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…

New day, new name

What used to be a collection of school assignments, refashioned into a personal travel blog. After kicking this off over a year ago, jotting down and scrapping ideas, I finally have a blog name! Introducing my new name: Finding Sonder "Sonder" - The realization that each passerby, place or thing has a complex and vivid…

Day Five in Iceland: Full Circle to a Golden Finish

Day 5, July 10: Our last night spent under the sun. We fly home around 8:30 tonight and have the morning and afternoon to log in the last few hundred kilometres of our rental. Since we're already in the area, we decide to spend our final hours following the pack for Iceland's most popular tour:…

Day Four in Iceland: From Sulfur to Silfra

Day 4, July 9: We gather our freshly-cleaned bathing suits and towels from the bathroom and retrieve the thermal wear from our bags. There will be another long drive ahead - about 5 and a half hours from Akureyri to Þingvellir. Today, we are off to try something new. My mom booked us a snorkeling…