Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

Price of paradise

As the cold, wet, miserable reality of the winter semester settles in, let us close our eyes and imagine ourselves in paradise. Legs outstretched on a comfy pool chair. Mojito in hand. The warm sun beating down, accompanied by the mellow vibes of live music. This may sound like a distant dream, but this could…

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History of haunting Halifax

JESSICA BRIAND with files from Maddie Watson Halifax Citadel Ghost Tours draws local visitors to the hill for a night of spookiness and intrigue during the summer and fall. Halifax Citadel saw about 495,000 visitors in 2015/2016. Although usually seen as a tourist attraction, the ghost tours aim to please locals by focusing on the…

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Traveling as work

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My job smells like mildewing cushions, Axe deodorant, and stale urine. It sounds like Drake over cell phone speakers, tastes like maple syrup and instant coffee and looks like a goofball dressed in bright colours leading 40 preteens through Quebec City. For the past two springs I have been employed as an educational tour guide.…

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Will the well-intentioned volunteer please stand up?

Short trips to volunteer in different countries are non-committal and ineffective. (Adele van Wyk photo)

Earlier this week I found myself looking at yet another Facebook profile picture. It depicted one of my friends holding a small Costa Rican child piggyback-style, paint brushes in hand, smiling energetically at the camera. The picture had gained 63 likes and 27 comments within two hours of original posting. Everyone wants to save the…

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