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Walk or pilgrimage, it’s all one step at a time

By BOB FOULKES Two months ago, I walked the Camino Frances, a well tramped thousand-year-old Catholic pilgrimage trail, a stroll of about 800 kilometres, from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago, Spain. Catholic pilgrims pay homage to Saint James whose bones are said to be buried in Santiago’s cathedral. The rest of us... read more

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Up and up and up: a trek to Everest Base Camp

By ZAHID MAKHDOOM Imagine a vacation where you must keep a military schedule: pack your complete “kit” by no later than 5:50 a.m., have your breakfast by 6 a.m. and then hit the “road” by 7 in order to get to some destination you may have read about in the tour books or may have... read more

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Free download: Adventures with Knives

Chapter 23: Elvis Has Left the Building a Changed Man Life always delivers what I call unintended consequences. We start out doing something with a set of expectations about what will happen and where we’ll end up, and, along the way, strange things happen. If our expectations are met, it’s usually merely a coincidence. The... read more

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Brio in Rio

  By BOB FOULKES One of the attractions of exploring South America is immediate. Flying north to south minimizes the dreaded time zone effect, overnight flights allow some sleep, flying into summer in the southern hemisphere from rain soaked Vancouver after a long cold wet winter all contribute to a joyful arrival in Rio. I’m... read more

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Adventures with Knives – free download

Adventures with Knives Introduction A Taste for Adventure Every adventure has a high and a low – if it didn’t, it wouldn’t be an adventure. The low point of an adventure, the black hole, is dark and scary. You feel alone, and you want to go home. Something you ate has caused you to fear... read more

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The new Vietnam

    By BOB FOULKES International travel always amazes me. I get into a magic tube not much bigger than a Wayne Gretzky cigar and after a movie or two, I emerge in a far, far away place. I always feel a little like Dorothy and Toto. Vietnam is not Oz but it’s definitely not... read more

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The mystery and majesty of Angkor Wat

By BOB FOULKES Cambodia is one of those countries known to the western world as an unfortunate circumstance, the Killing Fields of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Over a short time, one quarter of the country’s population was brutally murdered, mostly the urban, educated and the successful were butchered by a Chinese sponsored/funded/armed madman.... read more

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Cambodia’s curious contradictions

BY JOHN SKINNER Book Boy is somewhere between 10 and 15 years old — it’s hard to be exact because Cambodians often look younger than they are because they’re smaller than we are, due mostly to poor nutrition. He makes his living selling on the street. He may or may not go to school. He... read more

Bucket List | Health & Fitness

Out of the comfort zone and into the richness

By BOB FOULKES Regardless of how worldly I think I am, I’m confronted with the fact that I’m not. There are two constraints in my life. The first is that, as I age, I suffer from what my friend calls a hardening of the attitudes. It concerns me. The second is equally alarming: I Iive... read more

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The road to Davey’s Bar

By BOB McCASKILL Witnessed another “retirement” discussion the other day. Two surgeons this time: cardiac and vascular. One a recent retiree, one not ready. Highly specialized careers, but same old clichés — “Should have done this years ago.” vs. “Can’t afford it yet.” There is a lot of demand for these guys, but they too... read more