I Could Totally Live In… Winnipeg, Canada...

Feb 16, 2014 by

Several months ago on my twitter feed, Travel Manitoba shared a beautiful photo. I was immediately captivated by the prairie image of an abandoned farmhouse and the expansive surrounding sky. Perhaps it was my inner prairie girl soul or my love of the mysterious and unknown that drew me so powerfully to the image, or maybe it was a combination of factors, but I immediately gushed and retweeted the image. Never expecting much from my twitter interactions, I was surprised shortly after this to find the photographer of this image commenting on my blog. He followed me on twitter (and I followed  back). We’ve kept in touch since, reading each other’s blogs, teasing each other via twitter and me tripping over myself to love on his photography. With shared prairie roots (and a touch...

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The Ripple Effect (conclusion)

Jan 31, 2014 by

I never realized London is notoriously unfriendly. How does someone who comes from “Friendly Manitoba” adapt? To be honest, you get a little bit meaner. You get a thicker skin. You stop saying sorry every time you bump into someone on the tube. You walk with grit and determination; complain about the slow-moving tourists on Oxford Street. You avoid tourist traps and pickpockets, and learn what end of the platform will lead quickest to the exit at your next station. You fight the gray, sunless, reading-filled monotony with afternoon pints, walking tours, and day trips to Greenwich.  You learn the West End really is sunnier and cleaner and happier. You learn the fastest way to class, and the best spots in the library. You learn what professors are worth your time. You learn that...

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The Ripple Effect (continued)

Jan 29, 2014 by

Moving to a city where you’ve always thought you’d like to live is an experience in and of itself. Travelling creates a different space, one where every experience is sharp and rich and lasting. You remember that restaurant you went to that one time because you were walking back from the Tate Modern and it starting pouring rain and there were two women dancing to No Americano while you ate a never-ending salad. Or you remember walking up the side steps from Gare de l’Est, seeing police officers cover up the sleeping homeless man you saw on your way into the Metro. Or you remember sitting under the Eiffel Tower for eight hours with seven bottles of wine just because you wanted to see it lit up and it was sunny and you got...

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The Ripple Effect; or That Time I Moved to the U.K....

Jan 28, 2014 by

We are all in for a real treat. My cousin Natalie has come up with a brilliant three-part series on what it has meant for her to move overseas. There are few people I am comfortable with writing for my blog with free reign, and Natalie is one of them. She is one of my favourite storytellers and one of the smartest people I know. I am going to let her take it away with her stories, and when we come back with our regular scheduled programming, I have a big announcement to make. And now, ladies and gentleman… Natalie. *** This series is meant to complement the section “I could totally live there…” Colleen asked me to write one for her blog. I’ve sat down and started writing something about living in London...

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I Could Totally Live In… Buenos Aires, Argentina...

Sep 29, 2013 by

The “I Could Totally Live There…” feature on my blog went dormant for much of this year whilst I went through a blog upheaval, rejuvenation and migration. I went traveling the world and mostly paid no attention to this feature… until recently. As it were, and as we are all psychic (and most just don’t accept or acknowledge that), I had been thinking about this feature and about revamping it the last couple of weeks. I wondered who I might ask to contribute. I’ve met so very many interesting people through blogging; the abundance of places and experiences I could draw from them is limitless. In my psychic-ness, as I was thinking about all this, someone contacted me out of the blue to contribute, and not about just anywhere, but about Buenos Aires, a much...

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I Could Totally Live In… Montreal, Canada...

Jan 29, 2013 by

For today’s post, I’m overjoyed that someone has chosen a place in my beautiful and often overlooked country. Jill of Battered Suitcases has chosen Montreal as a place where she could settle down, and even though she made this choice while pretending it would always be summer, I think she chose well. Montreal is always charming and magical. Alors… Allons-y à Montréal! What makes Montreal a place where you could live and not just visit? When I visited Montreal this past summer, I instantly felt comfortable. I had been warned that it’s a confusing place full of French street signs, but I didn’t really experience that. (Perhaps having a GPS helped?) Montreal felt like an international city close to home. Parts of the city reminded me a lot of Portland, Oregon (my first love). As someone...

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