Archive for October, 2010

first aid

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

I recently took a Standard First Aid course in Ottawa with the RedCross.  The last time I took a first aid course was in Grade 11, I believe.  It has been 13 years since I was last exposed to any life saving techniques.  I also have brief memories of learning CPR, and other techniques when I was taking swimming lessons as a child.

This course really opened up my eyes to how much things have changed over the years.  I had always learned CPR with mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration, and never chest compressions.  I also learned new techniques for victims of choking, heart attack, stroke, etc.  We also learned several techniques for delivering babies.  I am, by no means, capable or qualified as trained medical personnel, but I am confident that I can respond and help while medical personnel arrive.  The stats in Ottawa indicate that an ambulance takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to arrive, and that can be the difference between life and death.

Since I will be travelling for a prolonged period of time, I decided to take this course.  I have been putting it off for many years, but my month in Ottawa afforded me the opportunity to take the course.

I think that it is important that everyone has a basic knowledge of first aid, as you never know when you will need it.  I took the course through First Aid Ottawa.  This is by no means an endorsement, as there are many organisations capable of offering the course.

The course was very good, and included many real life examples, role playing scenarios, and candid questions and stories.  It was two days well spent, and it can mean the difference between helping/saving someone, and standing there helpless.

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in houston

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

I am sitting in the lounge at Houston International Airport waiting for my flight to Managua.  I had a beautiful 24 hour layover in Houston.  It would have been a 25 hour layover, but the flight from Toronto to Houston was delayed on hour.  at 9pm tonight, I will be in Managua, which will end a 35 hour journey to my destination.

Several highlights of my stopover in Houston.

  • randomly meeting a Canadian and 2 South Africans, and going into the city last night, sharing some beers, and American food, while watching the local Houstanites/Houstonians, walk up and down Main Street in their special Halloween costumes.  I have never seen so many people dressed as police women, fire women, or strippers in my life.  It was quite the experience.
  • a lady working at the hotel asking me where Ottawa was
  • enjoying the self check-in station for Continental and paying an extra 50 dollars for my overweight bag due to my 24 hour layover.

For the next 5 days, I will be staying with Ronald in Managua, who is director for SchoolBOX in Nicaragua. .  I will then move up into a village for 4 weeks or longer to learn Spanish, which will be very interesting, and worthwhile.

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Another travel blog

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Please take a look at the blog written by my friends Tom and Katie.  They are teaching in Egypt currently, and their blogs are very interesting and funny.  Hopefully my writing skills will improve as I write more.

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Leave tomorrow

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

one month of laziness

I leave Canada again tomorrow.  Over the past few years it begins to feel the same.  I live in one place, then leave after a few years.  It also seems the same, as I almost never pack ahead of time.  This time is also no exception.

I am sitting in my room surrounded by mountains of clothes and various other items.  I hope that this pile will make it into two bags by tomorrow at 7am, or I am in trouble. 

I will enjoy a long journey to Nicaragua.  The plane leaves from Ottawa at 10am on Saturday, and I actually arrive in Managua at 9pm on Sunday night.  The plan takes quite a direct route through Toronto and Houston.  Since I was lucky enough to use points to book my journey, I get the best schedule, with a 25 hour layover in Houston.  This should provide me with enough rest and relaxation before landing in Central America.

Categories: Nicaragua


October 14, 2010 2 comments


This is my first blog post ever.  I have been asked by various friends, colleagues and random people to start a blog about my travels.  Before I start, I will provide some background information for those who need to be filled in.

I was born and raised in Canada.  In 2004, I moved away and have since lived, worked, and studied in Australia, the Netherlands, and Belgium.  I have made the most of living abroad, by travelling to many different countries around the world.  I have seen many beautiful things, and met many different and interesting people over my travels.

It has always been a goal of mine to travel and to do various non-profit projects around the world.  In August of 2010, I quit my job, and am embarking on a journey to gain experience and contacts in the non-profit sector.  My first stop will be in Nicaragua.  I leave for this new challenge on October 30.

This will prove to be a great challenge, as I will be living and working in a new country.  I will also be living and working using a different language.  My short term goal is to learn enough Spanish so that I have a base for becoming fluent. 

I will try to update this blog as often as I can.  I will try to convey the challenges of setting myself up in a new base country, learning a new language, travelling to new and exciting places, and my volunteer experiences.

Categories: About me, Nicaragua
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