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The Sour Toe Cocktail: An #ExpediaFindYours #Strength Photo

 The Sour Toe Cocktail: An #ExpediaFindYours #Strength Photo

What you’re looking at is a severed, human toe in a shot glass. Believe it or not, there’s a drink in Dawson City, Canada in the Yukon Territory called the Sour Toe Cocktail. It took all my #Strength to drink this shot and have the toe touch my lips. But… I have the certificate to prove it!

Be sure to tweet your own photo of how you find your #Strength and enter Expedia’s Find Yours Twitter Photo Contest. The details are here. And be sure to add #ExpediaFindYours and #Strength to your tweet to have a chance to win a $250 Expedia Coupon!

Running Through Canada: Snapshots of a Tiny Town in Quebec

 Running Through Canada: Snapshots of a Tiny Town in Quebec

Hey Adventurers,

I have a confessional to make, since my half marathon in October, I haven’t been running much anymore.  Between the holidays and the colder weather of winter, I’ve found plenty of excuses not to run. But as my dad said when he saw me over Christmas,

“You’re looking… healthy…,”

I’ve been trying to return to the routine. My pants have been getting a bit more snug. So this afternoon, while I was in Canada, I decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and go for a run. I’m staying in Shawville, which is a tiny town in Quebec. How tiny? There’s only one street light in town.

Calgary Airport (YYC): One of the Best Arrival Halls in the World

 Calgary Airport (YYC): One of the Best Arrival Halls in the World

Airports are notorious for being unpleasant. But there are a few that stand-out in my mind. Phalaborwa Airport in South Africa is one of them – and so is the arrival hall at Calgary International Airport (but avoid their soda machines).

As I was picking up my bag at the baggage carousel, I spotted this animal crate above. And just on the other side…

 Calgary Airport (YYC): One of the Best Arrival Halls in the World

… two velociraptors fighting over a passengers baggage. It was fantastic! While waiting for your suitcases to arrive, each carousel entertains you with full-size dioramas that are both entertaining and educational. You can see more examples at my Facebook Fan Page Calgary Airport Photo Album.

Drinking a Real, Mummified, Human Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail Club

 Drinking a Real, Mummified, Human Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail Club

Curious about the toe? This YouTube Video tells the whole story…

The Sour Toe Cocktail Club was originated by Captain Dick (you can read the history here). It’s an eerily, curious drink that only the bravest try.

You Too Can Become a SourToe Cocktail Club Member

If you’re up for the challenge, visit the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Canada. It’s in the Yukon Territory. Stop in the bar and ask what time the “Toe Captain” will be there to drop the toe into your shot. On my most recent trip, it was posted that he was there every day from 7-9 P.M.

The Big Fiddle in Sydney is Indeed… a Big Fiddle

 The Big Fiddle in Sydney is Indeed... a Big Fiddle

It’s really hot in Orlando right now, so I thought I would cool things down with a trip down memory lane to Sydney. Cool things down in Sydney? Really?

Absolutely! I was reviewing some photos on my computer over the weekend and came across a trip I took to Sydney, Nova Scotia in Canada. You can get there by flying Air Canada. Yes, there are at least two Sydney’s in the world and they are very different from each other. On this particular trip, it was below freezing outside.

Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal: The Best Smoked Meats

 Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal: The Best Smoked Meats

A visit to Montreal, Quebec is not complete without a stop at Schwartz’s Deli! It’s obvious from the photo. We had to queue up for 20 minutes just to get a table. But once we did it was worth the wait. In this short YouTube video, learn more about this must-see restaurant in Montreal and what to order once you’re there…

Doesn’t that look delicious! Great restaurants don’t always have to be fancy-schmancy. This bustling storefront has been in business for decades – and with good reason!

 Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal: The Best Smoked Meats

Today’s Lesson: Sometimes waiting in line is worth it.

Walking the Vancouver Seawall

It seems as though I’m constantly playing catch-up with my posts. Five posts a week just isn’t enough to stay current. Needless to say, I haven’t forgotten about all my adventures in South Africa, Zambia and New Hampshire. They’ve all got dates slotted on my publishing calendar, waiting for when I have some time to write and edit.

With all that being said, today’s post is from Vancouver. Two weeks ago I literally spent 25 hours in the city. I was attending a conference at the new Vancouver Convention Center. After touching down in the city, I took a walk along the Vancouver Seawall. Here’s what you can see along the way…

Eating Everything at Tim Hortons

 Eating Everything at Tim Hortons

If I was to ask you, “What is Canadian?” You’d probably say Maple Syrup, Maple Leafs, Mounties and Hockey. After one trip to Canada you’ll also add…Tim Hortons.

Tim Hortons is a Canadian Coffee and Donut Shop (though their menu is much more elaborate than that). There are Tim’s (as they are called locally), on virtually every street corner. People go to Tim’s multiple times a week. Cashiers at Tim Hortons sometimes know their customers so well that their orders are ready the moment their car pulls into the parking lot. Canadians grew up going to Tim’s. Tim Hortons is the Canadian equivalent of Walt Disney – no exaggeration. There’s a fanaticism throughout the country towards Tim Hortons, their coffee and their donuts. And now they can add an American to the group – me!