The Perfect Stranger

I had a conversation with a perfect stranger a few weeks ago on my flight from Toronto to Dubai. He was kind enough to allow me to share our conversation with you all. Happy reading! *wink*

Dating in the desert

I’ve officially been away for five months and have been told that it’s time for a blog post on feelings… Moving makes it abundantly clear how you feel about people. You quickly realize who you’ll stay up late and lose sleep to talk to; who you wish could be by your side for each and…

Be wild and Rome

Any resident of Canada will tell you that travelling is a hassle. It’s far! Really far! Hop on a plane for 5 hours and guess what – chances are, you’ll still be in Canada! With that being said, one of the most convenient things about being based in Dubai is its proximity to so many places (most…

All I Knew Is, I Never Ever Wanted To Be Average

I recently connected with a fellow Torontonian (trust me, we’re everywhere) based in the Cairo office of the company I work for and naturally we’ve been trading stories of how we ended up on this side of the world. In one of our many ramblings she shared with me that on her last day in Toronto,…

Oh-my, Oman!

I know I keep promising to write more, text more, call more, FaceTime more, etc, etc, etc. From the bottom of my heart I apologize to those of you I’ve been unable to keep in touch with. Life is chaotic in general. But throw in a new job; combine it with a new city; add 9…

Ever Since I Left The City

It’s been awhile since my last post – I’ve been a little off the grid. There’s so much to do and see and discover. And in the few moments where I actually do have time to myself to sit down and write, there’s this overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start because there’s so much…

Birds Of A Feather

When I made the decision to come to Dubai there was one specific friend I knew I had to talk to before discussing it without anyone else. Not only is he quite possibly the most likeminded/adventurous friend of mine; but he’s also the person who always seems to have the right answers when I need…

Get Out Of Your Own Way

So an astounding number of people have been reading these posts and sending me messages. These messages fall into three categories: the “wow you’re so brave, I wish I could do that” messages. the “why on earth would you move to the Middle East” messages. the “how on earth are you affording this” messages. Firstly, you…

You’ve Already Won Me Over, Dubai

It’s officially been 5 days, and I finally feel like I’m somewhat settling in. I’ve lived in many, many places but Dubai is obviously quite different. It reminds me a lot of the wealthy areas of Miami or LA – sprawling, tropical, lots of money, even more traffic. Dubai is a really young city and as a…

Helsinki, I’m Into You

Of all the travel advice I’ve been given, the best thing I’ve been told is to be strategic about layovers. For years and years I avoided them (I mean, airlines give you that “direct flights only” box for a reason right?); however, being open to layovers and extending them to allow enough time to actually…

New Year, New City, Same Me

I was extremely fortunate to be born into a family of travellers. I took my first passport photo at the ripe age of two weeks old; lived in six cities across North America and Europe before my 12th birthday; and attended thirteen schools before I turned 18. This has undoubtedly contributed to my innate inability to…

Closing Chapter 2015

It has always been extremely important to me to gain as much knowledge as possible from experiences in my life. A few months ago, however, I realized that many of the life experiences I identified as positive and true were almost inauthentic as a result of me pre-determining (I’m a planner by nature) them to…