Category Archives: Travel

Big face, small beauty?

Recently I was going through a box of things I had shipped home from Korea.  Metal chopsticks, cute notebooks, sparkly hair do-dads for my nieces, and this: I can’t remember what it’s called in Korean but I do remember where … Continue reading

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International Rock Balancing Festival

With a name like that, how could I not go?  Organized by BAWI, or Balanced Art World International (http://bawiint.com/), the festival was held on the shores of the Ottawa River.  The weather was gorgeous, and the festival was both fabulous … Continue reading

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Smells like what??

I lived in Asia for almost ten years.  Eventually I learned to read both Japanese and Korean but sometimes, especially when in the grocery store, it was easier to look at pictures or shapes than to try to sound out … Continue reading

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Canada’s most boring city?

I have twin godsons.  I adore them, they are delightful in almost every way.  But they are 15 years old, and many, many things have recently become SO. NOT. COOL.  I had assumed that I was a part of the … Continue reading

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I don’t normally do this…

My life normally provides me with more than enough inspiration for blog posts.  I am simply one of those people to whom strange things seem to happen.  However, I saw this on my Facebook feed and had to share it. … Continue reading

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Ping pong or badminton? Both!

I went to my storage locker today.  It’s a bit like having a mini-Christmas; there are surprises in every box!  Granted it’s all mine, and in theory I should remember what’s in there but I don’t.  There are boxes I … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, my what a lot of poop there is!

In my mind, the word ‘spring’ conjures images of cherry blossoms, and tulips.  Of not wearing my long underwear every day, and being able to shower without fear of catching pneumonia.  Of blue skies, pussy willows, and green grass. Spring … Continue reading

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You can leave Korea but it never really leaves you…

It is astonishing.  I have been back in Canada for nearly 6 months now, and yet my love life (or lack thereof) is still a source of intense interest for my Korean friends.  I received this email yesterday, from a … Continue reading

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Authentic Italian

I’ve often heard it said that to truly understand a country, you need to live there.  I agree completely with that sentiment, and yet it’s a little difficult to carry out.  I’ve reached a rather advanced age, and have only … Continue reading

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Further Cockroach Capers

I was in my teeny Japanese kitchen, washing dishes, and probably howling along to the radio when I reached over to grab a dirty pot.  There was something a little crunchy on the handle, and I looked down to see … Continue reading

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