Showing posts with label CANADA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CANADA. Show all posts

home sweet home

4.22.2014

home

Selling real estate in Montreal was much more stressful and difficult than selling in Winnipeg. The politics in Quebec are embarrassing, to say the least, and many people were apprehensive about buying. The law is different than the rest of Canada, and by different, I mean unnecessarily complicated. I had two offers fall through and thought I'd never get out of there. Ultimately, things worked out well and I learned a few valuable lessons about myself and how to deal with unscrupulous people.

I cried when I left Winnipeg and thought I would be equally emotional when leaving Montreal. I was mostly just relieved. Besides some great friends we made there, what I'll miss the most is our home. It certainly wasn't our dream home but we made it as cozy as we could despite our complete lack of design skills or decor knowledge. These are a few photos of it.

dining room

We're settling into a house in San Francisco that has more space than we did in Montreal and less than we had in Winnipeg. I think it's going to take me forever to get it together. Looking at decor websites always leaves me feeling inadequate. Who are these people who move into a home and do before/after images in a week? Our furniture is still in transit, but none of it goes with our new place. I'll be content when I don't have to eat dinner on my lap but am definitely envious of people who can envision entire rooms and know exactly where to get all the items at reasonable prices.

I can't complain about anything though. Alex and I are so grateful and happy to be reunited for good. We're living somewhere we've dreamed of living since we first visited in 2008. Our time apart was longer than anticipated and it was tough. At first, we were both so busy that the time flew by, but the last few months dragged. While there were plenty of good things that came out of being on opposite sides of the continent, we've vowed never to attempt it ever again.

bedroom

One of my favourite things about traveling is coming home. You have a newfound appreciation for it as well as a realization of what it's lacking - to either incorporate it or strive toward it.  We tried the nomadic lifestyle and it wasn't for us. We'll never stop traveling but nothing beats coming home to your own bed. - Mina

four

10.20.2013


It's our 4 year wedding anniversary today! Alex flew back to Montreal yesterday and we've decided to spend a few days in a secluded cabin in the Adirondacks. We're excited to do something different and are looking forward to lazy-ing around by the fire and making smores!

Photos from our trip to the Bay of Fundy

rue ste-catherine est

10.15.2013


Claude Cormier's installation of 170, 000 pink balls suspended over Saint Catherine Street is one of my favourite things in Montreal. I'm going to miss hanging out on the patios under the canopy of "les boules roses" when I leave this city. - Mina


pei to maine

9.16.2013


After our visit to Charlottetown, we made our way back to Moncton to rest up so that we could drive to Maine the next morning....

charlottetown

9.15.2013


Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island and we headed there to explore and grab dinner. iPhone apps make traveling so much easier and we were able to find one of the best places to try oysters for the first time: the Claddagh Oyster House. The waitresses were super friendly and did a fantastic job of pretending not to mind our stupid seafood questions. After sharing a dessert of strawberry shortcake and a root beet float, we walked around the waterfront at dusk. 



green gables house

9.13.2013


The most popular landmark in PEI is the Anne of Green Gables house.  Though we were both familiar with the book and show, we really only visited because we were in the vicinity.  The site is an important destination for so-called "Anne fans", especially Japanese tourists who are known to visit dressed as the eponymous character or even be wed on the grounds (the novel is inexplicably big in Japan).

Alas, we cannot report that we've been converted into Anne fans by our visit, but we did enjoy walking through the garden and touring the house, and do regret not trying the famous Anne of Green Gables Raspberry Cordial available on the island.




prince edward island

9.04.2013


To get to Prince Edward Island, you have to cross the Confederation Bridge - it connects the island to New Brunswick. I was surprised to learn that the nearly 13 km bridge was only constructed in the 90s... I guess it's not unheard of to take ferries to get around. It's a shame that we couldn't make it up to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland but I'm glad we got a glimpse of a few of the maritime provinces. We didn't find much to do in PEI but it was worth the visit for the scenery alone. - Mina


hopewell rocks

8.27.2013


The 40-70 foot tall Hopewell Rocks, nicknamed Flowerpot Rocks, were formed due to tidal erosion. Fundy's tides are amongst the highest in the world and vary greatly within 24 hours. We left Moncton in the morning and drove to the area (with a few stops along the way). Because of the extreme tidal range, we were able to see things, that are normally under water, up close and walk around on the ocean floor.

You can either stay for an entire tidal cycle in one day, or you can observe the times on their sign and come back the following day at the optimal time, which is what we chose to do.



We returned the next day to see a difference of, apparently, 100 billion tons of water. I wondered if the effect would have been better had we seen the high tide prior to being able to walk around. It was still neat to see the spot we were standing less than 24 hours earlier be completely engulfed in water. - Mina



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