After spending most of June apart, Dave and I decided to take a mini stay-cation to the Isle of Wight. As it was only a 15 minute hovercraft ride across the sea it seemed like a great choice (plus it was supposed to have some of the area’s best hiking and I was pretty eager to try out my new hiking boots).
I’ll back up a minute.
Yes, I said hovercraft. Portsmouth is the only place in the world that has a public hovercraft that essentially flies its passengers from Southsea to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. I wont pretend it wasn’t cool. It was a pretty neat way to start our little mini-break. Continue reading Isle of Wight – Hiking the Coastal Path
When I first started doing my research for Amsterdam the overwhelming consensus (online and from friends) was that Amsterdam is awesome but the food scene sucked.
As a foodie, I found this both disappointing and a bit hard to believe, with Amsterdam being such a large, cultural city. So, I dug a little bit deeper and, with the help Google and Trip Advisor, was able to put these bad food rumours to bed. Continue reading Eating My Way Through Amsterdam
For my second post in this series we stay in New Zealand, but this time we go back in time to my first visit in 2010.
It was dark when I left. Two hours later I was dropped at the Mangatepopo Valley trailhead along with the pre-dawn light. It was only early autumn but that didn’t stop the trickling brooks from being glassed over by ice. It would be a spectacular day but it hadn’t quite gotten there yet so I pulled up my hood, breathed in a frosty breath and took my first steps on the famous Continue reading The Best Days of My Life: The Tongariro Crossing
The last little while I’ve been in a bit of a rut (it’s winter, so no real surprise there). I haven’t had a lot of motivation or inspiration to write much of anything, and as my 31st birthday approaches I’m once again plagued by that sinking sensation, that nagging fear of “what have I done with my life?!”
It’s times like these that I’m forced to stop and take a moment to remind myself that while I might not be exactly where I expected to be in my 30’s, I’ve still done a lot with the time I’ve had. My life has been filled with amazing experiences that have spanned across almost the entire world.
So, instead of sitting and wallowing, I’ve decided to kill two birds with one stone and get back to writing while reminiscing about the most spectacular days of my life in a series of blog posts.
So, to start it all off, let’s get on a plane and head to New Zealand’s South Island, to the sunny and gorgeous seaside town of Continue reading The Best Days of My Life: Swimming with Dolphins
Well, October came and went and with it so did the lovely Alyssa Paterson. After getting a little turned around, I found her at a quaint little cafe located just off of a very rainy Budapest street. It had been almost a year since we’d last seen each other, so obviously, there was lots of excited loudness as we caught up over hot chocolate and lattes. Continue reading Thunder Bay Meets Budapest
Well, I’ve been in Europe for just about 2 months now and I’ve been pretty busy! I hung out in Stroud, moved into my flat in Portsmouth, been to London 3 times and even found the time to do a 10 day adventure with Alyssa to Eastern Europe (blog posts to come). And on top of all of that I also did all my immigration stuff (registered with the NHS, got a bank account, got a NI number) and even found myself a job!
And yet somehow, even with all that going on, I also managed to tick an item off my bucket list which has pretty much been on it since day one: Stonehenge. Continue reading Stonehenge!
Back in April, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to tackle one of Toronto’s main tourist attractions: the terrifying Edgewalk on the CN Tour. In case you don’t know, this involves strapping yourselves into a pretty heavy duty harness system (each one could support the weight of an elephant) and then venturing out high above the glass floor and the 360 Restaurant onto the famous “Ring” of the tower. What does this look like, you might ask? Well, basically, it’s a mesh metal flooring about the width of a Toronto Sidewalk. And it is very, very high up – 116 floors high-up. Continue reading Living on the Edge