Meaningful Brand Icons From Unique Tattoos

Niackery Elements logo — Design by Julie @Niackery, with modifications by Tia Tanguay

My attachment to my tattoos goes more than skin deep. Using them as brand icons isn’t something I planned, but I’m sure happy with how things have turned out! I’ve been using my Eco-Footprint tattoo as my brand icon for almost five years now, and it’s always served me well, ever since it was designed for me and […]

Cracking into Fresh Eggs: Going Local

Fresh eggs

Deep in Peru’s Amazon Basin, a hacienda nestles in the rainforest along the shores of the Tambopata River. A covered walkway leads to outer buildings, then transforms into a narrow footpath leading past a banana field, lemon trees, and a vegetable and herb garden. The path ends at an enclosure which engulfs and fences an unseen part of […]

Memories of a Carnivore: A Vegetarian in Korea

Memories of a Carnivore: Adventures in Eating Ethically, by Julie Dupuis.

While I was in Korea, I wrote most of a book. I had to sit on it, go back to it, let it go through its process (which took a lot longer than most of the writing did). At the time, I didn’t know it was a book. I suspected it might be, but I never dreamed that […]

Hair Cares in Ecuador and Peru: Take It All Off!

A short-haired young woman with no hair cares smiles proudly in the bell tower of the Monestario de Santa Catalina in Quito, Ecuador.

Familiarity. Confidence. Sometimes you have to let go. Now try incompatibility and uncertainty. Transitions aren’t always easy. That’s what I told myself when I decided to crop my hair shoooort before travelling sola to Ecuador and Peru for three months. The locks fell away and I was smitten. Why did I ever have long hair? External self-discovery before […]

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Returning Home From South America

A plane seen in the air.

I finally faced returning home from South America. I’m back in Canada. I’m so sad! Why am I not still in South America? Why did I buy a return ticket? The flights to Houston and Toronto were comfortable. In Houston, I changed my soles into American dollars to buy some lunch. I had lots of money when I […]

A Few Days in Lima: Sights, Walks, and Family Meet-Ups

All I had were a few days in Lima, but I did walk along this very seaside stretch!

I only spent a few days in Lima, two to be precise, and they were both pretty good. I met up with Percy on Sunday night and he showed me a few of the districts of Lima, as well as the beach and the Pacific Ocean. We next spent about an hour with his cousin’s family. Angela, a […]

Bus Ride From Puerto Maldonado to Cusco

The view of the area surrounding Puerto Maldonado was very similar to the views on the earlier part of the bus ride from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco.

I left Puerto on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The bus ride from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco was supposed to last 18 hours, but we were stopped a few times: once because the road was flooded, once because a bus ahead of us had mechanical problems in a flooded area, and once because I-don’t-know-why. Even though it’s only […]

Playing With a Monkey in Puerto Maldonado

Jungle-themed city scenery.

Playing with a monkey in Puerto Maldonado was probably the highlight of the time I spent there. I didn’t do much at all, but I did go to a campfire party in honour of the full moon with some artesano friends, which was cool. And I visited a zoo, where again I didn’t think the animals were well-kept […]

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