Always craving an escape from Vancouver, I recently decided at the very last minute to book a seat on the Coast Starlight and head to Los Angeles for some sunshine and to visit my friend Ben. According to Amtrak, the Coast Starlight route from Seattle to Los Angeles is "widely regarded as one of the most spectacular… Continue reading Riding the Rails to Los Angeles (Part 1)
"Entering Malibu, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of nostalgia and long lost sadness, like seeing a home I had left a long time ago and had returned to."
The last time I was in Los Angeles, I was a young preteen and my biggest goal for the trip was mouse-spotting at Disneyland and window shopping on Rodeo Drive. At the time, I was under the (false) impression that Beverly Hills was the be all and end all of "LA culture". My adolescent impressions of the city came from my… Continue reading 36 (ish) Hours in LA
On my recent trip to New York, my mum and I opted to forgo the hustle and bustle of Midtown for the relative peace and quiet of Greenwich Village. Having been to NYC before, I knew from experience that staying in the tourist 'hot-zone' didn't really connect you to the best of the city. I… Continue reading Meandering through Greenwich
Views from the Empire State Building from my quick trip to New York City in December.
Since arriving in Hanoi, I have been completely overwhelmed in the best way possible. Hanoi is impossibly energetic and there is so much going on that it can be difficult to know where to look. Every time I turn my head I see and observe something new. I have only been here for two days… Continue reading First impressions of Hanoi
In less than two weeks I'll be visiting a place that has occupied my dreams for years. I'm finally about to visit Greece, a land that exists simultaneously in the glorious past and an uncertain future. Although I consider myself lucky to have walked in the footsteps of history in many places, there is nowhere… Continue reading countdown to greece
Arriving in the dreary little town of Hatfield in the middle of winter wasn't necessarily the best way to start this stint abroad. Honestly, I couldn't help but wonder: "Is this the right choice?" on a daily basis. Winter was here, heavy and dark. It wasn't going anywhere (not sure if it has, despite it… Continue reading life in hatfield
“Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” -Steve Jobs It would be an understatement to say that the last few months have been busy. However, despite… Continue reading no reason not to
This summer has been a busy one. If I'm not working at Tourism Vancouver, I'm volunteering at the David Suzuki Foundation. If I'm not volunteering, I'm keeping the apartment clean, running, catching up on sleep, watching movies with friends, making salad, completing assignments and scholarship applications, and so on and so forth. It's nice to… Continue reading midsummer thoughts