The Gates of Istanbul

It is easy for me to say that Loreena Mckennitt is by far one of the most idiosyncratic musicians I’ve ever come across. Born and raised in Canada, she is a singer, songwriter, harpist and composer. Mckennitt started singing at a young age and after attending an exhibition of the celtic artifacts in Venice in…

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Aran Islands – Galway Part 2

The Aran Islands are three relatively small islands that are situated just off the coast of Galway Bay. They are: Inisheer, Inishmaan and Inishmore. Each island has a unique story that adds great depth to Ireland’s history. When visiting the islands, you will find ancient forts, churches and monuments, as well as tourist activity. Today,…

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Vikasa Yoga Retreat, Thailand

When I arrived at Vikasa, I said hello to the people I knew and introduced myself to the people I didn’t know. Carolina and Jeb, a married couple, were the hosts’ of this getaway trip. I originally met them through my brother Alex, who did Cross-fit with them a while ago. They were the first…

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Seeing Clearly

If someone asked you to look a stranger directly in the eye for three solid minutes, do you think you could do it? Well, yesterday, I did just that. I have been taking a mindfulness meditation class and it has been nothing short of inspiring.  Gina, our meditation instructor, is a peaceful person who is passionate about her craft…

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