Reflections – My 2016

The social media world seems to collectively agree that 2016 was the worst year. Yes, it certainly stole a shocking number of celebrities from us, and true, the world seemed to have collectively voted poorly for things (Brexit, Trump, etc).  I do have a few friends who legitimately had very difficult years. But when I reflect back on my last 12 months I see a year well spent, filled with happiness, adventure and people I love.

Was 2016 my best year ever? No, I wouldn’t go that far. I think 2009/10 and 2015 outrank it. But it had a lot of highlights and only a few things I think I would have done differently. Continue reading Reflections – My 2016

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Taipei and Beyond

I’ve been to Taiwan twice now. Both for very short periods of time. The first was 2 years ago; I spent 24 hours in Taipei on a forced overnight on my way home from Bali. During the one day that I had I went on a whirlwind wander of the city that included a stop at Longshen Temple (the oldest Buddhist temple in Taiwan), a sausage bun from the street and then consequentially almost throwing up during the changing of the guards at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (I made it outside, thankfully!).

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Wanderlust Vs Adulting

Over the last several years I’ve had two very strong, mutually exclusive desires:

The ever present and often overwhelming urge to rent a storage locker, pack my Toronto life into it and set out across the globe without a care in the world…

And…

The simultaneous desire to move out of my houseshare and rent myself a beautiful one bedroom “grown up” apartment which I can fill with nice furniture that I don’t’ have to put together myself, with beautifully decorated walls and a dining table I could throw dinner parties on… Continue reading Wanderlust Vs Adulting

Toronto – Where to Eat

Toronto is a foodie’s paradise but the sheer amount of selection can make choosing a restaurant for an occasion a bit daunting, especially if you’re only here for a quick visit!

Have no fear! I’ve spent the last 4 years eating as much as I can around the city and I’ve found some real gems! Because I’m a wonderful person I’ve decided to share the most memorable and scrumptious places with you (aren’t you lucky)!

To keep this list easily accessible I’ve added it as it’s very own page on my blog. I know, right? Very exciting stuff. It includes inexpensive options perfect for any day, great casual dining  options for a nice night out, some fine dinning recommendations, and even my top brunch spots. I will continue to update the page as I find new favourites!

So, what are you waiting for? Check out my new page: Toronto Eats now for some restaurant inspiration!

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4 Days in Paradise – Canoe Tripping Algonquin Provincial Park

A bit of paddling, a bit of portaging and a bottle of Ardbeg

I recently spent 4 spectacular days in Algonquin Provincial Park (about 4 hours north of Toronto).

It was somehow my first venture into the park in all the years I’ve lived in Toronto and it was well overdue! The park is beyond amazing and the lakes we chose were perfect, still and felt like they belonged to us!

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Spectacular Redrock Lake

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Liebster Award!

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by An Outcast Wayfarer. She nominated me a few weeks ago (sorry for the delay). I’d never heard of this award so I did some quick googling and the intent quick told me:

“The Liebster Award 2016 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

Very Cool! I’ve only been blogging for a few months so it’s pretty exciting to know that some people out there are following and actually reading my stuff. Thanks a lot An Outcast Wayfarer! I highly recommend people check out this wonderful writer’s work. She chooses to stay anonymous so I can’t thank her by name, but her work is really inspirational and incredibly well written! You should follow her too! Continue reading Liebster Award!

Adventures in Toronto’s High Park

One of the best things about Toronto is its green spaces. For a large, sprawling urban metropolis, Canada’s largest city is fortunate enough to be  filled to the brim with gorgeous parks that provides the nature lover city dwellers like me an easy escape from the concrete jungle where we can get off the pavement and surround ourselves in nature.

My #1 place to escape is The Toronto Islands. You can read my post about the islands here. But when I have a little less time I always adore a stroll through the High Park Trails, where you can immerse yourself in the sounds of the chickadees and hum of the cicadas almost instantly after alighting from the subway.

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