All posts tagged: explore

I’m moving to Denmark, Slovenia & Spain!

Exactly a month ago I wrote a post saying I’m moving to the U.K. (ps the post no longer exists). So what in the world is this post about?! In an effort to make a long story, short – a series of circumstances and events, which I had no control over, made me realize that going to the U.K. was no longer a feasible option. “The only thing that is constant is change” Heraclitus I was left confused, hurt, and suddenly scared that the plan I had laid out was suddenly gone. I realized that (a) embracing change is hard, humans are such creatures of habit and I had such peace of mind knowing what I was doing come fall, that in the brief moment I didn’t – I felt an enormous weight on my shoulders, and (b) people who really support you, lend ears, good advice, encouragement, and go an extra step to help you in times of uncertainty. I took a chance to see if a unique joint-masters program based in Europe would accept me. Again, long story, …

Journey in Zhangjiajie: Knocking on Heaven’s Door

China’s vast and diverse territory endows the country with some of the most beautiful natural scenery on earth. In August of 2015 I was able to witness and be among the giants — the karst peaks that tower in Zhangjiajie. Between the peaks lie ravines, gorges, streams, pools, waterfalls, caves and natural bridges. This is a journey I will never forget. The awestruck feelings I experienced on this trip has compelled me to share this story. While travelling in Zhangjiajie I have gained a new appreciation for China’s unique sights, both natural and man made. This is the last post of my blogging mini-series (‘Travelogue: Journey in Zhangjiajie’). Thank you for reading along and giving me the opportunity to reflect and share my photos and stories. This is truly the joys of blogging! My roommate and I embarked on a memorable, “one of a life time”, “when we look back at this day, we’ll realize we did something quite crazy” kind of day. We knew our destination was Tianzi Mountains, a continuation of the beautiful pillars that we …

Family in Alberta (pt.1)

Top of Whistler’s mountain via Jasper Tramway (third time up this mountain and every time it’s just as beautiful as the last) (Maligne Lake tour by boat) famous ‘Spirit Island’ Boat cruising on Maligne Lake Maligne Canyon Lake Beauvert (Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge) Bear Paw (tasty treats: pumpkin tart, white chocolate raspberry scone – personal favourite, and bear paw) Heli Helicopter tours In the air, overlooking the Rockies (Columbia Icefields in the far distance) My family made the a 4-5 hour plane journey from Toronto, Ontario to Jasper, Alberta to visit me last week! I’ve been somewhat home-sick these past few weeks and seeing them was the remedy I really needed. I don’t usually get home-sick, too be honest, I rarely miss the physical location of home, Toronto. But I did / still do miss the company of my friends and family.  I think I was more home-sick being here in Jasper, than I was in Tokyo last summer. Which is strange because I’m so much closer to home in Alberta, but maybe that’s also …

Mount Robson and Berg Lake Hike

(brace yourself for a long post) Day 1: I packed my 50L backpack in the morning and met up with 3 friends Loes, Jess and Alicia (all university friends who are working in Jasper for the summer). We picked up groceries (protein bars, peanut butter, pasta, oatmeal, KD… carbs on carbs) and started our drive out of Jasper! It was a 1.5 hrs drive on Highway 16 to Mount Robson Provincial Park in Valemount, British Columbia. The trail head and first part of the hike began in a lush rain forest (nothing like what you can find in Jasper). The air felt like you were somewhere else, somewhere more tropical like Costa Rica, there were large trees – reflective of how large the mountains were, and there was vibrant green vegetation surrounding our path. On our right was the Robson river, flowing steady and loud beside us. Beautiful moss everywhere too! The first break was at Kinney Lake (7km into the hike at 3230 ft). Here was a serene valley that surrounded this lake. The water that filled it was like …