Benches of the world – Via Instagram

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I love benches. It’s a place to take a break after a long walk or run. It’s a space where people can sit and admire the scenery. It’s a place where couples sit and hold-hands. It’s a space where I … Continue reading

What I miss about ‘home’

Five weeks.
Wow.
I can hardly believe it’s already been that long! Looking back, the time has flown by! I’ve already visited 4 countries, swam in ocean’s, taken my first over-night train and washed my intimates in a hotel sink.
Five weeks of traveling.
Five weeks worth of new friends.
Five weeks of adjusting to the nomadic life.
So, for those wishing to travel, you may be wondering: is it really as awesome as people say it is? Or, do I secretly hate every moment and just glorify it on my blog because that’s what everyone expects?
Truth: it really is that awesome!
But, to be fair, there are certain things about ‘home’ that I miss. So, for the sake of humor, and also to give you some insight on the realities of traveling, I’ve compiled a list of the things I miss about ‘home’:

1. Grocery shopping.
Pardon moi? Yeah, you’re reading that correctly, I really miss grocery shopping! Okay, if you’ve been reading my blog at all, you have probably noticed that I love food! Grocery shopping is always an adventure! But, here in Europe it’s very different. For instance, here in Spain everything is in, you guessed it, Spanish! Sometimes when I buy something I just assume that it’s edible! Also, I am a creature of habit. I miss my grocery store; you know, the one where you could probably shop with your eyes closed! Yes, grocery shopping at home has to be on this list.
2. Laundry. I think this is fairly self-explanatory. Doing laundry at home is always better!
3. Showering. I am tired of sharing a shower with 10+ other people that sometimes is broken/too hot/too cold/or disgusting because the person before apparently was covered in mud.
4. The local cafe. I miss going to my usual cafe! I knew what I liked and I recognized the people. Yepp, I miss it!
5. Lazy days. Okay, admittedly I have had quite a few lazy days during my travels. For the first 3 weeks I was constantly on the go, and it caught up with me in the form of the sniffles. Now, I take time to rest in between destinations. But, I still feel a bit guilty. I’m in Europe! I should be out exploring, eating tapas and drinking on a terrace with interesting people all of the time! Lazy days abroad just don’t have the same feeling as back home.

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6. Food. Sure, eating another culture’s food is part of the experience. And, to be fair, I love to try new things! But, being a vegetarian it can sometimes be difficult. I miss food! The familiar food that I can only find back home: Veganaise, Daiya, tofu-salad, dill-pickles (a certain kind), among other things.
7. Poutine.
8. Regularity. In everything. While traveling, we expect the unexpected! We revel in the moments of uncertainty. We embrace eating dinner at 10:30 pm like the locals. Yeah, as travelers, we love that our lives have no structure. But, the home-body within me is bidding her time until she can go back to her coffee & smoothie breakfast mornings and soy-chai-latte evenings.
9. Privacy. Want to lie down and have a quiet afternoon? Good-luck! Want to use the bathroom…in peace? Forget it! I still have a hard time giving up all of my privacy, but who knows, maybe in 5 more weeks I’ll be peeing with the door open (doubt it)!
10. My people. Friends, family, Starbucks lady and homeless man at the corner of my block: I miss you all! Sure, I write about how super-awesome my life is and brag about some awesome Aussie I met while getting lost in a foreign city, but, at the end of the day, traveling has made me realize how important you all are.

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11. Street signs! And no, Europe, small plaques on the side of buildings do not count! Sometimes the streets don’t have any signs (that I can see) and this makes navigating city streets (*Seville*) very difficult!

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So there you have it. A list of 11 things I miss about ‘home’. But, stay tuned, and I’ll compile a list of 11 things I will miss about traveling; and the list could be bigger!
Preparing to travel? What are you most nervous about? Traveled in the past? What did/do you miss about home?

