Toronto in one of my favourite cities in Canada. It has culture, arts, funky neighbourhoods, cool architecture, food trucks, and an interesting history – – which ultimately led to the creation of When Pigs Fry, a pork themed food tour by Urban Adventures.
I have spent the better part of six yeas travelling around the world, spending a month, maybe two, in my hometown in Ontario, Canada. My passport and backpack were the two constants in my life. And then at the beginning of March, things changed. I fell, several times, while walking on icy sidewalks and streets in Québec City, my home away from home.
I’m not new to falling, especially in Québec City, but this time was different, on the day I was set to fly back to Toronto I slipped once more at the bottom of the stairs outside my hotel, twisting my back as I fell. That evening, as I stood in line at the airport to go through security my back ceased up to the point where I needed a wheelchair.
Guest Post by Candice Walsh.
Candice Walsh, of Free Candie, is a technical writer for a deep sea technology company and an associate editor at Matador Network. When she isn’t writing about sonar equipment, she’s shooting whisky and hitting on men, or eating nachos and dreaming about travel. She’s currently stationed in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The more I travel, the more I realize Newfoundland is a whole different world sometimes. Even while I’m here in Nova Scotia, just an hour’s flight away, I’m constantly reminded of how different my island is. Some things I’m not so crazy about (i.e. the isolation), but others make me realize how blessed I am to live in such a unique place.
I’m still very much alive, although my silence would have some assume otherwise. I’m in Canada. I’m staying with family. I’ve been here since mid-December, and I probably won’t leave until May or June. Most days (during the week) I get dressed about 3:00 p.m. as that is when my nieces get home from school and they hang at my mom’s house for a few hours until their parents are finished working for the day. While I spend my of my day without pants, that doesn’t mean I’m watching movies all day and eating chocolate, I’m usually on my laptop, writing, just not on here.
Mexico is a popular destination among both Americans and Canadians: Cancun, Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta being the top choices. While there is fun to be had in each of these destinations, there is so much more to see and do throughout the interior of the country — and I highly recommend taking time to visit places like Guanajuato, Mexico City, and Oaxaca.
I’ve walked through many cemeteries in my day, in fact I’ve run through a couple of them. Old gravestones covered with moss, the engravings slowly disappearing over time, some have cracks, some are completely broken; and in Virginia City some are surrounded by wooden four-poster bed frames. Yes, this is definitely the most raunchy cemetery in the USA.
Voted as one of the 52 places to go in 2016 by the New York Times, Toronto is reclaiming it’s place as one of the best cities in Canada — it’s also one of the most multicultural. A trip to Toronto, no matter the length, has endless possibilities; it’s a foodie haven, overflowing with an eclectic mix of vintage and high-end boutiques — and everything in between.
It’s not every day that one has the opportunity to visit Québec’s Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel), but when travelling in Québec City between the beginning of January and the end of March, venturing out to Hôtel de Glace is a must.
Oddly enough it took me three winters to finally make time to visit the ice hotel.
It takes fifty people about six weeks to take 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow and turn it into Hôtel de Glace — the only hotel in North America that is made entirely of snow and ice!