Vacationing

Best Shoes for Travel [what to pack]

someone sitting by a lake with a pair of running shoes

Do you have trouble deciding what shoes to pack for travel? Here we are going to talk about three types of footwear that should get you through most of your travels.

Upon my return from a six-month stay in Mexico, a friend presented me with a calendar that featured shoes – 365 pairs of shoes. The reason for the ‘shoe’ calendar is that she knows I like to collect shoe and hat items. Note: I do not collect shoes to wear, just different collectibles. (more…)

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Blood Donor Screening [Who Can Give the Gift of Life]

My husband and I recently came back from a six-month stay in Mexico and are back in Ottawa Canada house sitting. It is interesting how you take things for granted – like being a long time blood donor and thinking that nothing changes.

He has been giving blood (the gift of life) for a very long time, more times than I can count, and decided while we were in Ottawa, he would like to do it again, which meant going through a screening process. (more…)

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Would You Stay In An Airbnb?

The company, AIRBNB, is very popular covering 81,000 cities and 191 countries, allowing travellers and hosts to connect all over the world.

Would you stay in an airbnb?

My husband and I choose to house sit instead of searching for accommodations through companies such as AIRBNB which is basically a service where members can offer home stays or tourism experiences. If you own real estate, have space, and looking for ways to supplement your income, this might be something for you to consider. For us, we prefer house sitting for free in exchange for looking after owners’ homes and pets. It has been a rewarding experience for us. (more…)

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Mayan Ruins Mexico: Tulum and Coba

We recently took an opportunity to visit the Mayan Ruins in Mexico –  Tulum and Coba. I want to share some things we learned on this trip and how our journey in life has some parallels.

While many people visit the ruins on their own, we decided that since we had friends visiting for a short time we should take a guided tour. The cost was $55 US per person and included a buffet lunch. (more…)

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Canadian Flags

Map of Canada

Today I thought I would do a trivia post on flags in Canada, how they actually were designed and what they represent. So we will be looking at 13 flags in all – the ten provinces and three territories.

I have only been to four provinces – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. I would love to make it out west someday, especially to British Columbia.

For ease of following along, we will do them alphabetically with provinces first followed by the three territories.

Provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon. (more…)

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Why Travellers Should Own This Nifty Blender

Hamilton Beach Single Server

Trading my high powered 2-quart Ninja combination soup maker/juicer, and my smaller but powerful ninja juicer for the small Hamilton Beach Single Serve blender might seem like a crazy idea. In fact, there was a time when I totally would have agreed with you.

However, about 3 years ago my husband and I started travelling, long term, and you probably guessed it – the soup maker and juicer had to go with us. (more…)

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