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Fringe and Instamoments

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The International Fringe Festival is in town! I went to a few productions last year, and LOVED it! Unfortunately, not too many of my friends are “fringers”, and Ashley (my fellow fringer) is out of town. So, I haven’t been … Continue reading

Instamoments – #yeg, #yyc, #yba

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27 Days! I’m freaking out a lil’ bit. As you all know I have made plans to move back to Ontario and yet these plans have been thwarted by what we’ll refer to as insanity. Don’t worry. I am not … Continue reading

Instagram weekend via my new iPhone 4S

For those of you that follow me on twitter, or know me personally, you are aware that I finally broke down and purchased a new iPhone 4s.
I struggled with the idea for a while since the entire cell phone infrastructure bothers me: the constantly changing technology, incentives to purchase new phones before they are broken, the lack of proper disposal (e-waste) and because I didn’t really want to spend the money ($200).
But, after doing some research I realized that if I wanted to stay connected while abroad in Europe I was going to need a better phone than my very slow, and outdated, iPhone 3.
The perks?
1. iMessenger is free and unlimited with wifi
2. FaceTime is also free and unlimited with wifi
3. It’s way faster!
4. The apps are updated and more user friendly. I was never able to blog with my 3, but I am currently using my iPhone to blog!
5. Which brings me to my next point: I can instagram, message, and blog from my phone as long as I have wifi!
The perks are endless, but it still frustrates me because I know by Fall 2012 there will be a new, and better, iPhone on the market that will put mine to shame, and our consumer minds will make us want to buy it.
(I will do a post about e-waste soon, just not from my phone, it’s still not as awesome as blogging from my Mac).
Anyways, this is the perfect way to share my instagram weekend with you!
Enjoy!

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This was taken at the ‘End of Steel’ park in Edmonton, parallel to 104 street and just south of Saskatchewan drive.

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This is by far my favourite picture so far with instagram (filtered also with PicFx). It’s a bench at the end of my block, positioned perfectly with a deep-red coloured house in the background. Couldn’t ask for a better shot.

Travel Alberta

This is a travel blog. But, I haven’t been posting a lot to do with travel. Hmm… So, as a way to “get my feet wet” I thought today’s post could be a bit different. It’s a dreary, rainy day … Continue reading

Subletting Nightmares

As much as I would love to just drop my life and take off on a European adventure, there are some responsibilities I must take care of first.

The most painful one is finding a person to sublet my room.

First, I don’t want to pay rent for a place that I will not be coming back to. $550/month is a lot to pay for a place you’re not living in. So, I need to find someone to rent my room for the remainder of my lease.

It should be pretty easy, right? It’s close to the University and the main strip (Whyte Ave), and I have 2 pretty awesome roommates.

So, what’s the issue?

I can’t just rent to anybody.

I’ve had some pretty interesting people respond to my Kijiji add.

Want to rent a room?

Some are musicians with no job (WTF?!), others just got kicked out of their old place (no thanks), and although some seem ‘normal’ they send me one e-mail and I never hear from there again!?

Also, there is such a thing as too nice. For instance, the sweetest girl came to look at the room…with her mom. Okay, sure, I might go look at a place with my mom too–if I were buying a place! It was just really uncomfortable–I felt judgment.

She was really nice. But, like I said, there is such a thing as too nice. For some reason I imagine the person who takes over my room to have a little pep-in-their-step. I want someone who’s outgoing, yet considerate; clean, yet okay with a bit of clutter from time-to-time; friendly, but somewhat keeps to themselves.

Maybe I should just post a personal add?

I know it’s not the end of the world; and, it’s only the beginning of July so I have time. It’s just that I am very much a get-it-out-of-the-way type of gal.

Patience is a virtue (or some BS like that).

 

Fantastic Food-ish Friday

Usually I would post some pictures of something I ate this week, but life has been a bit hectic since I returned so it’s not going to happen today…oops!

I did, however, go on a hunt for the new Daiya wedges, but they’re still not here! I didn’t try the new Bush Lane market on Whyte ave (and I bet they have it!), but I did try Earth’s General Store and Planet Organic. Nothing! Grrr! I really want to try the new Havarti Flavour!

This week I have been spending a lot more time on Pinterest. Yes, I realize I talk about Pinterest a lot, I just can’t help it; I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

So, here is a link to my “Yummy” board with all of the recipes that look delicious and I have yet to try!

Happy Pinning!

Instagram Weekend

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My time in London is over. *Sad face* I have an hour till it’s time to board my plane, so it’s a good time to post the remaining photos from my time at home. There you have it! It was … Continue reading