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  • Random Observations | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog - Part 13
    Feed Twitter YouTube Calendar of Posts January 2016 M T W T F S S Dec 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Popular Tag Cloud Comments Blogging Writing and Spring Clean Up 1621 views Posted April 26 2010 SideStix on the Dragon s Den 1388 views Posted November 30 2011 Maasai Sandals 1343 views Posted August 11 2009 Delicious Reasons to Love Olympic Village Vancouver 1308 views Posted October 28 2013 Hell on Wheels 1149 views Posted July 13 2009 aging Arizona art ashram authentic life Books British Columbia cycling cycling trips death food France friends happiness healthy living hiking Hotels India kayaking life living well love memoir Mexico motivation New Mexico packing personal photography Photos Poetry reading recipes simple life South Africa Sunshine Coast travel Traveling Travel writing Vancouver video walking Writing writing advice youtube Colleen Friesen on Acts of Creation A New Year Thank you so much Laurie Laurie Beeman on Acts of Creation A New Year I really enjoy all your Colleen Friesen on Acts of Creation A New Year What a beautiful quote from Donna Janke on Acts of Creation A New Year Your post reminded me of Colleen Friesen on Create or Consume Merry Christmas to you and FEATURED VIDEO Get the Traveling Light Ebook FRIENDS FANS From Instagram Colleen Friesen Colleen Friesen is a travel cappuccino junkie writer mixed media artist and photographer living in Vancouver s Olympic Village with her business consultant golfing wine aficionado husband Kevin Redl View Full Profile TRAVEL TIPS TRENDS The world s most magnificent railway stations January 6 2016 Malicious acts surpassed accidents as the chief cause of airline deaths Industry tally January

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  • Random Observations | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    YouTube Calendar of Posts January 2016 M T W T F S S Dec 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Popular Tag Cloud Comments Blogging Writing and Spring Clean Up 1621 views Posted April 26 2010 SideStix on the Dragon s Den 1388 views Posted November 30 2011 Maasai Sandals 1343 views Posted August 11 2009 Delicious Reasons to Love Olympic Village Vancouver 1308 views Posted October 28 2013 Hell on Wheels 1149 views Posted July 13 2009 aging Arizona art ashram authentic life Books British Columbia cycling cycling trips death food France friends happiness healthy living hiking Hotels India kayaking life living well love memoir Mexico motivation New Mexico packing personal photography Photos Poetry reading recipes simple life South Africa Sunshine Coast travel Traveling Travel writing Vancouver video walking Writing writing advice youtube Colleen Friesen on Acts of Creation A New Year Thank you so much Laurie Laurie Beeman on Acts of Creation A New Year I really enjoy all your Colleen Friesen on Acts of Creation A New Year What a beautiful quote from Donna Janke on Acts of Creation A New Year Your post reminded me of Colleen Friesen on Create or Consume Merry Christmas to you and FEATURED VIDEO Get the Traveling Light Ebook FRIENDS FANS From Instagram Colleen Friesen Colleen Friesen is a travel cappuccino junkie writer mixed media artist and photographer living in Vancouver s Olympic Village with her business consultant golfing wine aficionado husband Kevin Redl View Full Profile TRAVEL TIPS TRENDS The world s most magnificent railway stations January 6 2016 Malicious acts surpassed accidents as the chief cause of airline deaths Industry tally January 5 2016

