New Year’s Eve in Koh Chang

We started the day with the breakfast buffet at the hotel. Coffee (which was instant), juice, fresh fruit, toast, eggs, salad and a couple of Thai dishes which looked good but we were not ready to eat rice for breakfast. The hotel like most beach areas we visited had two or three dogs hanging aroundContinue reading “New Year’s Eve in Koh Chang”

Mama, Papa in Thailand- Bangkok to Koh Chang

We booked a bus/ferry trip from Bangkok to Koh Chang for B500 at the travel agent in the lobby of our hotel the New Siam 3. We were told we would be picked up from the hotel at 8:00am. We were a bit surprized but basically ready when someone arrived at the hotel looking forContinue reading “Mama, Papa in Thailand- Bangkok to Koh Chang”

Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador-The Mindo Cloud Forest

We took a taxi to Mindo Ropes and Canopy to go zip lining above the forest canopy. There were two guides and the two of us. The zip lines and equipment were new and modern and the guides were young and enthusiastic. We had a blast, highly recommended! From there we walked up the roadContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador-The Mindo Cloud Forest”

Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Mindo

We flew from Manta to Quito and then used ground transportation to get to Mindo in the cloud forest. Having been stuck in the airport for 12 hours on New Years Day we had time to explore. We discovered a local bus back to Quito which cost a fraction of the cost of the touristContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Mindo”

Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador – Manta

We took a local bus from Puerto Lopez to Manta. The trip started with a local taxi kind of fun but a bit alarming when you are on the road with real cars and trucks! The bus to Manta was relatively modern it had air conditioning and a picture of Jesus presumably to keep usContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador – Manta”

Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Isla de la Plata and Los Frailes

We took a tour from Puerto Lopez to Isla de la Plata. Isla de la Plata is a national park and the only way to get there is with a guide on a tour. The island is a sanctuary for birds and the name (Island of Silver) is said to refer to the silver reflectionContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Isla de la Plata and Los Frailes”

Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Puerto Lopez

Part 8- Puerto Lopez Puerto Lopez is a fishing village on the northern cost of Ecuador. It’s a popular vacation spot for Ecuadorians which also attracts budget minded international travelers and we loved it! The town has a reasonable beach and a fabulous fish market but it is probably best known for whale watching and theContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Puerto Lopez”

2015 Philadelphia Marathon Race Report

The short version. Twenty eight K2J runners, twenty three in the full and five in the half. Sixteen BQ’s, four PB’s, three top three age group finishes, an additional top ten age group finish and two top ten 2015 Canadian age group performances all on a windy day in Philly. Lots of other Ottawa area runners.Continue reading “2015 Philadelphia Marathon Race Report”

Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Quito to Puerto Lopez

We made the mistake of booking at 6:25am flight from Quito to Manta on New Year’s Day. If I knew then what I know now we would not have done it. New Year’s is a huge party in Quito and no one has any interest in working New Year’s Day. We managed with some difficultyContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Quito to Puerto Lopez”

2015 Canada Army Run Race Report

As it says on the signs, this is no ordinary race and these are not ordinary runners (well some of them are not). Army Run is the second biggest running event held in Ottawa each year. There is a 5k and a ½ marathon. Both races start by city hall and the ½ marathon inContinue reading “2015 Canada Army Run Race Report”