Hey, I'm Mel!
I'm a tea sommelier, an adventurer, a language lover, and a photographer! I love finding new ways of seeing the world. Chasing an unconventional life inspires me. In my writing here I'm pursuing to be as raw and honest as possible. I'm goofy, sarcastic, and straightforward. I want to make you feel comfortable so you can sit down with a cup of tea and chat like we're family. Welcome to my corner of the internet.
Canada June 1, 2018 An Insider’s Guide to Halifax Halifax is my city and my playground. It’s the seaside capital of Nova Scotia, an eastern coastal province about an hour and a half’s flight northeast of New York. While exploring this popular tourist... Canada February 14, 2018 Downtown Dartmouth, I Love You: A City Guide This Valentine’s Day I wanted to share a little bit of love for Dartmouth, specifically downtown Dartmouth where Rob and I live now. It has awesome food, fun festivals, and pretty sights. We love it s... Canada December 7, 2017 Darkside Love: Details from a Dartmouth Backyard Party Yurt Wedding Back in August, my live-in breakfast chef of 7 years and I said yes to getting married—to each other, no less. When he popped out of the bushes at my friend’s house almost 8 years ago and offered me a... Canada August 21, 2016 How We Celebrated the Tragically Hip This past week a whole reservoir of love flew from Canadian pens and keyboards towards Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip. The man, machine, poem and his band have made us cry and reminisce as they to... Canada February 16, 2016 Touchdown in Tofino On this day we finally reach the ultimate stop of our westward journey across North America. It was also the day I saw a sea lion poop. So it was remarkable, in many ways. We woke up in Sayward... Canada January 10, 2016 The Time We (Almost) Went on Dog Sled Because hey, when you travel sometimes things don't always work out like you planned. When I arrived on Goose Bay on December 27, Rob picked me up at the airport and we headed over to his parents' ... Canada January 9, 2016 Exploring Sasquatch Territory in Sayward On day 24 of our cross-Canada journey we awoke to warm sun on our faces and the nearby buzzing of chainsaws. We were in the village of Sayward on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. Y...