Lifestyle Archive: 2016

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Following my mother’s footsteps to Mount Everest, 29 years later

As I stood on the upper flanks of Kala Patthar – a mountain in the Nepalese Himalayas –at nearly 18,500 ft above sea level, gasping for air, I thought of my mother who traced her way up my exact path 29 years before me.Continue...

My obsession with perfection

Four years ago, I was admitted in the eating disorder unit at Sick Kids Hospital.Continue...

Travelling authentically, but at what cost?

Pamplona is a quiet, rural Basque town in the north of Spain for all but one week of the year.Continue...

QJ's declassified backpack survival guide

So, I don’t mean to brag, but I would consider myself to be a bag-packing genius.Continue...

2016, the summer of failed blockbusters

Every summer, there’s that movie, the one everyone talks about and makes billions of dollars at the box office.Continue...

Being the one in four

It’s a typical university party, with alcohol, loud music and friends. One privileged white male and one unconscious girl.Continue...

I miss the old Kanye

Kanye West isn’t totally unlike cilantro. Some people go crazy for cilantro, they love it in their burritos, in their curry, their smoothies salads and pretty much anything else. Some people just really, really like cilantro.Continue...

Pikachu and the gang are back

Yesterday I found myself hopping the fence into a stranger’s backyard, running through a church parking lot and straight into traffic. As I narrowly dodged an oncoming city bus, I caught myself whispering, “gotta catch ‘em all.”Continue...

Brexit: an immigrant's perspective

The hate towards immigrants that has risen exponentially after the Brexit vote is sending chills down my spine an ocean away.Continue...

Taking tattoos into your own hands

Tattooing your friends is a good time, but your friends tattooing you … not so much.

Nevertheless, the age-old practice of needle and ink has gained popularity in the past year. With “do...Continue...

In case you missed it...

It’s been an eventful month, but with our attention turned to our Southern partner’s political circus it was difficult to look away. Here’s a briefing of some important events that have occurred in the past month:Continue...

The cost of student housing

Paying tuition wasn’t the only thing I had to think about when calculating the cost of school.Continue...

Dorm room decorating

When I moved away for university, one of the things I was most excited about was getting to decorate my new dorm room and I chose a bohemian theme involving lots of colours, patterns and elephants for my small single room — a design decision I came to regret fairly quickly as my taste changed.Continue...

Show off your shoulders with a new trend

The off-the-shoulder top is making a comeback.Continue...

When watching TV becomes criminal

Piracy: illegal, or the cheapest way to watch movies and television shows?Continue...

Adventurous accommodations

Take your first steps into discovering adventure with the help of unconventional lodgings.Continue...

When trends ignore the deeper meaning

Many symbols from Eastern artwork have become as commonplace in the home of university students as textbooks and Kraft dinner.Continue...

Persevering through vaginismus

This past spring, I was diagnosed with a condition I wasn't aware existed: vaginismus.Continue...

Celebrating the King’s birthday in Amsterdam

“Gelukkige verjaardag!” is the phrase I was awoken to as people sang down the halls of the Maastricht Guesthouse. It means “happy birthday.” Since arriving in the Netherlands in January, my friends and I had all been anxiously awaiting the Koningsdag — or King’s Day.Continue...

When the bird leaves the nest

This summer, I officially moved out of my parents’ house, because I’m not a child anymore ... right?Continue...

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