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Go local! Travel local!

Lake Ontario

 

 

COVID-19 has thrown many social pleasures out the window, from weddings, summer festivals to concerts. But the pandemic has curtailed one of life’s biggest pleasures: travel. With global travel restrictions in place and pockets of rising cases, it seems like travel is the last thing on anyone’s mind. I, myself, had several big trips derailed due to the pandemic: skiing in Banff, California and Colombia. Regrettably, I don’t think I’ll be going abroad for the rest of the year!

Being a travel enthusiast, I feel somewhat empty inside not being able to indulge in one of my greatest pleasures. You fellow ‘wanderlusters’ probably feel the same way. But just because there are worldwide travel restrictions doesn’t necessarily mean travel has to go out the window completely. Now is the perfect time to play tourist in your own backyard and go ‘local’. And that’s what I’ve been doing for the last month now.

I’ve been visiting towns and villages near my home that I either have never been to or haven’t been to since I was a child. And now that I have, I’m discovering local treasures I never knew existed. For example, I recently visited a town nearly seventy miles from my house. It turned out to be along this pretty river known for paddling and rafting. It also was a quaint town to walk around, I felt as if I was experiencing a more authentic Ontario. In another example, I went to a lakeside town that has a renowned theatre, and is popular with couples. It is also in the heart of Niagara wine country with vineyards galore!

town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

 

If you set your travel radar to local, you can have similar experiences as me! Chances are your home is nearby to countless ‘treasures’. Not convinced? Try doing a Google search or use an app I love called Culture Trip. You can use it to find various travel tips and insights on practically any destination worldwide. I normally use to look up places I plan to visit on any trip abroad. Give it a try! I’m sure you’ll be able to find places within 80 miles of your home, which would make the perfect daytrip!

Overnight stays at a hotel/motel may not be plausible for obvious reasons, so it’s best to look for places you can easily visit for the day. Not only will you discover new local treasures, you will have an opportunity for a selfie or two to add to your Instagram feed! So get online, discover travel-worthy locales and keep up on traveling. The day will come when we can all get back to savoring the great wonders of the world! I know I will when that day comes!

Happy ‘local’ traveling, where ever that might be!

 

 

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Interesting Facts About the 2018 World Cup

Well, the curtain has fallen on the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The fans have gone home, Russians go back to their normal routines, and the venues will sit empty in solitude until their host clubs resume domestic duties. And let’s not forget France, who are now back celebrating their World Cup triumph with their fans in Paris, 20 years after winning it there.

It’s sad to see the World Cup officially over. For me, it always fills that one month of my summer with pure radiance! Now, I must wait until 2022 when Qatar will have the honor Russia just did.

Before the World Cup started, I prayed that there would be some surprising matches along the way. And surprises I received. Mind you, some of those surprises weren’t good ones, but I guess that’s why it’s called ‘surprises’.

I took notes of everything that happened during the four weeks of the tournament: goals scored, cards given, etc. And yet some interesting things came out of this World Cup, which I’d like to point out in no particular order:

  1. We Did it! Uruguay and Belgium were the only teams to win all of their group games!
  2. You’re Fired! The coach of the Spanish team, Julen Lopetegui, was fired two days before the World Cup began after accepting the manager position with Real Madrid. Some will argue this caused La Roja to ultimately go home early after losing on penalties to Russia.
  3. Everybody Scores! Every team scored at least one goal! Long time since that’s happened!
  4. What? No Goals? Although every team scored at least one goal, there was one goalless draw in the group stage between France vs. Denmark.
  5. Going Home Empty-Handed. Egypt and Panama were the only teams that did not earn a point. In other words, neither earned neither a win nor draw.
  6. Curse of the Champions. Pre-tournament favorites Germany, who won the tournament four years ago in Brazil, went out in the group stage. In fact, this was the third time in a row that the defending World Cup champion failed to qualify for the knockout stages! What’s worse for Germany, was this was the first time in history that they went out in the group stage.
  7. All European Final Four. All the teams in the final four were European, the fifth time in the tournament for this to happen (1934, 1966, 1982 and 2006)
  8. No Red! Not one red card was issued for a violent tackle. This surprised me the most as I was expecting a plethora of them throughout the tournament. Don’t ask me why.

Which one surprised you the most?

It’s also worth noting the final between France and Croatia was the first final in 16 years that didn’t need to be settled in extra time. Well, I’m done rambling, so now back to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!

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Happy Canada Day!

Today is the 151st birthday of my country, and I wanted to dedicate this post to her. On this day, we honor my homeland, which is renowned for being diverse, tolerant and accepting of others. A land where men and women are equal under law. Here you can come as you are and keep your traditions. Today, I celebrate being Canadian, especially as I will soon be working abroad for the next year.

Whether you’re at the cottage, watching the fireworks at home, or just celebrating with friends and family, Happy Canada Day! And a special shout-out to all the Canadians currently living/studying/working abroad!

“I am a Canadian,
a free Canadian,
free to speak without fear,
free to worship in my own way,
free to stand for what I think is right,
free to oppose what I believe wrong,
or free to choose those
who shall govern my country.
This heritage of freedom
I pledge to uphold
for myself and all mankind.”

– John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada

 

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