Country collectors – why do you travel?

Why do you travel? Are you looking for the experience or are you trying to pad your stats? We’ve all heard of those who count a stopover as a visited country. Does that count? What constitutes a real experience? Is it a day? 1 week? Do you have to live and work there? For me…

People of Iran

You hear it from almost any traveller visiting Iran, “the warmest, kindest, helpful, accommodating….people we’ve ever met.” I was a visitor to Iran but I was also on the other side of the curtain, I was living with my family, I wasn’t travelling as a backpacker but the same thoughts came to mind. I never had to…

Back from Iran

Thirty days later and I’m back home in Vancouver. It was quite a experience. I reconnected with family, my country, and, as I always do when I travel, with myself.  The internet connection for common people is not what we’re used to in the west as it lacks speed and almost every site I use…

What Makes You Smile? – South East Asia

A journey to South East Asia to find out what makes people smile. Along the way I learned about the things that me smile and I hope by watching it you will be reminded of some of the things that make you smile. LiveLifeLoveLife.Smile A special thank you to my good friend Erik Wilting who…

Mr. Happy Man – Johnny Barnes

This incredible human being is a model of spreading love. His commitment to sharing his happiness to the world is unparalleled. Everyday he stand on a corner and spends his energy and the only thing he wants in return is the smiles on peoples faces as they drive by and wave to him. Thank you…

Paying it forward

Today I witnessed a car accident. It was a small one and everyone was okay so I’m glad about that. What happened in the moments after was amazing as I saw a plethora of emotions emerge. I witnessed fear, confusion and worry from the lady whose only concern was to make sure the man in the…

Persia Challenges

Once again I’m about to embark. I’m headed this time to explore the ancient lands of Persia, or modern day Iran. Do you have any challenges for me? Last time when I went to Asia I was blasted with a list of things to do and it made the journey that much more intriguing so…

Road to Persia – two perspectives

Again, the beginning of the year is going to commence with a trip. This time I’m headed to the Middle East, to my native country of Iran. But this time I don’t go into a country with a completely blank understanding of the country, I’m headed to Tehran with two perspectives: one as an Iranian and…

I am a walking billboard

The other day I couldn’t believe what I saw in the mirror. A walking billboard. I was wearing the shoe brand represented by the swoosh. Socks named after the first part of the city ending in -delphia. Boxing shorts brand famous for lasting forever. A shirt that with the acronym all day I dream about – you can…

Why you can’t give yourself advice

It seems like sometimes I am the giver of the best advice in the universe. But why can’t I give and follow my own advice? I’ve been consulted many times by family, friends and co-workers to provide my feedback on their most simple dilemmas to the most personal. People always seem to walk away happy…

21st century bargaining – the loss in communication

Bargaining in the 21st century is done much the same way we do everything these days. Quickly. From seven second Vines to emails on the net rather than letters in the mail and tweets. There was a time when bargaining and negotiation was an event. There are still parts of the world where bargaining involves…

What would you do – if money was no object?

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you had infinite money or if the idea of money didn’t exist in our reality? Would you be a painter? Would you save animals? Would you try to invent something useful to society? What is your passion? How many times have you heard the phrase…