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PTD: Post-travel depression

That moment when you return home from your holidays and find yourself overwhelmed by simple, small tasks, and underwhelmed by your everyday life that you left behind. That, my friend, is called post-travel depression, or the post-holiday blues. Dr. Gerhard Strauss-Blasche from the University of Vienna’s Department of Physiology identifies the post-travel depression as a result of the “contrast effect.” Meaning, holiday-goers who experience a short period of little to…

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Experiences over stuff

I remember vividly the summer of 2006. My university friends were planning a trip to Dublin. I was 21 years old, and had never flown before. My mom is terrified of flying, so we never travelled far as kids. The furthest I had ventured was to Florida by car, and that was with someone else’s parents. I was working in the Ontario Works office (aka social services, aka the dole).…

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Not all those who wander are lost

In the last six years I’ve lived in four different cities: Ottawa, Kingston, Montréal, and London. I’ve inhabited 12 homes: some with family, some with friends, some very stylish pads, and some not so stylish pads. I’ve had nine jobs in total, all of which I loved and was sad to leave. But the next opportunity came along and I unabashedly took it. The one constant in my life has been…

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