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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice April 9th 2013

Apparently I took quite a hiatus from writing, almost a month it seems. Once again I seemed to have gotten sidetracked and caught up in the busy routine which is day-to-day life (haha). Even in Italy, it seems that the daily schedule is one packed full to the brim and always keeping me running here and there. I do appreciate that however, it is good to know that even on the other side of the globe people seem to go about their lives in the same hectic attitude that we do back at home. A reminder that no matter where you are, when it comes down to it, things aren't really as different as we think they might be. And along with this, is the reality that back at home, life also continues at the same ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice April 5th 2013

If you don't like cars, go to Venice. If you don't like big crowds, don't go to Venice In 1989 I was scheduled to visit Venice in Italy. However, I got ill and had to cancel the visit. Now during Easter I decided to try again, 24 years after the failure back when I was a teenager. This time things worked better. In one way I am actually happy I couldn’t go the first time I tried. Venice is an amazing city and I am not sure that Ake aged 18 would not have been able to enjoy it as much he did now at the age of 42. As I stated above, Venice is an amazing city. That is especially true if you are either an art buff or a history lover. The art, the ... read more
View over Grand Canal
What you see is canals and bridges

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice March 27th 2013

The bad weather continued into our trip to Venice as we witnessed the heaviest snowfall the first evening there (snow in Venice, really?!). Thankfully, it turned for the better the next 2 days as we headed out to explore the ‘sinking’ island. Little introduction was needed as we read about this city since young, and sights of the numerous canals and bridges just excites us as we started wandering around. Winding through the narrow streets were surprisingly pleasant, allowing us to get semi-lost. That said, with prominent signs leading us to the major attractions, we could hardly get lost anyway! These were the main highlights of our short rendezvous with arguably one of the most romantic places on Earth (minus the swarm of tourists!) : Rialto Bridge: Seeing is believing and this famous bridge across the ... read more
Rialto Bridge
First sight of Venice
Police Station on the waters

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice March 17th 2013

I can't tell you how many times I have second guessed my decision to come to Italy.. all the money I spent to get here, all the countless hours sitting in disorganized offices shuffling through mounds of endless paperwork to make it a reality.. today I finally realized why it was all worth it. I had to fly half way around the world to discover that all I could ever need and want was right there in front of me at home. Not just in the way that Canada is an amazing place to live, but I mean the truest sense of it: I had it all. I am the luckiest girl in the world. I just couldn't see that because I was too blinded by all the crap life had thrown in my face. You ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 27th 2013

Once again (and this a rare thing for me..) I am almost lost for words to describe the absolute magic that is Venezia, especially at night. Now if I had written this blog Monday morning you would have heard a very different tale. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens in life, I was hit with a pretty bad case of the Mondays. Everything sucked, I was tired, I was cranky, and I was about ready to throw in the towel. As I stepped off the bus last night from Mestre to Venice I almost laughed out loud thinking back at my "bitchy" moment. That is just the way it goes some times. We have good days, we have bad days. But the only thing I need to remember is that even on the bad days.. I AM STILL ... read more


Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 22nd 2013

There are few things that can bond females together faster than the topic of men, accompanied by a cocktail. It's really nice to know that at least no matter where you are in this world, this method of "relaxation" is a proven success. The "Sex in the City" women perfected this, creating an entire hit TV series surrounding the love women share for complaining, time and time again, about a man (always over a cosmo of course). Well the act itself is no different here in Venice, only the beverage is a spritz and the background music a little more, retro (say REM circa 1983). But all in all it was still a fantastic way to spend my Thursday evening with a new friend, especially when outside gigantic snowflakes were blanketing the quiet city. Pause for ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 21st 2013

When you wake up after a fantastic evening spent with friends, vino & laughter, I must say it is a nice surprise to not feel hung over. However, when you can barely roll out of bed because you are still so full from the amazing Italian feast you devoured the night before, there really is no sense of complaint. I am delighted to say last night I was cooked one of the tastiest meals I have had here yet, by some very lovely people who turned my typical Wednesday evening in to a fun-filled delicious affair. I'll be the first to admit that sometimes I love going out for dinner simply because there is nothing more enjoyable than to eat a meal that you yourself did not lift a finger to cook. But the reality is, ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 19th 2013

I came back in the Europe in the hopes to "regain" my sense of adoration, after having been dragged away unwilling when my Camino Trip (2011) ended. I knew without a doubt that I had to return to the continent that had taught me so much in such a short time. Whether it was the people, the food, the culture.. or a combination of all these things, I can't quite be sure. But regardless, when I started dreaming of taking off again, this was the place my heart was calling me. Italy arose as a yet discovered wonderland. A place where I could start a new adventure, and potentially a new life depending on how things went. Well, it has only taken me six weeks to discover that sometimes the place from which we came, is ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 15th 2013

Have you ever had the feeling of being in the "momento perfetto" (perfect moment) and then suddenly, your favorite song comes on? Or more specifically, the "right" song. It's a very simple sensation I realize, but some how to me I am in awe of these rare occurences. It's as if someone above is watching you basking in the glow of your wonder and says: you think you've got it good right now? Let me up the anti just one more level! That's the feeling I get at least. There is an incredible power to music that I believe is very underrated. For me, a certain song can evoke the strongest of memories. It can either build you up, or in only a second cause the world to crash around you. Coldplay is the later for ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 12th 2013

An incredible thing happened last night, I slept for twelve SOLID hours! "Mio primo bene riposato in Italia" My first good rest in Italy, and to be honest one of the best sleeps I have had in a very long time anywhere actually. When I awoke, my very first desire was to grab my laptop and start writing. Then the realization that I was incredibly hungry and should probably at least eat some breakfast before hand kicked in. Well that was 15 minutes ago and I am currently sitting at the kitchen table with a "delizioso espresso" and haven't yet bothered to make even toast. This renewed passion of mine for writing is a force to be reckoned with, let me tell you! haha. And when I opened up my blog to begin writing I was ... read more

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