A Bone-Chilling Birthday: My Pilgrimage to Sedlec Ossuary

In the spirit of Halloween, what better time than to reminisce on one of the spookiest places I've visited? I've made frequent mention of my day trip to Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora, Czechia, and even wrote a blog post last year. I decided to give it a re-write for my Travel Writing Course that…

Beginner Photography: An Autumn-Themed Exhibition of my Photo Stories

After launching Finding Sonder on Instagram last year, I've connected with fellow travellers who are also talented photographers. It's true that viewing a photo on Instagram doesn't convey the same atmospheric effect as it would for the photographer. But, if beautifully composed and edited, it generates a strong emotional response that resonates with me. The…

Uncovering Bishop’s Block: How Artifacts Reveal Rich Histories

I took a walk this past Monday to Adelaide Street, west of University Ave. to find a stylish red-bricked building, relatively buried within surrounding high-rises. With thousands of artifacts excavated from its original location, Bishop's Block demonstrates the value in how objects reveal the dynamic histories of a particular place. Exterior of Bishop's Block, taken…

Imagining Portugal: Porto

Word has it that a popular new travel trend is on the rise: The Second City. What exactly does this mean? Although like fellow explorers I've always appreciated the Romes and Parises, but I've also yearned for the low-key, less crowded alternatives. But rather than the other extreme - going off the grid - my…

The Story of Canada’s Black Railway Porters

As white people including myself who are privileged in a society that's a direct product of racist and colonialist practices and biases, must hold ourselves accountable and recognize oppression faced by Canada's Black community. This means listening to and elevating narratives told by Black storytellers about how racialized Canadians withstood and fought back against racist…

Imagining Portugal: Lisbon

Like many of you, I too have been daydreaming about the day I can finally hop on a plane and go far away. Whether the time comes this fall or early 2021, I'll be celebrating all the same. My boyfriend Kyle and I were planning our very first big trip together: Portugal, 2020. That evening…

Writing Exercise: Descriptive Passages

I want to share another assignment I wrote from a Creative Travel Writing Course that I completed in March. In one particular module, I learned about crafting effective descriptive passages. Have you ever read or found yourself writing long and dry descriptions of places from travel accounts? If not done well, these moments can render…

Nourishing Narratives: A Photo Collection of Food Stories from my Travels

After a long pause, I've finally returned! I never anticipated such a drastic change in a short period of time. It felt like a matter of days that our upcoming trips were upended and the world reached a standstill. Like thousands - perhaps millions - of fellow travellers, my travel ambitions came to an abrupt…

Nostalgic Narratives: My Childhood Road Trips to Gaspé, Québec

As I eagerly anticipate my next trip - both far away and in Toronto - I've decided to share a tidbit from my creative travel writing course!¹ Last week, I wrote an account of my childhood road trips in detailed point form. By answering a few questions, I reached far into my repository of memories…