A Weekend Stay in Valencia

In October 2019, I joined a Citylife trip to Valencia. Citylife is one of the companies that organizes trips for young adults from Madrid to other cities. Most of the other participants were students studying abroad or young adults living in Madrid through a teaching exchange program. We went to Valencia by bus, which took …

Fall Colours: Pocaterra Cirque Hike in Kananaskis

On September 18, 2022, my partner and I took our dog out to the mountains to hike. We decided on Pocaterra Cirque because I love the area (see my post on Pocaterra Ridge as to why), and it seemed less busy than Ptarmigan Cirque, another popular fall hike. The view ascending the middle section of …

A Whirlwind Day in Bratislava

During the 2019 winter break, I travelled from Vienna for Christmas to Krakow for New Year's Eve. In between these cities, we spent a single day in Bratislava. The city is only an hour from Vienna by train, and cost 32.40 euros total for the three of us. Michael's Gate. We arrived in the capital …

Ringing in the New Year in Cracow: Part II

Our last two days in Poland were as busy as the first. We booked a tour through our hostel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, in the town of Wieliczka. Our tour included the transportation to the town, which made the trip easy. We arrived at the mines and waited for our tour to begin. The …

Ringing in the New Year in Cracow, Poland Part I

During my year abroad, I spent the winter holidays travelling through four European countries (with an evening spent in country number 5). My third stop on this trip was in Kraków, Poland. I didn't plan the stops on this trip, but rather joined a friend on her plans, so I didn't know what to expect …

Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

País Vasco is a unique section of Spain due to its differing culture and languages. Basque, or Euskara is the only surviving language isolate in Europe, meaning it is not part of any other language family (such as Romance languages for example). Some of the most popular destinations in País Vasco are Bilbao and San …

Mount Romulus Backcountry Camping

If you have ever wanted to start backcountry camping, Mount Romulus is a great campsite to start at. The campsite itself has all the amenities offered in backcountry sites including picnic tables, bear lockers, prepared firewood and even toilets stocked with toilet paper (a rarity in the backcountry, you usually need to bring your own). …

Hiking around the Exclusive Lake O’Hara

Lake O'Hara has become an exclusive backcountry area as Parks Canada limits the number of visitors each day in order to protect the fragile ecosystem. We were lucky to get a reservation on the bus (through a lottery system), and were able to visit the stunning lakes in the area on August 2, 2022. It …

Two Nights in Granada, Spain

Granada was a must-see destination for me while I was living in Madrid. It was passed through the hands of many empires, each which left their own mark. This makes the city and its architecture a beautiful mezcla of its history. One of the gorgeous apartment buildings in central Granada. One of the most famous …

Bow Glacier Falls in Banff National Park

On July 16, 2022, I hiked in a trio up to Bow Glacier Falls from Bow Lake. This hike is approximately 9 km with 298 metres of elevation and took us a leisurely 4 hours. I would rate the hike as an easy moderate hike due to the length and the one steep section. This …