There And Back Again

Visiting Guelph is fun. Yes, I know I live here, but given that I seem to spend more time away (that’s not a complaint for someone who is constantly wanderlusting), it really does feel that most of my time in Guelph is visiting.

A Perfect Storm

When I stepped out of the plane last Wednesday, I took a moment to enjoy the fact that I was back in Rigolet. The air, crisp and cold, felt good on my skin.

I Miss The Old Twitter

In January of 2008, I signed up for Twitter with my first Twitter handle – @thedangillis – after a conversation with my good friend Dr. Beth. She convinced me that it would be a great platform to communicate with and learn from people around the world. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical of…

The Adventure Continues

It has been well over a month since I boarded a plane. While this might be considered a sure sign of the apocalypse, please rest assured that this lapse in vertical gain will soon be corrected.

The Year That Could Be

Now that 2018 has been filed away under things of the past, it’s time to look to the future and what it could be. More specifically, it’s time for me to write down the things I want to achieve before the clock ushers in yet another new year.

The Year That Was

Considering everything that has dominated the headlines around the world this year, one might best describe 2018 as a glorious dumpster fire fueled by the antics of an orange bloviating toddler and those who would emulate his example (or at least be emboldened by it). And yet, despite all of the awful things we’ve read…

A Year In Pictures

Around this time of year, I typically download my top nine photos from Instagram. While the top nine don’t necessarily align as my favourite photos of the year, they are those that were liked the most often by people who follow my Instagram feed.

The Ghosts Of Christmas Past

I woke up several hours ago despite my best intentions to sleep in. And while everyone else is still dreaming of sugar plum fairies, I’m sitting here with a freshly made coffee watching the snow gently fall outside the window. I’m cozy and warm, and I have exactly zero things that I have to do…

Ottawa Bound

Tomorrow I’m off to Ottawa on my last (I think) work related trip of the year. Unlike almost all other trips this year, this one will be relatively close to home and thus will not require a flight. I know, I’m as shocked as you are.

A Not So Ordinary Day

If you are following me on the Twitters or any of the other various social media that I frequent, you’ll probably already know that yesterday was a rather not so ordinary day. After flying to Vancouver Thursday night, Nic and I were up early Friday morning to head to Maple Ridge.

Hello & Farewell St. John’s

On Wednesday afternoon, Nic and I boarded our 16th and eleventy-billionth flights of the year, respectively. This time we were flying to St. John’s for the People, Place, and Public Engagement conference.

So Long Taipei?

Nic and I made our way to the airport on Tuesday to begin our long journey back home. After a week in Taipei at the g0v Summit, I can honestly say that I wish I had more time to explore the city and the country. I guess I’ll just have to make another trip back…

Our Day In Jiufen

Since the 2018 g0V Summit ended on Sunday afternoon, Nic and I decided to spend Monday exploring the town of Jiufen. Located in the mountains next to the sea and east of Taipei, Jiufen is famous for the marketplace that lines the narrow streets of the town and was apparently the inspiration behind the movie,…

This Is How We Die

Dr. Beth (and any other arachnophobes out there) – do not, I repeat, do not read this post. Or do, but be prepared to never ever sleep again. Or at least, to never ever visit Taiwan – even though it has already turned out to be an incredibly amazing place to visit.

That Time I Made Dumplings

Today was a rather beautiful day in Dalian. The smog that had been blanketing the city earlier this week had disappeared, leaving behind an almost perfectly clear sky and temperatures meant for sauntering around without fear of melting.