Montreal is a city for enthusiastic eaters, gastronomes, foodie/Instagrammers, food truck fans and everyone in between. To taste old Montreal, you need a taste of neighbourhood life away from Rue Ste Catherine – head for Le Plateau and go on a do-it-yourself bagel tour.
You should include Montreal-style bagels on any visit to Montreal because they are different than their New York cousins. Smaller and denser, they are wonderful. You know you have the real thing when you it’s hand-formed, cooked in a wood-fired oven, and with a larger hole than its NYC counterparts. Many will argue the MTL bagels are better than the doughy carb-bombs from NYC, but I’ll just say they are a perfect portable food for exploring the side streets and diverse neighbourhoods along Blvd Saint-Laurent. Continue reading
I was thrilled to be invited by Downtown Halifax to participate again in Big Day Downtown. This year, 31 local bloggers were armed with $150 Visa cards and sent out to experience the best of downtown Halifax and blog about their experiences. The 2013 edition had a new theme, “Experience It All,” and a fun twist: every blogger drew three theme cards to shape their experiences. Check out some of the other great local bloggers participating in this year’s promotion.
Downtown Halifax is my second home. I spend a lot of my days in the core of the city working, eating, drinking, and finding fun where I can. This year’s twist made things extra interesting for me, and challenged me to find new experiences that fit my themes: authentic, cheerful and exotic.
This has been a busy summer for me outside of the blog, but I was very lucky to receive an invitation to visit my friend’s family in Caraquet, New Brunswick to celebrate the Acadian fête nationale, 15 Août (August 15). In the Acadian community, this is the very definition of a community celebration. People come home from away, vacations are taking and meals are planned well in advance. There are festivals and parades, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Greetings friends! I’m up in northern New Brunswick, learning all about Acadian culture, but I’m thrilled to have guest poster Jill, of Couchtime with Jill, back for Part Two of her adventures as an intern in Cape Town. Part One provided a lot of great information about planning for an internship abroad, and in Part 2, we learn more about Jill’s adjustment to life as an intern at GLAMOUR South Africa in Cape Town, adjusting to living in a country that is very, very different from home, and her very own Devil Wears Prada experience with a terrifying Editor-in-Chief.
Interning abroad, Part 2
I arrived in Cape Town nervous and exhausted. It was my first time traveling outside of North America. I broke the law immediately.
All over the Johannesburg airport, which I connected through, there were signs declaring that tipping in a foreign currency was against the law. My dad, an extensive business traveler, had warned me that non-airport employees would attempt to help me with my bags. I was told not to let anyone touch my stuff. Of course, immediately someone helped me with my stuff. It didn’t help that I was a 110lb kid trying to get a 95lb suitcase onto an escalator. I didn’t have any South African rand on me. I tipped in American dollars. I saw the sign about 20 minutes later – off to a great start!
“I hope you’re better than the last girl. You probably can’t be any worse.”
Greetings friends! I’m going off the grid for a few days to celebrate National Acadian Day in northern New Brunswick. We are lucky enough to be joined by returning guest poster Jill of Couchtime with Jill. Jill and I bonded over our mutual love for South Africa, but it was only recently that I learned more of the details of her life in Cape Town.
Part 1: “Do as I say, not as I did”
Six years ago this summer, I made one of the gutsiest decisions of my life – and one of the best. At the age of 21, I traveled to Cape Town, South Africa and completed a month-long internship at GLAMOUR South Africa.
The internship was a requirement of the journalism program I graduated from at the University of King’s College. Most students intern at newspaper, TV or radio outlets somewhere in Canada – and for good reason. The goal of an internship is almost always to get hired on once you’ve graduated.
I knew I wouldn’t end up moving to Cape Town and working at GLAMOUR. It’s an amazing city, but far from home and likely expensive when you’re not using a bank account filled with Canadian dollars. Yet, six years later I still think of it as one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.