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 …

The Beautiful Beaches of Ibiza, Spain

As a North American in Europe, I had to take advantage of the cheap flights. One flight deal a few friends and I got was a two day trip to Ibiza in the off season. Ibiza is busiest in the summer, and around mid-October the clubs on the island close to take the winter off …

Two Days in Portugal’s Biggest Cities (Part 2: Lisbon)

This is the second half of my post on Portugal. If you missed the first one you can find it here. We stayed the night in Porto, but woke up early to catch the bus to Lisbon. The drive takes 3 hours, and we wanted a full day in Lisbon. The round trip cost us …

Two Days in Portugal’s Biggest Cities (Part 1: Porto)

Before the pandemic I had the privilege to travel lots in Europe while living in Madrid. One of my shortest by very memorable trips was to Portugal. On February 15, 2020, I travelled with two friends/roommates whom I was very compatible in terms of travelling style. We flew from Madrid to Porto around 9 am …