All The Liebe

Jan 14, 2015 by

Wow! If I’ve done my math correctly (and we should never trust my mental math), this is the third time I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. Last year, I was nominated twice and answered 22 questions in one go, and this year, Kristen from A Gypsy Breeze put me in her list of nominees. I’m going to break the rules here and not nominate anyone or come up with my own questions (only because I’ve done these relay type posts a number of times) but I will answer the questions! Just a little gratuitous rambling. Here are the 11 questions. 1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Lord have mercy on us all right now. I’ve lived in Canada (Winnipeg and Waterloo), and I’ve lived in...

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“When Will I See You Again?”...

Jun 22, 2013 by

I can’t begin to speak in grand terms just yet, about how this trip has changed me, what I’ve learned and the like. The only thing I can say for sure is that this time has been very special. I spent 2 weeks in Western Europe with some of the most important people in my life: boyfriend, family, friends that are basically family. My boyfriend Sajid had never been to Europe until we landed there together 2 weeks ago. I wasn’t sure how this would all play out because he is very much comfortable sitting on a beach for hours, soaking up the sun (and I am very much not). I couldn’t have been more happy when he was saying things like “I want to learn Spanish,” and “We need to come back.” We...

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Faces of Mexico City

Jun 6, 2012 by

When I lived in England from 2004-2005, I made two very special friends: Victor from Brasil and Ruben from Mexico. They were living in Coventry, and I was living in Peterborough. I visited them almost every weekend I had off. Time that could have been spent visiting new/historic/famous places throughout England was spent building these two friendships. I’m so grateful I met them when I did; we were there for each other at a pretty formative time in our lives. I know I will always have a place for these two boys in my heart and am comforted to know they will have a little place carved out for me in their own hearts. Sometimes weeks or months go by that we don’t speak. Then out of the blue, a little message comes (or...

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Spanish-isms

May 5, 2012 by

I love the Spanish language. It’s beautiful, rhythmical, sexy and poetic. It’s a relatively easy language to learn and speak once you get comfortable with el subjuntivo and imperfecto de subjuntivo. It is and has been an extremely useful language for me to have under my belt in all my traveling and living abroad. One of the things I love about sinking my teeth into a new language is learning its isms, its ticks, its quirks.  Here are 5 of my favourites in Spanish: (and some photos) Mercardo Libertad, Guadalajara, Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico Angangueo, Mexico Angangueo, Mexico Chihuahua, Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 1. Are you excited or horny? For an English speaker learning to speak Spanish, saying “estoy exitado” might seem intuitive...

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Look Up, Look Way Up

Mar 17, 2012 by

Lisbon, Portugal Travel is a 360 degree, 3-dimensional experience. I always try to make a point to look up from time to time; you never know what you might see… or how you might see it. Prague, Czech Republic Werfen, Austria Aalborg, Denmark Aalborg, Denmark (Utzon Centre) Aalborg, Denmark Møns Klint, Denmark Odense, Denmark Agangueo, Mexico (butterflies) Santa María del Tule, Mexico Agangueo,...

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On the Edge of Something

Mar 2, 2012 by

  Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Mexico The sign told us not to go too close to the edge, but that’s exactly what we did. When you visit Hierve el Agua (the Water Boils), and you should, there is a short hike down to a flat landing on a clifftop. There, you will find hot springs and natural pools of water being enjoyed by all sorts of people: young and old, Mexican and Swedish. Then, looking off a ways, you are greeted with the sight of the petrified waterfall. This was what I had come to see. At first we admired it from afar, and then as we were about to leave, we realised we could actually hike there. So we did. And we went right up to the very edge. Yesterday was the first...

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