This blog is a place for me to share my funny, weird, and emotional adventures as I spend 15 months volunteering with different host families around the world.

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Latest Blog Posts for Ways of Wanderers

  • Mainland
    on May 5, 2014
    Justin and Alyssa agreed to drive us to the airport, and after exchanging tearful hugs goodbye and thankfulness with Sarah, we loaded into her old station wagon, nicknamed the “Big Red Bus”. On the way to the airport, we decided to stop at the be...
  • Wanderers
    on Jul 2, 2013
    The stadium has a seating capacity of 34,000, and was built in 1956 to replace the Old Wanderers Stadium. It was completely overhauled following South Africa's readmission to international cricket in 1991. In 1996, five new 65 metre high floodlight m...
  • A Little Town Called Paris
    on Oct 12, 2011
    Paris. The name is synonymous with enchantment Our budget hotel resembled the sort of atmosphere that I imagine a tortured 19th century author would have chosen to commit suicide: Drab curtains leading out onto a metallic balcony that overlooked a l...
  • Curry and Critters
    on Oct 4, 2011
    We’ve officially reached the half-way point of our stay in France. Time is a funny thing – already my life in Toronto feels like a distance memory, while at the same time it feels as though we have only just left. Sometimes I feel a fresh surge o...
  • Jacques et Marie
    on Sep 25, 2011
    Over dinner one night, June and Martin told us the story of when they first began hosting workawayers and were confronted by the mayor of the village who was quite aghast because he thought they had taken to keeping slaves. We all laughed at the very...
  • Je suis excité
    on Sep 17, 2011
    Have you ever seen a movie or read a book set in pioneer times, and found that all the characters referred to “going into town” as though it were a really big event? Before saddling up their carriages for the long journey, they would ask all of t...
  • Big Sky
    on Sep 8, 2011
    I kept waiting for the step in this journey at which this adventure would go beyond the theoretical and begin to feel real. The moment didn’t happen when we bought the plane tickets, or when I quit my job, or said goodbye to friends, or even when w...
  • These Ties that Bind
    on Sep 2, 2011
    Not surprisingly, my last week in Toronto has been marked by many partings. It seems like the significance of any life transition or change can be measured by the number of goodbyes that accompany it. I’ve had maybe only one other of these “big g...
  • Around the World in 15 months
    on Aug 20, 2011
    Our plan is structured around a creative use of the workaway and helpx websites, which are both comprised of profiles of hosts and volunteers from around the world. The hosts offer free accommodation and meals in exchange for volunteer work, which ca...
  • The Ferris Wheel
    on Jul 28, 2011
    My name is Jessica Dawdy and I am about to embark on an adventure. A few months ago, I found myself evaluating my life in the way that one often does when the passing days have become, for better or for worse, predictable. At the moment, I have a w...
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