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Photo of the Week: Roaring Athabasca Falls

On Alberta’s Icefields Parkway, there is evidence of the eponymous icefields everywhere. If you can’t see a glacier perched precariously on a mountaintop, you’re sure to be able to see a glacier-fed river following the road or a brilliantly-coloured lake filling up the next valley over. It’s not surprising that travel publications like National Geographic…

Photo of the Week: Mr. Reindeer, You’re Doing It Wrong

You’ve heard of the World Cup of soccer/football, you’ve heard of the Rugby World Cup…but have you heard of the World Cup of reindeer racing? Essentially, this is where (crazy) people put on skis and tie themselves to a rampaging reindeer, presumably having done this many times before since they’ve made it to the World…

Photo of the Week: Finally Seeing the Northern Lights in Porjus

As many of you know, my short trip to Lapland last year was the inspiration for my ‘Texan in Lapland’ tour around Scandinavia this year. On that trip, I stayed in the Porjus Northern Lights Apartments for three nights, hoping that the long nights of January would give me extra time to see the aurora…

Photo of the Week: My First Glimpse of the Northern Lights

My night at Camp Tamok didn’t start out as a very promising one for the northern lights. It had been snowing heavily in Tromsø, where we had boarded a bus for a 1h15m bus ride out into the Lyngen Alps. That snow followed us south and continued to fall all through the night-time dogsledding trip…

Photo of the Week: Breaking the Ice in Reine

When I arrived in Bodø for the ferry across to the Lofoten Islands, I didn’t hold out much hope for the next day’s weather. The plane’s landing was rough because of strong winds, and by the time the ferry departed, snow was falling heavily. Imagine my surprise, then, when I woke up to this…and imagine…

Photo of the Week: A Fisherman’s Sunset on Stradbroke Island

Unlike many cities in Australia, Brisbane doesn’t actually have a beach (unless you count Streets Beach at South Bank, which I don’t). There are plenty of beautiful beaches on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, which are only a short car trip away, but one of my favourite seaside spots is one that many tourists…

Photo of the Week: Tile Murals at Pinhão Train Station

The first day of our post-TBU-conference trip certainly lived up to its name. The ‘Grapes and Sailors’ trip took us sailing up the Douro River, whose green waters wind between terraced hills covered in port wine vineyards. The town where we boarded our boat, Pinhão, is considered by many to be the heart of the…

Photo of the Week: The Coffee Combi

The Brisbane Festival is…well, what exactly? Up until a few years ago, I hadn’t paid any attention to the event at all. River Festival — a week of festivities along the Brisbane River that started with a huge fireworks spectacular called Riverfire — was the event I always marked on my calendar. In 2009, that festival was…

Photo of the Week: Santos City of Lights

Every September, Brisbane holds a big celebration of…well, Brisbane. This festival — creatively called the Brisbane Festival and formerly known as the River Festival — is about three weeks long and includes all sorts of cultural events throughout the city and South Bank. To be honest, I’ve never really attended many of those events, but…

Photo of the Week: Catnapping in Old San Juan

Old San Juan in June is an incredibly humid place. Even though we had expected the sticky heat and dressed accordingly, my friends and I were still sweating buckets as we walked along the cobblestone streets. Even after having copious piraguas — snow cones — from a friendly vendor outside El Morro fort, we were…
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