Thanks, PacSafe, for awesome service.

Last year, while we were getting ready for the adventure we are currently on, I realized that the small handbag with the busted zipper I was carting around probably wouldn’t cut it for international travel. St. John’s is the sort of city where you can use your wallet as a placeholder at the bar when you go to the bathroom, but that is certainly not true of everywhere!

Mike was a dear, and presented me with a travel handbag from PacSafe last year for my birthday. This one to be precise:

PacSafe CitySafe 100 (image from mec.ca)

Read on to find out about PacSafe’s fantastic service

Thanks, Salomon, for awesome service.

A number of years ago I fell in love with Salomon brand shoes. Finding great fitting shoes had been troublesome in the past, and I used to frequently wear men’s sizes to get the fit I wanted. On Mike’s recommendation, I gave Salomon a try a few years back. He got hooked by their roller blades, and has been wearing their shoes for years. Lo and behold, a size 10 in women’s fits me like a glove, and the shoes are high quality and really durable. Fast forward a while and I’m now the proud owner of 3 pairs of Salomons (light hikers for day-to-day, and two beefier hikers (Quest 4D and Fastpacker Mid) for the trails and winter months). I’m happy to say that my Fastpackers kept me dry and happy in the bogs along the Long Range Traverse we did in Newfoundland.

After day after day of punishment, the insoles finally gave out in my every day shoes, but a fellow named Scott at the Salomon Toronto Store was a great help. He tracked down replacement insoles from the company for my beloved shoes free of charge! I was very impressed, and needless to say, when these suckers finally do wear out, I’ll be back there buying another pair. Until then, I have nothing but good things to say about the company… if you’re in the market for shoes, give them a try!