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Oh look, it’s troll toilet paper,” says the Icelandic travel guide pointing to the giant hay bales wrapped in white plastic. A survey last year revealed that 60 per cent of Icelanders believe in trolls. Construction crews will often build roads around bumps for fear of disturbing a “troll” house. At least this is what I discovered before visiting Iceland.

Canadians frustrated with long wait times for surgical procedures are heading overseas. Gina Littley didn't get to see many sites in India on her last visit, but she came back with something more lasting: After a surgery that fused part of her vertebrae, the 69-year-old British Columbian returned home almost pain-free for the first time in over 20 years. "(The surgery) has made it considerably better and I don't take any medication now," says Littley.

SOMEWHERE ON A BICYCLE IN SARDINIA—“Why you no marry, Bella?” asks the tiny Italian shepherd with no teeth.   As the first Canadian, and only woman on this ride (six Italian men and one Norwegian), I stand out. Called Transardinia, during this epic eight-day journey I will climb a total elevation of 11,000 metres—but for now--I can't stop thinking about that cow.

Close to their Ontario roots or up in the Arctic, the Drawnonward collective of artist-nomads share a reverence for the Canadian landscape By Melanie Chambers In the late 1990s, seven artists drove out west in three separate vehicles – a milk truck, a van and a Volkswagen Rabbit. One vehicle got separated. Unable to call one another – before cell-phone mania – everyone decided to take different routes. They assumed they'd just meet up in BC.

Physical meets mental at a yoga and mountain bike retreat in Mexico By Melanie Chambers “By the end of the week I will help align your chakras,” says our yoga instructor. Chakras? I think they’re something spiritual and healing – two reasons I’ve avoided yoga for so long.

From old-style Communist milk bars to van Gogh-inspired cafés, there's a traditional eatery to suit any taste MELANIE CHAMBERS Special to The Globe and Mail   WARSAW -- Ordering food at a Polish milk bar eatery in Warsaw, Poland is like stepping into a Seinfeld rerun -- the soup Nazi episode. I walk up to a cashier dressed in a green cafeteria uniform with a stern expression on her face. " Zupa Krupnik, prosze (pro-sha)," I say proudly (a vegetable soup that's easy to pronounce). "No soup," she quickly retorts. I step out of line and begin furiously flipping through my book.

Introduction From globeandmail.com, Wednesday, May 1, 2002 Haida draw on culture to attract tourists A northern B.C. first nation plans new cultural centres to share its carving, food and history - and boost its economy MELANIE CHAMBERS Special to The Globe and Mail SKIDEGATE, B.C. -- Last summer, on a remote island off the coast of B.C., six totem poles etched with wolves, bears and ravens were raised in front of a future cultural centre. The celebration in Skidegate attracted more than 2,500