I opened my eyes, and lay in bed. This was my final day in Peru. I had the morning and afternoon to myself, and needed to catch my flight around 5pm. Emmie and I went upstairs to eat our last breakfast, and made plans to meet up later with Iain and Matt for lunch. I … More My Journey in Peru: Day 7 – Saying Goodbye and Lessons Learned
4am. That is the time we needed to be up for to begin our hike to Machu Picchu. Those who know me, know I am far from a morning person. Before I left for my trip, my friends would laugh when I told them about this part of the trip. Surprisingly however, it was not … More My Journey in Peru: Day 6 – Machu Picchu
The next morning we ate breakfast and weighed bags which were given to us at the beginning of the trip. The bags would carry items we did not need throughout the day and would be carried by Porters. Porters are very common in Peru. They assist many hikers and travel groups in their journey to … More My Journey in Peru: Day 3 – The Hiking Begins!
Day two. I made it through the night and joined everyone for breakfast in the morning. I had bread and a crap ton of coca tea. Lesson learned. I wouldn’t be eating heavy food for a while. After breakfast, the plan was for us to all get on a bus and have a tour of … More My Journey in Peru: Day 2 – Mud and Colours
My biological father was a traveller and spoke five languages. Unfortunately, it appears that I did not get the languages gene. But, my desire to travel began to emerge during my years in university. Like many students, I did not have the funds to travel during university – instead, I promised myself that I would … More My Journey in Peru: Day 1 – Arriving in Peru
A short personal reflection written for Adopt 4 Life: Ontario’s Adoptive Parent’s Association. May 15, 2015. My Name is Jessica. I have grown up sharing my story. I have shared my story with the Radio, newspapers, community events, television programs, award ceremonies, publishers, teachers, friends, extended family, youth in care and advocacy groups to … More My Journey with Trauma Alongside Me
I was at Chapters one day and was browsing through the bargain books. I saw a book titled “House Rules”. I picked it up, as I was drawn to the title and what it represented for me; growing up in a home suffocated by rules and restrictions. The description of the book described the memoir … More 10 Years Later: A reflection on the memoir “House Rules” by Rachel Sontag
Who am I? And why would you want to read this? If you are like me, reading can sometimes feel like effort, unless you feel connected to the writer or, the topic they write about. You need to feel passion and interest. I cannot remember the first time I felt passion. I am not sure … More My Stories and Journeys: Prologue