Blogs from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo January 27th 2014

Family & Friends, Brooke & I have just set this blog site up so that you can follow our upcoming 49 day "Amazon & Carnaval Explorer" cruise on the ms Maasdam. While we are not making any promises that we will blog on a daily basis we will try to bring you the highlights of the trip fairly frequently. For fun you can watch the Maasdam leave port on Friday Feb. 7th at 5:00 p.m. by viewing the web cam set up overlooking Port Everglades . The address is: In addition you can follow the ship's position by means of the web site called Seascanners: Enjoy Mike & Brooke ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo June 15th 2013

Home Sweet Home as they say. It's almost been 2 weeks since I arrived home from BOB, Best of Britain tour and it's time I end this travel blog. But first I'll add some final points of what I hope you will find both interesting and helpful. A bus tour is an excellent way for a novice traveller to travel alone AirTransat offers an OptionPlus package; check it out if you will have more than one piece of check in luggage; the other perks that come with his are ok too The Travel Director on a bus tour will make or break your trip; I was really lucky, Rachel, our director, was phenomenal You can purchase a local SIM card for your phone; saves roaming charges. I bought one and added time to it (pay as ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo December 20th 2012

Here is a really cute url= to my trip that Julia found and shared with me. She will be studying in Netherlands at the same time that I will be studying in Norway.... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo December 20th 2012

Hey! So this is my first blog post.... not too sure who I'm talking to. Definitely Nathan, probably Marianne and Mrs. Wiersma, hopefully Julia, Robyn, Jess, and Mariah (here after known as the spcom girls)????? If there's anyone else, Hi! I'm glad you're here :). Maybe you'd all like to make a comment for me?? So the title is completely true, proof above, I haven't known what I was doing since Sept 28th 2012 when I found out I was going on exchange. For those of you that don't know the story, I applied last winter to go on exchange but wasn’t approved because my advisor was mean :(. I switched programs and majors, both to nicer advisors who approved me; unfortunately no one told me this. So when I got the e-mail saying "hey Sarah, ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo April 24th 2011

Happy Easter Sunday all! Only 1 week ago I finished my last exam after 6 terms in a row of university. I can sure use the break from lectures and ponderous readings! So here I am, a summer term of wandering. Yesterday I moved out of the room I was renting and stored all my stuff in Terry's garage (Thank-you Terry). Now all I have with me is the clothes on my back, a small backpack filled with necessities and a jacket of many pockets that can fit my netbook it in. It is amazing how much stuff you actually don't need to survive. In just under1 hour I leave for the airport and meet my Knowledge Integration class for the first leg of my journey in Berlin. For 10 days in Berlin I will have ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo April 5th 2011

Wow, it was such an amazing day today (Saturday)! We went to the biggest maple syrup festival in the world, in the small town of Elmira. First we were brought to Elmira with the usual yellow school bus. They use those busses for a lot of trips and this was already the third time I went on one. There isn’t a lot of room for your legs but that would be expected from a little children’s bus. When we arrived at Elmira we had to walk down a street to get to the main festival street. In that street were a yard sale and a horse and carriage coming down the street. The houses all had a front porch and big trees in front of them. Oh and of course most of them had the Canadian ... read more
Me and Metz
Yard sale
Old school

North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo March 31st 2011

As the end of the semester is getting near, we all started looking back at our time at the University of Waterloo. All the work we did, thing we learned, the people we’ve met, the parties we had, the trips, the fun, and how fast it all seemed to go! I still feel that I just arrived here but in the meantime almost three months have gone by. Looking back to all of this I really feel blessed that I was able to come here. I have noticed so many cultural differences between Europe and North America, it really is amazing. The biggest difference is how open people are around here. I think the simple fact that they have so much more space around here makes them less frustrated when they meet people. It is also ... read more
building a nest in the library window
back for more leaves
Campus in spring

North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo January 9th 2011

Yesterday I started writing another entry, but somehow I pushed a button that leads to the previous page, so I have to start all over again.. Luckily that it's Sunday, perfect day for sitting at home and writing. Alright, where to start? Since I've arrived in Waterloo a lot of fun stuff happened already. It wasn't snowing as was the forecast, but there still is old snow everywhere so it looks beautiful! When I was in the van that brought me to the University, I didn't really feel like I was in another continent. Also didn't experience a cultureshock yet, it just feels so natural to be here. The busdriver was a really nice man, he told me what I definitely should see in Waterloo. Too bad I was to tired to remember anything. Just remembered ... read more
The museum

North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo July 25th 2010

Tuesday 13 July After heroically fighting the jet lag all the way through to 10pm last night we got up early and drove into London to collect Allison's contact lenses. It was such a major shocker as she said "oh, its not too far..." hmmm, it was a good 2 hour journey just to turn around and come back. I think its going to take me a while to get used to the distances and driving here! On the way back we stopped off a East Side Mario's diner for lunch which was huge! I cant believe they serve so much food here. i got the tipping lesson and it is weird here as they tip a good 25% and it is expected; i guess that the brits are just plain stingy! As we were in ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo May 15th 2009

After 8 months of travel, I have decided to come home. Don't get me wrong, I adore travelling, with the constantly changing environments, ability to meet new and very interesting characters, the exposure to new cultures, etc., it can be EXHAUSTING!! Seriously, I travelled largely by hitchhiking, which can be described as the ultimate test of ones' patience, not to mention faith in the kindness of complete strangers. Picture it, standing or sitting for hours on end, waiting, waiting, WAITING! Watching one person (Read empty cars) whiz by you spewing toxins and noise your way can be tough. Especially if you are travelling solo, as I did for the final three weeks of my travels. It isn't very encouraging seeing this one person one car trend, especially in Morocco and Portugal, countries most people would associate ... read more
Gotta have a sign!
Happiness is..

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