Earthbeats

http://www.earthbeats.ca Earthbeats is a social enterprise co-founded by myself and Nadia Roy while living and working in Nepal for a year with Uniterra, a Canadian-sponsored development program. It began as a seed planted deep in the back of Nadia’s mind and with the support of countless partners, blossomed to the people-driven small business that it…

Moments in Nepal

He was wearing a light blue shirt tidily tucked into khaki pants, and a look of nervous excitement. I watched as he rifled through the not-so-tidily stacked notebooks sitting outside the crowded stationery shop, considering each one carefully. He would sift through them, occasionally extricating one from the pile to examine the binding or run…

Dear friend I met while travelling

Dear friend I met while travelling, I remember the first time I ever saw you.  No, really, I do.  You were hiding from the rain in a hotel lobby. You were bundled in your toque and sleeping bag on Skype, trying to escape a cold that settles in your bones. You were coming through the…

While I’ve been away

So I’ll admit, I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit with this whole blog thing… or so it might seem. What actually happened is that I decided to start a business at roughly the same time as my teammates here in Nepal decided to keep a group blog.  All this to say, I got a…

A Week in the Life

If I had a nickel for every time my parents chastised me about not taking photos of my day to day life abroad, I would have several nickels. Once you live in a place long enough, the details of regular life become so mundane that they don’t seem worth sharing. I write stories about trekking…

Buddha Jayanti in Buddha’s own Birthplace

Every time I travel for an extended period of time, I try to keep a journal. Not because I like journalling. I actually really don’t like journalling. More because I like the idea of 80-year-old me sitting in a rocking chair in the woods somewhere, reliving all the crazy shit I did as a youngin’.  So,…

A Himalayan Adventure

It’s beyond difficult to condense 12 days in the Himalayas into a single blog post so I’m not going to try. There is no way to write about everything that goes through your head when you spend 10 days pushing your physical and mental limits in one of the most beautiful places on earth. So…

Into the wild jungles of Chitwan

A seven hour bus ride from Kathmandu later and we were in the hot, humid jungles of Chitwan National Park. Chitwan is Nepal’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We avoided the popular safari by elephant-back and opted instead for a half-day canoe and jungle trek followed by a half-day jeep safari….

The Thing About Holi

Holi. The festival of spring, colours, and sharing love. A chance to colour-bomb the neighbourhood kids in (secret) retaliation for their singing “Let It Go” at 6 am outside your window. A chance for them to whip water balloons back at you in (not so secret) retaliation. The streets are full of happy people covered…

What’s going on in Pokhara?

March 7-9 were holidays for me a few of my friends here in Kathmandu so we decided to escape the city on a little tourist adventure. We took a couple extra days off work and hopped a bus to Pokhara, where we spent the next five days.  

My Monologues Include

The cast of the Carleton University Vagina Monologues are constantly trying to make their production more inclusive.  Every year the directors and cast get together to talk about where the monologues are lacking in terms of representation and how they can strive to be better. In order to share this engaging conversation with those outside…

Uniterra in Malawi

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international development program. They are currently operating in 14 different countries around the world and working to improve living conditions and livelihoods for people everywhere. Uniterra has been operating in Malawi for over 30 years. As their new phase of development, a group of researchers was sent to profile the…