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travel gift guide - under $20

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Since the holidays are fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to do a series of little gift guides at different price points. Here are a few items that I'd love to see in my stocking. Perhaps this will help you cross an item or two off the list for the traveler in your life.

1// Moleskine - I've rarely left the house without my Moleskine for the last 5+ years. I've been holding onto it as my primary way of planning and have yet to move into the digital age. I like the idea of using these notebooks to make a travel comic like the author of French Milk, Lucy Kinsley, did.

2// Penguin Classics Luggage Tag - A few travel themed titles on luggage tags, based on the well designed book covers.

3// Tazo Tea - A hotel I stayed at in Europe was charging 3 euros for a tea bag, and tea was difficult to find in Spain. I like loose-leaf tea at home, but while abroad, I now make sure to throw a few packets into my purse.

4// Luna Bars - These bars are so great when you're stuck in an airport and all you can find are overpriced vending machines. They're 70% organic and don't use artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. I try my best to eat healthy on travel days so that I can feel as fresh as I possibly can after getting off of a stuffy airplane.

5// Muji Linen Ballet Slippers - I have the worst circulation and my feet are always freezing. A lot of B&Bs in Mexico, Central & South America have tiled floors, so they'd be cold even in the summer. These wouldn't take up too much space in your luggage and would keep your toes warm.

6//Bossypants by Tina Fey  - I listened to the audiobook instead of reading the actual book. It made metro rides and grocery shopping go by so quickly, and Tina Fey reads it, so you get to hear all of her impressions. I can't imagine that reading it would have been better than listening to her tell the stories herself. I plan on loading up my iPod with a ton of audio books for my upcoming 8 hour flight - recommendations are always welcome!

bonne fête, alex!

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happiest of birthdays, my love!


*photos of tiny alex (+ his grandparents)


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alex and a penguin

Last weekend we took a trip to the Biodôme de Montréal. It's the largest natural science complex in Canada (along with the Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium - places we hope to visit soon). It's been a while since we hung out with penguins, and they seemed friendly - swimming up to the glass when we'd touch a finger to it. Places like this are such an amazing educational experience, but I can't help but feel a little bad for the animals. Who knows though, maybe they're all thrilled to not have to survive the wilderness. Anyway, these are just a few of the hundreds of animals we saw in several different simulated ecosystems, including a birds of prey exhibit.

around montreal

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Walking around this city, especially the Old Port, on the weekend is one of my favourite things to do. These pictures are from awhile ago, right before it became too chilly to go outside without a coat. Christmas music  is already playing in the stores and I'm still trying to hold on to autumn. One day I'll get used to this whole season changing thing (hopefully right before we move somewhere with a perpetual summer). For now, I'm pretty happy here... as long as I can get away for a chunk of the winter. - Mina

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