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Ingrid Sapona

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Ingrid lives in Toronto, Ontario, and her travel articles have appeared throughout Canada and the U.S. She specializes in writing about food, wine, and discovering Ontario -- and grew up taking this motto to heart: Ontario, Yours to Discover. Her travel articles aren’t so much “destination pieces” as they are pieces about getting to the destination. That’s why she loves writing itineraries for Bindu – it’s a chance to write the kind of things I tell friends when they ask me for suggestions on where to eat or stop en route, as they travel Ontario.

Posts by Ingrid Sapona

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  • 1
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    Yes.
    What? You want more? But I said I couldn’t write about it… Ok — let’s just say the scorpion crawling up the thatching above my bed was (no pun intended) the last straw. It was the first (and hopefully last) time I decided to end a “vacation” early. I phoned the airline and got myself on the next flight out.
    What can I say. When someone says to me “pick your poison”, I expect they’re asking me what I’d like to drink, not what I figured I’d get stung by.

  • 2
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    It’s a big world and lots to see. I’m also always struck by how many different ways people go about the same tasks of daily living. If you don’t have the opportunity to see other parts of the world, it’s easy to think that the way you do things is the right way, or best way, or (heaven forbid) the only way.

  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    I like trains. I lived in Europe for a bit and the trains are so great there because the main train station is often wonderfully downtown so you step off the train and you’re in the middle of so much. (Sadly not the case in much of North America.)
    I’ve also taken the train across the western 2/3 of Canada (from Toronto to Vancouver) and in Australia from Melbourne to Perth. Both those trips are multi-day trips and they give you a great appreciation for how vast those countries are. I’d do any of my train trips again in an instant — and I’d love to take some other epic train trips.

  • 4
    What do you do when you encounter an unexpected dead-end?

    Depends on how tired I am. Most of the time I see “unexpected” dead ends as adding tot he adventure. But, if I’ve been walking around a long time and I find I can’t get to where I thought I was going and have to go back pretty much the way I came, well, I can be a bit grouchy…