Salt Lake City FOOD Guide: Part 2...

Jan 22, 2017 by

  No need to waffle, ahem, let’s continue.   Spitz If you’re looking for something cheap-ish and still tasty while galavanting around downtown, this is a great option. They have a selection of wraps and kebabs and beer, too. Just watch the % on those beers, because some won’t get you anywhere near a buzz. Because eating meat weirds me out more and more every day, I opted for a spicy doner with falafel. Yum!     Lucky 13 While I didn’t actually eat here, this place was on my list the entire time I was in Salt Lake. It’s supposed to be the spot for a dynamite burger, and I feel like if I didn’t include it in this list, I would be doing a disservice to all the foodies. Just check out that...

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Salt Lake City Ultimate FOOD Guide: Part 1...

Jan 15, 2017 by

  From April of last year until now, I roamed around all over the world, from the USA to Africa, the Middle East and finally back to my cozy nook called Canada. In those eight months, if I had any doubts of whether I should eat/drink/try/do/go, I just hollered “Yolo!” and went ahead. It was a good year. Since nearly half of that time was spent in Salt Lake City, Utah, I have a thing or two to say about the food. I ate A LOT there, so this will have to be split up into a multi-part series.. Let’s begin.   East Liberty Tap House Absolutely love this place and went more than once. I never had a bad bite here, or drink either, for that matter. The restaurant has a laid back vibe...

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Winter Wonderland

Dec 30, 2016 by

Something strange happened in Port Alberni a few weeks ago. All November and even into December, I’d grown accustomed to the incessant rain. Every morning: grey, misty skies, and a predictable downpour of cloud tears. Then, just a week before I left to go back to the Canadian prairies for Christmas, the snow came. Large, fluffy snowflakes, the kind with just the right amount of moisture for making snowmen and really cool forts.     I was assured this was entirely out of the ordinary and that the snow would be gone by the next day. In fact, the snow ended up staying and created a magical white Christmas mood all around. I’ve written about unusual (and sometimes tragic) things happening in places once I’ve visited, so I told everyone this bizarre weather was...

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16 Highlights From 2016

Dec 18, 2016 by

A lot of people are calling down 2016 and are ready to move on to the next chapter. While I understand why this is the general sentiment, it actually wasn’t a horrible year for me. School-wise, I started my 4th and final year of optometry. Travel-wise, I visited countless new places, including three new countries and spent the bulk of this year outside Canada exploring. And personally, my guy and I have started a final countdown to the end of long distance for good! Here’s a look at some of my favourite highlights from 2016 in (basically) chronological order.   1. I turned 30, yo. My lovely friends and I went to Proof for fancy cocktails. I got wastey-pants, and the hangover the next day reaffirmed my status as a thirty year old. More...

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Smiles Of Malawi

Dec 11, 2016 by

  Malawi, known as the warm heart of Africa, did not disappoint in its claim. In many places I travel, I manage to snap a few portraits, and when I share them, it’s as “Faces Of…” Sometimes I capture smiles and bright faces in those portraits, sometimes I don’t. In Malawi, however, a friendly smile was never far away. And the people there loved to have their photo taken. I was happy to oblige. Since we’re entering the Christmas season, I thought I’d spread a little cheer from those warm smiles, those warm hearts of Africa.       I hope you’re all smiling now! ____________________________________________________________________ Please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter & Instagram too!...

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When The Universe Poops In Your Cereal...

Dec 1, 2016 by

  Vancouver Island has been home for about the last 3 weeks now, and it’s been indescribably refreshing to be on Canadian soil, breathe cool mountain air and frankly, be the only student intern at the clinic where I’m working. Solitude, lack of competitive attitudes/superiority, and lovely introverted *me* time have been the absolute bee’s knees. My plans here, apart from working and honing my clinical skills, included two main activities: driving to see some sweet stuff on the island and write write write. Weekend one came around, and I was excited to hop off to Ucluelet for the day. I had rolled through once before, back in 2009 with my parents. We were on our way to Tofino and only stopped briefly, but I remember how charmed I was and knew I’d be back...

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Jamaica Was

Nov 10, 2016 by

Rum & Red Stripe     So, so, so many Red Stripes. So, so much rum.   Steamed Snapper     Actually, I ate so much my first week, I couldn’t stomach anymore the second week!   New Friends, Frizzy Hair & Lobster Photobombs     All three in one photo!   A Hurricane, More Or Less     Technically, I don’t think it qualified as a hurricane, but I’ve never experienced such loud and aggressive rain before. It leaked in through the roof of our accommodation and had the windows banging so loudly that I woke up shouting!   Finally Getting A Piña Colada     I asked everywhere we went, and either no one had the ingredients, or the bar tender was not working. When we got to our weekend R&R resort, I...

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New Passport Win

Oct 21, 2016 by

  UGH. For 2 months, I lacked the magical combination of simultaneously having good wifi, power (yes, as in electricity!) and the will to blog. Not once did these three things coincide, though each on their own came and went. Since the end of August, I was in Malawi, and these last two weeks, I visited friends in Zambia and Qatar. As I’m secretly (now not so secretly?) trying to get through the alphabet in countries visited, I’m really jazzed about getting a Z country under my belt.     So, I have to say. My brand new passport is pretty badass so far: USA for clinical rotations. Malawi for more optometry nerding out. Zambia to visit a friend and his family. Qatar to reunite with two of my beloveds. Both Malawi and Zambia...

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