24 November 2013

more to come

The best part about being a teacher over in the UK is the holiday breaks every 7-8 weeks. I must say I have become very dependant upon these breaks to get through the year. They are perfect because after about 7 weeks of teaching you begin to burn out and you need a break from children and work. So that little break  is just what you need to refresh yourself for the next term. It also gives me the opportunity to travel all over and see some more of Europe. So this year I have my heart set on seeing a few places that I haven't had the chance to yet. So here is my travel wish list for 2013/14.

Paris and Disneyland Paris
Berlin

The Greek Islands
Croatia
Italy
Spain

Those are the places I would really love to see but you never know when a good deal comes along for some place else I may just have to take that one too. Which is exactly how I ended up in Budapest over the last term break. I'm hoping that a couple of people I know from back home decide to visit and come along with me on a couple of these...

For my next break at Christmas time I will be travelling back home to Canada for two weeks to spend time with my fam jam.
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02 November 2013

Budapest

Over this half term I was really wanting to go some place but everyone I talked to seemed to be short on funds. So after speaking to a friend over Thanksgiving dinner she told me about this website, icelolly.com which has some really good deals on vacations. So I checked it out and found some great last minute prices. So my friend Nikki and I on a whim booked a little 3 night trip to Budapest.


Budapest is really cool place. It separated by two areas... Buda and Pest. (yes this is an actual fact... I know it sounds made up I thought so too at first...) We stayed on the Pest side in an amazingly central area. Our hostel Marco Polo was pretty nice minus the fact that the wifi was annoying to use since it was only in the lobby or the basement. But we had everything so easily in walking distance.


We did a free walking tour which I highly recommend. It's a great way to cheaply see all the sights and get a feel for the area. The guides are great and the best part is you pay what you can for the tour. She took us around the main middle part of Budapest and gave us some history behind the city.

We did two really cool things that I highly recommend while there... one go to Szechenyi Bath Spa and two check out the ruin pubs.


The Szechenyi Bath Spa was really beautiful. We were so lucky because the weather was about 20 degrees (70 fahrenheit) and it was sunny outside so the outdoor spas were lovely to sit in. Szechenyi has about 16 different pools to sit in 3 of which are outdoors and they all range in temperature. Being such a beautiful day we favoured the outdoor ones. It was a very relaxing spa and similar to the Bath Spa I visited in Bath.




The ruin pubs are a bunch of old abandoned buildings that in the 90s people decided to turn in to pubs. We visited three of them that were right around the corner from our hostel and they are by far the coolest things that I have ever seen! The best one is Szimpla Kert. It has art and random things littering all the walls for decorations. Which is probably the most appealing part. The bar itself is made up of a bunch of different smaller rooms. One has live music, one is an outdoor covered area complete with cut off top cars to sit in, and the rest is just a bunch of different small areas with table and stools. It has a very cool vibe to it overall. The people are very chilled the bets part is how cheap everything is. My only regret is not having my camera with me while there... I only had my phone which sucked because the photo ops were endless...
 


It was overall a great trip and you could definitely see it all within 3 days. Here are a couple more pics from the trip.





Cheers,



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18 September 2013

15 September 2013

2 yearversary!



Today is my official 2 year anniversary of living in London! It's crazy how fast time goes by! In celebration here are a few photos from the past year over here!

Drank in Dublin
Got Amsterdamaged
Went to Bath
My first hookah in Turkey
Sloppy nights with my best girl x
Completed my first 5k
A visit from my parents!
Soo many good things happened over this past year in London. I was able to travel and see places that I never thought possible. I got to work and became sponsored at a school I love and made some amazing new friendships through it. Overall I would say it's been a rad year and I can only hope that year 3 will bring me some more awesome experiences.

Cheers to 2 years!

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14 September 2013

Londony Things


Teaming up with my friend Nikki at Life's Wonderful Happenings we have decided to be more adventurous and take in all that London has to offer. This being said we have agreed to do at least 1 'Londony' thing a month to enjoy the place we live in. Because lets face it London is such a great city and has so much going and since I'm living here I should full immerse myself in all it has ot offer.

Being our first 'Londony' adventure we went to The Scoop down by Tower Bridge, which is this really cool outdoor pavilion seating area where they play movies on a giant screen. The best part of all... it's free! So we ventured over after work with another colleague to see Skyfall. It is actually a great little place to watch a movie and I really did enjoy myself. The only downfall was it rained the entire time we were there. We sat in the rain from 6-9pm then gave up and went for shelter indoors at a pub. We didn't end up seeing the whole movie but it was still a really cool experience and I definitely recommend it to all Londoners.



Cheers,

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07 September 2013

Back in London

First week back in London has been really good. I was a little hesitant to come back based on a few things that were going on when I left but I'm glad that it all seems to be working out. I started back up at school with my new class and it seems to be shaping out to look like a good year ahead.


Obviously I love my school and also my coworkers and for the first time since being over here I got the feeling that I'm exactly where I'm suppose to be right now. It's a good feeling to have.

I have also been tyring to organize my room in my flat and put everything away but I don't have enough spots to store all my clothes so I ventured to Ikea and bought a shelf and a few boxes for it. It looks great after all my mishaps of putting it together wrong. Note to self next time follow the directions exact... don't make up your own steps.


