As an award-winning career freelance writer, I’ve penned articles about everything from the toilets of Tokyo (yep, if you ever get a chance…) and the spectacular red-cliff ruins of Petra in Jordan. And if there’s a museum to be found, I’ll suss it out. (“Oh mom, nooooboody goes to museums in Las Vegas,” my son once famously whined as we trouped through the Liberace Museum.)
But, although I’ve travelled the world, in my humble opinion, few spots on earth can compete with Canada for sheer beauty and for an ability to embrace the many cultures that have made their marks on this country.
Oh, and did I mention we’re polite. Recently in Amsterdam, the woman sitting beside me on the subway asked if I was from Canada. “Yes!” I replied. “How did you know that?” Her answer: “When someone bumped into you on the platform you said, ‘Excuse me.’”
Now for the boasting part: over the years I’ve been honoured to receive numerous awards for my work, including a Travel Media Association of Canada award, a Rogers Award for Editorial Excellence and three National Magazine Awards.