Thank You, Chef

Mark Stewart Opinions 36 Comments

I’ve tried several times to write this post, each time unable to get it right. First I wrote out of anger and frustration, the second draft came out of sadness and confusion. Empathy, in a subtle way, came next. I’d never met him, yet my emotionally-charged, incoherent ramblings would suggest otherwise. I’m not here to pretend to understand the man, I didn’t know him, like most of you I only know what he shared openly, in his books and on …

Eat Better, Eat Street Food

Mark Stewart Food 62 Comments

We travel not only for personal experiences but for sensory stimulation. The sight of some architectural marvel, or the beautiful colours of a new landscape, or just the heavy warmth you feel on your body in the tropics – where your clothes never really dry. But above all else, one of the greatest aspects of travel for Kylee and I, are the tastes and smells of the local cuisine in a foreign land; and while there are plenty of restaurants …

Reflecting on Five Months Central America

Mark Stewart Inspiration, Travel Stories, Travel Tips 21 Comments

It’s such a tiny area. The entirety of Central America – including the regions of Mexico we visited – could fit within the country of France. Yet every country is different than the next, each one having its own distinct culture. In Guatemala for example, the Mayan roots are very obvious; from physical features to traditional clothing and general way of life. While right next door in El Salvador, due to several tragic moments in recent history, the Mayan culture …

The Best Travel Books We’ve Ever Read

Mark Stewart Inspiration 49 Comments

As we packed up our house and sold our belongings in preparation for our new life, the books on the shelves were one of the last things we touched. We sat on the floor and reminisced about some of our favourite reads. Quite a collection had built up over the years. Many of the books were read only once, a few we hadn’t yet gotten around to. Then there were the ones that had been read and re-read countless times, …

Travel is the Worst, Part. 1: El Tunco to León

Mark Stewart Misadventures 4 Comments

The worst part of travelling is travel. We’ve said this in the past and the theme continues to reiterate itself to us on a regular basis. Long waits in dusty parking lots, bumpy bus rides, delayed flights, wrong turns and added costs are just part of the deal. Often the physical act of travelling is the worst aspect of being a traveller. Although as ironic and irritating as it can be, we put up with it because it allows us …

At Least the Coconuts were Free…

Mark Stewart Misadventures, Volunteering 2 Comments

Being budget travellers we’re always looking for ways to stretch the dollars as far as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to volunteer your time in exchange for food and accommodation. While it isn’t quite as helpful as actually earning an income, we just aren’t yet in a position to make that happen, simply not spending anything is better than nothing. However, on some rare occasions, the description of the situations are slightly misleading to what …

Pickle Perspective, or: Memento Mori

Mark Stewart Inspiration, Opinions 2 Comments

Prior to leaving on this journey, after we had moved out of our condo and into our respective parent’s basements, I was relaxing on the couch one evening, eating a pickle. It was a Bick’s Dill Pickle, Polski Ogórki to be specific. Pickles are a near-perfect food and include many distinct styles, each serving their own purpose: Kosher dills to accompany a nice smoked meat sandwich, spicy pickled beans in a ceasar, or cornichons along side your charcuterie board. Then …