The Ikea here is amazing and I seriously could have bought soooo much stuff but I'm currently ballin on a budget for a while so I had to only get the necessities -  A shelf and a full length mirror. I would still like to get another shelf, a floor lamp, a rug and maybe a couple bean bag chairs to complete the room. I will post a full room makeover once it's all complete.

Cheers,

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02 September 2013

sleep addition

Lets talk about this little thing called jet lag.

IT SUCKS!


I pretty much feel like this since I have been back ...


My sleeping pattern is all out of wack and for someone like me who loves sleep this is simply unacceptable!

Day 1 Thursday/Friday - Left Detorit at 10.30pm arrived in London the following morning at 11am.
Sleep count = maybe two hours of mixed restless sleep

Day 2 Friday - Was exhausted and ended up passing out from 6pm - 8pm and then counted get back to sleep for the night.
Sleep count = 2 hours

Day 3 Saturday - Awake all Friday night until 6am Saturday then finally slept till 10am.
Sleep count = 4 hours

Day 4 Saturday/Sunday  - Went out with friends all night and ended up crashing at 2am till 8am. Then I woke up had a bagel and went back to sleep from 10am - 2pm.
Sleep count = 10 hours

Day 5  Sunday night - Slept 10pm - 1am then was awake till 6.30am where I finally went back to sleep for an hour before my alarm woke me up for work.
Sleep count = 4 hours

Now lets add this up... usually I sleep about 8 hours a night so 5x8 is 40.
But over this little 5 day  in slept for 22 hours. About half the amount that I usually sleep.

Now were falling to Monday where I just spent a full day at school after having only slept till 1am for the night.
Lets hope tonight I actually stay asleep for the full night. *fingers crossed*

Cheers,
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25 August 2013

Adapt & Destroy

Wow I can't believe how fast this summer vacation has flown by... I'm coming to my last few days left in Canada... 4 to be exact. It's been a good summer filled with lots of visiting and relaxing. I got to catch up on some reading and ended up killing 13 new books! Crazy right? I just had lots of down time and mostly read while laying on the dock at the cottage.

I start back to school in a week from tomorrow... which is a little crazy and as much as it will be good to see some friends and such I'm not looking forward to actually working after such a big break. Only 30 more years till retirement right? :)

Last night was my brother Brandon's art show and anyone who went can agree that BioArt, the wolf and skulls.
it was so impressive! Brandon is so talented and I was so proud and amazed at how talented he is. It was great to see all his work on display. He had 3 different types of art on display, his

Brandon's BioArt is so unique and is such a cool concept because I have never seen anything like it. It is also very creative to see how he blends his work as a surgical technologist with his work as an artist.

my personal favourite of the night.

The wolf was probably the main attraction of the night and gained the most attention. It's a lifelike statue made out of mostly wood and I can say the pictures just don't do it justice. The amount of effort and skill that went into making this is unbelievable. It's crazy to imagine how long this wolf took him. Putting each little piece on it to give the look of the animals fur and all the different colouring that went in to each small piece of wood. Amazing!



The skulls on display were incredible as well. So creative and the amount of detail on each one would take months to finish. Each one is so precise and they all looked great. I have a skull of my very own that he gave me as a birthday present last year and if I had enough money I would definitely have these other 4 too. He is so incredibly talented.




Overall the show looked amazing and had a great turn out of people. If anyone didn't get a chance to see it yet the gallery will be open on Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm until September 4th at Common Ground Art Gallery inside Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich Street, Windsor ON.

Go check it out and support local artists!


Cheers,

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18 August 2013

Art Show

To everybody in Windsor this week there is a pretty cool event happening that I think you should all stop by and check out. My very talented brother is having a show  at the Common Ground Art Gallery at Mackenzie Hall.

Here's the deets:

Adapt & Destroy will feature new and recent works by multidisciplinary Windsor artist Brandon Ed Lemire. It will be running from Wednesday, August 21st until Wednesday, September 11th.

The artist reception takes place Saturday August 24th at 7pm. 
(Facebook invite)


Check out some of his work:
 https://www.facebook.com/ArtworksByBrandonEdLemire
http://brandonedlemire.tumblr.com/


Hope to see many of you out there supporting local artists in Windsor!

Cheers,



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17 August 2013

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expat adventures

I have some news...

After a long hard process of ups and downs with my application for a new UK visa the results have finally come in....


 Sorry just couldn't miss the perfect opportunity to insert a good Maury reference after the statement above... but back the the topic on hand...

MY VISA WAS APPROVED!


Which means I will be back to the UK living in London for up to another three years with this new working Visa! I'm pretty pumped... as you can tell in my picture.

So only more Britventures to come...

I have 12 days left in Canada until my flight back to London so I will be spending it relaxing and catching up with friends and family.

See you soon Londo

Cheers,


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31 July 2013

amazing.


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Tigers Game

I have to say that I love being back in Canada and watching sports I enjoy. In London football (aka soccer for all you Canadian kids out there), rugby and cricket seem to be the main sports of interest and maybe throw in some tennis as well. And personally I don't enjoy watching any of those sports all that much.

So I am happy to be back to the country where baseball and hockey are where it's at.

Today my Dad got us some amazing tickets to see the Detroit Tigers play at Comerica Park. Now these weren't just any tickets they were in a suite with all the food you can eat and all the beer you can drink. Whats more could you need? So we got to sit right behind home plate and had an amazing view as Detroit beat Washington 11-1. Such a great day to add on to my Canadian summer vacation :)






Cheers,

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