I am a (semi) retired academic and writer whose work involved some of Canada's most impressive cultural and arts institutions. I loved taking my students on tours of these exhibits and collections and love to impart my knowledge and passion for them.
I come from a multicultural and multilingual background. My mother's family was from Lebanon and my dad was a 15th generation francophone canadien. As a result, I grew up hearing lots of languages and developed a world view that was both diverse and deeply rooted in Canada. The complex and little-known people's history of this country became a scholarly pursuit for me. I also love maps and, as a traveller myself, exploration often leads to the backroads, waterways and trails of the not-oft beaten track.
Ottawa is not only the capital of a huge and diverse nation, it is also an urban experience on a human scale that is only a very short drive to beautiful wilderness sights and historic small towns of both British and French ancestry. I explore the Ottawa vicinity for the best backroads, the little-known architectural gems, the historic sites, and the most pastoral trails and waterways that the guidebooks miss. I've spent hundreds of hours researching in small out-of-the-way archives writing and photographing for magazines and book projects. And, I've done so on foot, on a bike, and, most happily for me, in a canoe.
By the way, this is a new venture for me, so reviews are not yet forthcoming. I would be happy to share my teaching reviews and commendations with you. Cheers and bon voyage!