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About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.

Cruising Cuba

After a 2-hour drive through rural mountain villages in a decommissioned Russian army truck, we arrived at El Nicho conservation area, a nature lover’s dream with hiking trails and a panoramic backdrop of the Escambray mountains. We hiked a steep … Continue reading

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History and tranquility on the small island of Nevis

There is something very special about visiting a small island, and from the moment you cross the water in a tiny plane from Antigua, Nevis has woven its magic. The tiny island of Nevis, little sister to St. Kitts, is … Continue reading

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Cut waste and fat this Christmas – clever solution from Yorkshire, England

When we stay at our cottage I am careful about water use because we have a water cistern with a limited supply . I am also extremely wary about what I put down the drain because of a septic system. … Continue reading

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Travel Boom to Cuba expected with change in U.S. and Cuba relations

TRAVEL BOOM TO CUBA EXPECTED IN LIGHT OF HISTORICAL SHIFT IN U.S. AND CUBA RELATIONS Canadian-owned Cuba Cruise foresees increased bookings from travellers eager to experience the iconic island before it changes Calgary, AB. December 18th, 2014: The USA and Cuba … Continue reading

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Vogue Magazine declares Queen Street West, Toronto as second coolest in the world

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Toronto’s West Queen West has been declared as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue Magazine. In the magazine’s September 2014 issue, Queen Street West has been ranked second in a list of 15 neighbourhoods…

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Why I Love Kenya

Samburu tribal girls in the homestead where they live with their family.  Wearing traditional beads, Kenyan girls are raised learning how to bead, each bead meaning something special to them. Samburu tribes raise cattle and goats for their own use, … Continue reading

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Tea growing in Kenya

Kiambethu Tea Farm   Situated at 2,200 metres, thirty km from nairobi, Kiambethu has been the family home of one of the earliest tea growers in Kenya.  The farm dates back to 1910 and the present house, set amidst beautiful, … Continue reading

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