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July 1, 2013

Canada, My Love, My Freedom

It’s true. Absence does make the heart grow fonder. At least in this case.  The longer I am away from Canada, the more I love and appreciate the colourful, inclusive, safe and just plain cool country which I call home. Being Canadian grants me so many freedoms; to be me, to travel the world, to […]

June 26, 2013

Start the Day at the Stayokay Rotterdam: Hostel Review

Nevermind my sweeping generalization, if there is one thing I’ve learned from having lived in the Netherlands for a year as well as coming from an oversized Dutch family, is that the Dutch are clean. Impeccable, shiny, spotless. Generally. This same generalization can be applied to the Stayokay Hostel Rotterdam. Bright and polished, the Stayokay Rotterdam was […]

May 12, 2013

The Artful Passages of Barcelona

Anyone that knows me knows I am fascinated by street art. No matter where you go in the world, you can always find that people have expressed themselves all over the city walls with colourful tags, designs and imagery. Barcelona is no different and displays it’s unique brand of art on practically every corner. Impossible […]

May 12, 2013

Becharming Barcelona

I’ve spent the last week reminiscing about my recent trip to Barcelona; recalling the churros and chocolate, the incredible street art, the Gaudi architecture and the very kind hosts I had at my airbnb accommodation next to Plaza Catalunya; I was absolutely charmed by this coastal city. While Barcelona reminded me a bit of home, it […]

May 5, 2013

All the Things You Never Knew That Barcelona & Vancouver Have in Common

In case you don’t already know, Barcelona is fantastic. As in, Vancouver-fantastic. World-class-city-fantastic. A status often brought on by having hosted the Olympics perhaps. I knew this place was amazing when I stepped off the airplane and into the city via very easy, very modern public transportation. Barcelona was a glimpse of home for me […]

May 2, 2013

Discovering Local Life at the Sant Antoni Book Market, Barcelona

For me, getting to know a destination is more about observing the locals and discovering local life than always visiting the usual sites and attractions of a city.  I was happy to come across the Sant Antoni Market in Barcelona which is a daily food market, similar to La Boqueria except larger and without all the tourists. […]

April 24, 2013

I See the Sea & a Few Other Things Too

It’s been about 15 years since I’ve seen the sea in Normandy, so a brief escape from Rouen, a breath of fresh salty air, a long walk and a quaint village was exactly what was needed to soothe my soul last Sunday. Good company, a picnic and even a stop at a castle made for […]

March 12, 2013

A first time for everything: Plus Berlin Hostels & Hotel Review

There is a first time for everything. While I’m an experienced traveler, what a lot of people don’t know is that I am moreso an experienced business traveler. I have toted my cameras all over the world and have never really reflected my work in my blogging or photography but the reality is, for the last […]

January 26, 2013

C’est la Vie: 2012 in Pictures

I’ve been meaning to take a brief inventory of the last year, my favourite memories and subsequently my favourite photographs. In chronological order, here is a visual recap of what was an incredible year including an itinerary something like this: Canada, Italy, France, Italy, France, England, France, Canada, France. Oh la la! C’est trop!   […]

November 28, 2012

The Traveler & The Tattoo

Over the years I’ve contemplated getting a tattoo to mark my love of travel, colour & design. Today I got to wondering how many others have tattooed themselves while on the road. Surely people get tattooed while traveling to ink their adventures & their confidence on their skin.  I wonder if the destination and the […]