No Lifeguards on Duty: Life’s A Beach At Bloordale Beach

In January, I went on a trip to the beach. Except this beach had no sparkling ocean and no coastline at all. The closest body of water was Lake Ontario, which is located one hour by foot. As I scavenged through the shoreless terrain, I was stomping through rough gravel with my Blundstones rather than…

A Simple Christmas: Capping Off 2020 with Songs and Snowstorms

There will always be that year where Christmas and New Years look a little bit different. Safe to say it's been so for everyone. With an impending Boxing Day lockdown, I was fortunate to be happily holed up with my boyfriend, opening gifts on Christmas morning in front of our 2-foot tree. Fast-forward to today,…

My Campsgiving Weekend at Algonquin Park: Thankful for Family, Nature, Good Food and Wine Openers

When I was three years old, my parents took my brother and I to Tobermory for our first camping trip by the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay. Immediately upon arrival, my Mom tried to coax me out of the van for hours without success. Tear-stained, stubborn and scared of the throes of wilderness, I sat…

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 the 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,…

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…