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There’s so much to see in such a short time so we don’t take naps. Enjoying my time in this diverse city. at King And Spadina

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I grew up in Toronto’s shadow only visiting the city on school field trips or for baseball games. One summer, I actually lived in the city and I’m so happy that I ended up renting a room in Greektown. Though it’s the only neighbourhood I lived in, I can say it’s one of the best. You have everything your heart could desire just outside your door, some of the best food ever (I was much fatter when I lived here) and easy access to downtown whenever you wish, without all the busyness and noise. It’s been nice to visit again. Make sure to check out the Danforth next time you are in Toronto. at Greektown, Toronto

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While traveling you have options of using different modes of transportation. Once, I even took seven different ones (boat, bus, plane, train, cable car, car, metro) in one day while traveling from Venice to Antwerp to Utrecht. For all the different ways I’ve gone from A to B there is one I always come back to with delight - cycling! Several years ago I biked from Canada to Mexico down the west coast of the United States. I still think about that trip as one of the most adventurous, rewarding and beautiful trips I’ve ever embarked on. Not only do you see everything along the way, but you actually earn it. Everything becomes up to you, if you don’t put in the effort you won’t get anywhere. That challenge really keeps you going. Even if you can’t tour, you can always rent a bike where you are to explore a city. The added benefit is you’ll help lower your carbon footprint and get some exercise at the same time! at Panama City, Panama

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So I’d like to think I’m an experienced traveler and yet I still make plenty of amateur mistakes. When on a recent trip in Brazil I went to leave the country and was surprised to hear it’s required that I have my yellow fever vaccination. I had been to Brazil several times before and never had a problem so I didn’t even think about it, not to mention, no one told me when I flew into the country. It seems the rule only applies when leaving Brazil to certain countries (Panama being one of them). The lady, not being of much help, told me I need to go to another country first, if I want to get to Panama. I’d never been to Uruguay and it was close so I thought I would give it a shot. I rearranged my flights which gave me 12 hours in Montevideo. @goberto.go connected me with an Uruguayan friend of his who gave me a legit tour. We spent some time walking around the old town, having some delicious meat for lunch (Uruguay is quite famous for it’s meat, there are actually 3x more cows than people in the country). Make sure to enjoy the sunset at the Rambla with some mate in hand. Though it wasn’t necessarily on my radar, I’m happy to have experienced Uruguay, have learned about the history and gotten to know some of the people there, even if it was just for a day. at Montevideo, Uruguay

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One of the best parts about exploring any new city is the street art you see. Not only is it pleasing on the eyes, but it gives you a look into the history, political dilemmas, victories and dreams of the local citizens. Wait a moment and try to understand as there may be a message you can take to heart. at São Paulo, Brazil

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Foz de Iguaçu is where two rivers meet and three countries border each other. The massive Paraná river separates Brazil and Paraguay. I thought since I was so close I would take a day trip to Ciudad del Este and do a little bit of cheap shopping. Though I’m not one to research much, I looked online and found out that Canadian passport holders actually need a visa to visit Paraguay, which can only be obtained by flying into the capital city and paying a large reciprocity fee. Naturally, I decided to go anyway and see if I could sneak in - what’s the worst that happen right? I crossed the Puente Internacional de la Amistad by foot with some friends and simply walked into Paraguay without stopping. As someone who is used to strict borders, this was an adrenaline rush, wondering if I was going to get into some kind of trouble. After a few hours of bartering for cheap items, we walked back across the bridge into Brazil with no problem. Do so at your own risk, but I must admit it was kind of fun to feel illegal for a few hours. I have no stamp to prove my visit, but I did get a few cheap gifts to give to my friends. Thanks to @matilde.lt for joining me on the adventure. at Friendship Bridge (Brazil–Paraguay)

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One of the best parts of traveling is of course the food, and in my case, the fruit. When exploring Latin America every country offers different kinds of tropical fruits to try and enjoy. What is your favourite fruit you have discovered while traveling? at Ciudad del Este

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So I've been on this recent streak where I can't stop chasing waterfalls. I thought since I was already working in Brazil, I would step up my game and catch a short flight from São Paulo to Foz de Iguaçu. If you've never heard of them, it's a series of waterfalls in the southern state of Brazil called Paraná. What's really cool is that you actually have the opportunity to see the falls from two countries, Brazil and Argentina, each offering you a different perspective. I grew up going to Niagara Falls and I can say that Cataratas do Iguaçu is definitely a more dynamic experience, without all the cheesy haunted houses. at Cataratas Do Iguaçu

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Hostels have a bad rap. Sure you have to occasionally deal with some heavy snoring and some whispers in German at five in the morning, but that's nothing a good set of earplugs or headphones can't fix. More than somewhere to rest your head, hostels are a meeting place. I came to Foz de Iguaçu by myself and within one day I had some new German friends to explore the falls with, a lovely French girl to tour the city with, and a Swiss guy who made me a delicious sandwich for dinner. Next time you're traveling, skip the comfortable hotel and instead enjoy the destination in community. Oh, and if you're around these parts, for sure stay at @tetriscontainerhostel for some free Brazilian breakfast. at Tetris Container Hostel

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São Paulo has a really amazing art scene and is booming with culture. One of the coolest new places to visit is Japan House. With 3D exhibits and the most artistic pictures of Japanese food I've ever seen (I haven't seen any others), it's def something you will want to experience. Make sure to try some incredible Japanese food at the inhouse restaurant. at JAPAN HOUSE São Paulo

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If you ever find yourself in São Paulo, within the hipster neighbourhood of Vila Madalena there's a well known secret place called Beco do Batman. It's a colourful alleyway filled with street art by many different artists. This one had to be my favourite because of the colour combination, but check out my story to see more! at Beco do Batman

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The water in San Blas is pretty much perfect. The only problem is that it's hard to say goodbye to. at San Blas Islands Panama

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Life in Guna Yala is a little different than the way I grew up. Could you imagine taking a canoe to school everyday? at Playón Chico, San Blas, Panama

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Let's go on an adventure. When visiting San Blas be sure to take a tour boat. You can visit the 'piscina' which is basically an island a meter under the water, a mini island or have lunch on one of the islands with a restaurant. When you have 370 islands to explore why just stay on one? at San Blas Islands Panama

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I don't post a lot of selfies, but when you are having this much fun, it calls for it. As a part of the @burwigan project I've had a lot of opportunities to pass time with the Guna people. If you ever get the chance, come experience all that Guna Yala has to offer - you won't regret your visit! at Guna Yala Islands Panama

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The San Blas Islands are a true paradise. White sand, crystal clear water and palm trees never fail. However, when you visit, be sure to also explore one of the inhabited islands where the Guna people live. Their way of life will truly inspire you to live more simply. at Guna Yala Islands Panama

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In the San Blas Islands coconuts used to be the currency. They were used in exchange for handiwork and goods. Today they make for a healthy and delicious snack when you find yourself in your own private paradise. at San Blas Islands Panama

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If you're up for an awesome adventure with a great reward go in search of the Caldera Hot Springs. It involves following special directions, crossing a river and trekking through a jungle fantasy land. We encountered, horses, goats, ducks, dogs and peacocks along the way. When you finally reach the hot springs be sure to jump between the different pools and river, all with different temperatures. It's one of the many unique nature experiences the province of Chiriqui has to offer. at Caldera, Chiriqui, Panama

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