Author: Kendra

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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Unless you’re from Guyana or one of the few who have been to the country despite having no familial connections to it, chances are you’ve never heard of Berbice. It actually isn’t a city, though to hear the Guyanese talk about it, you’d be forgiven if you thought it were one. It’s actually a pretty large region in eastern Guyana along the border with Suriname, made up of a few towns, many villages, and plenty of undeveloped land. There are aquaculture ponds, sugarcane fields, vegetable and fruit farms, dense forests, flora and fauna galore, and wide open savannah plains. The...

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The Mosiacs of Chora Church

What I love about Istanbul is its long history made real by the incredible architecture that has been awesomely preserved and restored. The mixing of the styles makes each building unique and they are a very visual reminder that if we try, differences can co-exist in harmony. But it is also a case of sometimes we have to pick our battles, choosing what style trumps over the other. For example, the Little Hagia Sophia was originally was a church, but today it remains a mosque. The opposite is the case for Kariye Kilisesi (Chora Church) – it started off...

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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 which is in a cubicle 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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