2000 Meters Above the Sea | Mount Albert Edward

Since moving to Vancouver Island three years ago I’ve heard legends of Mount Albert Edward’s epic alpine views. To be honest, I didn’t take them too seriously. What does an island dweller know about scaling glaciers and taking peak selfies? Sure, I’ll trust their opinions on organic beer and bike lanes. But mountains? Please, I’m... Continue Reading →


Welcome to Vrede Rust

April 15-30 We couldn’t decide if we should bring anything or not. What are the social conventions for showing up at a stranger’s house with the intention of living there for two weeks? We made a last-minute decision. A plant. A plant is the appropriate gift. Better yet, make it an orange one to show... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Reasons to Get Out of Amsterdam

For most Euro-backpackers, Amsterdam is the only corner of the Netherlands they’ll ever see. Just ask the hostel crowd in Prague or Krakow and you'll hear something like this: “Amsterdam? Ya I think I was in Amsterdam. I took the train there, don’t really remember anything else.” Well I guess I am no different, because... Continue Reading →


The Sand Dune and the Sandwich

April 1 Vineyard, hot tub, boarder collie. It all sounded too good to be true. There had to be a catch. So when we pulled up to our Airbnb just outside of Bordeaux, I began a mental checklist. Vineyard: yes. Boarder collie: oooo he’s adorable. Guess I won’t see much of Jakob for the next... Continue Reading →


Castles and Cathedrals

Did you ever spend time staring at something as mundane as traffic, just trying to figure out how all the cars could be so small? If you have, you’re probably a North American who has spent a week or two in Europe, or perhaps you’re Sarah Allan. Sarah spent the last two weeks exploring southern... Continue Reading →


15 Things that Made Italy Unforgettable

March 2-12 Trying to align my hunger with the late Italian dinner hour….well if I have one lunch at 11:30, and another lunch around 3, maybe a snack at 5:30, then by 8 I should be the right amount of hungry to eat my weight in pasta. The pervasive national passion for houseplants. The way... Continue Reading →


The Forgotten of Florence

March 5-8 Somewhere between Rome and Florence a few things changed. For one, whatever digestive thing was waking me up 5 times a night somehow resolved itself. After typing my symptoms into Google, I was pretty sure I had contracted a wheat allergy, and considering that we are in Italy, my life span was estimated... Continue Reading →


Rest Day(s)??

February 26-March 4 This is the story (more of a picture book really) of how one rest day turned into four. After nearly two months of winter travel we were both craving some beach time. Our level of desperation for sunshine and surf only became fully apparent when we caught ourselves scoping the Airbnb map... Continue Reading →


Introducing: Helena

February 22-26 If you asked me before we left which part of the trip I was most excited for, I probably told you: Greece. Sure enough, the country of epic poems and heroic legends has not disappointed. In every direction there is an ancient ruin, a turquoise sea, or a snow capped mountain. It seems... Continue Reading →


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