Thunder Bay Meets Budapest

Well, October came and went and with it so did the lovely Alyssa Paterson. After getting a little turned around, I found her at a quaint little cafe located just off of a very rainy Budapest street. It had been almost a year since we’d last seen each other, so obviously, there was lots of excited loudness as we caught up over hot chocolate and lattes.  Continue reading Thunder Bay Meets Budapest

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Stonehenge!

Well, I’ve been in Europe for just about 2 months now and I’ve been pretty busy! I hung out in Stroud, moved into my flat in Portsmouth, been to London 3 times and even found the time to do a 10 day adventure with Alyssa to Eastern Europe (blog posts to come). And on top of all of that I also did all my immigration stuff (registered with the NHS, got a bank account, got a NI number) and even found myself a job!

And yet somehow, even with all that going on, I also managed to tick an item off my bucket list which has pretty much been on it since day one: Stonehenge. Continue reading Stonehenge!

England – First Impressions

Well, I’ve been here a couple of weeks so I figured it was time to update my blog on my first impressions of jolly ol’ England. I’ve decided to break it down into my favourite things, lease favourite things and then general Portsmouth thoughts.

So here we go! Continue reading England – First Impressions

Here We Go!

Well, the last 30 days really have been a whirlwind. I left my job at Goway after 5 years, packed up my apartment and went road tripping with my Momma across Ontario to Thunder Bay for 10 days of visiting before jetting across the Atlantic.

I’ve got to say, leaving home the afternoon of the 9th of September brought on all the feels. It wasn’t quite the same as 8 years ago when my family took me to the airport to bid me farewell for my year away in Australia. This felt different. I am different. And the situations I am leaving behind is completely changed. Leaving was harder this time and there was a lots of tears. Continue reading Here We Go!

I Predict More Rain in My Future

Well, it’s official – in September I’m moving to the UK.

Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.

I’m really starting to get super excited about it. Living in the UK has always been something I kind of meant to do, but never really got around to. It was my original plan for my year abroad which I did about 100 years ago, but ended up in Australia instead.

Well, this year’s the year! And it’s a good thing really because it’s also the last year I can easily go (gotta get that working holiday visa before you’re 31). Though, I must admit, that the fact that my eligibility is about to expire isn’t my main motivation for heading to the land of fish and chips. Continue reading I Predict More Rain in My Future

Defying the Odds

This celebratory photo was taken at the exciting moment serendipity decided to intervened and point us in the right direction!

Prague, Europe, Euro-trip, serendipity

When Kaitlin and I left our hostel that day in Prague we thought we had a map. Turns out, we didn’t! But we didn’t let that stop us on our mission to find the Prague Train Station (Hlavni Nadrazi). We picked a random direction and set out, relying on some sleuthing and our gut intuition, knowing the odds were against us.

You can imagine our delight when we stumbled upon this sign!

This post was inspired by this weeks photo challenge: Against the Odds

48 Hours in Istanbul

My 2 days in Istanbul wasn’t nearly enough! This was a city that had been on my bucket list for years, though I didn’t actually know that much about it. The only images I had in my mind of Istanbul had been painted there from the stories I’d heard from fellow travelers over the years, all of whom told me I had to go; that Istanbul was a special place with a certain exoticness to it, that it was unique, that it was a beautiful, exciting. It was the only city in the world to sprawl across 2 continents. It was once Constantinople!

I had to know it.

And once I did I immediately understood what all those others guys had been on about. Continue reading 48 Hours in Istanbul