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New York

“What?! Are you kidding me?! Off all the places you’ve travelled to, you’ve never been to New York?!” I got a little sick of hearing that for the last umpteen years, and I generally have always wanted to go, so over the last long weekend, I finally made my move. A relatively easy 6-hour drive from Montreal, and a taste of spring that hadn’t reached my part of the world, New York was quite literally a breath of fresh air. My friend and I had a place smack dab in the centre of Midtown, and despite both of us suffering from what we thought was the plague, our excitement to unleash on the city was palpable. Unfortunately, our reliable place through Airbnb wasn't ready when we arrived, so we walked the hell out of Midtown and made the best of it – Rockefeller Centre, Radio City Music Hall, St Patrick’s Church and every [...]

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Le Quebec

I love my country and am extremely proud to be Canadian but every winter I curse both....a lot. I hate the cold, the snow, the wind chill, the laying of clothes and of course the frickin’ shovelling. So it’s no surprise then that I’ve always passed on the opportunity to go anywhere in winter that requires me to be outdoors. However, I recently drove with a friend to Quebec City for the famous Winter Carnival. I even think it was my dumb bright idea. So there we were, wandering through the city at a balmy -25 Celsius. How could anyone have fun in such frigid temperatures? ...some good winter clothes + a lack of good sense + the allure of the Bonhomme Carnival I've heard about since childhood...that's how. There are various Carnival sites spread out over the city, but the main one had every quintessential winter festival necessity. Aside from the [...]

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Montreal

Mon montreal Many people find themselves in love-hate relationships with various things in their lives. I’m no exception - CNN, exercise, olives – some things I just can’t quit even if I don’t always enjoy them. I also find myself in this predicament when it comes to the city I am (un)lucky enough to call home. I’m not native to Montreal; I’m actually not even sure where I’m from these days. I was born in British Columbia, grew up in Ontario, spent a big part of my twenties in Newfoundland, lived briefly in South Korea and have been in Montreal for what seems like an eternity. I didn’t expect to stay here, but after doing my Masters degree, the jobs in my field were plentiful, so it made sense to stick around for awhile. Now eight years later, I’m a home owner, paying exorbitant taxes and ridiculous gas prices and [...]

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Mexico

The Making of a Mexican My first time on an airplane was a trip to Cancun, Mexico with a troupe of my crazy teenage girlfriends. I thought I was going to explore new lands, see new culture and breathe in new life; however, what I got was Spring Break with tacos. I’m so appreciative that I made my way back to Mexico two decades later and have spent a great deal of time in the less-travelled interior. Yes, there are a ton of safety and security travel alerts, and I won’t tell you to ignore them, but I’m sure glad I have because I’ve been able to experience this amazing country in an authentic way...and still get those tacos. San Luis Potosi San Luis Potosi (SLP) is the capital city of San Luis Potosi State in northern-central Mexico. About six hours from Mexico City, SLP was beautiful, clean, modern, and [...]

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Newfoundland

Solid as a Rock Restless in my 20s and eager to make a change, I moved to Newfoundland to finish my university degree and find something new. I spent over four years on “The Rock”, which were some of the best years of my life. I owe it partly to the friends I made, partly to the life I was starting, but mostly because it was Newfoundland. First off, the weather.... Well, to be blunt it absolutely sucks. It’s by far one of the windiest, foggiest and snowiest places in Canada. Consequently, umbrellas and sunglasses are useless there, but rubber boots and scarves are staples to any wardrobe. Summer lasts a few weeks and winter selfishly takes up a few seasons. However, the place is amazing, even through the constant drizzle. Newfoundland’s historical roots are in Ireland, which is felt in their language, music, food, and loyalty. The capital [...]

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