Thinking Things Through: Lessons learned from nearly swallowing a severed human toe

toeThere are 3 items on my ultimate bucket list. Joining Captain Dick’s World Famous Sour Toe Cocktail Club is one of them. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this… unusual… drinking tradition, Sour Toe cocktails are found exclusively at the Downtown Hotel bar in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. Entry into the prestigious club is easy enough: you simply have to drink a shot of whiskey… Oh yeah, and your class has a severed human toe in it, which must touch your lips as you take your drink. Continue reading

Cool things to do in Grey County, Ontario

Badge of Awesome Communities

There’s adventure around every corner! Badge of Awesome Communities celebrates great destinations around the world and invites you to share your favourite things to see and do in those places. Check out the video to learn about this project’s near-death origin story, discover what others are saying about Grey County and add your own favourite activities and simple pleasures to the growing collection!

What’s on your list?

Share your love for Grey County! Let’s remind each other of all the amazing things there are to see and do here. Add your favourite activities and simple pleasures to the growing collection below!

Sandboard the Dunes: Peru, New Zealand, Namibia and more

Growing up in Canada, tobogganing factored big in my childhood. Each winter the hills around Port Albert, Ontario became the grounds for epic battles with my siblings and cousins. I often felt bad that people living in warmer climates were missing out on this awesome activity. But then Ashraf Dean submitted this photo of him in New Zealand and I got introduced to something called sandboarding. Continue reading

ESL teaching Taiwan

Work abroad

Working overseas has many advantages. It looks great on a résumé. It lets you really immerse yourself in the day-to-day life of another country and culture. It’s a great way to make overseas travel affordable. It gets you out of your comfort zone and helps you grow as a person. It broadens your perspective and lets you see the world through a broader lens. It helps you pick up girls at bars as you regale them with your exotic adventures. Continue reading

Oktoberfest

Have a beer at Oktoberfest, Germany

Prost. Schnitzel. Lederhosen. Oompah. Ziggy zaggy ziggy zaggy, oy oy oy. If these words confuse you, odds are you’ve never been to Oktoberfest. As a resident of the Kitchener-Waterloo area in Ontario for many years, I’ve attended my fair share of Oktoberfest events. If you do go, prepare to have your fill of sausage, sauerkraut, polka music… I feel like I’m forgetting something here…

Oh, that’s right: beer. Lots and lots and lots of beer. Continue reading

Fred Penner, Dawson City Music Festival

[Blog] Hanging with Fred Penner photo: That’s awesome

Voting is now open for the “That’s Awesome” Photo Contest. Check out the entries and vote for your favourite!

Fred Penner, Dawson City Music Festival

I don’t typically “geek out” and I’ve never really been into following/stalking celebrities. But let me tell you: when I saw Fred Penner–my favourite and cherished childhood musician and TV personality–perform at the Dawson City Music Festival a few years back, I became a giddy school boy. And then, I got to MEET Fred Penner in the beer tent later that night! Well, let’s just say it was all I could do to not vomit from excitement. You can keep your Justin Biebers and Johnny Depps. For me, celebrity awesomeness doesn’t get much better than Fred “the-mutha-effin’-cat-came-back” Penner. (And yes, he’s as cool and nice as you would think he is).

What strange, beautiful or outrageous photos have you snapped? Add your “That’s awesome!” photos on the Badge of Awesome Facebook Page and vote for who you think should win the “That’s Awesome” Photo Contest.


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Badge of AwesomeBadge of Awesome is a collection of cool things to do close to home, around the world and to help others. Share your own awesome experiences by visiting the Submissions Section. Or add your stories, photos and videos to the Badge of Awesome Facebook Page.

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Collecting eggs on an organic farm

Go WWOOF’ing: World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms

A couple weeks ago I talked about my experience volunteering on a refugee camp in Ghana. Keeping up with the theme of volunteer travel, this week’s Buddha Belly Badge is all about WWOOF’ing. WWOOF stands for World Wide Opprtunities On Organic Farms. It pairs willing workers (affectionately known as WWOOFers) with organic farmers looking for help. In exchange for your labour, the farmers provide food, accommodation and the chance to learn more about sustainable and organic lifestyles. Continue reading

Virgin Mary vs. Squid

[Blog] The Virgin Mary vs. Giant Squid: That’s Awesome

Got a photo that makes you say “that’s awesome”? Enter it in the “That’s Awesome” Photo Contest to win great prizes.

When I first saw this mural, in a tiny restaurant in Banos, Ecuador, my first reaction was “guh?” However, upon closer inspection I realized what I was looking at: The Virgin Mary wrestling a giant squid. My reaction immediately changed to “that’s awesome!”

Virgin Mary vs. Squid

I kept picturing a Godzilla-like confrontation between Mary and the Super Squid. Looks like Mary’s got the upper hand in this photo.

What strange, beautiful or outrageous photos have you snapped? Enter your “That’s awesome!” photos into the photo contest for your chance to win prizes and be the new cover image for the Badge of Awesome Facebook page.

Badge of AwesomeBadge of Awesome is a collection of cool things to do close to home, around the world and to help others. Share your own awesome experiences by visiting the Submissions Section. Or add your stories, photos and videos to the Badge of Awesome Facebook Page.

Add some awesomeness to your inbox. Subscribe for free to receive email updates of new posts. You’ll also get a free ebook as a thank you for subscribing.

Visit the museum of broken relationships: Zagreb, Croatia

Ah, love. The heady surge of endorphins. The joy. The companionship. The matching tattoos. The disgustingly sweet pet names that make your friends want to punch you in the throat.

But of course, love and break-ups go hand-in-hand. The pain. The binge eating. The binge drinking. The sweatpants. The Sarah McLaughlin purchases on iTunes. The mopey “poor me” demeanour that makes your friends want to punch you in the throat. Continue reading