I am a firm believer in getaways. Visiting Carmel is one of my favourite places to visit in the world. It is where my beau, Derek, grew up, and where his amazing family resides. Every trip here involves hiking, cycling, feasting, wine tasting, and socializing with incredible people. But with all of that, especially over … [Read more…]
Hello 2016. I celebrated the last eve of 2015 with my love and two close friends at their ranch with an epic feast and many libations. At midnight we cracked a bottle of Moët & Chandon, I kissed my favourite lips in the entire world, and we lit sparklers under a big clear country sky. I am … [Read more…]
Teach me how to grieve. Teach me how to say goodbye to someone I really never had a hold of. Someone who lit up a room, warmed hearts, and gave security to insecurities. Teach me to say goodbye to the past. To stop mourning old memories and make peace with the dark ones.
It was a week of break ins. This week someone broke in to the upstairs of the house while we were sleeping. Later in the week another one of my homes was broken into, the bloodshed all over social media. Paris, the city that has loved and housed me over the years, was attacked.
I woke up the day after cycling sore and groggy. But it was our last full day in Onomichi, and there was still a lot to see and do. Under an overcast sky we set out as a group through the small city streets, passing a large lot of unlocked bicycles where students and workers … [Read more…]
I slept better than I anticipated. At breakfast I doubled up on eggs and tofu and made sure to get my fair share of rice. I went to my room, stretched, put on my gear and headed to the lobby. The sun was shining and the air was warm but perfectly crisp as we walked over to … [Read more…]
I woke up early yesterday, excited to see that the sun was shining brightly over Onomichi, and had breakfast on my own. I mixed my lightly poached egg into my rice, the yolk creating a thick sauce, and carefully assembled bites by stuffing seaweed with the rice mixture, pickled lotus root, daikon, squab and red … [Read more…]
You never know what to expect in Japan. After a traditional breakfast of rice, fish egg and seaweed (my favourite), I headed to the conference room for our orientation. Here we learned about the motive to help Onomichi tourism thrive, a little more about this small shipping city in Hiroshima with a passion for cycling, … [Read more…]
I arrived in Tokyo giddy. The 18 hours of travel and 4 a.m. wake-up hadn’t phased me yet. I was in Japan! While in line for customs I kept eyeing the other travellers. I was told there was a group of 15 of us travelling to Hiroshima but had no idea what they looked like … [Read more…]
I am on the first leg of my long journey to Japan. This time last year I flew to Japan on a writing assignment, and now I’ve been asked to return to help with tourism. When I tell people what I’m up to they often ask how I get these opportunities. Like most things in … [Read more…]