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  • Is the world going to hell? | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    thesis on a computer game called World Of War Craft Jeez a PhD in computer games Now that s scary But wait there s more Later in the day I heard confirmation that the population of the world is increasing by one million people every four days Most of these folks will want to drive cars and play computer games Hence the need for doctors of that ilk I suppose The next world war will likely happen in cyberspace So says Mr Hamadoun Toure Secretary General of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union Maybe the young computer doctor will change her title to general should that conflict come to pass But I digress There s much more important subjects to write about like my dietary habits As I rapidly approach the biblically allotted time of three score years and ten I may have to adjust my input of calories to stick around long enough and observe the wonders we humans may or may not dream up to ensure our survival We laughingly believe that we re in charge of this great global laboratory and somehow like the cockroach we can survive anything even each other The ancient Chinese sages called it The play of the gods Quite right it s a great cosmic joke and we re the punch line On the other hand maybe I don t want to hang about too long I think I ll go for four score years tops That ll do nicely Now will somebody please pass the handbasket with the French fries and I ll have just a little gravy Oh what the hell I ll finish with the chocolate mousse Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Guest Posts Uncategorized Tagged authentic life guest post happiness healthy living simple life 4 Responses DoraDueck November 16 2010 at 6 40 pm Permalink This is a terrific piece You can pass the cookies here as well Speaking of eating or not eating Colleen I ve been enjoying the kale and pine nuts salad you recommended a while ago After I got over the shock that is When I went through the checkout line with my small bag of pine nuts from the bulk bin the clerk said This comes to 15 Do you still want it I swallowed stuttered that Yes okay I believed I did I d already imagined myself eating it so what could I do No regrets after the fact but you certainly savour the flavour with prices like that Reply Colleen Friesen November 16 2010 at 6 53 pm Permalink Ouch Yes pine nuts have gotten very expensive I m not sure why the prices have spiked up so much maybe there s a shortage Glad you enjoyed it That kind of cost does make you really slow down and pay attention I ll make sure Stephen sees this comment He s a wonderful writer and a lot of fun to boot Reply

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  • Guest Post - RV Vacations or Hotel Reservations? | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    in a standard 130 sq ft room would probably cause claustrophobia for everybody You have flexible plans for this vacation This is the good thing about RV trips you have more leeway to go on a side trip and have the opportunity to change plans midway especially if the place you want to see is fully booked You re in for an adventure If your dream is to go on a road trip with your friends or loved ones then this is for you If you live in NSW Australia a Sydney campervan hire from DriveNow is cheap and easy to rent You can also rent an RV from them if you live in other major Australian cities Go with hotel reservations if Comfort and convenience is your main focus There is nothing like sleeping on a soft bed with a 400 thread countduvet and finding the room clean every time you finish messing it up In hotels you don t have to make your bed or do the dishes Someone else does the dirty work which may be one of your primary reasons for taking a vacation Or maybe you have kids who get bored easily There s a certain age among children when kids and road trips just don t mix Sometimes a quaint stay at a hotel with its swimming pool and play area is enough to calm the frayed nerves of kids and their parents Perhaps you don t go on a vacation often The costs of buying or renting an RV might come off as expensive if you only go on a vacation say every five years or so In the end it s really up to you on which one would be the best option The main thing is that you enjoy whatever you pick and have a blast during your vacation this was a submitted guest post Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Guest Posts Tagged guest post Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Name Email 7 232 Spambots Blocked by Simple Comments JavaScript must be turned on to leave a comment Comment Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Get Colleen in your Inbox Type in your e mail address in the box below to have Traveling Light delivered directly to your inbox It ll be great Email Address Search Facebook Flickr Google Plus Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest RSS Feed Twitter YouTube Calendar of Posts May 2015 M T W T F S S Apr Jun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Popular Tag Cloud Comments Blogging Writing and Spring Clean Up 1621 views Posted April 26 2010 SideStix on the Dragon s Den 1388 views Posted November 30 2011 Maasai Sandals 1343 views Posted August 11 2009 Delicious Reasons to Love Olympic

