This guy was not a happy hippo. He was angry with the hippo in the next pen over. I don’t know what they were arguing about, but this guy was all, “check out how big my teeth are” and the other hippo was all, “please don’t hurt me”. It was pretty entertaining.
Located on the pacific coast of Costa Rica in the province of Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica’s smallest national park, but as they say ‘size isn’t everything’. The park is filled with awesome wildlife like squirrel monkeys, white-faced monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, and some weird furry rodent-looking thing. After you’ve soaked in the fauna, why not cool off in the water? The park also has four guh-orgeous beaches. In 2011, Forbes was all like, “This national park be like one of the best 12 national parks eva!”
This empty space was once a bustling meat packing plant that provided hamburger to all the McDonald’s in the area. It’s now used as a location for crappy music videos and scary movies. Watch out for ghost cows — boo/moo!
It’s no secret that we love street food. Toronto’s food truck scene has been growing for the past few years even though the city’s laws aren’t very conducive to the restaurants on wheels. It seems that’s about to change though as a new policy is on the verge of being passed. It would allow trucks to park in paid parking lots, on city streets, within 20 to 50 metres from regular restaurants. My belly is smiling. This photo shows Per Se‘s food truck at a York University football game. Per Se is a catering company that was founded by Chef Camilo Olarte. This porchetta sandwich is a brilliant twist on an Italian-style meat, served on a brioche bun with an apple and onion marmalade.
When Sara planned our day in Banská Štiavnica I didn’t expect a 12 km hike to Sitno peak, the top of the Stiavnica Hills. When she told me what we were doing, I was pleasantly surprised. When we finally arrived at the peak, I wanted to throw her off. The walk back was easier, but who can really tell when you’re on the edge of cardiogenic shock. Thankfully, we stopped for a nice cold Slovak beer. While I sat there, trying to keep blood flowing to my heart, I noticed a tiny little ant taking on an equally challenging struggle. On top of a beer keg, he had found a little caterpillar. The ant dragged and pushed it on its way back to the colony.
I can’t remember exactly where this photo was taken, but I love the art work. I don’t even know what the message is really, but I can relate to the guy at the bottom. We’re both confused and we both like to hang out next to walls in Krakow. The city is one of my favourite places in Europe. Go there before it becomes the next Prague.
The five villages, on the Italian Riviera, that make up Cinque Terre are a paradise. Walk from village to village enjoying gelato, and taking in the sights and sounds of the beach. In the town of Corniglia try the “miele di Corniglia” gelato. It’s made from local honey. Cinque Terre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Although touristy, it may be one of the best places on Earth.
As we sat in Lima’s main square, the Plaza Mayor, we soaked in the beauty — watching people go about their lives. I remember thinking that it was pretty quiet considering it was the heart of the city. Then we saw a truck with a giant water canon mounted to it. A little while later we saw men in riot gear marching towards us. A Peruvian man told us there were protesters who weren’t happy about the upcoming election. After spotting a police man with a gun on a rooftop, we decided to head back to the hostel.
I can’t say that we enjoyed Lima, but if you want to go there (or have to) have a look at our adventures in Lima or watch this video about Lima (it’s easier than reading).
Seeing wild elephants from a boat on a river in Borneo has to be one of the highlights of my life. There was a herd of about 10 elephants. They ate by the river and cooled down in the water. This family lined themselves up perfectly for a family photo that I was glad to snap.
The Patuxai or Victory Gate in Vientiane is basically Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe. It’s located at the end of Lang Xang Avenue in the heart of the city. It was built using money that was given to Laos by the United States in order to build an airport. From the top, you get wonderful views. This shot was taken from one of the windows. The focus is on the Buddha figure in the window. He’s got a fantastic view for meditating.