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Call me Christine. I was born in Toronto, Canada which is where I live now.
From the ages of 4 to 9, I grew up in the countryside, in Portugal, where my father is from. Our house was surrounded by a pine forest where my brother and I would play for endless hours. There was a water filled clay pit a few hundred meters behind the house where we would go all the time. My father would also take us on mini-bike trips to different towns that sometimes ended up being not so mini. I remember on one occasion coming home with blisters on my hands from the handlebars because my father had taken us so far. My brother was older and tougher, but I felt that I had to be able to keep up with the boys. I think that time of my life was what created in me such a passion for the outdoors.
At the age of 9, my parents decided to move back to Canada and I was lucky to have had the opportunity to go camping every year with our church youth group. One year, instead of the usual camping venue, they planned a canoe trip to Algonquin Park. The food was lousy and I got a huge gash on my knee (still have the scar) while flipping the canoe I was in that had capsized in the middle of the lake. We had a crummy campsite where the silt on the shoreline smelled of rotten eggs and it reeked once you stepped into it. Yet, I loved it!
At the age of 15 I moved to Portugal again. For many years, my contact with the outdoors was my regular visits to the beaches, seeing that I always lived within 10km of one.
I have been back in Canada now for several years and am enjoying this beautiful country of mine. This last year, my boyfriend and I took up portaging again. I went out and bought all the backpacking gear I needed (and didn’t need) and we have been on a couple of trips where we have learned a fair bit.
I am by no means an expert nor do I intend to come across as one. I would, however, like to be able to share my experiences with others as I learn more about this field. My objective is to provide a different view point of gear, products and food to that of traditional reviews.
I hope you enjoy my blog and please let me know your impressions, ideas or opinions.