“I’d rather write about this world than live in it, and I’d rather play music all day and read, and wander around in bookstores and watch humans. But not be one of them.”
– author unknown
This blog began as a collection of my ideas of culture and development while interning in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2011. This was my first trip living abroad and travelling independently and at the time, it was everything I wanted. So I spent four months working in a private university and travelling around Cambodia, a beautifully unique and warm country, then two more months travelling Southeast Asia and Japan.
Sure enough, I caught the travel bug, and didn’t feel my adventure was finished yet when I had to return home to Canada to finish school. I was studying a bachelor’s in International Development and Globalization. University was not what I wanted to be doing at this time. My desire for travel, as well as creativity and other forms of learning, had only expanded from my trip to Asia.
But in the meantime, I’ve since been to Berlin (Germany), for a course on the political history of the divided city after WWII, Barcelona and Ibiza (Spain) for an unknown-to-me romanticized love of the place, and Paradise Island (The Bahamas) for Sivananda yoga teacher training.
I’ve spent three years in Dublin, Ireland, building a home and enjoying all sorts of different communities there, engaging in yoga, shamanism, and other forms of healing along with nightlife, relationships and (of course) the Irish pub culture. I’ve taken time out to travel to London, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, and around Turkey, as well as completing Thai Massage training in Greece.
The warmth of Ireland – its people along with its pubs – genuinely warmed my own heart. It is hard to not feel at home in a country that feels so much like a village. And now, in a way, I feel partially Irish because I understand that longing the Irish have to always return home, or to find their kindred spirits when abroad. It’s more than familiarity – it’s family.
Luckily though, I am not too far away at the moment. It was a long and hard struggle to stay in Ireland, but without any hope for another visa, I’ve kept the Atlantic coast close and moved down to Lisbon, Portugal. While taking a 2 year MA degree in Culture Studies, I’ll be doing much inquiry and experimentation into how to make a quality life of adventure, openness and self-reflection a sustainable one.