A few years ago, I started traveling with a tiny Captain Picard action figure. I had received him as a gift from a friend years before, but kept him in the packaging on the off-chance I was the only one in the world with a dusty Picard action figure still in the packaging, and before … Continue reading Picard Travels
I spent a couple of weeks in India and Nepal in November, and they totally stole my heart! I have never fell so immediately in love with a country as I did with India; the chaos, the noise, the smells, the dirt, the pushiness, the smiles, the friendliness, the conversations with strangers, the FOOD....India is … Continue reading Video: India & Nepal
"When I tell you to walk, walk. When I tell you to run, run. Don’t sit down, and don’t lean forward or we won’t make it. Okay? This will be fun!" I was hardly able to appreciate the view from one of Pokhara’s tallest peaks as I sat waiting for my turn to go paragliding. … Continue reading Taking a Leap in Nepal
4:30am and 27.8 degrees C and I've been awake for 45 minutes. I'm not sure why I woke up; I think the fan blowing on me gave me a slight chill and 4am is that prime wake-up time for me. Maybe I'm a bit nervous too. So here we are. Writing on an iPhone in … Continue reading Mission Accomplished
This time, two weeks from now, I'll be sitting in my assigned (hopefully window) seat on Virgin Airlines, preparing for a 16 hour flight back to North America. This time, two weeks from now, I'll be going home. Everyone seems to use the word 'excited' when talking to me these days. "Are you excited to … Continue reading Are You Excited?
As much as I love big cities, I always list ‘camping’ as being one of my favourite things to do. Campfires and being in the same swimsuit for days and Banana Boats and a few books and I’m in heaven. Fortunately my friends in Melbourne love camping too and, unlike me, they actually own camping … Continue reading Camping in Echuca: Oh My Goanna!
When I first started this trip, I found I was constantly impressed by what I could do. I don’t know if I don’t give myself enough credit or what, but every time I did something physically challenging (be it big or small), I was always surprised I, y’know, did it. Treks were hiked and mountains were climbed, … Continue reading The Tongariro Crossing: COME AT ME, VOLCANO
With less than two weeks left in New Zealand, I've been saying "fuck! I've only got two weeks left in New Zealand" a lot lately. My plan of "work Monday-Friday and travel on the weekends" didn't happen quite as much as it should've and, though I love the weekends I've spent here, I'm pretty much … Continue reading Paihia and The Bay of Islands
For the past 10 years, I've read (and re-read and re-read and re-read) the Valdemar series of books by author Mercedes Lackey. They're fantasy and nerdy and I love them so much that I usually read about six of them each year (currently reading 'Oathbound', in case you were curious). (Yes, I own them in … Continue reading I Was Chosen!
So, look, anyone who's read this blog knows a few things about me: 1- I swear far too much 2- I travel with a Captain Picard action figure 3- I'm a sucker for nerdy things (....2 and 3 are different, fyi) Through a series of lucky events, I made a friend who invited me to … Continue reading Aquarium? More Like Awesomearium!
Some people can’t wait until Christmas. Others are big into their birthdays. Some go all out for St Patrick’s Day, and some say Thanksgiving is their favourite time of year. For me, it’s Halloween. I love Halloween. Since I was a kid, it’s been my favourite non-holiday, full of fun and candy and drinking and … Continue reading HAPPY HAL…October 31st 😦
The best thing about traveling isn't the amazing architecture or rolling hills or weird foods. I mean, those things all have their place and play a massive role in your travel experience, and I love them all very dearly....but the real 'oomph' of traveling is the people you meet and the experiences you have with … Continue reading And Then I Was in a Hot Pool With Six Naked Men
This trip has made me pretty easy-going. Well, compared to what I used to be like anyways. You know how when you ask someone if they're spontaneous you usually get an answer of "yes", "no" or "sometimes"? With me, the answer is "I'm spontaneous as long as I know what time we're doing things and … Continue reading MAKE. A. DECISION. Or not. Whatever I’m so easygoing LOL!!1
So, I follow a lot of travel bloggers on Twitter. At first it was strictly for ‘dreaming of travel’ purposes. Then, it became more ‘planning my trip’ purposes. Then it kinda spiraled into this whole….thing. Like 40% of my Twitter feed is travel-related, which can get pretty overwhelming at times. I read a post on … Continue reading The Wannabe
Today is my six month travelversary! Happy travelversary to me! Six months ago I left a cold Canadian winter to head for the sunny shores of Australia...and then right back into the cold New Zealand winter. Six months on, I can't quite believe where I am (and I'm seriously ready for summer). I don't have any significant … Continue reading It’s My Six Month Travelversary!
When I first decided to run away for a year, I was adamant that traveling in your late 20s was heaps better than traveling in your early 20s; you get more out of things, you know yourself better, you remember simple moments, and you won’t let yourself have drunk sex with an Irish guy in … Continue reading Long-Term Travel in Your Late 20s is Super Stupid
The friend I'm staying with, Dom, needed to get some driftwood for a project he was working on and invited me to join him for a quick trip to Piha beach. Located in about 40km from Auckland, Piha is one of NZ's great West Coast beaches, surrounded by crashing Tasman waves and black sand that … Continue reading A quick trip to Piha
This is my last post about the Vipassana course I did. Find the first two entries (one post, one video) right before this one. As always, if you want to know more just shoot me an email! Alright, let's be honest: I'm no pro at this Vipassana thing and there are a ton of people … Continue reading Practical Tips for Your Vipassana Course
Here's a video of what went on in my brain during my 10 day meditation course. I hope at least one of the songs gets stuck in your head. http://vimeo.com/48932289 If you're interested in reading more about my Vipassana meditation course, click here!
On Sunday I returned from a 10-day Vipassana meditation course just outside of Auckland. 10 days of no talking, no contact with the outside world, and nothing but meditation for 11 hours a day. It was tough. There’s a million things I could say about it and, truth be told, I’ve already written a first … Continue reading My Vipassana Experience