Three

Dec 29, 2014 by

  Today. Here’s to 3 years with this handsome, funny and kind man. Here’s to 3^n (n=∞) more. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Find me on Facebook, twitter and...

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Where Sky Meets Water

Dec 16, 2014 by

  Ocean Shores – a small, oceanside town full of kitschy tourist souvenirs, tacky palm tree and sunset wallpaper, and overindulgent signage. A town where – no word of a lie – you can walk in through the wide open jaws of a shark head and enter a store to buy said souvenirs. A town with long streets, running parallel to the ocean, a town with stretches of sand as far as the eye can see, with inns perforating the beach in a display of accommodation. Come, visit Ocean Shores, walk along the beach and soak in the sky. Absorb the ocean before you. And let the sunset take you away. My friend Gisela and I drove around Washington State together for a week. With the GPS set to our hotel in Ocean Shores, she ignored the...

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$22,000 Champagne, And Other Tales From Arizona...

Dec 8, 2014 by

  One clear and cool November day, I hit the long flat highway of southern Manitoba. I drove south, through prairie farmers’ fields and past little country chapels and dilapidated, rust coloured shacks. The sun arced in the sky, and I watched passively while driving, as it eventually fell behind the trees on the horizon, its light flickering in and out of leaves and branches. I reached the border, only one other vehicle in front of me. I just had time to put away my car snacks and dig out my passport before I sidled up to the border guard. “Where are you going?” “You driving or flying to Arizona?” “Where are you staying?” “How do you know this friend?” “What does your friend do there?” Etcetera. My carrots passed as an acceptable vegetable...

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I Want To Have My Mountains & See Them Too...

Oct 29, 2014 by

  I learned the meaning of mountain in Nepal. Having grown up in one of the flattest parts of Canada, a mountain to me was always something off of which I could launch a toboggan. In Nepal, a mountain is not a mountain for its curved slopes and tobogganing potential but for the fact that its peaks break through the clouds, and its peaks are the first part of the earth that greet the sun every morning. In Nepal, the mountains are something to see. Earlier this year, I travelled through Nepal – Lumbini, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, Kathmandu. I had a flight booked the morning after my arrival in Kathmandu, direct to Qatar. I know myself well after almost 10 years of solo travel (and if it wasn’t solo, the travel was still dealing with myself...

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Goodbye Huck

Oct 10, 2014 by

  A couple of weeks ago, I received the sad news that my friend’s dog, Huckleberry Finn, had passed away. He was an Indian rescue dog and lived with one one of my favourite bloggers, Rachel. This girl single-handedly prepared me for my journey to India with her direct and detailed posts about life and living there. After I’d arrived, we shared some brief discussion about my potentially visiting Goa, where she resides. At one moment, I didn’t think this trip would be feasible, and then I found out (thanks to India’s various holidays) I would have an extended weekend. I was encouraged by the organization I was volunteering with in Mumbai to take the trip to Goa. When Rachel invited me to stay with her, I responded with a quick and easy yes....

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The Luckiest Girl

Jun 20, 2014 by

I sleep like a rock. My bed swallows me up, refusing to spit me out. Reverie grips me and the Sandman sits on my eyelids. I struggle every day to get out of bed and go to work. A 7:00 am wakeup call in Canada is a whole lot different to the one I heard every morning in Mumbai. Yet I do what I must. I need the money, and I need the chaos that comes with a routine. Yes, I’m home. And I want to say this. I hope you’re okay with that. Recently, I changed the About Me section for my blog, feeling like I can no longer call myself a travel blogger. Really, it was other people who had given me this label, but after my experience in India, I no...

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