The Journey Continues

So it has been one week since we departed from Prince Edward Island on this cross-country adventure, and I have to admit, I’m getting a little tired of being on the road.  People would jokingly ask if my husband and I would even like each other after spending eight days cooped up in a car together, and I would just like to say that yes, I still like him ;).   I think we travel really well together.  I’m just a little tired of the whole sitting-in-a-car-for-eight-hours-a-day thing.  Thankfully, we just have two days left!

We are spending tonight in Winnipeg.  Tomorrow we drive to Regina, where we will get a chance to see my dad (he works there for every two out of three weeks), and on Friday we will arrive in High River.  It will be so nice to be home.  To be honest, when I moved from Alberta to New Brunswick nearly ten years ago, I didn’t think that I would ever be moving back out West.  But things change, and after getting married, getting my education degree, and planning our future, we decided that there are more opportunities out west than there are in the Maritimes.  So while I’m broken-hearted about all the friends and family that I am leaving behind, I know that there will be new friends to make as well as old friends and family to reconnect with.

We had a wonderful stay in Thunder Bay.  Our hosts, Chris and Jayden, were very friendly and accommodating, and we stayed in a cute little bedroom with it’s own little balcony.  We went for a nice long walk in downtown Thunder Bay, and returned back to the house to watch the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead.  We were going to watch it on my little laptop, but Chris said he already had it on a USB stick and we could watch it on the bigger TV.  He had seen the episode already but he watched it again with us.

We left around 9:30 this morning, with plans to arrive in Winnipeg between 6 and 7pm.  However, we once again forgot about the time change and so we had a bit of time to kill since we gained an hour that we hadn’t planned for.  We stopped for lunch in a town called Dryden, in Ontario.  We were told we just had to try the Bannock Shack, a little restaurant that had been featured on the TV show You Gotta Eat Here!  We had cheesy potato patty Bannock burgers and soup, which was the special of the day.  It was quite good, though pretty greasy.

After another couple of hours on the road, we stopped in the quaint town of Kenora.  We took thirty minutes or so to walk around the boardwalk and up Main street.


We arrived in Winnipeg and met our host for the night.  If you follow me on Snapchat I shared a little tour of our room here.  It’s a beautiful space and once again everyone is so friendly.  It’s raining pretty hard out right now but we might take a drive to see a bit more of the city.

Today’s song of the day is a song that makes me extremely happy.  There’s just something about the tune that makes me want to smile.  It is by Paolo Nutini and it’s called Pencil Full of Lead.  Let me know what you think!

More to come tomorrow!  Have a great night! xx

10 Road Trip Essentials

As you know, my husband and I are currently driving across Canada as we move out west from Prince Edward Island to Alberta.  We have spent five days in the car and have another three days to go.  We’ve compiled a list of some of the essentials we have been using while on this extended road trip and thought it’d be fun to share.  I just want to point out that I’m not sponsored by any of these products or services, and we purchased these ourselves and the reviews are our own.

  1. Google Maps. I know, I know, before we had smart phones, everyone including my parents had to use a real map.  And while I could figure one out if I really sat down and tried, the ease and convenience of using the GPS on my phone just can’t be beat.  We’ve been using Google Maps for our entire trip and have had no issues with it at all.
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  2. Our next essential is good music. Every road trip needs a good playlist.  Since our road trip is close to 5000 km, we needed a lot of good music.  Now, I’ve mentioned this app before, but our favourite way to play music is through Spotify.  We pay ten dollars a month, and have access to almost any song we fancy.  You can create your own playlists and – this is the best part – download the playlists to your device so that you can listen to your songs without using any data.
     

     

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  3. When we get sick of listening to music, Rick likes to put on an audio book. He has a subscription to Audible, which boasts a large collection of audio books.  Since I’m always the passenger, I can read to my heart’s content, and now Rick can listen to a book as well.  He’s currently making his way through Game of Thrones.  I’m currently reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  I can’t believe I haven’t read this classic, and neither could my friend Amanda, who gave me the book.  I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s fantastic so far.
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  4. This and the next one are related to the fact that we use our smartphones so much in the car. We bought a Magnetic phone holder that is extremely convenient. We have one from Spigen.  It comes with two adhesive thin metal plates which you can either stick to your phone or stick to your phone case.  The magnetic part attaches to your air vent in the car, and it’s strong enough to then hold your phone up.  Rick says that it is the best phone holder he’s had.

  5. We also purchased a SoundBot Bluetooth device. It enables you to play music from your phone via Bluetooth and also make and receive phone calls.  Our car doesn’t come with any of these features so it was nice to find a small device that works well.  Both this and the Spigen holder were purchased from Amazon.

