I went back into my high energy self and walked around:   - Financial district, Battery Park and  9/11  Memorial  - TriBeCa and Greenwich ... Read more >

Tags: bucket list, cities, food, sightseeing, usa


Ill in New York

USA | Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | Views [235]

Today, I'm back to being a local but a rather sick local. I've decided to take it easy today staying in, rather than going out gallivanting around Manhattan. I've got two last days in New York and the weekend in Toronto. Then it's hello to Peru which ... Read more >

Tags: airbnb, cities, food, sick, usa


Happy Easter from New York!

USA | Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 | Views [468]

I nearly skipped Easter mass today because I was slightly hesitant about going to a foreign church. I was unsure of how the mass would be, what the parish was like, what the dress code would be, among all the other things a fearful person might wonder ... Read more >

Tags: bucket list, churches, cities, friends, landmarks, music, nights out, public transport, sightseeing, usa


Why not Manhattan?

USA | Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | Views [296]

Most people visiting New York normally think within the Manhattan box. So it's not surprising that when I mentioned that I would be staying in Brooklyn for my visit, most people would ask "why not Manhattan?" It's true when I initially looked for ... Read more >

Tags: airbnb, bucket list, cities, music, usa


Au Revoir Montréal - je vous aime beaucoup :(

USA | Monday, 25 Mar 2013 | Views [1016]

I left Montréal with a heavy heart. I didn't expect to feel like this especially since my next stop has been my dream for a very long time - New York City. The train ride from Montréal to New York took 12 hours but was pretty scenic.... Read more >

Tags: canada, cities, food, friendly strangers, friends, nature, snow, trains, usa, winter


Montréal

CANADA | Saturday, 23 Mar 2013 | Views [292]

It's been a month since I left sunny Brisbane. I'm currently in the trés cool city of Montréal. I wasn't sure if I liked it on my first day but I blame that on being tired and visiting the touristy area of Vieux-Montréal. I did ... Read more >

Tags: canada, cities, food, home, languages, nights out, sightseeing, snow, winter


Snowboarding, hot yoga and a whole lotta food!

CANADA | Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | Views [529]

It's my last day in Calgary. I have to admit I have not done a lot of walking in the city. In fact, yesterday was the first time I walked around Lindsay's neighbourhood, Bridgelands.   It's been a very chilled out visit to say the least. I've ... Read more >

Tags: canada, cities, food, friendly strangers, friends, nature, old memories, snow, snowboarding, yoga


Hello Canada!

CANADA | Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Views [299]

I know I've been a bit silent (and slack!) ever since leaving Alaska. I can't believe how swiftly time flies - I'm at the end of my week in Vancouver This time around, I'm staying at my aunt's. It's been a lot more than ten years since I first ... Read more >

Tags: canada, cities, family, nature, sick, sightseeing, snow, snowboarding, winter


I love Alaska!

USA | Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | Views [399]

I'll say it loud and proud, I love Alaska! Only 3% of tourists coming to Alaska make it into the Artic Circle and of that, an unknown but suspiciously small percentage bother to come during winter. I am in that very minority group and am happy where ... Read more >

Tags: animals, bucket list, friendly strangers, nature, northern lights, sick, snow, usa, winter


Below freezing in Fairbanks

USA | Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | Views [294]

You realize that Anchorage isn't cold when you come to Fairbanks. This is a completely different level of cold. I think my thermals, fleece and down are required every second I am out. If I could take a quilt with me, I'd be better. And yet, there ... Read more >

Tags: friendly strangers, nature, northern lights, snow, trains, usa, winter


I think I am in love with Alaska

USA | Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | Views [371]

I had a super early start today, leaving at 4am to make my 7am flight to Seattle. I must've been so sleepy that I hadn't even realized the plane had landed until I woke up to see that half the flight was already gone! Thank goodness ... Read more >

Tags: animals, bucket list, flights, friendly strangers, nature, snow, usa, winter


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