Although I embrace the togetherness and connectability generated by social media, I’m not someone who bares their soul (or their ass) on Facebook, or anywhere else in public for that matter. But I do appreciate the opportunity to maintain global friendships and the camaraderie that might otherwise have foundered with time and distance. Therefore, kick-starting a personal blog seemed the obvious, if not the most natural, step for me, but was rather prompted by requests from friends wishing to track our journey from Canada’s West Coast to Lake Chapala, Mexico – and to know we arrived safely (we did). So, reinventing myself as a blogger provides the most efficient method of communicating with family, friends, colleagues and ships that pass in the night in various corners of the world without sending reams of unsolicited emails, and to update news as life unfolds south of the border.