In November I started practicing Spanish on Duolingo, so I’d be able to say more than just “cerveza” or “agua por favor” on my next trip to Spain (which most certainly will be happening again). It’s gotten me thinking about the other languages I’ve learned, or at least tried to learn, in my adult life. … More Learning Danish vs. Learning Swedish
At the beginning of this year I wrote a long post which included a rant about how much I hate New Year’s as a holiday and that I think resolutions are stupid. Well, all that is still true. But the reason I had written the post in the first place was to look back on … More Another Year Over
In the past five years, I’ve lived in four different countries, and one thing I’ve learned is that moving to a new place is never as easy as you might imagine. One of those countries is the one in which I grew up, Canada. Of the other three, one I moved to to study abroad, … More Tips for Moving Abroad
I have had a string of bad Halloweens. Last year I wrote a big rant about my bad Halloweens that I found again recently, and I felt a little uneasy reading it. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, one doesn’t need a good Halloween to be happy. On the other hand, it really … More A European Halloween
It’s strange to return to the place where you grew up for a holiday after a few years of not being there. I mean, there’s all that culture shock nonsense I already wrote about. But it’s also a weird combination that goes into planning what to do during your days: on one hand, you want … More Canadian Shenanigans
At the end of June, I went back to Canada for the first time since I left more than three years ago. I put off writing this blog post for a long time. First I had to deal with the jet lag when I returned. Then I had some work engagements that took up more … More The Prodigal Son Returns for a Short Visit
I recently ran my first ever marathon. When I decided I wanted to run it seven months ago, I didn’t really do any research into what it takes to actually run a marathon, despite having only done a 10k up to that point. I just went for it, occasionally asking for advice along the way … More Everything I Ate for a Month Before My First Marathon
One week ago I ran the Copenhagen Marathon. It was my first ever marathon, and I ran the whole thing. The first 31 km were surprisingly easy, and everything after 36 km was just hell. That pretty much sums up the experience. I wanted to write this post last Sunday, when I was sitting on … More Marathon Update: I Did It!
In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Okay, maybe only the first part applies to me right now. But it’s hard to believe I’m writing this with less than four weeks to go before my first … More Marathon Update: One Month To Go
A few things have happened so far this year in relation to my goal of running a marathon in 2017. After getting tired of running the short, straight, flat path in the tiny park by my house, I set off in search of a new track and discovered I live just twenty minutes from an … More Marathon Update: It’s Official!