Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Maui

stand up paddleboarding lessons on Maui, SUP, MSUP

  If you’ve ever sat on a beach watching stand-up paddle boarders glide past you and thought it looked fun, you would be right. If you’ve watched people run into the ocean with their boards and gracefully jump to their feet before serenely paddling away and thought it looked easy, you would be less right. […]

The Best of Tofino Without Breaking the Bank

Having some fun on a teeter-totter at Combers Beach!

  No visit to Vancouver Island would be complete without a stop in Tofino.  Here, the Pacific Ocean travels unencumbered all the way from Japan.  The waves draw crowds of surfers and storm watchers, while the old growth forests and epic sunsets enthrall nature enthusiasts.  Tofino may be a small town, but it has a […]

Pride in NYC – Sometimes It’s About Putting Clothes ON

LGBTQ, pride, Rainbow Fashion Week, NYC, New York

Rainbow Fashion Week When New York does Pride, they do it all the way.  With events including performances by Nelly Furtado and LeAnn Rimes, as well as attendees numbering in the millions, you can expect Pride events in New York to be nothing short of energetic.  One event you won’t want to miss out on […]

My First Time Abroad: Hard Lessons Learned

New York City, Manhattan, first time abroad, lost in Yonkers

  Sometimes I wonder how I survived my 20s at all.  It’s not like I’m a big risk taker or anything, but my naiveite and general unawareness have left me in some questionable situations.  I have walked into stranger’s homes without any exit plan or ability to defend myself.  There was also the time I […]

Harambe: Gluten-Free Ethiopian Food in Vancouver

Harambe Ethiopian restaurant on Commercial Dr in Vancouver. Gluten-free.

It has been many years since I visited an Ethiopian restaurant, and with good reason.  The last time I ate Ethiopian food, I wound up lying on my bathroom floor for hours with some of the most painful vomiting I have ever experienced in my life.  The waiter had served me wheat injera – a […]

Hiking in Maui: Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls

Hiking is a great way to immerse yourself in nature when you’re travelling, and the Hawaiian Islands are full of treks through lush, indigenous vegetation.  Many of the trails will also take you to stunning waterfalls.  The Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls is one such trail. One of the things that makes the Pipiwai Trail […]

Halloween in Vancouver

East Van Parade of Lost Souls, Vancouver, Commercial Drive, Halloween

Halloween!  This is by far my favourite holiday.  What’s not to love?   The smell of pumpkins being scorched by candles, explosive chemicals being lit on fire, free candy, watching scary movies with friends, elaborate costumes… I wish Halloween lasted as long as Christmas. The Parade of Lost Souls is my favourite Halloween event in Vancouver […]