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Vegetarian in Moscow: A New Russia

When I left Moscow in 2003, it was hard enough to order a salad with no meat let alone find a veggie burger in Moscow. Thankfully, times have changed.

There are now not only places to find vegetarian food, but also growing online communities to help the vegetarian in Moscow.Even regular supermarkets carry vegetarian lasagna, cutlets, burgers, etc.

Jagannath [my city-pick favourite!] locations have full vegetarian/vegan restaurants with small shops selling everything from meatless foods and supplements to all-natural soaps & toothpaste. And the Vegetarian Card gives members discounts to vegetarian-friendly businesses around the city.

Most mainstream restaurants have a way to go before I’d call them vegetarian-friendly. But Moscow is definitely taking a step in the right direction.


Darren’s On The Move: Toronto à Lille 2014 – 2015

Darren’s Got Some News from Darren Donahue on Vimeo.

Up&Down, Back&Forth: It’s Time to Stay Put

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I went up. I went down. I went back & forth. I slept on cots & couches, in airports and in parks! As any backpacker knows: travelling is exciting, but it’s terribly exhausting after a while!


  • The Paterei Prison in Tallinn, Estonia was probably the most unique and haunting thing I have ever seen. When a new prison was built, the old one was pretty much deserted, some rooms left in-tact, pictures and beds just sitting there. And for 2 euros you are free to explore it on your own….if you dare!


  • Russia (St. Petersburg & Moscow): I’ve explored both the cities before, but doing it with Brock (www.backpackwithbrock.com) was the trip I’ve been wanting to do for years! And it was ten years to the month when I first set foot in Russia: quite the anniversary!

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Return to the Motherland: A Decade After First Touching Down in Russia, I Return to the Country I Fell in Love With

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This is me a decade ago in my apartment in Moscow, flanked by Russian chocolate and a crap-load of the Russian pop music that I fell in love with. I had just turned 23 and had no idea what to expect. What I got was an experience that changed me & has kept me intrigued with this nation ever since.

Now, almost to the very day 10 years later, I’ll be returning to Moscow. I’ve been there since, but this decade-mark seems a little more meaningful for some reason.

Привет, Москва!

Bon Voyage! The 1 Week Countdown

Passport Stamps

In 1 week I’ll be leaving Canada, not to return until 2013. Everything has happened so fast and not all the little details have been figured out….but for me, that’s the liberating part of travelling: I just have to give in and go with the flow. It’s easier said than done and I know that with planes, trains, and all the adventures in-between, not everything is going to go as planned. But sometimes that’s when the best memories are made!

Here’s what the next month of my life looks like. If you have any unique things to do in any of these places, I’d love to hear from you!


Yes, Toronto: This Is Good-bye

What I need for the next 6 1/2 months of my life is (hopefully) packed somewhere in these three bags! I’m leaving Toronto on July 1, 2012 and not coming back until January 2013 and this is what I’m hauling with me.

To me, this is one of the scariest things about travelling: leaving! Closing that door behind me wondering: did I turn that off? Did I pack those? Knowing that once I’m gone, I’m past the point of no return and there’s nothing I can do to fix it!

But I just have to give in: what’s forgotten is forgotten! Rather than mourn about it, I should let it liberate me so that I can fully enjoy this next adventure.

These faces just make me smile…and want to travel!

I love to teach. I love to travel. I hope I have many years ahead of me so I can do both & meet as many smiling faces as possible in as many pockets of the globe that I can reach!