Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding myself or the blog.
Where are you from?
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. It’s a small city in South Western Ontario and the dairy capital of Canada. There’s even a lifesize statue of a Holstein cow on the city’s main street! I lived there until I was 13, when I moved to the East Coast of Canada. For the next four years, I lived in rural Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
How did you end up in Toronto?
After finishing high school, I moved back to Ontario. It really was a big move, as I went from living in a village to a city of more than 2,000,000 people. At only 18 years old, I also started a new life on my own. When I finished university in Toronto, I started work and remained there for more the next 1o years.
How did you start travelling?
My travel career began with a trip to South America when I took a five day cruise through the Galapagos Islands, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and flying over the Nazca lines. My wanderlust only grew from there, as I later returned to experience Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu Falls. Weekend trips then took me all over the US, where I hit up places like San Francisco, New York City, and Miami. There was even a dangerous day trip to Tijuana where I received an offer of marriage and bribed border guards to get back into the United States safely. I also visited islands like Bermuda and Cuba, where I drank Cuban rum and smoked a Cohiba under the late night stars in the backyard of a local.
Eventually, I journeyed to Europe and discovered true happiness in Italy. Whether it was tearing up at the Vatican or dipping my toes into the Mediterranean for the very first time, I just knew I was on to something good. Returning a few months later for a tour of Eastern Europe, something happened late one night while walking along the Charles Bridge in Prague. With a newfound confidence in myself, I vowed that I’d move to Europe just so I could explore every nook and cranny of the continent.
How did you end up in Berlin?
Six months after that epiphany on the Charles Bridge, I moved to Berlin – never having been there, not knowing a soul, not able to speak German, and completely alone. There were times of hilarity, like signing up for a Vodafone contract and communicating with the sales rep via Google Translate and there were moments of frustration like almost dying during a dinner in the dark experience. It didn’t take long to embrace the expat life and I established myself not only as an ardent explorer of Europe, but also as a freelancer working as an IT project manager and travel blogger.
After moving to Berlin, I did some things I’d only ever dreamt about, like crawling through darkened caves underneath Budapest, paragliding through the Italian Alps, dressing up in a Medieval costume to eat dinner in a Portuguese castle, and even performing improv in front of group of Germans at a resort in the Black Forest. I’ve attended runway shows at Berlin’s fashion week and once slept in the same bed as Halle Berry (although not at the same time).
Why did you move back?
After a whirlwind 18 months in Berlin, I moved back to Toronto for personal reasons and based myself there as I plotted my next big move in life. There wasn’t a moment that I didn’t miss Berlin and I knew I wouldn’t be happy until I returned. Two years later in November 2014, I finally did. Four years later and I’m still here, with no plans to leave anytime soon.
What’s an “Agile Coach”?
I’ve been working fulltime as an Agile Coach for a Berlin based tech startup for almost two years now. I love my job and couldn’t think of doing anything else. Instead of me boring you with the details of what I do all day, read more here.
Why don’t you work as a travel blogger full-time?
While I spend a lot of my free time working on the blog, I love my day job way more. For me, this blog is a place where I can have fun sharing my personal stories, photos, and more. It’s where I get to create useful content that inspires others to travel or move abroad (hopefully, that’s you).
How do I get started in Berlin?
I’ve shared plenty of my personal experiences about my Berlin life over in my Berlin guide. Jump over there to get inspiration from local blogs, learn about the best Berlin experiences, pick up tips and tricks for life in Berlin, and get inspiration about things to do in Berlin.
How do I get started as an expat in Germany?
Head over to my Expat Living section ato read more about essential tools that a German expat can’t live without and other “fun” topics like German health insurance.
Where have you been on your travels?
My travels have brought me to 39 countries across four continents:
- North America and the Caribbean: Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Bermuda.
- South America: Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil.
- Europe: Italy, Vatican City, United Kingdom, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Latvia, Montenegro, Lithuania, Turkey, Serbia, Romania, Malta, Sweden.
- Asia: Qatar, Thailand.
Where are you travelling to in 2019?
- January: Budapest ✅
- March: Stockholm ✅
- April: Athens
- May: Malta
- June: Kiev
- July: Wiesbaden
Can I help you out?
Sure, if you want! This blog takes a lot of my time and personal money. At no extra cost to you, I’ll receive a tiny small commission that might help buy me a beer now and again. Here’s how you can help:
- Book a hotel through booking.com or Agoda
- Sign up for Airbnb and receive €25 in travel credit
- Rent a car with rentalcars.com
- Click on any of the ads you might see running on my site
Can I follow you elsewhere or get in touch with you personally?
I would love to hear from you. Check out my Contact page for more information about where to find me and how to get in touch by ways other than social media.
Do you meet readers in real life?
While I want to hear from you and help out by answering your questions, I’m a very private person and don’t meet strangers in real life.
Is the Make Friends in Berlin meetup still open?
After three fun-filled years, we closed the meetup down in July 2018. We still recommend these meetups to help you make friends in Berlin.