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Scotland

Notes from the West Highland Way

By On August 11, 2016

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I… Read More

Europe

Photoessay: Isle of Skye

By On July 15, 2016

After walking ourselves to Fort William, covering some 140 kilometers over 5 days, I sat in the back seat of Ross’ little red car and relished the speed at which the landscape… Read More

Tanzania

Pole

By On May 21, 2016

At the age of twenty-three, Deborah McCracken-Nangereke left Toronto for Tanzania and never looked back. She founded the Olive Branch for Children, started a family together with six vulnerable children, and established… Read More

Portugal

Saudade

By On May 1, 2016

I was supposed to be there for his 30th birthday. But planes break down, flights get delayed and life doesn’t always go as planned. I held it together through the four-hour delay,… Read More

Canada

Notes from the West Coast Trail

By On February 24, 2016

An adventure in which five women carry a combined one-hundred-and-ninety pounds of food, shelter and vodka seventy-five kilometers down the coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island. ***             Day 1: Port Renfrew to Camper… Read More

Europe

Reflections on Paris, Fear and the Gift of Travel

By On November 23, 2015

Sitting next to the glow of the fire while the storm howled outside, I watched as the wind swept a girl wrapped in an oversized scarf into our hostel. Eyes wild with… Read More

Europe

A Pint at the End of the Earth

By On July 26, 2015

“Following me now, are yous?” came a chuckle from behind, as we gingerly made our way down a set of narrow steps towards the sea. We turned to see Jack, the man… Read More

Canada

Beyond the Aurora

By On March 21, 2015

“Where you folks from?” asks a weathered-looking woman standing at the front of the airport shuttle, eying me up and down as though already quite certain of the answer. Hailing from Toronto,… Read More

Destinations

A Word for 2015

By On January 17, 2015

As January plunges Toronto into a deep freeze, the hot and sticky memories of Southeast Asia have all but receded to the far corners of my mind, as if hiding from the… Read More

Thailand

Cooking with Emotion in Chiang Mai

By On November 24, 2014

“Cook with your emooooootion,” instructs Indy, our young Thai cooking teacher, elongating each vowel as she tosses ingredients into the hot oil in one fluid motion. We stand in front of our… Read More

India

The Lifeblood of Kainakary Village

By On October 4, 2014

I woke well before the knock on my door came at 6:55. He had interrupted our blissful evening about twelve hours earlier, sliding alongside our houseboat in his narrow canoe to make… Read More

Canada

A Weekend by the Lake

By On September 29, 2014

I took the familiar left hand turn onto Limberlost Road and punched the trip button on the odometer. Twelve kilometers to the next turn – Alix’s directions were always exact. The cottage… Read More

India

Adithya

By On September 25, 2014

Sometimes a place speaks to you so loudly you have no choice but listen. It’s August, start of monsoon season in South India when the rains come and the tourists stay away.… Read More

India

Good Heads & Hearts in Dharavi

By On September 17, 2014

  You must have it a good heads, to like these things, and you must be having a good hearts, to not like them too much…Now my Bombay, with your good heads… Read More

Thailand

Lunch with a Monk

By On August 24, 2014

It’s eleven o’clock in the morning and I can feel the beginning stages of a full-blown hanger attack creeping in, the type of irrational wrath and fury that can only come from… Read More