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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CN Tower







So it took me 19 years but I finally went up to the CN Tower!!! (I get to cross yet another item off my bucket list). For the past month I’ve had my two friends I made at camp stay with me, one from Germany and one from Mexico. Something neither of them have done is go to the CN Tower so we decided to do it. Thanks to CouchSurfing we found a coupon that allows us to go up for $10 past 8pm.
I did this mostly to get over my fear of heights and at first I was terrified, especially when we were going up the elevator and the ground kept getting further and further away, and we went higher than the tallest building. But when I was up there you realize it’s not that scary. There’s nothing to be scared of at that height. You are secure and what’s the worst thing that could happen? Everything I thought of wasn’t realistic and realizing that helped me calm down. Then I had to get over my ultimate fear…the glass floor.
At first glance I felt like I was falling. It’s a weird feeling being up that high and being able to see the ground with nothing blocking your view. And to be honest I had to hold someones hand the first two times I walked over the glass. But the third time I was able to do it by myself and the feeling of accomplishing that was far greater than my fear of heights. I’m excited to say I may be over my fear of heights.


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Niagara Falls



Oh the great and mighty north! One of the things that both America and Canada share are the Niagara Falls. Now you might be wondering; how is it possible to share the Falls if there is a border? Well, you may or may not know that there are actually two falls and Niagara Falls! Shocker, isn’t it? The one that everyone goes to see is the Canadian Falls (pictured above), also known as the Horseshoe falls. During the day you can get great pictures of the Falls but if you really want to see them light up, you should definitely check it out at night. But remember… If you’re going to the Canadian Falls you will get wet.


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Train Ride Across Canada

Last year I decided to go to Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  Being from Toronto I had no idea what to expect except for the advice people told me:

“You’re gonna be smoking a lot of pot!”
“They’re all hippies out there! You’ll for sure fit in.”
“It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

These people had no idea what they were talking about since they had never been there (but they were right about the last one). I loved it! I visited Tofino, Victoria, and Vancouver while there. I had been coming home by plane and wanted to do something different coming home at the end of the year. I decided to go by train!

We departed from Vancouver and went all the way to Toronto; 3 days and 11 hours. Luckily I had a cabin but those can be really expensive but you could check the Express Deals (that’s where I got mine). It really opened my eyes to how beautiful the world is, well… how beautiful Canada is. Each province is completely different and each has something beautiful about it.

The first night I had such a hard time falling asleep, the train was very shaky and there was a noise somewhere in my cabin that would not stop! I listened to this song while I slept. I was on a train, I had to listen to Harry Potter. So I ended up falling asleep around midnight and set my alarm for 6:15am so I could be one of the first people to get breakfast. I ended up waking up at 5am and could not fall back asleep, not because of the shaking or the noise, but because it was so beautiful I couldn’t go to sleep.

Breakfast was a very unusual experience. You were put at a table with complete strangers so they can keep the tables full. At first it made me uncomfortable because I was put with a family that didn’t seem to speak english. That was until the lady asked me how my trip has been so far. It took me by surprise. The whole trip was like this, you talked to the people you sat with. I met a family from Brazil, a guy from South Africa, a lot of seniors, a couple that just retired, and a professor from the University of Toronto! It was an experience I’ll never forget and I hope to experience again. I do suggest that if you do this trip, make sure you’re ok with motion. Usually I get sick at the slightest shaking but I was fine the whole trip.

British Columbia:

Alberta:

Saskatchewan:

Manitoba:

Ontario: