Playlist – Iceland Airwaves (The “Before” Track List)

I’ll be heading to the Iceland Airwaves music festival in just a matter of weeks, and I am extremely excited.  Aside from the local Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Sonic Boom Rock Music Festival, I have never attended a real music festival before.  Of course, a few weeks ago I was highly disappointed to find out some of the acts I was looking forward to seeing are appearing at the exact same time as each other, so there will be a few things I will have to miss out on.  As a result, I now know I will learn many lessons from attending this music festival – first one being don’t expect to see everything!

I decided to make a playlist of 21 songs by 21 artists who will be appearing at Iceland Airwaves, being 21 songs and artists I have heard and have listened to prior to the festival.  Following the festival, I will make a playlist of new songs and artists I discovered while attending the festival.  So here it is!  Spotify just came to Canada, so I’m trying that out instead of 8tracks this time.

Five hours of this? Yeah, chocolate's gonna be necessary.

The Inca Trail – What to Pack?

This was originally part of the The Inca Trail: How to Command and Conquer the Famous Hike post (click to open in a new window), but for the sake of brevity, I decided to turn it into a separate post.  

I often get asked what I packed when I did the four day Inca Trail.  I will premise this by saying I did hire a porter for the trek, and checked the majority of my belongings not necessary for the trek at my hostel in Cusco.  So, in terms of what you should have on your person, and what you should bring in your duffel bag that the porter carries for you, the following is my essential packing list for surviving and conquering the Inca Trail.

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Tower Bridge, London, England

London: The Ultimate 6 Day Itinerary, Part 1

While London is a huge city whose sheer number of sites and activities require multiple visits, you can get a lot of the major sightseeing done in a short time if you plan accordingly.  In 2012, my family and I took advantage of a cheap round trip flight deal to London Gatwick Airport, so we flew there for six full days before returning home to Canada on the seventh day.  If you’re the type of person who wants to see as many things as you can in the shortest time possible, and don’t mind a “go go go!” schedule, then follow this itinerary that I created for my family’s trip. Continue reading

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Studying Abroad – Expectations vs Reality?

I wrote another article over at GoAbroad.com about some of the expectations you may have about studying abroad versus the realities that actually exist.  I studied abroad in Lille, France in 2011, which serves as the basis for my studying abroad experience.  Check it out!

Studying Abroad – Expectations vs Reality?

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Edmonton has one of the largest stretches of parkland in North America.

Adventures In Your Own Backyard – A Summer Day in Edmonton

As evidenced by my last post, I’m an advocate of getting out and travelling on your own because it’s just as good, if not better, than travelling in a group. But what about exploring your own city? Here’s where the hypocrisy sets in – I very rarely go out and do things within my home city of Edmonton without the company of one or more people. I have a good group of family and friends who I can always pull a plus one out of when it comes to attending various events or outings in the city. That’s not to say I never do things alone; I go grocery shopping alone, and I’ve gone to a mall to go shopping alone once or twice.

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Playlist – Songs for Mountain Tops

Next to travel, music is probably one of the most important things in my life.  I make playlists for just about every mood, situation, or place, and keeping my iTunes library down to a manageable number is a task I gave up on a long time ago.  I listen to music from a wide variety of genres, languages, and time periods, from the early American love songs of Nat King Cole to modern-day Icelandic prog-rock.  And there’s almost nothing I like more than getting a really good music recommendation from someone else.

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