I woke up to an article from the BBC about a program airing this week called "The Secret Life of the Cat". Naturally I read all the cat descriptions and watched all the videos, and it was interesting to see the habits of each kitty. A few of the videos were really cool; one climbed … Continue reading The Secret Life of the Cat
Since I'm not doing much exciting these days, and I'm crazy busy at work, here are a few favourite shots from last week in Toronto:
Who says travel has to end when you get home?! This weekend turned into a mini adventure, and reminded me that there's a bunch more to explore out there...and it doesn't always require a plane to see it! While I was running around Oceania last year, my friends Rian and Gian bought their very first house in … Continue reading My never-ending trip
This past weekend we were treated to a rare sunshiney day in Auckland (well, for the most part. It still rained, of course) and my friends and I decided to head to the North Shore, specifically Devonport and Takapuna. Our first stop, Devonport, was just fantastic. Now HERE was the charm I'd been looking for … Continue reading Playing with Guns in Auckland
It's been a few weeks since I started calling Auckland home and so far, things are good! I ended up landing my dream Auckland job working at a fantastic events company just a 15 minute bike ride from home. Not only will it give me great experience with events and event management (the career I'm … Continue reading My New For-Now Home
It snuck up on me. I mean, I've been thinking about it for weeks now, but it's finally here. On Sunday I left sunny Alexandra behind for the warm(er) shores and big city vibe of Auckland. While I'm looking forward to seeing new things, exploring a new city and SUSHI SUSHI DEAR LORD SUSHI, I'm … Continue reading Goodbye Alexandra!
#TTOT is short for Travel Talk on Twitter, a weekly travel discussion open to anyone who hangs out on Twitter! Just tune in around 9:30am & pm(uh...EST I think?) on Tuesdays, search the hashtag and watch the magic. It really is one of my favourite things about Twitter; you get to interact with a ton … Continue reading Strangers in the night
Check out part 1 and part 2. Now we're on to the nerdiest part of them all: Alright guys. Ghost walks. Look, I don’t care who you are or what you believe, a ghost walk will always be a blast. If you believe, maybe you’ll see something! If you don’t, maybe you’ll get some good … Continue reading My MUST DOs when I travel (part 3)
Check out Part 1 of m MUST DOs here! Markets are my favourite way to spend a sunny morning, whether I’m traveling or at home. There is something so comfortable in the simplicity of a chaotic market that I can’t quite match with any other activity I like to do. Give me a coffee and … Continue reading My MUST DOs when I travel (part 2)
There are three things I do in almost every city I go to: walking tours, markets, and ghost tours. I’ll break them up into separate posts so that you aren't sitting here reading a a super long post in one sitting. Maybe I’ll throw a picture of a cat in there somewhere, too. You're welcome. … Continue reading My MUST DOs when I travel (part 1)
As I write this, I’m sitting in front of a heat pump, in a hoodie I found at the Salvation Army, wrapped in a furry blanket. Winter has officially arrived to small-town New Zealand and, while I’m happy to be traveling, pictures of Christie Pitts and beer on patios is making me miss home something … Continue reading Explore, Torontonians!
My life has changed a lot recently. From the cultural and artsy vibe of Wellington to the beautiful and adventurous buzz of Queenstown, I finally decided to land in Alexandra and it's...well, it's pretty different. Alexandra is a small town in the Central Otago region of New Zealand. Surrounded by vineyards and set in a … Continue reading My new home: Alexandra, New Zealand
So! Here we are, almost two weeks after arriving in New Zealand and I’m finally –finally- feeling happy and excited and comfortable. I decided to move to Queenstown for a few days, and the minute I touched down I lost my breath and found my happiness again. Queenstown is awe-inspiring and beautiful, and it’s like … Continue reading Goodbye Wellington!
Another great way to spend a few sunny hours in Sydney is to take the ferry over to Manly beach. Grab yourself a spot on the roof and get your camera out. The ferry ride is about 40ish minutes and gives you great views of the Opera House, harbour and city from the water. I … Continue reading Riding the waves to Manly Beach
Staying with locals has to be one of the best parts of my trip so far. Sure, exploring things on your own is fun and awesome and blah blah blah, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have friends to stay with in almost every place I’ve been, and I’ve become so used to it that … Continue reading Staying with locals: Priceless
When I went to Sydney in 2008, I didn’t really like it. I had $30 to my name and had to save $4 for the ride to the airport, so I spent my few days there totally broke and young. I remember Sydney felt very “Toronto”; corporate, cold, busy. Nothing like beloved Melbourne. When I … Continue reading Sydney, my love
I'm a member of CouchSurfing, an online community of thousands that was originally started as a way to find couches to sleep on, but has evolved to be this huge project of acceptance, learning and exploration of other cultures. Far from [just] hippies, CSers look to get more out of travel than just seeing the … Continue reading Penguins in St. Kilda
1. The "half-flush" option on toilets Look, sometimes you don't need a full flush. The half-flush saves water and that's important. Even in Canada. 2. The wildlife and plants Everything is different here. The bird calls are eerie and beautiful and constant, the trees seem heartier, there are flowers everywhere, roadkill is more often possum … Continue reading Things I forgot I loved about Australia
There are three things that struck me about Hollywood. 1- Hollywood is an actual place. I always thought of it as more of an idea with a representative sign, but it’s a real place. Saying “Yeah, I’ve got to run to Hollywood for something” is kind’ve like saying “I’m just gonna run to Etobicoke to … Continue reading Hollywood: More than just a sign (but the sign is the fun part)
Today was one of those amazing travel days where nothing happens and everything is amazing. After breakfast (which only featured a couple Cheez-Its, thankyouverymuch) we headed down to the Santa Monicabeach. Eager to touch the Pacific from this side, I ran to the water and got a little too far in. It was cold. Very … Continue reading Lovely-sunny-chilly Los Angeles day!