Back from Cuba…and ready for more.

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE it’s already been almost two months since I left Australia. Herein lies the trick. When you’re traveling, how do you make time slow down? I would reckon by not moving too much, and this is exactly what Yvonne and I are trying to do. Of course, this is easier said than done when you’ve got itchy feet.

I’m currently in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada for one month. I just witnessed Canada bring home the most gold medals of any country in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. Wait, I guess there’s no “bringing home” necessary, it all happened right here in my backyard.

Yes, Ian’s beer is much bigger than mine.

The best part was watching Canada beat the US in men’s hockey with fellow Matadorian and BraveNewTraveler editor, Ian Mackenzie.

The day before the big win I took the opportunity to hook up with Matadorian and WorldHum Senior Editor, Eva Holland, for a quick cuppa.

This li’l trip of ours is turning into one big Matador meet ‘n’ greet. If all goes to plan I’ll be meeting Sarah Menkedick, editor at Abroad, in her hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico later this month.

And then we’ll be bumming around New York City after that for 30 days, where our Senior Editor, Julie Schwietert, happens to live.

And there are many more of you lying in my path that I hope to run into. This is why I’m so passionate about this Community. Not only are Matadorians so welcoming and engaging in cyberspace, but they extend this to the real world, where it really counts.

We’ve recently been hammering home the point about the importance of transparency, and you can’t get much more transparent than that.

Until we meet!

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I’ve begun documenting my Cuban excursions. Check out my Photo Essay: Cycling Cuba and By the Numbers: Cuba by Bicycle.