How I Ended Up In Korea

Oct 17, 2012 by

Audrey is living and teaching English in Korea. She has become a friend to me over the last several months, and in our correspondence recently, she asked me how it was that I ever ended up in South Korea. If you look at my list of places I’ve been, it may seem a bit random that Korea is the only Asian country I have visited, rather than having backpacked through several such countries as I did in Europe or South America.  This post is the answer to her question. And I hope she doesn’t end up regretting having asked it. She probably doesn’t realise what a loaded question it was.   *** I don’t know how to tell the story of how I ended up spending a month in Korea when I was 18 without...

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Castle in the Clouds

Oct 15, 2012 by

After my last post, it occurred to me that I have apparently never shared photos of these places I adore so much. I always enjoy looking back on photos from my favourite places, so I hope you do too. Here is Werfen: Werfen, Austria Have you ever been to Austria? Did you make it to...

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Why I Loved Yosemite

Oct 14, 2012 by

Sometimes a place is great just because it is great. For countless different reasons, a place is worth visiting, even if opinions on the matter are varying. Let me explain. I don’t particularly like Paris. I know a lot of people who agree with me, and I know of a lot of people who have a romantic sentiment toward Paris and its history, dim cafes, street lights and cobbled streets, and its endless wine and art. When I think of Paris, I think of rude waitresses, dog shit on the sidewalk and tourists. Still, it’s worth a visit. There’s Oaxaca, Mexico, a city I visited for a few days when I lived in Mexico in 2008. I instantly fell in love with the city, its friendly streets, its incredibly delicious and cheap restaurants, its...

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A Necessary Experience

Oct 6, 2012 by

San Francisco, USA One might say that there are any number of experiences in life, in travel, that are just absolutely necessary, unmissable, completely requisite. In my friend Kathy’s opinion, holding fresh French bread, hot out of the oven, might just fall into that category of necessity. On my last night in San Francisco this summer, Kathy, Janet and I had dinner, followed by drinks and dancing at San Fran’s oldest bar. The three of us had a ball, and it was one of my favourite evenings of the entire 8 day trip.  At the end of the night, we had to walk back to Kathy’s car. There was a big festival that weekend, and parking in the area meant parking far from anything we actually wanted to be near. On our walk back,...

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Fuck You, Cancer.

Sep 27, 2012 by

“‘A human being survives by his ability to forget,’ he writes early in the book, and near the end, in a line that no writer would disagree with, ‘It’s easier to bear a thing if you write it down.” ~From “Ghost Train to the Eastern Star” by Paul Theroux A Moody Danish Sky… I received the news from home today that the mother of one of my friends passed away. She had been fighting cancer since the beginning of this year. The last I had heard before I left home was that there was hope of getting ten years out of her, that they could still enjoy some time together. I guess the latest development had been that they knew for a short while and had kept it private that she took a turn...

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Capture the Colour

Aug 29, 2012 by

I just moved to Waterloo, Ontario. I have several drafts of posts that I haven’t finished or published because I’ve been busy hunting down just the right furniture, soaking up my last minutes with my boyfriend (who is now gone), and now my friend Sara is here for an extended visit. For several days, I’ve been too busy to sit down and write anything substantial. Then Brenna nominated me to participate in the Capture the Colour contest… and I was instantly thrilled to participate. So I finished my night cap, and Sara and I quickly began poring over photos that I might use. Here is what I have come up with for my contribution to the contest. I made sure each photo has a memory, a story, a warm feeling or a fond sentiment before...

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