Adjusting to Home

The plane touches down on the runway, and I’m suddenly home again. This past month in Romania has flown by. As I step off the plane, the romantic in me acknowledges the “crossing space.” It’s like a Venn diagram: I’m stepping through the overlap as my Romania adventure ends and I emerge back into a familiar place. I’m…

Romania: 4 Things I’ve Learned

I said that I wanted this trip to fundamentally be a learning experience. It has been. However, just like most learning experiences, what I’ve learned hasn’t always been what I expected. GO AND DO: This was my mantra for the whole trip. The first week I was here all by myself, so I’d go out into…

Romania: Visual Stories

Moieciu de Sus. Honestly, I’ve struggled a bit with finding good words to describe my weekend here. We went to Moieciu de Sus to cover the Eco Marathon, which totally exceeded my expectations. The energy and atmosphere were so positive and I loved being part of it. As I photographed the event and did interviews…

Romania: Adventures in the Ordinary

I’m heading back to my house, about to turn on Strada Castelului. It’s midday and there are two women standing outside of a coffee shop ahead of me looking up at Mt. Tampa. The mountain is moody today, with hazy clouds brooding over it, smudging the peak. The women are speaking a different language and pointing…

Romania Day 3: Why Culture is a Story

It’s midmorning and I’m walking through Piata Sfatului, the main town square, on my way to the bus stop. I love this route. Not only is it made beautiful by the architecture and Mt. Tampa rising up behind it, but it is full of people. People intrigue me, especially in public places like these. We…

Romania Day 2: My Day in Pictures

Day 2 in Romania. I had a bit of a slow morning just sitting and writing in the garden of my host family’s house (which is beautiful). These are some photos you can click through to get a feel for where I live. It is gorgeous- the pictures don’t do it justice: My first adventure…

Why I’m in Romania and Day 1 Impressions

  Toronto. Istanbul. Bucharest. Brasov. After many, many hours of travel, I am now finally in Romania! I didn’t really give a lot of details about why I decided to come to Brasov before I left, so I thought I’d give my best answer to that question now. What am I doing here? The answer…

4 Things Journalism School Taught Me

I’m on the home stretch of my first year studying journalism. I have loved this adventure more than I expected to. As much as I can thrive under the “lecture and essay” type of education, nothing beats practical experience. These are four of the lessons I’ve learned over the past seven months. I don’t want to…

When You Feel Stuck

Do you ever feel stuck? Sometimes I feel like the path that I am currently travelling used to look vibrant and exciting and new, but now all the scenery has blended into familiarity. I feel like I start to go on autopilot at this point and excitement sometimes gets equated to striking another thing off of…

How to Build Healthier Cities.

So many cities in Canada are going through a phase of regrowth in their downtowns. New coffee shops, co-working spaces, innovation centres, and startups are infiltrating old spaces. This is called revitalization. It is good. But there is a flip side. I’ve been working on a project lately that takes a deeper look at revitalization…