July – 2011 – Digital Nomad

Archives for July, 2011

Down in Panama

I spent the last week in Panama, which proved a cool relief to the overwhelming heat back in Washington, DC (over 100° F). Rainy season means that for me, it rained almost every day–big, heavy, tropical downpours that came and went and left the ground fresh and the forest teeming with life. I think that’s…

Hamish @ The Hirshhorn

Of all the Smithsonian museums on the Mall in Washington, DC, the Hirshhorn is probably the least known and perhaps the least understood. Maybe that’s why I like it so much—(also maybe because it’s shaped like a doughnut?) Patrons of the Hirshhorn are a self-selecting lot, for contemporary conceptual art is not everybody’s cup of…

Best of Ontario

Lists are the bane of travel publishing. As I see it, an attempt to categorize and delineate any travel experience always seems to fall short. It also misses the whole essence of travel and exploration, which (in my opinion) is the unfurling of the known world and then watching with awe at the unknown happen…

The Ultimate #ONTARIO Playlist

Here it is folks! What you’ve all been waiting for, right? I appealed to you for true-blue Ontario music, and boy oh boy, did you deliver. In the comments and across Twitter, I received several hundred suggestions for all your favorite quintessential Ontario songs. In the name of authenticity and research, I listened to every…

Ontario’s Ocean

Sadly, my journey through Ontario has come to an end. It began humbly enough–by crossing a bridge in a cab from Detroit into Windsor. More than a month (and several thousand miles) later, I stepped off a train in Moosonee, then jumped into a small skiff and headed up for the few extra miles north…

Moose Cree First Nation

I’m not the kind of person who can see a town called Moose Factory on a map and then not go, especially if the town across the river is called Moosonee and the river is also called Moose and it flows into Ontario’s only saltwater coastline, which is practically Arctic. How can anyone resist such…

Algoma Unplugged

The trains do not run on time in Canada . . . but then neither do I. In fact, I find the more that I travel, the less I demand punctuality from others and myself. The more wild a place is, the more you wanna pack along the “We’ll get there when we get there”…

Muskoka Traditions

I don’t get rich people at all. If you had all the money in the world, why would you build your dream cottage in the midst of the world’s worst mosquito infestation? That is exactly what I wondered as I stood on my hotel’s back deck in the late evening and slapped my face hard,…

Pick My Playlist: ONTARIO

I travel with cameras, phone and computer. I also travel with songs–several thousand of them–and after I leave a place, I have usually collected a few dozen more. My digital reservoir of music reflects all the places I’ve been in the world. Some tourists collect tea towels or shot glasses–well, I collect songs. I find…

Canoe with a View

Some hotels give you chocolate on your pillow. Others offer rooms with kitchenettes or Jacuzzi bathtubs. My hotel gave me a canoe—everyone gets a canoe with their little log cottage and I took full advantage, setting off across The Lake of Two Rivers with a lunch and a paddle. Later in the day, I upgraded…