Author: Kendra

Learning to Make Coconut Oil in Guyana

When we travel the typical way, spending a few days here and a few days there, at best we see the superficial. A day is only so long and there is only so much one can see and do in that period of time. Therefore, if a deeper understanding of an area is wanted, you have to do slow travel. And to be able to do slow travel, you have to be creative especially since not all of us are lucky enough to be the offspring of people like Sir Richard Branson.* So as much as I’m not exactly...

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A Glimpse into Two Towns: Parika and Bartica

The danger with travel writing is that writers can create false expectations about the world’s beauty for their readers. In my experience, travel articles tend to extol the beauty, fun, marvelousness, *pick a positive adjective* of X, Y, and Z of Earth. Few talk about the “ugly” side of the world and tell us to go visit anyway. While there’s no denying that there are a lot of lovely places in this world, there are also a lot of places that won’t be winning any “Best Of” competitions any time soon. And that’s okay. Places like that make us...

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A Fort for Fort Island

First impressions upon arriving onto the island were not good. I am definitely one to extol the virtues of isolation but this place looked like it could spawn Guyana’s version of the Peacock Family. It didn’t help that it started to pour as soon as we reached the island; however, as it is with rain in tropical countries, it wasn’t long before the sun came back out. Wandering around the island, taking care to stay on the paths since beyond them was untamed grass containing who knows what, it was evident that not many people lived here. The guide...

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Sailing Down the Essequibo

So despite what mass media tries to tell you, the Amazon isn’t the only massive cool river in South America. Okay, okay, the Essequibo is nowhere near the Amazon’s almost 6500km length but it is still the longest river in Guyana and is the third longest in the world. The Essequibo essentially runs from the very south of Guyana near the Brazil-Guyana-Venezuela border and traipses its way north for 1,010 km to the Atlantic Ocean. There are many tributaries that are major rivers themselves, including the Potaro River which has Kaieteur Falls. As much as I had dreams (and...

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Samos (Greece)

On one of my visits to Turkey, I had no intention of visiting Greece. I just didn’t have the time…or so I thought. In Selcuk, the place in which I was staying, I met another lone woman and she was interested in checking out Samos. As I wasn’t married to my plans for that particular day, I basically shrugged and decided to tag along. Those who know me know that I am a planner. When I travel, I like to know what my options are as the last thing I want is to return home and discover I missed...

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Who Am I?

My name is Kendra and I am a cubicle escape artist: I try to find ways to keep my job while also trying to escape it as often as possible.

When I travel, I’m generally that solo female you see wandering with a camera firmly clutched to her face as she traipses around while narrowly avoiding being hit by some form of local transportation.

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