All posts tagged: travel blog

Why I entered the #Faces2Hearts Competition

There are few moments in my life that have made me feel a rush of excitement, fear, nervousness and hope. Staring my master’s in Europe was one of them. Most recently, a whirlwind of emotions flooded my mind when I came across this competition by European Commission (EuropeAid). Faces2Hearts is a worldwide blogging experience that will take 4 young people on a 5-month journey across 3 continents. They will discover projects, supported by the EU, that change people’s lives for the better. And they will reveal the often unreported stories of the fascinating people they meet – stories of positive change and hope. The competition asked participants to submit a 60-second video and write a brief motivation for the application. The application is shared online for others to vote & comment. I’m writing because I need your support and to explain what this competition means to me. Before I started my entry I reflected on a question that touches the essence of the competition: why do we tell stories? The earliest stories I remember are from …

In Transit: Greenland – Belgium – Spain

I said a heartfelt goodbye to Greenland at the end of August (which is already several weeks ago). The handful of roads in Ilulissat was becoming very familiar, the sounds of howling dogs, the silence in the early morning, the smell of fish (everywhere)… I felt acquainted to the place. And with those feelings of familiarity came diverging yearnings to remain in comfort and readiness to dive into change, yet again (two roads diverged and I took the one less travelled by, and that made all the difference). Only in looking back, I am able to fully comprehend the uniqueness of my opportunity to live in Greenland. Going to Ilulissat was perceived by my friends and family as travelling to another ‘world’, and in a way it was. For me, it was natural landscapes uncomparable to any other I’ve seen before. When people ask me about my experience I share the less talked about realities of Arctic living like challenges in terms of costs and remoteness. It would be concealing the truth if I didn’t …

Travelogue Asia 2017: Maldives to Singapore

A lot has happened since I’ve last had a chance to make an update on my blog. Travel plans have been flipped and tossed around (so has my body). But travel is about adapting and being responsive to changing circumstances and situations. More thoughts to follow in the next few posts… as always, thank you for following along! Male, Maldives Our journey to the Maldives had to come to an end. Our dream-like trip on Ukulhas island ended on a perfect note with diving and completing our PADI open water diving certification. The next morning we had to take the public ferry to return to the main island, Male. The ferry cost $3 USD and took us 4 hours. The seats on the ferry were long and cushioned benches so I napped almost the whole way there. There’s something about the sway of boats and planes that cradle me to sleep. Once again, as we started the trip, we were shuffled around the busy and dense streets of Male. What was once aimless strolling on …

Travelogue Asia 2017: Scuba Diving in Maldives

Scuba diving has always been something in the back of my mind. The love for the ocean developed young, though I didn’t grow up next to the ocean – I vicariously imagined myself swimming with fish and “friendlier” animals while watching Planet Earth in my living room with my family. Then my family discovered this tiny place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean called Hawaii. We fell in love with the hospitality of the Hawaiians, I discovered surfing and love for the ocean grew tenfold. The way your body and board glide with the wave on a surfboard is an indescribable feeling. It was through my surf instructor (and mentor) that I really understood the value of respecting the ocean. We have been returning almost every summer since. Our family move from Toronto to Vancouver and my love for the ocean continued to expand, vast and seemingly unending like the ocean itself. Fast forward, I’m planning this trip in Asia with two friends and scuba diving crosses my mind several times but almost immediately …