My trip and changing the narrative around refugees

With a little under two weeks until I step on the plane from YYZ to AMS I’m starting to get excited for the trip! I’ve been getting some of the basics sorted out including the purchase of my rail pass (8 days) in Switzerland. I also got lucky with a cool auction item that I…




Countdown to Netherlands and Switzerland!

The countdown to my last big trip of the year is on, and I’m more than ready to go! A couple months ago I got an invitation from the IKEA Foundation to join other IKEA co-workers and IKEA Foundation staff at the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Awards in Geneva, Switzerland this October 2-3. To say I…




World Refugee Day

One of the reasons I was so interested in working for IKEA was some of the interesting social programs I was able to read about as I was researching the company. They seemed really focused on the environment and their impact on it, and they also had a big foundation that seemed to contribute to…



Time to say “goodbye” and get ready for some air time

Busy day today – I woke up around 7 and planned to get out to Table Mountain on the first bus, but a quick check of the website showed that it was closed due to poor weather conditions, so that kind of put a damper on the morning. I took my time, had a nice…




First full day in Cape Town

Bit of a culture shock but I really can’t complain. Last night I had a king size bed to myself with suuuuuuper comfy pillows, a fully functional bug-free bathroom and a really nice hotel in a central spot in a big city. Huge change from the past 9 nights :p I got in pretty late…




Victoria Falls and Tour Wrap Up

After a really incredible 10 days the tour came to an end today in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This was my first organized tour that I’ve travelled with (beyond day trips etc) and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The Intrepid team took really good care of us, they managed the logistics and people…




It’s the last day of the tour!

All good things come to an end. It’s been an incredible 10 day tour with Intrepid and I’ll miss everyone very much, but I am looking forward to staying in one place for a bit and having a real shower! Today we woke up – can you guess? Nice and early. Even earlier than normal…




Last day in Botswana!

The 10 day adventure is very quickly coming to an end! Today was our last day in Botswana. We woke up this morning early as always and hopped in the bus for a 4 hour drive from Elephant Sands to Chobe National Park. The drive was pretty quick compatibly and rather uneventful. We stopped to…




Happy Birthday to me – look, elephants!

Another beautiful day in Botswana with another early wakeup – only this time it was in a hotel! It was a bit of a nice change to not have to wakeup, pack up, take down the tent, haul it over to the bus, etc. so I don’t regret the hotel upgrade at all, especially for…




Out of the Delta!

That was a pretty awesome and intense couple of days!! After another wonderful sleep we “slept in” to 6:30am, woke up and packed up. The pulas very kindly helped us all take down our tents and then we had some breakfast. Right after breakfast we started the loading operation. Everything (everything) that was on the…