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Blissful BC

Don’t worry, I have not disappeared. I have just spent a lovely 2 week vacation back home in British Columbia, away from work, my computer and the internet in general. I am back in Ontario now, but after a rather busy 2 weeks of visiting family and friends I am still getting caught up to […]

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Doña Carmela and the most amazing grilled eggplant

A year or so ago, Cheesler and I vacationed in Varadero, Cuba with ten of our closest friends. We stayed at one of those all-inclusive resorts and did nothing but vegetate on the beach, sipping Mojitos, reading in the shade and swimming in the sun.

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Tallinn, Estonia and the best cheese balls ever

It’s been a while since I’ve done a travel post, so I thought it was high time to tell you all about our adventures in… Tallinn, Estonia. After being pampered, wined and dined in Finland, the four of us were ready to set out on our own, into the wilds of Eastern Europe. Tallinn was […]

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Newfoundland Cuisine

My mom visited recently from BC. She had been in Newfoundland visiting family, and stopped in Toronto to see her favourite offspring before heading home. Unfortunately, her visit was interrupted by a panicked call from the east – my grandmother had been admitted to hospital and things did not look good. After immediately booking a […]

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Backcountry Gourmet

Cheesler and I recently adventured into the wilds of Algonquin Park for our first foray into backcountry hiking and camping. We ambitiously chose the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail, a loop-shaped route that we estimated would take us 4 days of hiking and 3 nights of camping to traverse. Note that there are three loops of […]

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HLÖLLA for the Lambwich

Three years ago, Cheesler and I visited Iceland to attend an international music festival called Iceland Airwaves. We took away many things from that trip: among them were fantastic memories of an unspoilt landscape, new favourite bands, a fondness for sulpher-scented water and a couple of massive hangovers. The best thing we took away, however, was […]

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I Bled in Pizza Wars and got Wealthy

Bled, Slovenia has all of the postcard-perfect characteristics of a quaint European town: Emerald coloured lake surrounded by rolling green mountains on all sides Tiny island in middle of Emerald lake with picturesque white church Castle sitting atop a sheer cliff face overlooking village Narrow cobblestoned alleyways leading steeply up to aforementioned castle Pizza restaurant […]

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Riga, Latvia

Up next on Sophie’s Eastern European Odyssey: Riga, Latvia. Riga was one of my favourite places visited in Eastern Europe. It is the largest city in the Baltic states, and has such a rich history and interesting social structure. Only about 42% of its population are ethnic Latvians, while 41% are Russian, and the remainder […]

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Montenegro: Black Mountain

I have finally started to look through my Europe photos in the hopes of organizing, sharing and printing them. While doing so I recalled that I had intended to turn my blog into a travel blog and post updates along the way, with photos and interesting tidbits. Well, that didn’t happen. But I’m going to […]

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Hа здоровье!

Time for a travel post! Our first night in Europe was spent in Helsinki, Finland. We booked a hotel room and settled in, then met up with Cheesler’s Russian friends, N & V. They had taken a bus from St. Petersburg to visit for one night before heading back the next morning. Naturally, the items […]

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