Map On My Wall

Jan 17, 2015 by

  I put a map on my wall this past week. It was going to cost $249 to have it framed, so I taped it. I then put little red stickers to mark off where I’ve been. Some cities and places weren’t listed so I had to guess. I stepped back and looked at those little dots. After more than ten years of travel and over 40 countries visited (some of them more than once), my map looked kind of empty. People always tell me I’ve travelled so much. It’s true, I have. Yet, it’s insatiable. This isn’t a glass/map half full or half empty scenario. It’s a fact – there is much of the world I’ve yet to see, so much I still crave. I looked at that map, at the little red...

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Reflecting On A Few Things: Optometry School Is Like…...

Nov 20, 2013 by

  At the beginning of my first year in optometry school last September, one of the upper years told me, “Optometry is like jail. You have to do your time, but you will get out.” It wasn’t until this year that I understood firsthand what he was telling me. Optometry at Waterloo is a four year program, and I am almost finished my first term of second year. At this point in the program, I feel like I am in the middle of a gymnastics foam pit, trying to climb through and over piles of mushy foam to get out. It’s not easy. I might have landed a perfect spinning, tumbling leap to get into the pit, but getting out is another consideration altogether. I don’t write this to complain or speak negatively of...

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I Could Totally Live In… Buenos Aires, Argentina...

Sep 29, 2013 by

The “I Could Totally Live There…” feature on my blog went dormant for much of this year whilst I went through a blog upheaval, rejuvenation and migration. I went traveling the world and mostly paid no attention to this feature… until recently. As it were, and as we are all psychic (and most just don’t accept or acknowledge that), I had been thinking about this feature and about revamping it the last couple of weeks. I wondered who I might ask to contribute. I’ve met so very many interesting people through blogging; the abundance of places and experiences I could draw from them is limitless. In my psychic-ness, as I was thinking about all this, someone contacted me out of the blue to contribute, and not about just anywhere, but about Buenos Aires, a much...

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