Inside Wellness – My Story

There wasn’t a time that I can remember when I didn’t have stomach pain, It feels as though it is all I have ever known. I remember missing school often and visiting the doctor regularly. Lactose intolerance was what my doctor said but that didn’t explain the split that was developing through my perineum. It was extremely uncomfortable. I tried […]

Hula Hooping with an Ilesotomy

I have always admired the grace and expressive beauty of Hoop Dancing! After having surgery three summers ago I decided that it was finally time to fulfill my dream of learning how to hula hoop. Having the ileostomy and external pouch was just one more reason to prove to myself that I could do it. I signed up for […]

The Importance of Play!

I was inspired to write this blog post while I was in Tulum, Mexico at the end of February with my partner, Mark and his family.

This was the first beach vacation EVER that I can remember where I wasn’t constantly worried about being close to a washroom! Yes, I miss being able to wear a bikini but the more […]

Super Moon in Ko Phangan

We spent three nights in Phi Phi before traveling by boat and bus to get to Ko Phangan. We came with the masses from the Adamenan sea over to Siam sea and the island of Ko Phangan. We arrived the day before summer solstice and three days before the full moon party on Had Rin beach. The plan was […]

Ko Phi Phi

We said goodbye to the Colorado boys and I caught a boat to Ko Phi Phi with Jesse and Cheyenne. The sun came out and the trip was spectacular, we passed many exquisite looking islands with white sand beaches, the only ones that I can remember the name to are Turtle and Chicken Islands (because they resemble these animals). […]

Rai Leh Beach

I love the synchronicity of the Universe, as I was leaving Bangkok, I clearly stated that I wanted to meet some like minded, fun, young travellers to journey with, and ended up sitting on the plane next to two of them! Andy and Paulo are two brothers from Colorado who had just finished 3 months trekking in Nepal. We […]

One Night in Bangkok

Bangkok was a bit of a culture shock from what i had been experiencing in China, amazing that can happen between two countries in south east Asia?! I arrived late and didn’t get dropped off by the taxi close to my hotel until 1:30am, prime party time on Khaosan Road! I had to walk a couple blocks with my […]

Xi’an and The Terracotta Warriors

Marc and I said goodbye to the rest of the IBD Adventures team and enjoyed an extra day in Beijing before heading the the train station for our overnight trip to Xi’an. We walked around the lake in the old part of town and were quite surprised to see people bathing in it? Seriously, it looked like they were […]

Beijing Night Market and The Forbidden City

Our last night in Beijing we went to the night market and watched Marc and Betty Anne munch on fried scorpions. The smell of this market was intense and I barely managed to keep down my dinner. There was an indescribable stench, I think it might be some kinda fermented tofu they eat. That along with the deep fried […]

Mutianyu Section and final day on The Wall

Here is where we trekked over the last week…you need super sight powers to read it but I wanted to include it anyway!

I kept hoping that we were going to have one day with sunshine while hiking the wall but no such luck. The last day was actually the stormiest of them all with high winds and rain. Today […]

Karaoke at Fairyland

So I have decided to take part in a bit of a social experiment, after realizing recently how much could change in my life in one year (ie. a year ago I was laying in a hospital bed and could barely make it to the bathroom and now I am hiking 15km a day across the Great Wall.) I […]