Tag Archives: Near

#FriFotos: Earth Day

20 Apr

To be honest, I didn’t think I’d have enough material for this week’s Fri Fotos. I don’t work for a recognizable pro-environment company. I’m not one of those gung-ho enivronmental evangelists nor do I need to laud it over people’s heads. But I do what I can with what I’m aware of. (If that makes any grammatical sense whatsoever.)  My dad taught me to turn off the lights and he always used to chastise me about it and saving energy in that simple sense became a habit. Now when I see other people leave the lights on at unnecessary times, I get annoyed and always turn off the light. I recycle. I’m a good citizen. I won the environmental challenge in Grade 8. They even gave me a pretty certificate. Does this count?

But seriously, how in the h-e-to-double-hockey-sticks can I be a better traveler in that sense? Right now I don’t have the time to do a voluntourism type of vacation or take a few months to save the children in Africa. Sorry, not trying to sound sarcastic here but I would love to hear your tips. Here are a few photos I came up with.

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My Travels (Near and Afar) from A to Z

2 Jan

Ah, Internet Memes. It’s like playing “Tag, you’re it!” online. I got tagged by Ayngelina of Bacon is Magic so I thought I’d give this a go. At least this means people are reading my blog?

This is Tav. I met him in 1996 at a Scout camp and reunited with him 10 years later in Dublin. Amazeballs.

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CONTEST TIME! My “NEAR” Prize with Passports with Purpose

30 Nov

If you know me, you know I love a good contest. I do have a lucky streak and I’ve won a lot of contests: a bike, a trip to San Francisco, two nights at the Montelucia in Arizona (that I never got to use…), $1,000 certificate with Intrepid, etc. So when I heard about the travel blogger fundraiser Passports with Purpose to give away a prize of my choice to help build two libraries in Zambia with Room to Read, I jumped at the chance! I’ve won enough things. Now it’s my time to help you win something and give back to an amazing cause that’s close to all the things I value: education, children and travel.  I am so overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten from my sponsors and cannot thank them enough. And kids, they are top notch!

So what do you have the chance to win?! Well, I’m giving away two prizes: A “NEAR” Prize and an “AFAR” prize. Woot Woot!  This post is dedicated to my near prize. *You have to enter on the Passports with Purpose website! 

My NEAR Prize is the Ultimate Toronto Escape Package. If you win, you get:

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NEAR: Oceanwise Chowder Chowdown!

3 Nov

Toronto isn’t really known for it’s soup, nonetheless it’s chowder. The only two soup places I can think of are Ravi Soups and the Soup Nutzy (off shoot of infamous Seinfeld character and soupery, The Soup Nazi). An aside: the Soup Nutzy’s Lobster bisque is a MUST.  Even moreso, it’s not known for using sustainable seafood in its soups.

So what does THAT mean?  From sponsor Oceanwise:  “Sustainable seafood can be defined as species that are caught or farmed in a way that ensures the long-term health and stability of that species, as well as the greater marine ecosystem.”

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

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