Ask anybody I know whether I like talking about myself and you’ll get a resounding yes. It’s true, I can be a little—ok, a lot—full of myself. But that doesn’t translate to writing. While I love talking about myself, I love writing about others, which is why I became a music journalist. When I announced that I’d be leaving for an indeterminate period of time, I was asked repeatedly whether I’d be writing about my travels. But I was apprehensive because it also meant I’d be writing about myself, and is there anything more vain than writing about yourself expecting people to give a shit?
But then I realized that it was less about me and more about the people I loved and cared about who just wanted to follow me through my travels. And so I set up Culture Chaser.
Why Culture Chaser? Well I didn’t want something that screamed “travel blog” because I don’t intend to use this website as a travel blog. Instead, I want it to offer a snapshot of where I am, what I’m doing, who I’m with, what I’m seeing, and I how I feel about it all. I’m a lover of culture, and my trip is built around cultural events around to globe, so the name just felt very à propos. (Did I just use à propos in writing? Yes. Do I regret it? Maybe.)
A little background
I was born and raised in the Outaouais region, I spent what can only be described as an idyllic childhood, gallivanting in the fields of the outskirts of Aylmer, QC. I moved to Montreal in 2005 and quickly made it my home. But after 10 wonderful and chaotic years (read my post about my decade in Montreal here) I decided it was time to leave the cocoon. It’d all become too safe.
After a series of bit jobs and career false-starts, I now work freelance primarily in the music and cultural scene. The world is my home and I wouldn’t have it any other way.