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 - if not, millions - of fellow travellers, my travel ambitions came to an…

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…

Christmas in Ortona: 1943

The Christmas holidays are already here, approaching faster than you can say "egg nog." It dawned on me now that it's two days away. It's that time of year where both our bank accounts and blood pressures surge, feeling the time crunch to check off interminable lists of final chores and errands. We get vastly…

Day Three in Scotland: Journey’s End with Whiskey and High Spirits

Before we knew it, the home stretch was upon us. There was an itinerary planned for our final day with shorter timed stops since Richard had to return us to Edinburgh by mid-afternoon. After breakfast, we crossed the Skye Bridge back to the mainland. The most enchanted isle of Scotland slowly sunk towards the horizon…