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A Word About CouchSurfing

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Before I start telling my tale of the south I thought I would take a few minutes to describe a wonderful idea a friend of mine introduced me to. It's a network of people all around the world who offer travelers a place to stay in their home for free. It can be a couch, a mattress on the floor and if you're real lucky a whole room to yourself. These people are usually travelers themselves or just interested in meeting vagabonds, wanting to share a piece of their homeland, stories of past adventures or just plain ol' understand the needs of a budget traveler.
You can check this out at www.couchsurfing.com.

My first CS experience was during an overnight stay in Philadelphia. Alma & Arthur were nice enough to offer me a couch to crash for the night rather than spend lots of money on a hotel room. They were very welcoming and curious about Nunavik. Thanks for the tea and toast!

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I spent my last day in St. Lucia with Greg, a US Peace Corps volunteer who had been living in Dennery, a small fishing village, for 18 months. He let me do some laundry, use his computer and hooked me up with some PB&J. Thanks for hosting me Greg!

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In Carriacou, Grenada I met up with Alex, another US Peace Corps volunteer who has also lived on the island for 18 months. She and her friends were such wonderful hostesses and I couldn't have asked for a more authentic taste of community living in Carriacou. Thanks for everything Alex, including the extended stay!

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Thanks to Nku and Danielle I was able to spend 5 days in Port of Spain, Trinidad taking part in one of the wildest parties ever-Caribbean Carnival! Thanks to you both!

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My last 2 days in Trinidad, I was hosted by Clare and her Mom. They were super nice and even drove me to the airport for my very early flight to Jamaica!

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This marks the end of my CouchSurfing experience since Alain and I will need some alone time in Jamaica (wink, wink). Thanks to everyone for their awesome hospitality. I made tonnes of new friends and had some great adventures because of my hosts. And remember, if you ever find yourself in Canada....be sure to look me up!

WAIT!! One more couchsurfing adventure! Due to unforeseen medical circumstances, I have had to return home to Canada early and stay in Montreal to see the ophthalmologist almost every day (see full story on Jamaica blog page). Alain's sister Julie, her boyfriend Benoit and their adorable son Romain have been amazing hosts during this time. Thank you so much!! I owe you some free baby-sitting time! xox

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Home to the Coast

The count down begins...

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nancy_s_036.jpgWell......after 5 years in the Arctic, exposed to unmentionable weather, swarms of mosquitoes, and isolated conditions, the decision to leave Kuujjuaq was ironically a reluctant one. I say this because despite the insanity of living above the 55th parallel, there always existed a sense of belonging, of being at the right place at the right time and so I walk away completely satisfied and completely ready for the next chapter of my so-far, very random life.

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Pics from our mock wedding in Kuujjuaq)
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And this new chapter? Well the short version is that I will spend 8 days with my family in the beautiful and snowy but cold Gasp├ęsie after which I will board a series of planes finally landing my travel-itchy feet in the hot gorgeous sand of the Caribbean!
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For the next 6 weeks I will wander aimlessly among the eastern islands, just me and my trusty back-pack. The last 2 weeks of this...let's call it a vacation...will be spent in Jamaica with my wonderfully patient boyfriend Alain, who is still beating his drum to a Northern tune.

This travel blog is my way of keeping in touch with all of you. I will try my best to write and post photos that depict what I see and experience during this journey. Bare with me....it won't be easy to sit in front of a computer while the beach is just on the other side of the wall!

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Nancy

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