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  6. Car Games. To be fair, we only ever play Twenty Questions.  When we’re not chatting, I’m usually reading or playing a game on my phone.  If you have a great car game that we can play, let me know!
  7. A cooler full of snacks. We have a big cooler at my feet but it’s not full of much.  The cooler is great because it keeps drinks cold for a long time.  Currently we have some seaweed snacks and a honeybun from breakfast.  Snacks are a road trip staple.  We also keep some candy on hand when we are feeling a little low on sugar 😉

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  8. A bag for trash, or rubbish, as my husband says. Very important.  We even have a little hook on the lower dashboard to hold the bag.
  9. Caffeine.  My choice is coffee or tea, but since hubby doesn’t drink either of those he tends to choose energy drinks.  It’s funny how driving can be so exhausting – all we’re doing is sitting in a car but I find myself yawning the day away!
  10. And finally, AirBNB.  Yes, we could choose a cheap motel when we need to stay overnight, but we can often find a room on AirBNB for less than a motel and we get a much better experience.  For instance, last night in Sault Ste. Marie, we stayed in a Howard Johnson motel.  We paid more than we have during our other nights through AirBNB, and the continental breakfast was pitiful.  In Quebec City we used AirBNB and paid thirty dollars less and received a wonderful breakfast.  Plus, we love chatting with and getting to know new people, which is something that you rarely get the chance to do at a motel.

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We are at our AirBNB in Thunder Bay, tomorrow we head to Winnipeg.  Hope you all have a wonderful night!  xx

From Quebec City to Montreal

What a fantastic day!

We woke up to a bright blue sky and the sun streaming in through the windows of our little room.  Our AirBNB hosts, John and Charlie, were cooking breakfast and we had the chance to talk to them a bit.  I love AirBNB because of the opportunity to get to know people you otherwise would not meet if staying in a motel.  I would love to be a host if we get a place big enough to have a spare room or two.

Breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs, toast, and a yogurt parfait made with granola, bananas, and maple syrup.  They introduced me to a stovetop Italian coffee maker, which made delicious coffee.  I’m so going to look into getting one when we get settled.

After packing our things and bidding adieu to our hosts, we set off to explore more of the area.  On John’s recommendation, we drove up to Chute-Montmorency, a large waterfall with spectacular views.

After Montmorency falls, we took a quick drive around the Ile D’Orleans.  We didn’t go all the way around (it would have taken too long) but just did a little loop.  It was very quaint island and I managed to snap a few photos of the cute stone cottages!  Rick and I love playing tourist 🙂

We had a few hours to kill before heading out to Montreal so we decided to explore Old Quebec a little more.  This time I tried to take more pictures.  I know I need to work on my photography skills, but hopefully these will suffice!  We walked around by the Chateau and up towards the Citadel.  It was gorgeous out, I’m so glad to finally enjoy some warmer weather, but Rick burns fairly easily so we ducked out of the heat and had a quick bite to eat at a cute little café.

We left for Montreal and arrived at our next AirBNB around 3:30 pm.

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Our lovely room comes with an ensuite!

 

We took the Metro to the centre of the city and had supper and walked around.  Tomorrow we plan to explore a bit more of Montreal, and then we are going to travel to Ottawa and stay a couple of nights with one of my dear friends.  I’m looking forward to seeing her!

 

We created a Road Trip playlist on Spotify that we downloaded to my phone, so that we can listen to music without using up all of our data.  I’m going to share some of the songs we are enjoy with each post.  Today’s favourite song is by Noah and the Whale and it’s called Five Years Time.  I’m all about the happy tunes!  Rick and I tend to have very different musical tastes, but hey, marriage is all about compromise, right?

I’ll update tomorrow, hope you are all having a fabulous Friday!

31 Day Blogging Challenge!

So I created this blog with the purpose of documenting the growth and change I’m hoping to see in myself.  I haven’t exactly been using it much, despite the fact that I love to write and I’m on my laptop 24/7.  It’s amazing to think about all the distractions that are out there – I can spend hours on Netflix or playing stupid games on my phone.

I want to make this blog a priority in my life.  So, for this month, I’m making a daily blogging goal.  Yup, that’s right.  I’m going to blog each and every day in May.  I’m hoping this is even possible, since I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling this month, but hopefully everywhere I go has wifi.  I’ll have to plan ahead and create some posts ahead of time, but I’ll make it work.

I have a lot going on this month, a lot of big things.  Things like:
– Finish my final practicum placement
– Graduating with my second degree
– Heading back to New Brunswick for a last visit with my dear friends
– Traveling to Halifax for hubby’s immigration interview
– Moving across the country (wtf!) to my home province of Alberta
– Finding employment in said province, and finally
– Finding a place to live out west.

And to top that off, I moved out of my apartment and back in with my parents yesterday!  It’s been crazy, and it’s only going to get worse.  I tend to overthink things and panic when I think about all I have to do, so I’m just going to take it one day at a time and make it all work.  And you, my lucky readers, get to read all about it.

I have a few goals for the month, besides everything that I listed above.

1.  For the month of May, I’m not going to weight myself.  I’m going to give myself a break from the scale, and just enjoy life.  Instead, I will focus on being active.  As in, getting my 10 000 steps a day.  Gotta love my Fitbit!

2.  I plan to document our big move across Canada.  There will be plenty of pictures and stories to share, I’m sure.

3.  I will stay positive!

I’m excited for the adventures that lie ahead, and also excited to document each and every one of them 🙂  Have a wonderful evening!

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