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Bouddhist Temple near Montreal
Amériques, Canada, Destinations

Buddhist Temple to Discover Near Montreal

I heard: « If you’re too busy to meditate for 10 minutes, then meditate for 20. » Going to a Buddhist monastery by motorcycle is the kind of compromise my boyfriend and I do. He drove the motorcycle while I sat behind him, fearing to die every 10 minutes. I cannot say I fully appreciate being a passenger on a motorcycle. However, it provides me a rare moment of peace. My mind juggles from fear to appreciation of the wind on my skin and there’s no room for anything else. This morning, I needed peace and he needed to ride a motorcycle, so we headed up to Tam Bao Son, a Buddhist Monastery located in Harrington, Quebec, not too far from Montreal. Upon our arrival, we could smell the delicious food from the parking lot. Two old ladies stood up behind their pots, dressed in loose brown clothing and speaking Vietnamese. « Tell me when it’s enough », one said while filling my plate. « No waste food. If want more, come back. » At the monastery, if you arrive between noon and 3pm, you are welcomed with a warm vegan meal. There’s no cost, only voluntary donations. If you prefer, you can bring your own lunch, but no animal […]

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Skydiving for the wuss at SkyVenture Montreal
Amériques, Canada, Destinations

Skydiving For the Wuss – A day With SkyVenture

I’ve always wanted to try skydiving, and one day I will. The problem is that I’m a total wuss and the idea of jumping from a plane never comes to my mind. I have no problem diving, rafting, hiking… but skydiving is just a little too scary for me. Fortunately, there’s an alternative for us, wuss of the world, and it’s called SkyVenture (or iFLY), and they are in Canada, United States, UK and Asia! What is it? The concept is simple: you fly in an indoor free fall simulator. It’s exactly the same feeling as skydiving, but you don’t have the odd part of jumping from 12 000 feet. (Yay!) After a short class with an instructor, you just have to gear up and you’re ready to go into the cylinder. You’ll learn how to position your body and to communicate. Once inside the cylinder, you cannot hear anything but the wind, so you’ll use the signs to communicate with the instructor. The wind blows at a speed of 175 km/h approximately, and it is enough to lift you of the floor.  How does it feel like? « I’m flyiiiinnngggggg!!!!!! » Despite what you may think, it is really smooth. It is almost like […]

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What to do at Montreal Nuit Blanche 2015
Blog, Montreal, Thoughts

What to do at Montreal Nuit Blanche 2015

I’m a huge fan of Montreal Nuit Blanche and I go to the event since at least 6 years! Normally, I focus on doing edgy activities but, this year, I planed my itinerary a bit differently. Here’s what to do for a world tour at Montreal Nuit Blanche on February 28, 2015: Canicule Tropicale – Africa, South America, Caribbean A night of dancing on vintage African, South American and Caribbean music from 1950 to 1980, with two DJs. Argentina Tango Night – Argentina An introduction to the basics with experienced teachers!  *No winter boots on the dance floor! Okay?   Photo by Maria Rosaria Sannino (Creative Commons) Tango in the night – Argentina Another chance to try tango! Free trial classes at 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight. Dance demonstrations at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. *No winter boots on the dance floor I said! :) Libertango – Argentina A Tango show with live violin and two dancers to show you the beauty of this dance. …Yeah, there’s a lot of Tango during Nuit Blanche! Is Montreal the new Buenos Aires and nobody told me? Forro, Joy and Happiness for all – Brazil Discover Forró music and dance, a social dance that can be languorous, rhythmic or even acrobatic. […]

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I saw puffin in Montreal. Annieanywhere.com
Destinations, Europe, Iceland

I Saw Puffins in Montreal… and That’s Why I’m Going to Rio

I’m gonna tell you another love story…involving puffins. Why is there always animal involved in my love stories!? In Iceland, I passed an incredible amount of time chasing puffins. Ask Claude, my travel partner, how many kilometers I made her walked to see the famous birds. She was desperate with my obsession to see puffins. We climbed hills, we took ferries, we flirted with cliffs… there was no puffins. I started to think the emblematic bird of Iceland was like our emblematic moose in Canada and that I would never see it. Seriously, fellow Canadians, who of you often see moose, uh? Yeah. Exactly. No one! …Or maybe it’s my face that scared puffins and moose. So, I passed 14 days in Iceland chasing puffins everywhere my Lonely Planet told me there could be some, and I came back to Canada without the glorious picture. I must admit I didn’t take part in any Puffin Observation Tours. I wanted it to be unexpected. Picture by naggobot (Creative Commons) Last summer, a Brazilian friend I’ve met on Couch Surfing made me the surprise to come to Montreal. And as a very good host, I walked him around town and showed him some interesting […]

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Amériques, Canada, Destinations

I Spent the Weekend in Russia, Montreal!

I’m grounded in Montreal since my last trip in California in october and I’m starting to get crazy! Winter blues is flirting with me and I’m trying to find ways to survive the next month until my trip to Rio de Janeiro. So, I decided to spend a weekend in Russia. Because why not. One of the reason why I’m in love with Montreal is because it’s easy to get in a travel mood even if you stay in town. I’m fascinated by Russia since a long time. I wish I could go this year, but I had to accept the ugly thing called « making choices ». Ahah! Waiting for this trip, I discovered that Montreal has very good Russian shops and groceries. Check it out! La Caverne Hiding in a basement of Côte-des-Neiges, this typical Russian restaurant is a must if you’re curious about everything that can be cooked with potatoes (Yes, it is true that there’s a lot of potatoes in Russian cuisine). Of course, you can take the classic chicken Kiev or beef Stroganoff, but it’s your chance to be adventurous there! Try the Varenyky (some kind of slavic dumplings) or the Chebureky (meat pastries)… and the Borscht (beet […]

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California_sunset
Blog, Thoughts

Best moments of 2014

It is almost mandatory to make a year recap when approaching January 1st. There are so many moments I cherish from 2014 that it is hard to choose. Let’s take a look at the kick-ass moments of this year! Taking the metro in Lisbon This one may seem totally insignificant for all of you, but one thing I never told before on this blog is that I’m agoraphobic, and taking the metro is a big thing for me. Before taking it in Lisbon this year, it has been 3 years since I used it! It’s weird when you think that I live in Montreal, where there’s a good metro system. Arriving in Lisbon, I took a deep breath, and I decided that it was about time. That’s what travels are made for. 2014 has been a year of fear beating! *This is actually a train in Porto… but same idea / same smile. Eating blueberries in Montreal I met my friend from Rio de Janeiro for the first time last summer in Montreal. We were sitting in a Café when the waiter brought blueberries with my cup of coffee. It was the first time Igor ate it, and he was fascinated by the […]

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Autumn leaves
Blog, Réflexion

Travelling off-season: Do it now

Being born in North America, I’ve lived all my life with the four seasons. They guide me and act like milestones of my evolution. And while I hear people express their hate of winter from the very beginning of autumn until the very end of spring, I cannot help but think that they should be grateful, because snow makes us who we are. I like how seasons play with us, particularly the little bratty Indian Summer. It’s the sunny season giving us a second chance. One last time, it calls us to action.  »Have you done all you wanted to do? Have you invited ALL your friends to BBQ? Have you taken the time to lay down on the grass? ‘Cause that’s now or never next year! » In my opinion, populations who know winters have this special relation with time. Coldness and snow remind us that we should not procrastinate, that now is the good time. Tomorrow everything might be different: lakes might be too cold to swim, snows might be too thin to ski. We better do it now. I felt this mentality during my road trip in Iceland. This tacit understanding between people of the North. A connexion I never […]

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