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
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!
Back in April, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to tackle one of Toronto’s main tourist attractions: the terrifying Edgewalk on the CN Tour. In case you don’t know, this involves strapping yourselves into a pretty heavy duty harness system (each one could support the weight of an elephant) and then venturing out high above the glass floor and the 360 Restaurant onto the famous “Ring” of the tower. What does this look like, you might ask? Well, basically, it’s a mesh metal flooring about the width of a Toronto Sidewalk. And it is very, very high up – 116 floors high-up. Continue reading Living on the Edge
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
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!
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.
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.
Today’s post was inspired by this week’s photo challenge: Elemental
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