Author Archives: Organized Bohemian

About Organized Bohemian

The Organized Bohemian is me, Dana M. Petric. I am a person who writes, runs, travels, designs websites and... has self-published two books: Growing Iris and Budding Iris (a series). I live in Vancouver, BC with my partner Eric and daughter Cleo.

Panama Canal at the Miraflores (flower lookout) Locks

Where are all the ships? We peer over the viewing balcony expecting to see lines of ships passing through the Miraflores Locks. ‘The first one will be here at 2:30 pm,’ says the man in the red jacket. It’s only … Continue reading

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Panama City (Skyscrapers Rival Nature)

Welcome to Casco Viejo – touristy, trendy old town – full of colourful French/Spanish architecture housing cool bars, restaurants, and punctuated by ornate churches. We start our walk through clean, cobbled streets and find ourselves in a neighbourhood full of … Continue reading

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Hear and Feel Mexico City

6-hour flight misery – didn’t drink enough water! We land, but they won’t let us off the plane – we’re trapped. Through the video screen on the seat-back, a guy in row 37B texts: LET US OUT!! My partner texts … Continue reading

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Victoria Marathon (#11)

Waiting in line for the 11 o’clock ferry to sail across the Georgia Strait to Victoria. Drizzle. Rain before a marathon gives me a minor panic attack. Skies clear on the eventful ferry ride – orca sighting on the port … Continue reading

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Living with a Kitten

‘No, no, NO! She needs to explore – I get that, but just not there or there. I try to be reasonable. She’s everywhere I don’t want her to be. Is it better to have a perfect couch and drapes … Continue reading

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Windsor Castle – Twenty Minutes from Heathrow

‘It is closed for cleaning.’ We are greeted by a woman in a red cape and blue hat – who takes care of what exactly? Proper and friendly – after 14 years of working at Windsor Castle, she gets a … Continue reading

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Maât House in Marrakech

When the taxi driver finally figured out where our riad was located, we drive along Avenue Mohammed VI towards the massive Atlas Mountains rising dramatically in the hazy distance. And what else do we see? The walls of yet another … Continue reading

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Meknes to Volubilis

Another of the 4 royal cities of Morocco – Meknes. Since it has a ‘royal’ status, a grand palace sits in the centre of downtown. Horses and carriages line-up near the gated entrance eager for tourists. We negotiate a fare … Continue reading

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Fes, Morocco – winding streets, elegant riad and leatherworks

Yellow and red pieces of goat hide dry in the afternoon sun high on the hillside near Bab El Guissa – the gate above the city of Fes. I think that is the image that will stick with me as … Continue reading

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Casablanca Steps Out from My Past Vision of the City

My romantic vision of Casablanca is dead. The loud, traffic-filled city isn’t what I was hoping to see. I wanted to be transported to a magical, make-believe place – like in the movie. I shake my head. How can I … Continue reading

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