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  • Guest Post by Homemakers Editor | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    a hard bitten gun waving cynic but a healer wielding the power of forgiveness Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Guest Posts Uncategorized 6 Responses Lori Henry January 27 2011 at 5 04 pm Permalink I m going to go with Roald Dahl s The BFG So cool Reply Colleen Friesen January 27 2011 at 5 58 pm Permalink I love Roald Dahl but have never read the Big Friendly Giant I just did an internet search to find out what BFG stood for I think I d have to say I was a Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden fanatic as a kid I think I just loved that there was always another book in the series I hated it when books ended Reply Janet January 28 2011 at 7 54 am Permalink Hi Lori and Colleen I love Dahl too His word choice is so vivid and he makes all feelings seem larger than life EVen though the most horrible things happen to his characters The BFG is fantastic I also love Danny Champion of the world because I was so rooting for this characters Lori do you like all of Dahl or just the BFG Reply Lori Henry January 28 2011 at 8 08 pm Permalink I haven t read the BFG since I was a kid but I have a copy that I ll be digging into very soon Colleen I got it at the TMAC conference in Wales I can t wait to read it as an adult I was definitely a big Nancy Drew fan too Janet I just went through some of his books as I couldn t remember them all Wasn t The Witches just great I have to go get that one And Matilda James and the Giant Peach and of course Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Oh my I think I might have myself a Roald Dahl marathon Reply Colleen Friesen January 28 2011 at 8 24 pm Permalink Makes me think I should peruse a Nancy Drew or Trixie book I have a sneaking suspicion they might not hold up as well as the Roald Dahl books There s something timeless about children s books like that whereas I wonder if now I might find Honey Wheeler to be a bit of a pain Reply Janet January 29 2011 at 6 16 am Permalink Ooh a marathon what a great idea Lori The Witches is fantastic yeah Colleen I d be interested if Nancy or Trixie does still hold up When I was a kid I devoured a billion books by Enid Blyton because she actually wrote a billion books and there was always something new in a series to read but I can t read them now The sexism and racism is unbearable But just because something is older doesn t mean it won t hold up Every few years I have myself an E Nesbit marathon she wrote about a

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  • New Habits | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    space with words we don t mean and questions we really don t want the answers to and devaluing both at the same time When we were on the road we would speak to people because we genuinely wanted to know them Maybe we needed help but more often we just wanted to better understand where we were and what people were like here Conversations were straight forward and direct it had to be in countries where English wasn t the first language and the honesty was appreciated Where do you come from Where are you going Why are you here Back home the hardest adjustment has been not calling people out on conversations that really are filler You don t really want to talk about the weather do you Let s get real 4 Place fear At one point during my trip I came across a Facebook post listing 10 of the most dangerous places in the world for travel The idea behind the list was that these were hot spots that should be avoided at all costs Someone had forwarded it through the chains to my parents who quickly noted that we had already been to about half and then began having heart attacks when they realized that we were likely heading to several others with their grandchildren in tow The article s advice ranged from If you see a protest in a city square don t attend to the ever helpful stay out of public spaces We need to stop it There isn t a country in the world you should be afraid of Not One There are bad people everywhere There are situations that are dangerous everywhere and should be avoided or approached with caution but ruling out Colombia or Kenya or Egypt or anywhere else as a whole is as silly as ruling out Vancouver because there was a shooting in Toronto or ruling out Toronto for that matter Don t fall for the headlines Talk to locals friends who ve been and use common sense Danger lurking around every corner I didn t find it 5 Celebrity TV We ve never been big TV watchers to begin with and traveling for a year meant we saw even less of it The boys picked up stations as we went that introduced them to new cartoons in languages they didn t understand but somehow could figure out Ish and I stuck to downloaded movies books and music So the first time I came back into a part of the world where there was Celebrity TV it was jarring I know some of you love it so I don t want to offend but my two cents We waste way too much time on what Brad and Angelina are doing and how they re doing it Case in point I was traveling through India and read on twitter that Oprah was in town I mentioned it with excitement to my Udaipur guide His reply Oprah who He

