Between Storms

Ironically, surrounded by water, Baja California Sur experienced an 8-month drought before tropical storm Lidia quenched it over the Labour Day weekend. It was a bittersweet reprieve. Although the flora was nourished, structures were destroyed and people died. Three years earlier, Odile had ravaged the same area on a grander scale. It’s an area seemingly…

Hong Kong

While Amanda explored Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, her younger sister arrived in Hong Kong. Amy, her boyfriend Chan, and his parents, visited relatives in the autonomous “Fragrant Harbour” on the Pearl River in China. One of the world’s most densely-populated territories sprouts skyscrapers along its downtown shore and, even after death, maintains that population in…

Rats

We don’t have rats in Alberta. Over 50 years ago the provincial government waged war at the border to keep out rats scurrying from the east of Canada where they disembarked European ships after WWII. I saw my first rat en vivo surveying the trash banquet one night on Av. Corrientes in Buenos Aires. It…

Taxi Cabs and Rip-offs

After twelve days at a spiritual retreat in Abadiania, Brazil I was looking forward to getting home to Buenos Aires. I hooked up with an Australian couple from the retreat to share a taxi into el Centro. When asked about the taxi situation in BsAs I assured them that in all my time here I…

Bank Holiday

It was my fault. I waited until the last minute to exchange travelers cheques into Brazilian reais. I stopped first at the American Express office, only to find that it was a bank holiday. It wasn’t the anniversary of anyone’s birthday, death, nor independence. It was just a day to close the banks – because…