Under the Tuscan Sun in Siena

Siena Campo

For the past 12 years, I have been day dreaming and talking about one of my most favourite life experiences. The experience that probably planted a travel bug in me and made me tell every single university student to do the same. 12 years ago I decided to join a student exchange program and study Tuscan architecture in Siena, Italy. I had the most amazing time and met the most awesome friends because of that decision. Fast forward 12 years…… I’M BACK!!! For 2 days, but I’m back! Continue reading

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Missing London

Piccadilly Circus London

I love London! As a kid I was lucky enough to visit London every Summer with my family and since then I have formed this sense of belonging whenever I go back for a visit. I alway seem to be the one who tells people “No, it doesn’t always rain there!” or “It’s not boring there!“. I actually think depending on which part of London you happen to spend time in, anyone with any interest can find something to do. From 5 stars to budget travel, young to old, art loving history buffs to a foodies; there’s something for everyone. Continue reading

Day Dreaming About Scandinavia

Scandinavia map

It was last year around this time that I got a chance to attend the Cool Nordic event in downtown Toronto. An event held by all the Nordic countries to bring forward the best of the best from Scandinavian countries. One of the most things I enjoyed about my experience was learning about how all of these countries follow the “less is more” way of thinking. Architecture, design and fashion all seem to follow the same thought process but they are so intriguing. Since that time, I’ve been randomly Google searching, Pinteresting and reading up on the Scandinavian countries and all I have to say is, there’s more to them than Volvo, H&M and Ikea and…. I REALLY WANT TO GO THERE!!! Badly!!

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Cool Nordic: From Nordic Countries To Toronto

ph. by Kayvan Tahaei
ph. by Kayvan Tahaei

On Tuesday May 6th, the Council of Nordic Ministers held an exclusive event at The Spoke Club to introduce the Toronto media to the Nordic culture through workshops discussing Nordic architecture, cuisine, design and fashion. Continue reading

Balboa Park – The Giant Cactus Edition

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What is the first picture that pops in your head when you hear the word “Cactus”? If you guys are like me, you picture little colourful pots with tiny needle covered plants in them. I’m talking IKEA decorative pots with cute little cactuses in them for people who lack the green thumb. After visiting the cactus park in Balboa Park I was shocked how MASSIVE these little cute plants become in their natural habitat. Something that fits in the palm of my hand is now as big as a tire. Cactus trees that are so big that they have a more wood like trunks. I’m not sure why I was so shocked by seeing these giant cactuses but it completely blew my mind. Continue reading

Sun, Ocean and Fun in Sunny San Diego

La Jolla San Diego California

A few weeks ago I visited Sunny San Diego to visit my family and it was a great short get away from the Polar Vortex up here in Canada. Although I was SUPER excited for the trip I spent a ridiculous amount of time to pack for 18 to 25 degree weather. I am out of practice, it’s been 6 months since I wore less than 5 layers and no parka jackets. But enough about my wardrobe problems….

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