aroundtheworldorbust

Just another girl trying to find her place . . . all over the world.


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Gone For A While…

I know I’ve been gone for a while and I completely hate it when bloggers write about why they’ve been gone but I think an explanation is deserved here. I haven’t been doing much travelling… actually I have.

Mostly right now I’m trying to save up for a trip to Australia with a friend I met over the summer. I got a job working at a retail store in a busy mall and with Christmas coming up, I’ve been getting a lot more hours than usual. So hopefully I get to save some money from this after I pay some people back and buy Christmas presents of course.

Anyways, I was just in Nanaimo visiting my best friend for her birthday and it was weird going back there as a visitor. I house-hopped from one friend to the next, and got to see everyone but 10 days isn’t really enough to spend time with the people you love after not seeing them for 6 months. And I’m not going to see them for quite a long time so it’s quite bitter sweet I suppose…

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Distillery District

Time to go back to Local’s Know Best!! Woooo!! Next on the Toronto list is the Distillery District located in old Toronto. Just a 10 minute walk from the world famous St. Lawrence Market, this artsy attraction is always fun to walk around in. I’ve only been here but both experiences were different. First I went with my mom when she ran a 10K at 8 am. It was packed and the weather was cool. When I went a few days ago it wasn’t busy and the weather was beyond hot.
Local’s Tip: If you go to Toronto in the summer be prepared for unnaturally high temperatures. Like 30C and up plus humidity.


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2012 Goals

There are so many things I want to do in my lifetime but this is a list of goals I want to accomplish by the time the year is over!

    1. Go to the top of the CN Tower
    2. Read 40 books
    3. Save $10,000
    4. Get off meds
    5. Lose 15 pounds
    6. Visit the East Coast
    7. Take another train ride
    8. Be able to speak French fluently
    9. Start to learn Afrikaans
    10. Buy my domain name

So far this is all I want to accomplish in 2012. I will update it whenever I have new ideas. To see this, scroll over Bucket List and click 2012!


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The Royal Ontario Museum

The original wall

The Royal Ontario Museum or ROM as locals call it, is not just for the museum buffs. The outside “shell” is a new addition to the building but the original wall is still visible when you’re inside. Located right near Yorkville (post to come), it is around all the high end shops such as Chanel, Prada, Coach, Sephora, etc. So after a visit to the ROM, the shopping around it is endless, including Queen Street (once again, post to come).

This museum has a wide range of exhibits from Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Animals, Artifacts, and their special exhibit that usually lasts a couple of weeks. I’ve personally seen the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Underwater exhibit that came. There is an added cost to see the special exhibit but if you like what’s there, the money is worth it.

Locals Know Best: On Friday’s the prices are even lower! (I put them in bold)

The prices are:
Adult: $15 $9
Senior: $13.50 $8
Student (15-25 years old): $13.50 $8
Children: (4-14 years old): $12 $6

If you have the City Pass, that I mentioned in the Casa Loma post then the ROM is included in the price.

The ROM also holds lots of events including Friday Night Live @ ROM from April 10 to June 22. And apparently full time post secondary students get in free on Tuesday with a valid ID and student card.

For more information visit their website: http://www.rom.on.ca/index.php

The museum offers inspiration to go to the next attraction … The Toronto Zoo.


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Quotes that Inspire Me to Travel

“Look at you. You’re young. And you’re scared. Why are you so scared? Stop being paralyzed. Stop swallowing your words. Stop caring what other people think. Wear what you want. Say what you want. Listen to the music you want to listen to. Play it loud as fuck and dance to it. Go out for a drive at midnight and forget that you have school the next day. Stop waiting for Friday. Live now. Do it now. Take risks. Tell secrets. This life is yours. When are you going to realize that you can do whatever you want?”

“Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will.”

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

“A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.”

“Life has its ups and downs. It can be both brutal and beautiful. You can hole yourself away to avoid life’s pain, but then the beauty seldom finds its way in. It’s only when you attempt to go where you cannot go, or do what you cannot do, that you can achieve what you are truly capable of doing. Sure, you might tumble. You might fall. So what? Take a chance. Go way out on the limb. Dare to try – even if it’s just a shot in the dark.”