Category Archives: Travel

Waterways of Welland

Today was a beautiful day here in Southern Ontario – and I was lucky enough to have the day off of work to get out and enjoy the weather for a few hours.  I have a desire to be near water and Welland offers some beautiful waterways.   I spent my afternoon sitting by the canal, writing and relaxing.  It was the perfect afternoon.

 

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The 5 greatest things about Canada

July 1st is Canada Day – we celebrated 151 years of being this truly amazing country yesterday.  I am a proud Canadian and no matter where I’ve been in the world, I proudly tell people that I am from this country.  Here is my list of the top 5 things about Canada.

1.   The people.  Yes, we are the nicest people on Earth.  We are humble (except for when we are playing or watching hockey….), we are polite and we are considerate.  Of course there are always some bad apples but for the most part, you will encounter the nicest people here in this country.

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2.   The seasons.  We are a vast country but we all get to enjoy the 4 seasons in all their spectacular, and sometimes tiring, way.  The spring brings beautiful flowers, the sun brings the unbearable heat, the fall brings us spectacular colours and the winter brings the snow.  We are a resilient group of people though, and while it’s a Canadian tradition to complain about the weather, we all come through each season just fine!  Me – I am a fall/winter girl and we are having unbearable heat at the moment and I feel like I am melting — but give it a month or two and it will be gone!

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3.   The natural wonders of Canada – Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains – all across this great land we are treated with some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery of all the world.

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4.   The food – okay so we have the best maple syrup in the world – we are the leaders of the world for production of maple syrup – but we also have poutine!  And bear claws!  We have our own unique food, as other countries around the world do, and we are proud of our uniqueness!!

5.   My hometown!  Welland may not be on everyone’s radar to visit, but it’s becoming a place to see for the sporting events we host on the Canal.  We have some cool new places to eat, and it’s just a really pretty little city to see, even for just a couple of hours.

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I am so very proud to be Canadian!

Perfect Happiness

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Is it a person, or a place, or maybe even a thing?  Is it the way you feel, or maybe what someone does for you that brings the feeling of perfect happiness?

 

It’s an interesting question, and not an easy one to answer.  There are many things in my life that bring me happiness – my memories of my travels, and my teaching, and my students.  There is a daily happiness, waking up each day knowing that I have my parents for another day.  Waking up knowing that my children are healthy.  Waking up knowing I get to go to a job that I truly enjoy.  Waking up to having a roof over my head and food to eat.  These are every day things that make me happy.

 

But perfect happiness – that’s a tough one to answer.  My life is not perfect – no one has a perfect life.  So is it possible to even have something called perfect happiness?  How can a feeling be perfect, when nothing else is perfect?  That’s what the question really is – what is your idea of perfect happiness?

 

My idea of PERFECT happiness would be, as corny as it sounds, that there would be no angst in the world, we could all live peacefully and happy together as one, there would be the perfect weather every day (no natural disasters) – so I guess my idea of perfect happiness would be living in a world of Utopia.  Not very realistic!

 

I am content with my life – is there something missing that could make me happier?  Perhaps, but that is something I will work on in time.  For now – my life is perfect just the way it is.  Is your’s?

 

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My most treasured possession…

I would say my most treasured possession is my passport – and my time!  But is time a possession?  I would like to think that MY time is!

 

I have been on a bit of a sabbatical from blogging lately – one month since my last blog!  I have been very busy with work and home life and when I finally have some down time, I am vegging out on the couch, watching TV and usually falling asleep while watching!  Down time = sleeping for me haha.

 

But I miss blogging.  I need to make an effort to get on here more often and get writing again.  It helps my mind and my peace of mind as well.

 

Back to the question – what is your most treasured possession?  Is it something you inherited from a long lost relative?  Is it something you acquired over the years?  Something from your childhood?

 

In the past three years, I have downsized with everything I own so I don’t have a lot of possessions anymore.  It’s easier to pack up and go if you don’t have that much stuff.  But my passport is definitely my most treasured possession.  By turning the pages, I can relive the moments of my travelling and memories come flooding back to times I spent away.  Europe, China, Chile – all those moments can be relived by a simple turn of a page in my passport.

 

So what is your most treasured possession?

 

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If you won the lottery….

If you won the lottery – let’s say $5,000,000 (Canadian – since it is tax free winnings!) – what would you do with the winnings?  Would you travel ?  Pay off debts and save?  Would you do something you’ve never done before, or maybe go somewhere you have always dreamt of seeing?

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I have dreamt of what I would do.  Pay off my debts.  Save some of it.  Give some away.   And then travel – to all of the exotic places I have always wanted to see.  Bali.  Fiji.  Australia and New Zealand.  Take an African safari.

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Then I would come back to Canada and make my one big dream finally come true.  I would open a cafe.  One that specializes in pastries – homemade by me, with coffee on the side.  People could come in, sit down, and talk about their travels.  That’s the dream that keeps me going.  One day it will happen – and even without lottery winnings, I know I will succeed in having that cafe!!

So what would you do if you won the lottery?

 

 

The travel bug has struck!

Travelling around the world for the past few years was amazing and I am missing it so much!!!   So much so, that I have been researching where I want to go next in this world, and my decision (and deposit!) has been made.

 

I won’t be travelling solo this time- I am going to take a bus tour with Trafalgar Tours (who I used when I went to Italy in April 2014) through Spain, Morocco and Portugal.  Sadly this trip will not take place until January 2019 but that just means I have MONTHS to research and have the anticipation build until I go!!

 

I am excited to once again travel with Trafalgar Tours – my trip through Italy was absolutely amazing with them, and I have read the reviews of the trip I will be taking and all the reviews are great.

 

Heading back to Europe – a new part of it for me – and into Africa (another continent off my list!) is very exciting.  I am excited to experience the cultures, the scenery and of course the FOOD!!

 

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