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

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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!

My Elemental

Of the four elements, I’ve always been drawn to water the most. I grew up on the north shore of Lake Superior and have always felt a strong affinity towards its powerful presence and beautify.

As I’ve grown, my wanders have taken me around the globe and everywhere I’ve gone I’ve discovered spectacular and captivating water features; from the vastness of the Oceans and the Great Lakes to the rushing rivers. I’m drawn to them and seek them out.

The Pool Pools, Haast, New Zealand

When it comes to mesmerizing aqua depths I’m not sure any place quite compares to New Zealand, where the glaciers and volcanic earth spring life to waters of every shade of blue and green imaginable. One area of striking beauty is the Blue Pools of Haast which are  fed by the most incredibly blue river I have ever seen. My sister and I stumbled upon this gem during our drive through Haast from Franz Joseph to Wanaka. The hike was just a 15 minute stroll away from the main highway.

Absolutely Breathtaking

 



Today’s post was inspired by this week’s photo challenge: Elemental

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

Canada Vs. America

This weekend I got to play the tourist in my own country. Dave’s parents came over from England for a visit so we took them out to Niagara Falls for a day of world famous sightseeing.

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Impossible to take a bad selfie with that backdrop!

The weather was perfectly gorgeous and clear with the sun shining down illuminating all the summer colours of the area.

As always, the Canadian side didn’t let us down.  Continue reading Canada Vs. America

All We Have is Moments

Several years ago, I met up with my sister in Montreal for Easter. We were both going through a hard time. Our father was very ill and we’d both spent a lot of our recent free weekends jetting back and forth between our homes and Thunder Bay to spend time with him.

But on this weekend we decided we needed to take a moment to look after ourselves instead, take a step away from our reality and enjoy a few carefree days of happy sister-time amidst the heavy darkness that was starting to engulfing our lives.

Old Montreal, Bubbles

This photo was snapped in Old Montreal and represents how fleeting moments can be and how nothing in this world is permanent. For an instant these bubbles graced us with their presence and then pop they were gone forever.

That is why it is so important to always find the joy nestled within the little things; for that is all that we have in life – a million moments strung together to make a whole.

This post was inspired by this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Itchy Travel Feet

For me, wanderlust is both the longing and the need to go on an adventure to explore a new place, and it is something I have been afflicted with my entire life.

Warning: Side effects of this affliction may include: open mindedness, self reliance, unsatisfaction with the 9-5, and empty bank accounts

If travel was a person she would be the supporting actor to my life’s play. She’s taught me so much and has played such a key role in shaping me into the person that I am today. Continue reading Itchy Travel Feet