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  • Guest Post - The Place to Myself | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    their tables but eventually we ask someone to approve our work and that can spoil the fun We blissfully tap away on our keyboards with the same intensity as monks scratching their illuminated manuscripts but performance pressures can be hurtful to Mann or monk It all depends on the writer s level of sensitivity at the time You missed the C in Christ Brother Ignatius may not be heard in our writing rooms but there s criticism coming none the less and that might be why we fear the completing of a major work That old proverbial thief procrastination is still the writer s worse enemy In my case it s coupled with laziness to hone my writing for presentation to others What I do love is the peaceful Zen like attention that I give to writing my journal But even that ends up to be a chore when I feel lazy and these days that s quite often The gurus tell us that writing about our own writing is not really writing Well bugger them I know this reads like a journal entry and I do feel a little guilty about presenting this piece to the group But it was the only gift that came from a grumpy muse who instead of a kiss kicked me in the bum Besides it s all Jan and Colleen s fault Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Guest Posts Uncategorized Tagged guest post Writing 3 Responses Becca March 17 2011 at 4 15 pm Permalink I certainly sympathize with the moodiness of your muse Stephen I dream about endless hours of having the place to myself hours I can devote to writing hours when the words will flow like rich molten chocolate each one a delectable gem Hah What do I do when I finally get some free time like now Fritter it away on the internet that s what Reply Stephen Sell March 18 2011 at 6 37 pm Permalink Hey Becca Your my first blog apart from Colleen of course I m gobsmacked Yep that elusive muse can be a real bore but there s always chocolate Be well and thanks for writing Reply Colleen Friesen March 18 2011 at 11 19 pm Permalink Look at you Mr Sell a regular BlogMeister Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Name Email 7 232 Spambots Blocked by Simple Comments JavaScript must be turned on to leave a comment Comment Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Get Colleen in your Inbox Type in your e mail address in the box below to have Traveling Light delivered directly to your inbox It ll be great Email Address Search Facebook Flickr Google Plus Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest RSS Feed Twitter YouTube Calendar of Posts March 2011 M T W T F S S Feb Apr 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

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  • Taking Photos While On a Cruise to Exotic Destination | Vancouver Travel Blogger Colleen Friesen - Traveling Light Travel Blog
    sun behind you Be aware of sunlight angle and intensity varying through the day For best results in equatorial environments try taking photographs earlier or later for softer light and colors that are more vivid often with beautiful orange hues at sunrise and sunset Plant and wildlife species abound boat trips with snorkeling and diving are popular If transferring to smaller boats on your cruise take care with a waterproof camera cover or case Latin influence In South America there are a plethora of landscapes and rugged coasts along with islands with sea lions forests swamps with iguanas llamas on trails volcanoes and deserts with oases Focus on points of interest and make use of patterns or contrast not endless sand and dunes On shore excursions look for arrays of colors and textures in street markets people it is best to obtain permission bands and couples dancing Find a different angle or crouch down Statues and other monuments ornate architecture and stairways make great photographs Consider backing up photographs and the security of your equipment Capturing your moments on a cruise will give you precious snapshots to look back until your next adventure Submitted Article Julia Norris is a travel journalist and photography enthusiast She loves being by the sea whether just relaxing by it on the beach or experiencing it from a ship Share this Reddit LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Pinterest Like this Like Loading Related Posted in Guest Posts Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Name Email 7 232 Spambots Blocked by Simple Comments JavaScript must be turned on to leave a comment Comment Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Get Colleen in your Inbox Type in your e mail address in the box below to have Traveling Light delivered directly to your inbox It ll be great Email Address Search Facebook Flickr Google Plus Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest RSS Feed Twitter YouTube Calendar of Posts August 2014 M T W T F S S Jul Sep 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Popular Tag Cloud Comments Blogging Writing and Spring Clean Up 1621 views Posted April 26 2010 SideStix on the Dragon s Den 1388 views Posted November 30 2011 Maasai Sandals 1343 views Posted August 11 2009 Delicious Reasons to Love Olympic Village Vancouver 1308 views Posted October 28 2013 Hell on Wheels 1149 views Posted July 13 2009 aging Arizona art ashram authentic life Books British Columbia cycling cycling trips death food France friends happiness healthy living hiking Hotels India kayaking life living well love memoir Mexico motivation New Mexico packing personal photography Photos Poetry reading recipes simple life South Africa Sunshine Coast travel Traveling Travel writing Vancouver video walking Writing writing advice youtube Colleen Friesen on Acts of Creation A New Year Thank you so much Laurie Laurie Beeman on Acts of Creation

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