Maia

/Maia Williamson

About Maia Williamson

Maia lives in Montreal, Canada. She has two Masters degrees, one in International Development and one in Applied Linguistics and has been teaching ESL since 2002 at the college and university level. Maia is an avid traveller, always planning the next big trip. She loves the outdoors, adventure, learning from different cultures and doing frequent volunteer work abroad.

What I Learned in Kuala Lumpur

Seeing what's happening in the world from my safe and cozy vacation bubble is not easy. Admittedly I'm somewhat of a news junkie, so only seeing snippits online makes me feel somewhat disconnected....not always such a bad thing, I know. But it's hard not to feel and hurt and want [...]

Brunei

It seemed easy enough to get there. It seemed simple to get in. It seemed small enough to see everything in two days. So why was I a bit nervous? Perhaps because I didn't know what to expect from a country I've never heard much about and don't know a [...]

Southern Vietnam

When I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) I waited for a piano to fall on me or to be eaten by a polar bear. The previous two stops in Vietnam, while interesting and beautiful, were filled with some strange events. So you can imagine that since I wasn't [...]

Central Vietnam

After my slight funk in Hanoi, I was quite happy to fly to Central Vietnam for a new vibe and new things to do. An hour flight to Danang and I was on my way to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 45 minutes from the airport. I can [...]

Northern Vietnam

When I walked out of the airport terminal, I choked. I literally choked on how thick the air was. My driver laughed. He had probably seen it happen a thousand times. I had been through the same thing when I arrived in Thailand a few weeks before and in Cambodia [...]

Chiang Mai

Over fifteen years ago, my boyfriend and I wanted desperately to get out of our home town and thought that jumping on the teach-English-overseas-bandwagon, which was all the rage at the time, was the answer. We wanted somewhere far away, cheap and exotic, so we agreed on Thailand. Clearly what we lacked in [...]

Bangkok

When my three-day visit to Bangkok turned into only two, I wasn't too upset since I had fairly low expectations going in. I love city life and culture and history and people-watching, but for some reason I pictured Bangkok to be rather exhausting and false, like one big souvenir shop [...]

The storm before the calm….

A few people said to me recently that when a trip starts off badly it means that the rest of it will be fabulous. I think those same people believe that rain on a wedding day means good luck as does getting shit on by a bird. I don't really [...]

Nicaragua

It's sometimes hard to reconcile the double life that I live - part responsible adult, scholar, teacher, home owner, consummate list maker, and perpetual bill payer contrasted with the other part of me, the me I see less often but like so much more - the wanderer, the risk-taker, the doer, [...]

Do What Scares You

We’re all afraid of something even if we’re too afraid to admit it, which by proxy means we are afraid. I can admit that my list of fears includes both the rational and the somewhat irrational. I’m scared of centipedes, flying, liars, driving in the snow, and people who don’t swear – [...]