The quest for Everest

It’s 11:47 p.m. and I’m pretty much packed and ready to go for an early start tomorrow. I’ll be heading to the airport for a domestic flight to Lukla…if the weather cooperates and we get a clear window for take-off at Kathmandu, but more importantly a clear window for landing at Lukla. Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport has the reputation of being the most dangerous airport in the world…you need a good weather window to get there safely.

And if I do manage to make it to Lukla tomorrow, I will commence the biggest physical challenge I have attempted to date — trekking to Everest Base Camp (5,350m).

The Garden of Dreams

Hearing the hustle and bustle of the streets outside my room window, I woke up to my first day in Kathmandu. Well, perhaps saying I “woke up” is a bit of a stretch…I have some adjusting to do given my new timezone (I’m 9 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Toronto time). After a filling…

A warm welcome to Nepal (and a cockroach murder)

A couple of flights and 24 hours of travel time later, I’ve made it to Kathmandu, Nepal! This is the first time I’ve travelled alone without a familiar face waiting to greet me at my destination…it’s definitely a luxury I have taken for granted in the past, that I won’t take for granted again. But, this isn’t…

YYZ to TBD

The last few months have been quite the whirlwind, but now, here I go: I’m about to board a plane to Kathmandu, Nepal and I don’t have a return ticket booked. I don’t have a solid plan either — just a budget and a list of places I’d like to visit in Asia. As someone…

Caribana’s history…and present-day chaos

Toronto’s annual Carnival celebrations took place a couple of weeks ago, leaving me with a real “Carnival tabanca” (Trini slang used to describe the longing for Carnival). I have been reminiscing a lot about my time ‘on de road’ and also thinking about the current state of the festival, and what the future holds for this Toronto tradition; next year will be Caribana’s 50th anniversary.

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Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City

With no new episodes of The Walking Dead until October and The 100 having wrapped up its third season a couple of months ago, I’ve been in need of some new shows. I decided to try some options outside of the “post-apocalyptic world” variety (which is my favourite genre, apparently) and have discovered some interesting series (most…