The Real Cuba

I visited a resort in a rural area of Cuba in April. The tourist experience was deluxe, but there were glimpses of the real Cuba. En route to the resort in a modern bus (manufactured in China), we passed a

The Real Cuba

I visited a resort in a rural area of Cuba in April. The tourist experience was deluxe, but there were glimpses of the real Cuba. En route to the resort in a modern bus (manufactured in China), we passed a

Tourist Cuba

In my part of the world, when you get sick of winter, you head for a sun holiday in Florida USA, Cuba or the Dominican Republic. Retired “snowbirds” spend several months in Florida; working folks choose a week or two

Tourist Cuba

In my part of the world, when you get sick of winter, you head for a sun holiday in Florida USA, Cuba or the Dominican Republic. Retired “snowbirds” spend several months in Florida; working folks choose a week or two

From Hotels to Homes

In the past 18 months, I’ve visited Toronto 4 times and stayed in 4 different Airbnbs. The bed-and-breakfast where Rom and I used to stay downtown has permanently closed. Their rate was about 175 CDN including all taxes. Before that,

From Hotels to Homes

In the past 18 months, I’ve visited Toronto 4 times and stayed in 4 different Airbnbs. The bed-and-breakfast where Rom and I used to stay downtown has permanently closed. Their rate was about 175 CDN including all taxes. Before that,

Food Basket Challenge: Whew! It’s Over!

[Long Read] Background Rom and I did a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We limited our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal

Food Basket Challenge: Whew! It’s Over!

[Long Read] Background Rom and I did a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We limited our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal

My Life in Food (Story of a Fussy Eater)

As a child, I didn’t like meat because of sensory issues. I didn’t like the look of the soggy red packages from the store, or the cooking pans full of fatty drippings. I didn’t like the effort of trimming off

My Life in Food (Story of a Fussy Eater)

As a child, I didn’t like meat because of sensory issues. I didn’t like the look of the soggy red packages from the store, or the cooking pans full of fatty drippings. I didn’t like the effort of trimming off

Mid-Month Update: Food Basket Challenge

Stopping by for a check-in. Thanks to readers for looking up my weekly quick updates on the Facebook page! The first half of March went ahead as planned. We spent $137.26 in one shopping trip, and walked back a few

Mid-Month Update: Food Basket Challenge

Stopping by for a check-in. Thanks to readers for looking up my weekly quick updates on the Facebook page! The first half of March went ahead as planned. We spent $137.26 in one shopping trip, and walked back a few

Food Basket Challenge Kick-Off

Rom and I are doing a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We will limit our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal budget

Food Basket Challenge Kick-Off

Rom and I are doing a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We will limit our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal budget

Time for a Food Challenge!

  Recently I thought about starting a food challenge for the month of March. I wanted to do something based on the Food Stamp or SNAP Challenge in the US. You impose a grocery budget limit for yourself equal to

Time for a Food Challenge!

  Recently I thought about starting a food challenge for the month of March. I wanted to do something based on the Food Stamp or SNAP Challenge in the US. You impose a grocery budget limit for yourself equal to

Reading Down the House – Book Reviews

I started strong with Reading Down the House, my effort to read the unread books piling up at home. Since November, I’ve read 9 of the 30 books on my shelf. I made sure not to read all the sparkly

Reading Down the House – Book Reviews

I started strong with Reading Down the House, my effort to read the unread books piling up at home. Since November, I’ve read 9 of the 30 books on my shelf. I made sure not to read all the sparkly

I Was Financially Abused (Part 3): Conclusion

[Long Read] While I was going through it, I didn’t know I was experiencing financial abuse. DG proposed financial arrangements and I agreed to them for one reason or another. I thought of financial abuse as a “train wreck” situation,

I Was Financially Abused (Part 3): Conclusion

[Long Read] While I was going through it, I didn’t know I was experiencing financial abuse. DG proposed financial arrangements and I agreed to them for one reason or another. I thought of financial abuse as a “train wreck” situation,