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…

“I’m too broke to travel”: A Realistic Guide to Globe-Hopping

A lot of people automatically assume my family is hella rich or I lowkey earn side checks at Zanzibar because those are the only ways I could possibly afford to travel. As much as I’d prefer those presumptions to be true, there are many other ways I’m able to scrape a budget together. Now, I’d…

Cheating on Toronto: Zahra Takes Ottawa

I’ve been in a long term relationship and I love my partner, but sometimes I just need some alone time to recoup. I’m not cheating, but I never believed in monogamy in the first place. I came to Ottawa with the expectation of three buildings: one being Parliament Hill the others the two universities in…

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…