Day One in Scotland: Hightailing Through the Highlands

When you hear Scotland what comes to mind? Rugged Highlands, shimmering lochs and forgotten isles, haggis, the screeching of bagpipes and Scotsmen in kilts? These cultural symbols have been synonymous with "Scottishness" for as long as I can remember. But some travelers, perceive them as too campy for their liking, yearning instead to unravel the…

Casa Loma: The Story of Henry and the House on a Hill

Nestled on a hill lies a mysterious castle within Toronto's Annex, overlooking bustling cafes, museums and university campuses. Passersby at Spadina Road and Dupont Street would turn their heads, puzzled and enamored at the grey turrets poking out of the trees before commencing their school commute. Surrounded by aged, heritage homes, the castle's imposing nature…

Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Autumn

Most of us see autumn as a time of change - at least I do. From the slow shedding away of old things and welcoming new challenges ahead like the impending cold and darkness of winter. The first step towards regeneration. Although we generally liken spring to life and rebirth, here in Philosopher's Walk, everything…

Fall Foliage: Gatineau Park

The weekend before Thanksgiving, my Dad and I took a drive into the autumn colours of Gatineau Park. The conservation grounds span the northwest border of Gatineau, Quebec, the city which rests across the river from Ottawa, Ontario. Extending about 360 square kilometres, the park offers a plethora of scenic trails, lakes and beaches for…

Fall Foliage: Scandinavia

As mentioned in my September 5 post, for the next month or so I'm kicking up my amateur photography skills a notch. Admittedly, I've been strapped for time this week to write due to a shift change at work. I have just about enough time to share some fall features of Scandinavia. My favourite time of year…

Alone in an Abbey: A Rainy Day in Kirkstall

Five years ago, I lived in Leeds for half a year, and never once visited Kirkstall Abbey - one of West Yorkshire's most popular sites. So finally, I revisited Leeds in 2017 and could say I stepped foot into Kirkstall Abbey. It was a rainy Tuesday in October, and I had the entire place to…

Finding Sonder is on Instagram: Find me!

Hey! As my blog continues to grow each week, I am now on Instagram! Please follow me: @finding.sonder My primary focus will be this blog, but Instagram will be my extra creative outlet on the visual side. I hope to share more photos of my travels and link back to blog posts - old and…

Neuschwanstein: A Bavarian King’s Dream Come True

On a cloudy September day, I was cordially invited for afternoon tea at King Ludwig II's castle. Well technically, I invited myself weeks in advance. By purchasing a ticket. And sadly, poor Ludwig's been dead for over 130 years. His hosts ran a tight schedule in order to accommodate thousands of guests. If you failed…

Visby: My Gotland Getaway

In the fall of 2017, I did my first solo backpacking trip. I spent nearly four weeks touring England, Scotland and Scandinavia as a Masters graduation gift to myself. Now that summer is fading and my favourite season is around the corner, I started reminiscing on my autumn adventures. It took months to craft an…

Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Summer

Back in March, I began a photo timeline depicting one of my favourite spots in Toronto through all seasons (See Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Spring) Time flew past quicker than the speed of light. I realized it was already mid-August, and autumn is around the corner. I finally took a few shots of Philosopher's Walk, a…