Big City Syndrome

I’ve been getting a couple messages from friends lately telling me I look like I’m doing great. And I guess for the amount of time I’ve been in Toronto, I am. I don’t downplay how far I’ve gotten in such a short period of time. However, I don’t think I’m flourishing in the ways I…

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On the plane to Toronto

  I don’t want to be on this plane. I never wanted to be on this plane.   No, not just because the assholes in front of me have reclined all the way back to the point where I’ve spilled my rum and coke (I went for it). But mainly because I feel like I’m…

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I hART Amsterdam

Amsterdam always feels a bit like a second home (or I guess third home at this point) when I visit. It’s tricky to navigate around the canals and busy streets of the city center, but all the missteps land you in interesting new areas and in unexplored shops and restaurants. Looking back, one lesson I…

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People, Privilege, Pierogis, Poland

It’s taken me a wee while post-Krakow to process my few days there. It was a whirlwind of quick bursts of self-discovery, great discussions, lesson learning, and mind-altering experiences. So I’ve broken these down into four categories: People It was simple and comforting to tell myself that the majority of this trip would be spent…

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Alone in the airport

Day 1: Edinburgh – Krakow I’m sitting at Gate 23 in Edinburgh Airport. It smells like French fries and ketchup and around me I can hear the buzzing of foreign languages (Polish for one) and the howling of the bathroom hand dryer. My flight to Krakow has been delayed by an hour. Classic. I’ve not…

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A new-found fear of sheep

The short, sassy, and stupid tale of a city girl taking on a night in the Scottish wilderness   Through and through, I was a true city girl. I adored shopping, shoes, the hustle and bustle of a city centre, business folk storming subway stations in suits, and taking Ubers in exchange for 20-minute walks…

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Poetry about boots

Here’s a quick poem about my boots that have been to so many places over the past couple of years. If I’m being honest, the ones I wrote the poem about have now gone to shoe heaven (may they rest in peace) BUT all the things I said they’d seen they really had. These Boots…

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A toast to friends

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” -Miriam Adeney When I left Ottawa, three amazing friends accompanied me to the airport. After many hugs and kisses,…

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