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Culture Shock is an unavoidable part of travel. It is easier to be voyeur, taking in the new sights and people and finding comfort in the familiar. Our culture series is an attempt to expand our knowledge and understand of traditions, events, and way of life of the locals we visit.

Learn more about how people live and how to respect the worlds you are visiting. Helpful tips and insight on how to make the most of your experience and dealing with travel hardships.

 

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Culture Shock! And The Taiwanese Palate

Welcome to Culture Shock; The new series that named itself. Join us as we learn, grow and share all about new found social/cultural behaviours and expectations through our world exploration. These are our thoughts, observations and lessons on respecting and behaving...

Culture Shock! And The Sorry Complex – Hong Kong

Welcome to the new series that basically named itself! We’ve just landed in a new continent that is about to challenge us in completely new ways. Some will undoubtedly be intriguing and funny little things we’ll have to adjust to. Others will surely be frustrating or...

Perhaps You Need a Little Antigua Guatemala

I’m overwhelmed with excitement. Semana Santa (Holy Week), the most important week of the Catholic calendar, is nearly upon us. And I am in the place where it is celebrated with more colour, more vigour, more tradition and more sacrifice than any other! I want...

Obeisance & Alfombras In Guatemala

  The first article in the series devoted to the Lent celebrations of Antigua, Guatemala introduced the Velaciones, honouring the Catholic icons within their church home. This week, I explored the concept of the alfombras or carpets created before each...

Velación at Santa Inés, Guatemala

Our arrival in Antigua, Guatemala has been punctuated by fascinating, religious celebrations corresponding with the 40 days of Lent in the Catholic religion. On the second Friday of Lent, we joined thousand of people making the pilgrimage to a hilltop church outside...

Santigron – Maroon Villages of Suriname

I never intended on writing about this place. About Santigron or the Maroon people of Suriname. The big story, the token article for Suriname was supposed to be the much anticipated Carifesta XI taking place for 10 days in Paramaribo during August. I would have never...

Growing up in the Land of Eternal Spring – Guatemala

When I was young girl growing up in Guatemala, my mom would delight in dragging my siblings and I around the country in search of history, culture and adventure. “But Maaaaaam,” I frequently whined, “it’s just another bunch of rocks!” I was of course referring to the...

Lighting up 2015 – Pacific Guatemala Style

Lighting up 2015 – Pacific Guatemala Style The holidays are always an adventure when traveling. There is a slight panic of demand for experiencing something special, a trip within a trip. This New Years’ was no different. For the first time in my life, I found...

Casa Guatemala Fundraiser and Volunteer Mission

Casa Guatemala Fundraiser and Volunteer Mission In November of 2013 I launched a prodigious campaign to positively affect the lives of hundreds of children at a remote Guatemalan school and orphanage called Casa Guatemala. My mission was to raise funds for the...

Heroes for Guatemala

In November of 2013 I launched a prodigious campaign to positively affect the lives of hundreds of children at a remote Guatemalan school and orphanage called Casa Guatemala. My mission was to raise funds for the organization, utilize them to personally purchase...

Feliz Navidad: Christmas Tradition in Guatemala

The very best holidays wishes from your most consistently absent best friends 🙂 One of the hardest cultural differences for me to accept when I first moved to Canada was the ludicrous idea that kids didn’t open presents until the morning of the 25th. I was instantly...

Exploring a Tradicional Market in Guatemala

Come explore Guatemala City’s traditional market (mercado), “La Villa” and travel like a local. This week’s film spotlights our experience at a traditional market. ~ A Wisdom Trails Film ~ Show your support by sharing, liking, commenting and...

La Quema del Diablo

La Quema del Diablo Literally translated, it means ‘Burning of the Devil’. Every December 7th since the time of the conquistadors, Guatemalans all over the country collect items representative of sin and evil to burn when the evening sets in. It is a deeply ingrained...

Antigua, Guatemala – New Year’s 2014

Another extraordinary film by April Beresford for www.wisdomtrails.com (formerly, KarinasExtraordinaryLife.com) With Canadian winter weather in full swing, Karina and I are thrilled to be heading to the tropics for our 6 month adventure in Central and South America....

Manifesting Magic – A Film

It has been a crazy week for us. First, if you read the latest blog, we received an invitation to come to New York City to help film a movie! Coolio 😀 So we have a very tight deadline and one of the largest countries in the world to drive across. *Stress* Of course we...

Exploring Ithaca

Another extraordinary film by April Beresford for www.wisdomtrails.com (formerly, KarinasExtraordinaryLife.com) Now 50 days on the road, couchsurfing throughout our entire journey, here is a short video about our very first adventure in the United States. The footage...

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