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Adventure traveler, photographer, and storyteller.  Come along with me as I share my encounters at the far reaches of the globe.

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My Freshest Work

Journey

Journey

How to Enjoy Jetboating in New Zealand

Jetboating.  Just another one of those crazy Kiwi ideas.  And like all of the best, it works, and it's a pile of fun.

I'm a big fan of "learning by doing," so I hopped aboard a pair of jetboats during my "Travel With a Local" trip in New Zealand with my partners in crime Dave and Lauren.  Remember, I did it for you.

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Journey

Journey

What's Been Going On - February 2014 - Canada -> Jordan -> Myanmar / Burma -> Thailand

It's been 6 months since I last brought you an update, and yeah, I've been around.

Turns out that I've been sleeping in caves, scaling ancient temples, floating in hot air balloons, and doing random things in a school girl dress.

And that's just the start...

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Journey

Journey

I Went Climbing Without Pants for Do It in a Dress

I'll be honest.  Wearing a dress out in public is getting to be a pretty natural thing for me nowadays.

In August 2012, my father Dale, brother Jeff, and I hiked for 5 days and 70km in the Canadian Rocky Mountains... and we did it in school girl dresses for Do It in a Dress to support education for young girls in Sierra Leone.

So in 2013, we took it up a notch.  A vertical notch...

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Photo Story

Photo Story

Ma Pan Wee and the Strangest Procession in Myanmar

Amongst a group of hundreds walking down the dusty street in Nyaung U (Bagan), you'd think the group of kids dressed as zombies and performing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" would be the focus of this piece.  

Sorry, not strange enough.

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Photo Story

Photo Story

No Matter What, A Man's Gotta Eat

There are a lot of ways to pay the bills in this world.  Some just choose more dramatic ways than others.

Take this man for instance.  He's set up shop working the street in the center of Siem Reap is his own way, and he's about to put on a show.

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Photography

Photography

Capture the Colour

The folks at Travelsupermarket are putting together another fun little photo competition called "Capture the Colour."  The lowdown?  Five photos, five colours, five stories... judged by  

So what better excuse to pick a few of my favorites to share with you?

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Photo Story

Photo Story

A Zombie Invasion in Saskatoon

Clowns, brides, a pregnant women, an 80's rocker, even a chain gang.  As it turns out, no one was immune.  Hundreds of them shuffling down the street, reaching out at passengers in cars and moaning or growling at any humans they met in their path.

And I was at ground zero: Post-apocalyptic downtown Saskatoon.

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Update From the Road

Update From the Road

What's Been Going On August 2013 Edition

It's been more than 7 months since I last updated you with what's been happening around here.

Seven countries and four continents later, and I've just returned for a short visit to my "home and native land," Canada.

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Photo Story

Photo Story

Hands in the Air - Berlin

Packed like sardines in a sold out club that has mediocre sound.  It's hot... like sauna hot.  The rain?  It's coming from inside this low ceiling-ed building and is provided by the perspiration of the crowd.  I'd dance like there was no one watching, but there's no room to move anyways.  We all just sort of shuffle in place.  

But the music is good, and that's about all you can ask for.

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Photo Stories


Stories told with images from around the globe

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Photo Stories


Stories told with images from around the globe

Photo Story

Photo Story

Wrinkles of the City: Rethought - Berlin

While most so-called "street art" is barely a hair more special than comic-sans is to the font world, on occasion you do stumble upon something special.  

World-renowned French street artist "JR" recently put his artistic stamp on the walls of Berlin with his project "Wrinkles of the City."  

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Photo Story

Photo Story

Anatomy of a Burmese Tea Shop - Myanmar

As England is to pubs, Myanmar (Burma) is to tea shops.  You'll find them everywhere, sometimes lined up one after another, with their little plastic stools and small tables spilling out onto the sidewalks and into the streets.

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Photo Story

Photo Story

Unexpected, Overwhelming Hinduism - Myanmar

*A warning to my more squeamish visitors, this story includes graphic images*
The drums: pounding.  The crowd: dense.  The colors: vibrant.   

In a word, OVERWHELMING.

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Photo Story

Photo Story

A Day in Dala - Myanmar / Burma

I realized quickly that any and all adventures in Burma are best left unplanned.  It was a recurring theme during my entire time there in March / April 2012.

 

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Photo Story

Photo Story

Photo Story

Photo Story

Photo Story

Photo Story

12600 Monks, One Street - Chiang Mai

The occasion was the alms giving ceremony in Chiang Mai, with the public urged to bring donations of canned & non-perishable food.  This year, the donations would be turned over to the victims of the disastrous flooding that has recently taken place in Thailand and made news headlines around the world.

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A Zombie Takeover

Blood.  Brains.  Outstretched arms.  Vacant stares.

It seems no one was immune.  Firefighters, newlyweds, panhandlers, interstellar supersoldiers, even a guy who was obviously bitten while on the toilet.  The latter was found walking the streets with his pants down to his ankles & holding a copy of Men's Health magazine...

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Unreal Antarctica

Antarctica, my 7th continent.  It goes without saying that it is an incredible place.  I'll keep the words to a minimum here, but please don't be shy, and let me know what you think in the comments or any of the other ways you can track me down on here.

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Myanmar / Burma


Insights, images and travel tips from "The Golden Land"

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Myanmar / Burma


Insights, images and travel tips from "The Golden Land"

Stories, Adventures, and Economics

Travel Tips for Myanmar / Burma

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Projects


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Projects


Do It in Dress

"When a girl is educated, everything changes"

Since 2012, I've been wearing a school girl dress doing regular, everyday activities such as walking on glaciers and scaling 20m walls.

Do It in a Dress is an initiative by One Girl, an Australian-based organization working to provide scholarships to girls in Sierra Leone.

See more at doitinadress.com and here on A Skinny Escape

Lightmoves Creative

"We see things differently..."

Lightmoves Creative is the outlet for creative professional photography services in the travel space.  Our talented group of photographers have worked around the world creating stunning visual work for companies and organizations looking for more out of their brand.

See more at LightmovesCreative.org

Too Many Adapters

"Technology For Travelers"

Too Many Adapters is a leading source of technology news, information and resources for travelers. Our writers traverse the globe, smartphones in hand and luggage in tow, providing real-world accounts of the gear they use and the challenges they face.

See more at TooManyAdapters.com


 

Documentary Work in Myanmar / Burma

I've spent much of the past two years moving in and out of Myanmar / Burma to see what makes the country tick.

Having been separated from much of the world for decades thanks to a corrupt military regime and economic sanctions from much of the Western world, the country and its government have begun to open up more recently.

The simplified version of this change that is portrayed in much of the media is just a thin slice of what's going on inside of the country.  How the future of the people there will be shaped in years to come is what interests me, and is the focus of a long term project of mine.

The goal is to have a series of gallery showings, and public speaking engagements when my work is completed sometime in 2015.

 

Places


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Places