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Paris: Getting Settled

Paris: Getting Settled

It’s been over a week since I landed in Paris lugging two large suitcases and an inconveniently large carry-on containing more than enough clothes and hopefully all the necessary documents I need to start my Parisienne life.  The first week felt rather productive so I am trying hard to keep up the momentum of achieving something each day. I am fortunate to have many close friends in Paris and several of them have helped me out with places to stay…

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Sounds of the Sea

Sounds of the Sea

There is quite literally no sound more breath-taking than the blow of a whale.  This is the sound that has been lulling me to sleep at night and waking me up in the mornings over the past three nights. What a beautiful sight to wake up to: whales breaching outside my bedroom window. I spent some time this evening trying to get a decent photo but found the best views were when I didn’t have my camera on hand… or…

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Canadian Reflections

Canadian Reflections

The past few months have been a whirlwind between the end of term in June, summer trips, applying for jobs, and packing. Suddenly September is upon us and I’m right back in at the deep end, teaching high school Maths, Science, and Outdoor Education; albeit for just a couple of weeks as I am more determined than ever to move back to Paris come October. Summer passed by all too quickly with a family visit to the UK, a week…

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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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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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