A Long Weekend In Montreal
At the start of November my boyfriend and I went to Montreal for a long weekend, and although it was rainy and freezing the whole time, we still made the most of it. We ate lots of good food, did a bit of sight-seeing, and I was very happy because it’s the home city of Leonard Cohen who is one of my favourite people in the entire world.
Don't Mess With Texas: A Guide
This is the final part of my travel posts from my US trip in Feb/March earlier this year. After New Orleans it was time for Texas! Honestly I didn't really know what to expect but I ended up absolutely loving the place, especially Austin. We were very lucky that Mark had made friends with a Houston local through his work so we got all the hot tips for the best places to go (mostly to eat) in both Houston and Austin. Our new friend's girlfriend was also vegetarian which meant the recommendations were perfect for us, and we caught up with them for dinner while we were in town and had such a lovely time.
New Orleans: A Guide to The Big Easy
Oh man, did I love New Orleans! Widely known as the birthplace of jazz, it's a totally different world compared to other American cities I've visited. I'd wanted to go for years so when my boyfriend's cousin proposed to his southern belle I was very happy we were invited to their wedding. The wedding itself was fantastic, and if you didn't know, a huge part of New Orleans culture is the second line - they love a good parade so after the ceremony everyone walked out of the cathedral while a brass band played. We then followed the band and the wedding party, dancing through the streets waving our white handkerchiefs all the way to the reception venue and it was such an awesome experience!
San Francisco: A Guide
I thought this time around for my travel posts I would write them in more of a city guide style because I love referring to other blogger's guides when I'm going somewhere new. I had such a great time on my trip back in Feb/March and I feel like I have a lot of fun recommendations to share. I am super biased because of my love for the Beat Generation, but San Francisco is one of my favourite cities, and there's so much to see and do there even if all the Beat stuff isn't that exciting for you. And you can expect posts about New Orleans and Texas coming soon!
I'm Moving to Toronto!
That's right, my boyfriend and I are moving to the home of baby angel Drake so we can run through the 6 with our woes! Actually, believe it not, Drake isn't the only reason we're going. But when it came down to it, the main reason for us was pretty simple - why not? I've always wanted to live overseas but it seemed like such a far off, unattainable thing. But really all you have to do is decide you want to do it and then suddenly it becomes a possibility. Of course there's a lot of work that follows, but step one is changing your mindset because it's definitely not going to happen until you do that.
5 Tips for Travelling Alone
I thought I'd do something a little different today and it comes in the form of my tips for travelling on your own. A lot of people don't like the idea of travelling solo, they think they'll get lonely or worry about not having anyone they can rely on if something goes wrong in a foreign city. While I love travelling with family or friends, travelling alone is definitely a different experience, especially if you do it for weeks or months at a time. I learned so much from it and can’t recommend it enough, especially if you’re nervous to do it, because it’ll teach you a lot about yourself and will probably improve your confidence too.
California: LA, San Francisco & Big Sur
Getting out of my airport shuttle and seeing my friend from home, Caitlin, waiting for me and running towards each other to hug, visiting the Elliott Smith wall and Charles Bukowski's bungalow, speculoos cookie butter and pumpkin toaster pastries from Trader Joe's, Amoeba Records, all you can eat Tacos for $5, appreciating the many beards in baseball, Caitlin's first trip to Disneyland (and my third Disneyland of my holiday), the Halloween themed Haunted House and Space Mountain rides and all the Halloween decorations around the park, staying to watch the 7pm parade because Caitlin had always wanted to see it, pick & mix lollies from Dylan's candy bar, Santa Monica pier, hiring bikes and riding around Venice Beach, pancakes and a chai milkshake for dinner with the lovely miss Valerie at the 101 Coffee Shop!
Boston & Orlando
This might be a bit confusing but I've combined two places into one post because either I didn't have a lot to say about them (Orlando) or I didn't have a lot of photos (Boston/Lowell.) And sorry for posting out of order but in case you were wondering I flew to Boston from Reykjavik because I wanted to visit my favourite writer Jack Kerouac's hometown of Lowell which is about an hour North. So I had a couple of days in Boston and then I caught the train to New York and stayed for a month there, and then I went to Orlando exclusively for the theme parks & the Kennedy Space Centre, and then on to LA.
Well this post has been a long time coming. It's literally been a year since I was in New York and I'm only just getting around to posting about it (oops.) In case you weren't a reader of my blog a year ago I took 5 months off life and went around the world. If you're interested in seeing any photos from my time in Iceland, Europe or Egypt you can check out my travel tag. I spent an incredible two and a half months in the US so there'll be a couple more posts coming after this one - and no, it shouldn't take me another year to get to them!