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…

Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Winter

Here is the last of my seasonal photo series of Philosopher's Walk. We've had a late start to winter for this year with mild temperatures from Christmas onward. Last Saturday, a fresh 15 cm dumping of snow blanketed the city. And it appears to be making a stay - at least long enough for me…

Moments in Munich: Clocks, Beer, Surfers, and Subway Snafus

From gritty street art and all night techno to lederhosen, accordions, trumpets, and tankards. In my experience, no two cities that share nationalities are so culturally opposite to one another as Berlin and Munich. When I stepped off the train into Germany's third-largest city and Bavaria's capital, I briefly questioned if this was the same country.…

This Lake Rocks! A Paleo-Portrait of Prince Edward County

When there's a need to escape the city for a quiet place with family, my boyfriend and I head to the beaches and vineyards of Prince Edward County. Not to be confused with Canada's tiniest province, PEC is an island on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario, halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. Perhaps once Ontario's…