Author Archive: Mary Ann

I love to travel and my biggest regret is that I waited so long to do it, thinking I just couldn’t afford it. I have had some crazy fun, some scary moments, such as getting locked in a shower at a campsite, and met some amazing people. For our trip to Mexico we were able to save money by house sitting, which was something completely new to us. If this is something that interests you, then check out TrustedHousesitters. We hope you visit often.

Mayan Ruins Mexico: Tulum and Coba

We recently took an opportunity to visit the Mayan Ruins in Mexico –  Tulum and Coba. I want to share some things we learned on this trip and how our journey in life has some parallels.

While many people visit the ruins on their own, we decided that since we had friends visiting for a short time we should take a guided tour. The cost was $55 US per person and included a buffet lunch. (more…)

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Mexican Tarantula

Black Tarantula

When I told my friends my husband and I were visiting Costa Rica the first time, we got lots of warnings about the deadly snakes and “why would we go there?”

Well, two winters in, we did not see so much as a scary bug let alone any snakes.

When we decided to go to Mexico, it was “aren’t you worried about the crime? What about the snakes, spiders and tarantulas?” (more…)

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Canadian Flags

Map of Canada

Today I thought I would do a trivia post on flags in Canada, how they actually were designed and what they represent. So we will be looking at 13 flags in all – the ten provinces and three territories.

I have only been to four provinces – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. I would love to make it out west someday, especially to British Columbia.

For ease of following along, we will do them alphabetically with provinces first followed by the three territories.

Provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon. (more…)

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ADIDAS EXCEL III BACKPACK REVIEW

A black and pink Adidas Excel III Backpack

Let me start off by saying I am not a “Backpack” kind of person – at least I wasn’t until I bought the Adidas Excel III Backpack.

I don’t know about you but one of my least favourite things about travelling is packing, or more to the point, lugging suitcases around the airport. If I could just magically go from home to my destination without a trail of suitcases, I would be very happy.

Now that I am travelling more, this has become even more important. (more…)

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Why I Quit Drinking Coffee In Mexico

drinking coffee by laptop

I really had no intention of quitting drinking coffee. I love the stuff and I love the aroma of a freshly brewed pot of coffee, the smell teasing my nose as I wait for that first cup. When I am ready to sit down at my computer early in the morning, there is nothing so satisfying as taking that first sip. Tea just does not have that same appeal for me.

So why did I give it up? (more…)

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The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2018

The stage set up for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

A performance to remember, the Riveria Maya Jazz Festival 2018 brought together a collection of the finest voices, musicians and performers here in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for three jazz fun filled nights – November 30, December 1st and 2nd, playing to huge crowds from all ages. This festival has been going on since 2003 and is FREE.

The lineup this year included:

November 30th – Bebel Gilberto, Lori Williams & Bob Baldwin, Kike Pat, un maya en el Jazz
December 1st – Norah Jones, Paca Rosas & PK BAND, Christina Morrison, Drew Tucker & The New Standard
December 2nd – Bobby McFerrin, Lalah Hathaway, Pepe Hernandez (more…)

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Why Travellers Should Own This Nifty Blender

Hamilton Beach Single Server

Trading my high powered 2-quart Ninja combination soup maker/juicer, and my smaller but powerful ninja juicer for the small Hamilton Beach Single Serve blender might seem like a crazy idea. In fact, there was a time when I totally would have agreed with you.

However, about 3 years ago my husband and I started travelling, long term, and you probably guessed it – the soup maker and juicer had to go with us. (more…)

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Trusted House Sitters – It Works!

Name: Trusted House Sitters
Website: TrustedHousesitters.com
Owners: Andy & Rachel Peck
Price: $130/year
Overall Rank:  5 Stars
5 star rating House Sit

My husband and I love to travel, especially south for half a year where we can avoid the cold winters in Canada. This sometimes proves difficult because for the other half of the year, where do we live? Trusted House Sitters is a viable option and is making our travel possible. (more…)

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