Zahra Takes Quebec: Bon Voyage Summer 2016

  After doing full day road trips in Hamilton and Tobermory, I wanted to end summer 2016 with a bang  – skip mother nature and go deep into some good old fashioned urban exploring.   Montreal seemed like the perfect opportunity because it was close enough to get to yet far enough to make one…

Dating Your City: A New Version of Urban Medicine

In the phases I’m not traveling, I feel as if each new day competes with the last to further grow an uneasy feeling of routine on my skin. For a Sagittarius, the idea of a routine is synonymous with Toronto’s version of the Scarborough RT: gross. Judging by the amount of content produced and relationships…

Skipping Leg Day: Zahra Treks Tobermory

After establishing that the combination of Zahra and nature is like a pair of socks and sandals from our Hamilton trip last week, I found myself in yet another commitment for an intense adventure up North to Tobermory. We drove 4 hours north of Toronto to the Bruce Peninsula National Park on the shore of…

Zahra Travels Brazil: Video is Here!!

In honor of it being exactly one year since my flight to Brazil, I put my Snapchat videos together which to no extent come close to the best two months of my life. Thank you to AIESEC Franca, my adorable students, my international rainbow of friends and travelers who made it truly an incredible experience.

24 Cities in 19 Days: Zahra Road Trips Through India + Video!

We as Canadians are extremely lucky to have the sixth best passport in the world. I say this because as a dual national, I went from having access into 29 countries to 172. Simply put, it lets dreamers like me live out our traveling fantasies.   Even as a Canadian, getting an Indian visa is…

A Tourist In My Own Town: Zahra Travels Pakistan

Identifying as a Pakistani-Canadian, “home” has been the only place on the map I hesitate to point to.   Like anyone with a past, I also had someone in my life before Toronto swept me off my feet. It’s hard to imagine that I’ve spent just as much time in Karachi as I have in…

When Home is Not Such a Sweet Home

I remember in March, after I had come back from Honduras, all I could think about was planning my trip to Brazil. My flight back on September 8th seemed so far, so unreal. My life centered around dreaming about finally being alone and independent. And now it’s September 11th and I’ve spent 4 days wasting…

Let’s Substitute ‘Goodbye’ for ‘See You Later’, please

I’m always tempted to answer “I’m awful at goodbyes” in job interviews when they ask about my biggest weakness. I get all mushy and I feel like there is a rock on my chest and I struggle with expressing how grateful I am to meet the person. If I could, I’d prefer to walk away…

A weekend with cows, dinosaurs, and a whole lotta love

This weekend, I visited the city of Uberaba, it is in the state of Minis Geris and just a little bigger than Franca. Traveling there came as a surprise to some of my friends because it’s not a place many people visit unless one has family there. Lucky for me, I had a really good…

Dating the World, One Small City at a Time

You live your life, 20, 30, 50, 90 years, sometimes only in one city, and you still don’t go on top of that famous mountain or eat at the corner restaurant all the tourists chatter about. It’s a 20-minute walk from your apartment, but you think, what’s the point? I can go there anytime, this…