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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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 cameĀ 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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Though It’s Been Said Many Times, Many Ways…...

Dec 5, 2015 by

  Currently looking forward to: Drinks with my favourite, beautiful cousins. All the rum nog with my dad. Being somewhere frigidly and bitingly cold. Staying warm by the fire (probably with rum nog). Smelling the Christmas tree. Hearing the crunch of snow under my feet. Squeezing my grandparents. Squeezing my little baby niece who gets cuter by the day. Wrapping presents (probably with rum nog). Having my mum cook for me. Spending all day wrapped in a snuggie, sporting cozy slippers. Cross-country skiing with a friend. Baking (probably with rum nog). The noise of a full house on Christmas Eve. The smell of incense at midnight mass (if we stay awake for it this year). Christmas music on Christmas morning, eggs Benedict and hot coffee.   Day to day, I don’t have a problem...

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Explore The Elements

Feb 27, 2015 by

I have selected 4 photos for Thomas Cook’s Explore the Elements Travel Photoblogging Challenge. Rather than go on about each photo and what the content means to me, I will let the images speak for themselves, and I will allow you to be guided by the contest definitions of the elements: * Air “Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.” Water “Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.” Earth “Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity.” Fire “Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit.”   Now, as part of the...

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