Bastimentos Island

Trip Notes: Polo’s Beach, Panamá

One day while staying on Bastimentos Island in the Bocas del Toro area of Panamà, Julie and I set out in search of a local legend. We’d heard about a man named Polo who had staked out an area now know as Polo Beach for 65 years. He lived alone but welcomed company and would prepare a meal for anyone who happened to be by (and had $5 to spare). The hike from our tent lodge was pleasant though long and scorching hot. We traipsed along the beach and through jungly brush not really knowing if we’d find anything, until we spotted a sun-bleached sign tacked to a coconut tree “polo bihe [sic] / agua de coco / comida / cerveza”. Yes. Read more…

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boat to bastimentos

Trip Notes: Bocas del Toro, Panamá (Part 1)

I have a thing for islands. There is something about the isolation that preserves a sort of microcosm, in a way the mainland cannot. The Bocas del Toro archipelago sounded like the ideal place to taste Panamanian island life. The flavour is a melange of Caribbean, native and Panamanian with a good dose of adventurous backpacker mixed in. Much of the action as you might imagine centres around the water taxi stations where wobbly colourful boats zip in and out, and between the scattered islands at surprising speeds. Read more…

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Horse back riding in bouquet, panama

Trip Notes: Boquete, Panamá

My best girl, Julie, was spending some quality time in Central America so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to join her (plus we’ve never travelled together, whaaa?). We met at the surprisingly elegant hostel Casa Colon in San José, Costa Rica. After a quick beer and sleep that felt more like a nap we headed straight for Panamá. Read more…

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Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan

Guest Post: Baku, Azerbaijan

From my friend Clint who brought us Yes, you can be a tourist in Afghanistan comes another destination less traveled—Azerbaijan.

“Conceived by Zaha Hadid Architects, the elegant Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan has been awarded Design of the Year by the London Design Museum. That makes Hadid the first woman and the first architect to win the award. Read more…

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Trip Notes: NYC Weekend

Another hot, extra-long weekend in NYC! Here’s the run down of what we did with recommendations that can (for the most part) be enjoyed all summer long: Read more…

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The Book Shop

The Book Shop in Oakland, California. Pretty much the best place, except I’ve never been there.

They carry vintage and rare publications (like Petite Planète!), and have a penchant for beautiful objects and furnishings. Read more…

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Smitty Award for Let's Get Lost blog

A Smitty for Let’s Get Lost!

I’m really honoured to announce that Let’s Get Lost is a runner-up in the Independent Travel Photo Journalist/Videographer category at the 2014 Smitty Awards by Travel + Leisure magazine, among some inspiring travel-loving individuals and businesses leading the way online.

Ken and I are off to New York for the awards next week, so I’ll tweet and post some party pics soon.

Most importantly, thank you guys for loving and supporting this little, wanderlusty corner of the internet. Heart is feeling full.

Aaaaand… Happy Canada Day & World Pride. Lots to celebrate.

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Live from Belgrade Transit

Live from Belgrade Transit

I’ve long been getting a laugh (and the occasional face palm) from the Facebook account Live from Belgrade Transit. Riders submit photos from their daily commutes bringing to life many of the city’s urban legends, while also poignantly underscoring some of the social issues that face Belgrade today.

The added bonus are the hilarious/philosophical/offensive comments that accompany each image—that is if you speak Serbian.

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