About

Mona at the Taj MahalHi, it’s me, Mona – the blogger behind MonaMusing. Welcome!

This site is about experiencing places near and far and seeking to understand. It’s a medium for sharing stories about places, people and things that amaze and inspire me, and also a way for me to remember.

Travels far

I believe thoughtful travel changes us for the better. And so, in a continuing quest for betterment, I hit the road any chance I get. That is, whenever I’m not working full time as a marketer to fund my future travels. (Except if you’re my boss, in which case I work because of the immense personal fulfillment my career provides! 😉 )

Sometimes I get  philosophical about how a place impacts me, like I did in this account of my time in Varanasi, India. Other times, I’ll write a more practical piece with suggested itineraries, maps, recommended tours and links to the best online resources, like this one about planning a trip to Italy.

Travels near

When I can’t wander far, I often play local tourist in my own back yard. That includes Calgary, the the stunning nearby Canadian Rockies and other places within day trip distance. If you’re exploring this area, you might be interested in Calgary stories like my downtown public art walk  or this fun and easy winter hike near Canmore.

Arts, culture, nature & history

Both at home and away, I admire architecture, design and street art, follow the crowds to festivals and show up at live music gigs. I admire landscapes, look out for wildlife, wander through neighbourhoods, feast on local food and visit markets.

And of course, I don’t mind raising a glass or cup at a bar or coffee shop while observing — and sometimes communing with — the locals. I’m gradually getting better at asking them what they think about the place, what it’s like to live there. Often I learn enough of a new language to ask questions, but not quite enough to understand all the answers, sometimes with amusing results.

Ultimately, when I come across something, someplace or someone interesting or inspiring, I’ll probably write about it.

Hope to see you on the road. Enjoy the read and travel well.
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