"The sight of the world put mad ideas into me; as if I could wander away, wander for ever, see strange and beautiful things, one after the other."
~ CS Lewis
Big fan of casually sauntering about the planet. Travel junkie, thumb-war champion, blanket-fort specialist and usually homeless. Perogie enthusiast with a love of teaching and a passion for reducing child mortality in the developing world. Lifelong Canucks fan, lover of the outdoors and all things active. Sleeping-in-airports aficionado. Exploring the curious corners of planet earth with a backpack and a sense of humour! Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, I've been making bad decisions on the road since 2009.
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Coast to Coast in 13 Days: The Final Push Across England
04 October 2011 7:34 AM | 42 Comments
The Legend of Lake Baikal: Waters of Supernatural Power
06 August 2011 5:47 PM | 15 Comments
10 Benefits of Traveling Solo
22 July 2011 12:49 AM | 49 Comments
Head Soccer. Or, soccer with heads. Another reason why Korea is awesome.
26 April 2010 12:47 PM | 33 Comments
Spaghetti on my Pizza & Intestines in my Soup: Korean Food Fails
14 April 2010 2:42 PM | 7 Comments
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Bussing from Vilnius to Warsaw
25 March 2013 7:01 PM | 3 Comments
On Meat & Onions and Castles on Lakes: Finding Trakai Castle, Lithuania
08 January 2013 9:01 PM | 3 Comments
Onwards, to Lithuania!
19 August 2012 12:55 AM | 17 Comments
How the Flight I Never Took Changed My Life
08 May 2012 8:30 PM | 25 Comments
Fire on Water: Remembrance Day in Riga.
18 March 2012 5:34 PM | 22 Comments
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Posted on January 26, 2011 | 5 CommentsWikipedia defines a monk as a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or with any number of monks, while always maintaining some degree of physical separation from those not sharing the same purpose. The concept is ancient and can be seen in many religions and in philosophy… I know their lives are devout, and probably very difficult. But there are at least three...
Posted on January 26, 2011 | 11 CommentsBackpacking glamorously. Whale sashimi, frogless showers, personal driver. Doing Bangkok in style!
Posted on January 2, 2011 | 2 CommentsThe Chatuchak Weekend Market is the undisputed mammoth of all Bangkok’s markets. Spanning 35 acres with more than 15,000 market stalls, this behemoth of Thai shopping has reached landmark status and is a must-see for visitors to the area. If you can dream it up, you can probably find it here. From vintage levis jeans to cell phone gadgets & electronics, from restaurant signs to...
Posted on January 1, 2011 | 12 CommentsThailand: They called it “Thai rice whiskey”. They insisted it was a must-try. My first gulp unveiled the cruelty of our new friends. My tongue swelled, my lips puckered and burnt, my nostrils convulsed, my neck kinked, my cheeks filled with spit. I felt a thickness where mouth becomes throat, and I gargled some Chang to wash away the horror. As my sinuses began to...
Posted on December 23, 2010 | No CommentsIf you’re spending more than a day or two in Ko Phangan, I definitely recommend renting a jeep or a scooter and taking off to explore the island. There’s lots to see, and the roads are fun to navigate (albeit a bit dangerous if it’s been raining a lot, as it did when we were there). The road to Had Rin beach is practically vertical,...
Posted on December 22, 2010 | 2 CommentsLook at this place. It’s paradise! Sure, it was one hell of a trek to get here, but Great Odin’s Raven, was it ever worth it. And I don’t care what you say, nothing ruins paradise more perfectly than the words “gecko” and “pee”. “I got peed on by a gecko.” Wait, what? Who gets peed on by a gecko? I mean, come on. How...
Posted on December 6, 2010 | 6 CommentsSo we’re on Ko Phi Phi and yeah, we’ve about had it up to our eyeballs with creeps, cockroaches, and crazy eyes. We don’t really have an exit strategy in place, except we’d really prefer not to end up in the middle of a human trafficking ring, but that’s just a personal preference. In lieu of keeping ourselves alive, we make our way – swim-trunks, flippy-floppies,...
Posted on November 7, 2010 | 4 Comments“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman An hour and a half by ferry from Phuket Town is a small island widely known to tourists everywhere. It was all but obliterated in the tsunami of 2004, but has recovered...
Posted on October 31, 2010 | 5 Comments“Imagine a place that defines graciousness, tolerance and aesthetic ideals. You’ve just imagined Thailand.” -Insight Guides Thailand I need to update these posts more often. I’m sitting in an internet cafe in eastern Siberia, bundled-up to the point that it probably looks as though there might be two of me inside all these clothes, writing about the time (not so long ago) I was wearing...