Changes Ahead

My mantra of late; “change is good”
Having been born and raised in Victoria I never imagined wanting to leave the Island, but with a grandchild on the mainland my mind quickly changed.
I’m rather excited about the move, my husband and I are looking forward to being closer to our grandson (there is a second one on the way as well).

“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

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Nepal Needs Our Help

I love Nepal. My trek to Everest base camp in 2012 was a true life enhancing experience.
Something so special, that I revisit it in my mind on an almost daily basis.
It breaks my heart to imagine what people in Nepal, must be going through after Saturday’s  devastating earthquake and resulting avalanche at Everest base camp.

It doesn’t feel like enough, but a donation to the Red Cross will be my start.
Hope everyone who has ever visited Nepal will do something similar.

Canadians are encouraged to support people impacted by this disaster by making a donation to the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Fund at, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.

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India Photography Tour Wrap Up

As a wrap up to our North India Photography tour, Marlin Travel hosted an exhibit showcasing the wonderful  images created by the participants of our tour. Many thanks to Peter, Orysia, Josh, Karla, Lynn, Kim, Keith, Ann, Margaret and Ernie – by the end of the evening we’d raised over $500.00 for Asha Ka Jharna, a children’s charity in the area of Rajasthan that we visited. Congratulations as well to Peter, his vibrant fuchsia and blue image of Jodphur was selected  “people’s choice” exhibit 1 photo exhibit 2 photo exhibit 5Donation_Receipt

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Photography Exhibit Invitation

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Incredible India

I’ve just returned from my fifth trip to India and already want to return. Cows, chaos, and colour, amazing sights, fascinating history, a rich culture, crazy traffic, fabulous food and friendly people – India truly is incredible.
It’s also my favorite place for photography – everywhere you looked was another photographic opportunity. Interested in India ? There are many ways it can be explored from small immersive group tours like mine, cycling or cooking tours, luxurious rail and new for 2016 a deluxe river cruise option. Call Marlin Travel at 250-595-1181 for details.

“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.” National Geographic photographer Keith Bellows

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North India Photography Tour

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Perfect Day at Kruger

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Kruger Park totally exceeded my expectations. I was only in the park for one day on a recent whirlwind trip to South Africa, but in just 10 hours saw an incredible variety of wildlife.
Maybe we were just lucky, but before it was even noon, had seen the “big five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino.
By afternoon, we were well on our way to seeing a second big five, but without a double lion sighting couldn’t quite do it.
Witnessing a wild dog pack on the prowl was the true highlight for me … or maybe it was the elephant within a few yards of our vehicle or … the leopard that we saw leap from the tree then walk along the road right beside us.

Let me know if I can help plan a Safari for you – it may be less expensive than you think.
Susan Swindells Marlin Travel in Cadboro Bay Victoria BC Canada

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