Hyder & Stewart: A Tale of Two Border Towns

You know you’re nearing Meziadin Junction when the more prosaic stretch of spectacular Northern British Columbia highway you’ve been...

Canada's Disappearing Giants

Canada’s old growth temperate rainforests on British Columbia’s Pacific coast contain some of the largest trees in the world...

Quebec's Lost Coast

WHAT BEGINS as a nearly imperceptible feeling of movement turns, surreptitiously, into a heavy seesawing that wobbles my beer...

Kitlope Journey

We are in zodiacs, cutting a frothing wake against a torrent of snowmelt running into the sea. Our boats...

Travels in Turkish Kurdistan

“In less than two hours you will arrive at the end of the world,” said Mehmet, the owner of...
Adventure, Features
Hyder & Stewart: A Tale of Two Border Towns
Environment
Canada's Disappearing Giants
Features, Travel
Quebec's Lost Coast
Adventure, Travel
Kitlope Journey
Adventure, Middle East, Travel
Travels in Turkish Kurdistan
John ZadaIntro

Welcome

 

I’m a freelance writer and photographer based in Toronto. I’m drawn to stories about culture, travel, adventure, and far-flung regions of the world. This is my portfolio website where you can find some of my published work, latest blog posts, and links to my photography and other sites.

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The town of Shaqlawa in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq.
Adventure, Features, Middle East

The Kurdish Miracle

Approach any border crossing—those gateways along imaginary and often arbitrary lines—and chances are, even in the best of times, you’ll be met with a certain dose of concern. But when that portal lies smack in the middle of the most…

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The musical band Gal Holiday playing in New Orleans by night.
Travel

New Orleans: The Vibe Survives

Along Bourbon Street, the night is reaching its crescendo. Groups of partygoers pass by scores of live-music joints overflowing with clientele. Men in red uniforms wheeling food carts serve the empty-bellied, while calling out their culinary offerings in thick Louisiana…

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A view of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Travel

Simply Sarajevo

“Let’s put this pedal to the metal,” proclaimed my driver in heavily-accented English as he ran his beat-up car along the gauntlet of turns on the Igman Mountain Road. Adam, a 20-something bed-and-breakfast owner, was full of mispronounced Americanisms and…

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Middle East, Travel

Adventures in Old Sana’a

“So, this is your first time with us!” exclaimed Abdulrahman al-Anesi with a dose of laughter and feigned surprise. “May Allah bring you back again and again!” Al-Anesi, my airport pickup, whose jewel-bedecked jambaya dagger sat at his midsection like…

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