A Big Day At The Big House

A Big Day At The Big House

Summer Cultural Celebrations This past couple of months have been especially busy with travelling to Vancouver for my Canadian Citizenship Ceremony, continuing to purge my belongings, thinking about where I am going to be travelling to/ working/ living after I finish work at the end of June, and of course getting started on report cards for 7 classes so there hasn’t been much time to write a detailed post (nor to do much worth writing about!). Thankfully there has been…

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50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey

OK, I’ll be honest. It’s not even six months since I pledged not to buy any additional clothing this year but with a recent trip down island and several gorgeous greys on sale, how could I resist? I’m still committed to scaling down my wardrobe although Spring is in the air so I’m finding my fashionable side again. I’ve always loved this year’s hot colours: blush and grey so I enjoyed putting some looks together to incorporate my new pieces…

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Becoming a Canadian Citizen

Becoming a Canadian Citizen

Although it was coming to live in Canada that prompted me to start writing this blog, I have never discussed the process(es) by which a person can come to live and work in Canada. One week ago, almost 10 years since I first landed in Canada with ‘Permanent Resident’ status, I finally became a Canadian Citizen.  I decided to write a series of posts to help anyone considering a long-term move to Canada. There are different processes for people seeking…

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Party Hardy

Party Hardy

Although looking out the window today it feels like winter with the grey skies and drizzle, it’s starting to feel like spring around here. Not only are the trees beginning to blossom, the buds open, and the bears awaken, it also seems as though many of us are coming back from a period of hibernation. Living in a small town, especially one which is so remote, can leave me feeling cut off and longing for a more varied social scene….

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Eating My Way Around Prague

Eating My Way Around Prague

Prague has been on my dream destination list for a number of years so when friends asked me if I’d like to join them on a two-day stay in the Czech(ia?) capital of course I said ‘YES!’ While the historic museums and stunning architecture offer up a lot to write home about, it was the cheap food and drinks that really garnered my attention on this trip. We ended up planning our days around when and where we were going…

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Winnipeg Murals

Winnipeg Murals

I never thought I’d say this but a week in Winnipeg was not long enough! I did not visit all the places (and people) I intended to despite spending a lot of time wandering around the city streets. One thing I did get to see a lot of on this trip was the fabulous mural art. When I lived in Winnipeg I couldn’t help but notice all the beautiful artwork decorating the walls, bridges and other surfaces around the city….

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Canadian Concert Culture

Canadian Concert Culture

Since I moved to Canada in 2011 I have been fortunate enough to see a few incredible musicians and artists in concert. In Winnipeg we saw: The Eagles (amazing), Pink! (quite the acrobatic entertainer), Cher (costumes…), Queen & Adam Lambert (we were standing right by the stage – fantastic show), and finally, yesterday in Victoria we saw Sir Elton John, who will be celebrating his 70th birthday in two weeks time! Elton John did not disappoint. What a talented musician…

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The World’s Tallest Totem Pole – Alert Bay

The World’s Tallest Totem Pole – Alert Bay

Situated on Comorant Island is the tiny town of Alert Bay and the ‘Namgis First Nation, but despite the island only being about 4 square kilometres, it does hold one very large claim to fame. Located toward the northern end of the inhabited part of the island,  standing in front of the Big House, is the world’s tallest totem pole. Raised in 1973, the totem pole measures 173 feet but is made up of more than one piece of wood which…

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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

It’s easy to get caught up in the monotony of everyday life and spend most days going between work and home, not finding time to explore. I have been guilty in the past of taking the places I live for granted and of failing to appreciate all there is to do until it is too late. As my time on the north island is rapidly passing by and I have made the decision to leave B.C. this summer, I am…

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High Altitude – Mount Washington

High Altitude – Mount Washington

This weekend was one of my Canadian favourites. Thanks to the extra ‘Family Day’ the long weekend was the perfect opportunity to try out some Canadian winter sports. Mount Washington is about a 3 hour drive from Port Hardy and with the weather a little unpredictable through the mountains, we planned to leave bright and early to get to Mount Washington by lunchtime. As we started the ascent towards the Mount Washington Alpine Resort I felt a bit like I was…

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