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“Becoming Brave in Montreal” by Brittany Dickey

All settled into our hotel rooms, we decided to venture out into the streets of our new home for the next 6 weeks: Montreal, Quebec. We struck out on our own, thrilled to finally be walking around in the alluring city of Montreal. French words filled the air. The soft sound of a street musician’s acoustic guitar echoed from a metro entrance. Hare Krishna followers were brightly dressed and chanting on [...]

"We left our kids at home and took a trip to Chicago" by Hannah Lacy

Chicago: a city full of historical architecture. A city where you can see the skyscrapers from the beach. A city where you will eat the best pizza and the best hotdog. Chicago: the city where my husband and I found ourselves kid free for the first time in years. A city where we made new discoveries and refueled our passion for creativity. “Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful [...]

"My new happy place in SoCal" by HMD

I found a new happy place on the West Best Coast of the United States. The perfect place to breathe, relax and retire early, or just escape from the noise of La La Land. Dana Point, California: Where have you been all my life? As I sipped my prosecco on the balcony overlooking the ocean, I wondered how I ever left sunny, beautiful California in the first place.  That's what Dana [...]

By |2018-08-07T20:09:31+00:00June 13th, 2018|North America, Solo Female Travel, USA|3 Comments

"Things I’ve noticed after returning home to the USA" by HMD

Returning home after travel brings up many emotions including, but not limited to, angst.  It's all very weird after the dust settles and you've made your initial "rounds" of reunions with friends and family.  People are "super excited your home!" until life goes back to normal and it's business as usual.  You're excited, too, and then, suddenly, you feel every ounce of the giant halt you're coming to...a screeching loud and [...]

Hotel de Paris: My New Favorite Boutique Hotel in Montreal

Hotel de Paris is an old family manor turned hotel on Sherbrooke street in Montreal, and I was lucky enough to call it home for 10 days.  The hotel has been operating for over 30 years and has quite a cool growth story, starting out with only 9 rooms and expanding over the years to their current size which holds 43.  It speaks to the quality of the hotel that they [...]

Finding Bliss in a Blizzard

Note to readers: I'm trying something new.  You can now watch this article in video form on Youtube!  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj59p77Sdh8] Click and subscribe here. It's below zero degrees outside and I've found myself in Montreal, Quebec, Canada of all places, in the dead of Winter.  I'm looking out the window at white covered everything, wondering how I'll ever find the courage the step outside in my highheeled boots to make my [...]

8 Reasons I love Montreal

1. People. I would venture to say that 50% (minimum) of the experience you're going to have with a place is a direct result of the people you meet and interact with. I was fortunate to meet quite a few cool people in Montreal, and even made some lifelong friends. There's a strong sense of community in this city and you can feel it the more your interact. People are extremely [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:16:15+00:00February 9th, 2018|Destinations, From ___ with love, North America|3 Comments

She Goes…to Canada?!

Oh Canadaaaaa, the land I call my...COLD, I call you COLD.  Canada, I underestimated your bite... I've been in Montreal for just over one week and my face hasn't fallen off yet, which continues to shock me.  Colder than any weather I've ever experienced in my lifetime (I'm from California where we just "opt out" of Winter), Montreal has been sitting at about -15 degrees Celsius.  I would cry if it [...]

Reverse Culture Shock

You know what it feels like to come home after two years of travel to a place like California?  Almost like an alternate reality in which you no longer fit.  It feels like visiting a Stepford-type movie set, but its all real life and the "actors" are your friends, family and neighbors.  WOW, they totally have it all together, and I could not be more of a Miss All Over the Place. Everything [...]