The Mornings After: Why The Election is Devastating To Me

I woke up Wednesday morning thinking it was gonna be a different kind of day. I’d been counting down the days towards America’s Election like it was Christmas—“just two more sleeps”—because I was sure it would end this nightmare farce of a year. I felt sure that, for all the noise and bluster and pain … More The Mornings After: Why The Election is Devastating To Me

I’m A Canadian Okay?Culture, Connections, and Home

Travelling on the long term does weird things to your psyche. You’ll be feeling exhilarated and terrified at the same time, spinning dancing while a cave’s where your stomach should be. You’ll see the most amazing things in the day and still wake up empty, aimless, and alone. It’s part of being uprooted. It’s something … More I’m A Canadian Okay?Culture, Connections, and Home

Me and The City: The End of China, And Why I Hate Shanghai

The energy begins hitting two blocks before, the crowds? One more later. And the turn onto Nanjing Road, wide and packed with shoppers and picture-snappers, along the stone balustrades and marble dragons of the French stones decked out with luxury brands and fast food signs. The concert in People’s Square and thirty-odd dancers and toysellers … More Me and The City: The End of China, And Why I Hate Shanghai

What’s Lost, What’s Just Waiting: Finding an Alternate China in Sichuan

  You walk in on the Terracotta Army, and it’s hard not to feel like you’re discovering something. Despite the tourists shuffling in with you. Despite the air hanger base it’s contained in. Despite already seeing this thousands of times, in Nat Geo, in NYTs, History Channel—the world’s biggest pottery celebrity. Because there’s a presence … More What’s Lost, What’s Just Waiting: Finding an Alternate China in Sichuan

China on China’s Terms: Okay, time for some clarity (My China P2)

The train pulls out from Beijing, and the dread’s ballooning. A sunset on the valley of half-finished apartment blocks, cranes and craters, overnight vertical mansions that may never get lived in. Phones keep shooting off around me like fireworks. Squeezed between two ladies yelling over me. It’s a strange combination of being unmoored–cast adrift–and being … More China on China’s Terms: Okay, time for some clarity (My China P2)

Heavy History and Strange Present: The Beijing One (My China P. 1)

On the last day, I visit his mausoleum. He’d been staring at me this whole time, that portrait hung from the gates of the Forbidden City. I knew it was there, but seeing it in person gave me a kind-of reverse Mona Lisa: it’s so much bigger than I imagined. His watery eyes, that somber … More Heavy History and Strange Present: The Beijing One (My China P. 1)

Clockbreaking: Saying Goodbye to the 9-5 and Getting Going

Yesterday, I said goodbye to my parents and start my travelling. I’ve got my house on my back. When people ask me where I’m going the best I can do is give a nervous chuckle and a “we’ll see.” I’m starting to live off the clock, and it’s a weird feeling indeed. It’s been three … More Clockbreaking: Saying Goodbye to the 9-5 and Getting Going

Man on the tracks: The trains we ride and stories we tell on them in Japan

Japan has the best trains in the world. In terms of number, accessibility, promptness and speed, no other county lets you get around as fast or as far. On the most remote peninsula where there’s only rocks and herons, you’ll catch an old passenger train cranking past. In Tokyo different train lines stack on top … More Man on the tracks: The trains we ride and stories we tell on them in Japan