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To those who complain about the snow: this is Montréal!

For me, lots of snow is not new (I grew up in Nouvelle-Écosse); however, for the rest of the family: they grew up in an arid climate and have never (from what I’ve seen) encountered the sheer amount of snow… Continue Reading →

Escape from New York

The day started just like any other day on the busy streets of New York: unseasonably warm, sunny, and generally pleasant. But, at some point I got an email simply titled, “the snow.” The request in the email was to… Continue Reading →

A soldier, a bear, a boy, and a book

While researching a post and sifting through newspapers, letters, and photos from World War I, I kept running into stories about Winnie the Bear, the mascot of the CEF Canadian Veterinary Corps. In 1914, Winnie was a young bear rescued… Continue Reading →

Behind the scenes glimpses of the Carton Hotel

After the bedbug experience at my previous hotel, myself and all my co-workers moved to a different location; one of the old New York beaux-arts hotels: the Carlton. This hotel has switched management and is currently being renovated. This means… Continue Reading →

The joys of travel

The most joyful part of the LaGuardia experience is the taxi queue. For the most part, I opt for taxis in NYC because it is nearly impossible to find your Uber (I’m always being asked to walk somewhere that I… Continue Reading →

Foodie Adventures in Windy City: Day 8 of 8

The final travel day for Chicago was marked by meeting a ton of interesting people on my journey through the city. On the cab drive to the airport, I met a man from Ecuador who owned a cocoa plantation outside… Continue Reading →

Foodie Adventures in Windy City: Day 7 of 8

If there is a theme for the day, it’s Google Home. It’s everywhere in Chicago. It’s on billboards. It on computer ads. It’s on TV. It’s in cabs. It’s on the walls in the malls. And, now it has become… Continue Reading →

Foodie Adventures in Windy City: Day 6 of 8

Every morning of this week (so far), I’ve walked past the Trump Tower; and, I can’t help but ponder the mis-fit of the structure. Locals hate the “TRUMP” sign on the side and fought its addition for years. There’s so… Continue Reading →

Foodie Adventures in Windy City: Day 5 of 8

Coming into Chicago this week was a test of patience. You’d think the city would be prepared for snow… in December… a city that sees the worst of the worst of winter weather. Instead Chicago behaved like a small Californian… Continue Reading →

Foodie Adventures in Windy City: Day 4 of 8

Day 4 is a travel day, which means I’m lucky if I’m able to eat a good meal. Travel days also tend to go really fast so the day was really a blur. Breakfast. The Protein Bar. This is more… Continue Reading →

Foodie Adventures in Windy City: Day 3 of 8

The evening meal on Day 3 involved taking the Chicago transit system (CTA) to Lincoln Park. As we were walking towards the underground, there was a sudden moment of nerd-i-ness as I realized that we were standing on the “Wabash… Continue Reading →

Christmas trees kicked to the curb

The first week of travel in the new year is back to New York. In the pre-Christmas posts (48-hours in New York), there was a snippet about the trees that come from Québec. These trees are now sitting curbside waiting… Continue Reading →

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