Sea Organ in Zadar - Croatia - Tall Ship

Visiting the Sea Organ in Zadar

When Ligeia first told me that she wanted to visit the Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia, I didn’t know what to think. I hadn’t heard about it and, if I’m being honest, I wasn’t all that interested in it. Since it was an important spot for Ligeia, though, we added an overnight in Zadar to […]

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Gasparilla Pirate Festival - Tampa Bay - Featured

The Gasparilla Pirate Festival – Tampa, Florida

The Gasparilla Pirate Festival has been somewhat of an institution in Tampa Bay for the past 100 years, and it’s definitely an exciting event if you find yourself in the area in late January or early February. Today, although there are numerous events┬áduring Gasparilla, such as separate celebrations for the arts, music, film, a road […]

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A Dog's Life in Chiang Mai

A Dog’s Life in Chiang Mai

Of course, stray dogs live a tough life regardless of what streets they roam in their corners of the world. However, it seems as though the dogs that call the lanes of Chiang Mai home face a particularly uphill climb. These soi dogs, as they’re commonly known, must overcome challenges around every turn if they […]

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Hardest Being Vegan - Featured

Things I Find Hardest About Being Vegan

If you had asked me a few years what I thought would be the hardest thing transitioning from being vegetarian to full out vegan, I would have immediately answered, “Giving up cheese!” As it turns out, eliminating dairy products wasn’t that difficult, as the cravings stopped shortly after they weren’t a part of my diet. […]

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Vegetarian Cooking Class - Anchan Restaurant

Learning to Cook, Thai Style

Before we moved to Thailand, the extent of Thai dishes in my repertoire was a makeshift curry using store-bought green chili paste and coconut milk. Although I knew that I wasn’t preparing anything authentic, I hadn’t realized just how far from a true Thai dish it really was! After taking part in a full day […]

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Things I Don't Let Prevent Me From Traveling

Things I Don’t Let Prevent Me From Traveling

My palms sweat, my heart races and my stomach feels like a hot tub with all its jets on. My brain is simultaneously fixated on finding a place where I can safely throw up and holding steadfast against my gag reflex. These feelings seem to come up every time I travel, but I refuse to […]

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Birthday at Elephant Nature Park

Celebrating My Birthday at Elephant Nature Park

Maybe it has something to do with getting older, but for the past few years, I have had less of a desire for birthday things and rather look forward to having fantastic birthday experiences. Last weekend, I turned 33 and I wanted nothing more than to hang out with my two favorite ladies: Ligeia, of […]

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Toronto Skyline

Things I Miss About Toronto

I grew up in Newmarket, a suburb of Toronto about 45 minutes north of “the big city”. With the Greater Toronto Area making up roughly 10% of Canada’s population, its 3 million residents make it the biggest city in the country. From 2006-2011, Ligeia and I called Toronto home, easily walking anywhere within its downtown […]

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Vegan Thanksgiving in Thailand

Growing up, Canadian Thanksgiving was one of my favourite holidays. Since it wasn’t marred by Black Friday shopping sales, the focus could strictly be on the vast array of food: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, ham, buttered corn, sweet potato casserole and the turnip that never seemed to find space on my plate. The gluttony […]

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Sponsor me to play softball at the Maccabi Games

Maccabi Games 2013: Playing Softball in Israel

Ever since tee-ball, my sports passion has remained strong with softball. I’ve played both recreationally and competitively, for both co-ed slo-pitch and women’s fastpitch teams. I’ve been an active softball umpire since I was 11 years old, constantly working to improve my skills and expand my knowledge of the game I love. In 2011, I […]

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Meeting Lucky for the first time in Surin, Thailand

Lucky’s Story: Rescuing an Elephant in Thailand

It was late January when rumors started swirling that Save Elephant Foundation was getting ready to rescue another elephant. A few months earlier, during my trip to Surin province to witness Dao Tong’s rescue, my fear of throwing up on the truck due to my crippling motion sickness kept me from fully experiencing this momentous […]

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Two chained elephants forced to perform at Surin Elephant Roundup

Surin Elephant Roundup: Behind the Scenes

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Surin Elephant Roundup, a government-sanctioned festival celebrating Thailand’s revered Asian elephant. The multi-day event draws large crowds all eager to witness elephants showcasing their amazing abilities. Elephants dancing to Gangnam Style, throwing darts to pop balloons, playing an organized game of soccer and even walking upright to […]

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