Summer Road Trip: Red Rocks and Blue Sky

Sitting at the edge of the Canyon at Mohave Point that evening, I couldn’t help but think about how amazing everything is. A few inches away from my feet was where the cliff dropped, plunging who-knows-how-far down to the bottom of the Canyon. At a distance, I could make out the outline of the Colorado River as it snakes its way through the canyon. As the sun makes its way down, the sky started to change its colours, going from blue to yellow to orange until it eventually became a mixture of dark purple and red hues, signifying the end of the sunset. We arrived at the Grand Canyon that afternoon with a sole purpose: to see the sun sets (Well, we also wanted to see the Canyon, obviously, and possibly do some hiking, but you get the gist…) We also briefly toyed with the idea of catching sunrise, but, please, who am I kidding?

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Sunday Stroll: Casa Loma

In an effort to discover more of Toronto, I will be starting a “Sunday Stroll” series, as inspired by this book. Plus, the walking will help me train for the Camino in November!

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My Saturdays were pretty predictable throughout high school. I’d wake up a little bit later than usual, get ready, and would come down to the kitchen for breakfast where my grandparents would have sat down and waited for me. By 8:30 exactly, my grandfather would get up from his chair, put on his coat and start the car outside and I’d follow suit. See, I used to help him at his copy shop every Saturday, like an apprentice, I suppose.

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Summer Road Trip: To La Belle Province

Following up on my Summer Road Trips post, here is one on Montreal and Quebec City. Read Ottawa here.

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As much as I think Paris is overrated, I admit the French culture is truly beautiful. From the grand architectures to the small, narrow alleys, everything oozes with charm and melts my heart. Lucky for me, there is a place similar to Paris down the road from Ontario. 7+ hours down the road, to be exact, in La Belle Province.

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Sunday Stroll: Kensington Market

In an effort to discover more of Toronto, I will be starting a “Sunday Stroll” series, as inspired by this book. Plus, the walking will help me train for the Camino in November!

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I don’t know how the conversation gravitated towards “strange” fruits, but over dinner that night, Alex nonchalantly mentioned: “You are the only person I would go and try bizarre things with”. I suppose his confidence came from the fact that I grew up in Indonesia, the land of bizarre fruits, where our daily consumption often included things like: durian, mangosteen, jackfruit, and rambutan. Plus, my father owns a durian farm in the highlands of East Java. So, yes, if you want to go and try bizarre fruits, you should definitely go with me!

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Summer Road Trip: To the Nation’s Capital

Following up on my Summer Road Trips post, here is a first on Ottawa.

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From where I am (Toronto), it’s easy to get to Ottawa: head east on the 401 for 3.5 hours and take the exit to 416 to get into the city. It’s a quick 4.5-hour drive, 4-hour, if you speed – not recommended, but if you do so, be careful and be aware of highway patrols. It is no wonder then that I have visited it many times before. Plus, I know two lovely ladies (Hi, Natasha and Kainat!) in the city. That alone warrants a visit at least once a year! Lastly, I love going back to cities that I have previously visited because I no longer have a must-see list and I can just chill.

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