According to the Plan

Last week, I came back to Nepal after the most incredible 8 days in Tibet. We had snowball fights at 4900+ meters above sea level, stood on passes overlooking the bluest lakes I've ever seen and 5 of the highest mountains, slept at Everest Base Camp, and made friends from all over the world. I... Continue Reading →

And Some Days You’re Living

This morning I was woken up by buses honking and exceptionally loud music playing nearby. I opened my eyes, and pushed a button on my phone. It was 5:54. I rolled over, sighed, and got out of bed, knowing the noise wouldn't subside anytime soon. Or at all, until about 8pm tonight. And for a... Continue Reading →

Homesick

“You will find yourself wanting to leave and go home at the same time, and there is nothing you can do about this.” ― Charlotte Eriksson I pride myself on my ability to be strong. I’ve proven to myself again and again that I have the strength to get through things and be okay. And... Continue Reading →

Defining Home

Since I left Manitoba in 2014, I have been struggling to pin down what home means to me. Home. Where I was born and raised? Where I currently live? Where I've spent most of my adult life? Each of these questions has a different answer. A drastically different answer for that matter. Because in some... Continue Reading →

Living Abroad: What No One Talks About

There is no doubt that traveling and living in another country, for any amount of time is incredibly special, but I think many people have glamorized it. Everyone talks about the wonderful things that we see, the people we meet, the fantastic food we get to eat. We post photos on social media of beautiful... Continue Reading →

Just Like Coming Home

As we descended through the clouds, I saw that hill that was visible from my old apartment. The one my friend and I had climbed. The highest point in the Kathmandu Valley. That familiar sight caused me to tear up, my eyes still welling with tears as the plane touched down, minutes later. I was... Continue Reading →

Here’s to Strong Women

Today is International Women's Day. It is acknowledged worldwide, and celebrates women's achievements from political to social, as well as calling for gender equality. In Nepal, it is actually a public holiday (for women only). In the early 1900’s, when international women’s day first began, the aim was to increase wages, decrease working hours and... Continue Reading →

I’d Rather Go

Many people my age are starting to settle down. Getting real adult jobs, getting married, and having children. And if I'm being honest, the thought of that is terrifying. But that is the norm, or to me it seems like it is. When I was in Nepal I was often asked if I was married,... Continue Reading →

Tihar

Currently in Nepal, those who are Hindu, are celebrating the festival of Tihar (similar to Diwalli in India). This was written last year, when I was in Nepal, after my first visit to a village, which just happened to occur during this festival. I had been invited to the office on the first day of... Continue Reading →

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