Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately you’ve no doubt seen the gorgeous photos of the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, either with people strolling the fields in flowing dresses or soaring over the fields on a Bali swing. I visited the rice terraces when I was in Ubud, and let me tell you there is more to this location than looking pretty. Namely there’s stairs. Lots and lots of muddy and slippery stairs.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you should be aware that the 20th Century was a turbulent time in the history of the world. During this time humanity was faced with the ongoing effects of colonization, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War and its proxy conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, the Middle East and Central and South America. It really is a wonder how humanity was able to emerge from such disasters. But perhaps one of the most significant events of this time was World War II, specifically, how a political organization founded in hatred, bigotry and anger was able to rise to power in a relatively short period of time and deliver devastating destruction and death upon the world. A movement that is still simmering under the surface in many communities today. For those of you who haven’t recently brushed up on your history and am wondering what I’m going on about, I’m talking about the Nazi Party.Read More
Bucket list item: ‘Visit a Nazi concentration camp’ to learn more about the tragedy that was the Holocaust.
I love watching historical documentaries, reading historical fiction, scrolling through pages and pages of history memes, debating historical events and being a history teacher. Basically, I’m a bit of a history nerd. With this in mind, it might seem less strange to you to see that visiting a Nazi concentration camp is on my bucket list. My love (obsession) for history isn’t the only reason for this however.Read More
Have you ever been stuck at an airport for an uncomfortably long layover? I have and I can tell you that it royally sucks. So what should you do next time you find yourself in this situation?Read More
What do you think of when you think of Amsterdam City?
I confess that the only thing I actually knew about Amsterdam before I arrived was that you can consume marijuana at cafes and that there is a Red Light District. While I was vaguely aware of the canals and the bikes, these things were not what popped into my mind when I thought of the city.Read More
Prague was one of my favourite stops on my Top Deck Democracy Road tour. There is just something magical about this city. I don’t know if it’s the castle (I mean, all European countries seem to have castles, right?), the amazing Astronomical Clock, or the fact that it doesn’t matter which direction my feet took me in Old City Square, I was never done exploring. This city caters to the history nerds, the party animals and the beer lovers alike.Read More
We’ve all see the pictures of the Szechenyi Baths. You know, the ones of the glorious, bright yellow buildings surrounding the crystal blue outdoor baths. No lie, when I found out that these baths were located in Budapest I was beyond excited since they just look so amazing. Throughout the 36 hour travel to get to Budapest I continually fantasized about visiting these baths, submerging myself in the lukewarm waters and relaxing the day away. What wasn’t included in my fantasy was the murky water of the indoor baths, the hundreds of people who had the same idea as me and the hair. The goddamned hair.Read More
Amsterdam. The city of bicycles, tourist debauchery and tall, skinny buildings. I confess that when I went to Amsterdam I expected to see sex, drugs and maybe some rock ‘n’ roll. What I wasn’t expecting was to have my eyeballs seared out of my brain. What I wasn’t expecting was to be witness to a sex show. A sex show where my brother became the presenter’s favourite crowd participant.Read More