aroundtheworldorbust

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


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What to Expect: Weather in Toronto

There are some stereotypes about Toronto, or Canada in general.  I’m here to say most of them are false.
No, we do not ride polar bears to school.
No, we don’t live in igloos.
Yes, we have phones.
No, we do not have funny accents. (Maybe in Quebec)
Yes, we say “eh?” a lot.
Yes, we say please and sorry a lot.
No, it is not always snowing here!

One of the biggest misconceptions I find about Canada is that it is always snowing here, even in Toronto. That is not true in the summer. I hope this guide provides you with enough information so you know what to pack on your trip to Toronto.

Summer:
I don’t even know where to begin with summer. Summer in Toronto is unbearably hot most of the time. During the summer, there are constantly heat warnings and smog warnings.
The best thing to do is hit up one of the beaches in Toronto. You could check out Dutch Dreams and get some ice cream.
Don’t bring tight clothing if you sweat a lot… Bring shorts, skirts, and dresses. Also, tank tops and loose shirts. Bring flip-flops/sandals and lots of sun screen. You will sweat so make sure you’re drinking lots of water.
The difference between Toronto and Vancouver is that when it’s hot in Vancouver, it’s hot. When it’s hot in Toronto, it’s 30C plus humidity so it’s probably around 36C. And that’s on a good day.

Winter:
The dreaded Canadian winter!!! It’s exactly how it’s stereotyped.
Cold.
Bring jeans, track pants, sweaters, winter jackets, and waterproof, cold-proof boots. Hats, gloves, and scarves are often required as well. Be prepared for weather to get as cold as -30C!


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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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Working at a Summer Camp Abroad

For those who read my last post, you know that I’ve been working at a summer camp for the past 5.5 weeks. There I met so many different people from all around the world! I worked in the kitchen as a dishwasher as I’m not too qualified to be a counsellor. In the kitchen staff was 4 Canadians (including me), 2 Mexicans, and 1 German. At the camp workers were from all over the world (Spain, Italy, America, Australia). Thanks to this job I now have very close friends in Germany, Mexico, and Italy and have places to stay when I travel to these countries. I now also have a travel buddy to go to Australia and Indonesia with!

I would definitely recommend getting a job at a summer camp if you are working abroad during the summer, either in the kitchen or for the camp. Working at a camp gives you somewhere to live, food, and an income. Plus it’s a great way to make friends. Here are some photos of my adventure there. (For those who are curious I worked at Camp Wabikon)


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Girls Vacation: Los Angeles!!








In July 2010, me, my mom, and my sister took a girls vacay to Los Angeles. I’ve wanted to go there since I as a little girl and to go has been but only a dream. Then one day I was able to convince my mom the girls needed a vacation by themselves since the boys always go on them.

So in July we went! It was probably the worst flight experience I’ve had in a while. I was really bad with planes growing up and this was my first plane in about three years so all I could remember of planes was being scared. It was a bumpy ride but that was expected in July. But when we were landing in Phoenix, Arizona we hit a air pocket while trying to land. 0_o You could only imagine my fear.

We later learned that because the heat was pushing up off the asphalt it was forcing the plane up. (That’s why we were going up instead of down) Then all of a sudden we hit an air pocket and we drop. Literally. DROP. And if you’re wondering, yes, I did scream. But we’re talking about LA.

We got to LAX and took a taxi to Santa Monica where we staying. I don’t remember the exact details of the trip, just the fun. We spent days at the beach in Santa Monica and Malibu. My sister and I rode the rides at the Santa Monica Pier and ate IHOP every morning. We toured LA with our very enthusiastic tour guide. We biked to Venice Beach were I broke my Guess glasses and Coach wristlet. -_- (not impressed face)

The only celebrity we saw was Cam Gigandet but he was with his sleeping daughter so I thought it would be inappropriate to bother him. But he did see my mom and I, with my flaming red hair.

All in all, LA is definitely the best place to go for a girls vacation. But let’s not talk about the plane ride back. 🙂


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Quotes to Inspire You 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.”

“Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen.”

“I think you can have anything you want. Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books. Figure out what you’re passionate about. Pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it.”

“Doing what you like is freedom; liking what you do is happiness.”

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your hearts. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself; I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

“You’ll never leave where you are until you decide where you’d rather be.”

“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.”

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

“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.”

“To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.”

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.”

“Devote yourself to an idea. Go make it happen. Struggle on it. Overcome you fears. Smile. Don’t you forget, this is you dream.”

“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.”

“Those who fly solo are the ones with the strongest set of wings.”


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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!