“Whoever you are: some evening, take a step out of your house, which you know so well. Enormous space is near…” – Rainer Maria Rilke
Welcome! Velkomin! ¡Bienvenido!
My name is Madison. I’m a Canadian twenty-something with a passion for exploring the world and attempting to translate my experiences and thoughts into a more concrete form by putting words to my days. Wherever I am in this wonderful world you will most likely find me with a pen in hand, notebook on my lap, and a stack of good books (or my kindle) nearby. I love endless mugs of tea and practicing yoga outdoors, hiking in the wilderness and cooking (eating!) delicious food. Nothing excites me more than stuffing my life into a backpack and setting off on a new adventure with only a destination, a plane ticket, and an open heart.
I’ve been fortunate enough to see bits and pieces of a few countries so far. Although I enjoy solo travel, I also love to go on adventures with my boyfriend Dan, family, or friends. Some of my favorite experiences include:
- visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, India
- receiving a tour of the Dalai Lama temple from my monk friends in McLeod Ganj, northern India
- practicing yoga on the rooftop of mine and Dan’s apartment in Puerto de la Cruz, Spain – for my list of top 10 things to do in Puerto de la Cruz, check out this post here
- completing my PADI Open Water scuba diving certification in Koh Tao, Thailand
- completing my PADI Advanced and Rescue scuba diving certification in Viti Levu, Fiji
- skydiving in Fiji – check out either the video or the story
- completing my 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training at Kranti Yoga in Goa, India
- sailing on the Atlantic Ocean off of the southern coast of Tenerife
- exploring the ancient Mayan burial site within the ATM cave in Belize
- spending a relaxing day at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland – check out this post to read about my week spent in Iceland
- living with a Tibetan family in Bir (a Tibetan refugee colony) in northern India
- snorkelling/spearfishing for lunch at Frigate Caye off of the coast of Belize
- visiting the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour in England
- teaching Tibetan Buddhist monks English at Bhumang Monastery in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India
- attending Don Quijote Spanish School in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Born and raised all over Canada, I’ve lived in more houses than I can count and consider the entirety of this beautiful country to be my “hometown”. My parents were brave enough to take three young screaming girls on numerous road trips, thus I explored a lot of Canada and the USA while driving for what had seemed like an endless amount of hours, eating copious amounts of candy and singing along to the Dixie Chicks.
It was this never-ending stream of change that instilled in me a love for travel from a young age. I also learned early in life that home is not defined by a physical house but by people; a house is where you keep your belongings, while you can only ever truly be ‘at home’ when you’re with the people you love. I count myself lucky that I never am afflicted by homesickness for places – I only ever miss my family and friends, and luckily nowadays we can phone, Skype, email, and Facebook one another.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
I hope you enjoy my posts and experiences! xxx
“To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” – William Blake