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Mourning Toronto And Moving On: How I Left

Calgary. I’m walking on the path by the Bow River. This part was closed for days after the June flood. I miss coming here. We recently bought a townhouse in West Hillhurst that now feels uncomfortably close to the water. Still, walking on the Bow River Path has become an important part of my daily… Read More »

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How To Travel With a Guy For the First Time

When I told my friends that Guy (meaning “the guy,” not some creepy French dude named “Guy”) and I were planning a 12-day vacation together, some raised their eyebrows. Others commented, “It’s about time!” I mean, I get it. I’m 31, and I had never traveled with a guy (not even a guy named Guy)… Read More »

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She Does Palm Springs: Serenity Now

Up until a week ago, my knowledge of Palm Springs was based entirely off that episode of The O.C. where Oliver Trask invites the Newport gang to his parents’ place for the weekend. But when my boyfriend and I decided we wanted to visit Joshua Tree National Park, jetting off to Palm Springs for a week became… Read More »

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6 Reasons to Spend a Weekend in Montreal ASAP

Want a summer getaway but can’t quiiiiite afford a ticket to Hawaii? Love to travel but don’t love jet lag? Bought a stripey top and just dyiiiiiing to practice your French? GET THEE TO MONTREAL. I recently spent a few days in our country’s most Euro city as a guest of the St Ambroise Montreal… Read More »

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Rendez-Vous a Paris: My Voyage, Then and Now

The first time I travelled to Paris, I was sixteen. I had baby fat, a terrible I’m-growing-out-my-Winona-Ryder-pixie-cut, and I was a virgin. I went to Paris to complete my OAC (a.k.a. grade 13, a.k.a. a-fifth-year-in-high-school-that-really-wasn’t-too-bad-and-maybe-they-should-bring-it-back-because-seventeen-years-old-is-way-young-for-university) French studies. I convinced one of my BFFs at the time to join me for the four-week intensive program, and,… Read More »

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She Does Charleston, South Carolina

It seems that the best experiences in life are those for which you have very low expectations. It’s those nights when you plan to go out “for just one drink” that you end up dancing till 4 am, when you drop in to the hole-in-the-wall restaurant for a quick bite that you end up having… Read More »

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