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Toronto, ON

June 1, 2014

After 17 days without cellphone contact, internet access, and pretty much any news from the outside world, it was time to leave Cuba. These technological comforts are available for those really desperate but after finding out the high cost and low quality, we decided to just cut ties with our gadgets. Travel was arranged the old fashioned way- we purchased our bus tickets from the stations a couple of days earlier, rooms were booked through word of mouth and trust… there was absolutely no price comparison or Tripadvisor reviews to consult. In many ways, it was easier, even liberating to just hope for the best and deal with whatever hand you get dealt! Generally, it’s a pretty decent hand considering what you’re paying.

But my sense of nostalgia was starting to fade, 17 days of disconnect was my upper limit. It was time to check those emails, send that ‘we’re alive text’ to the mums, and catch up on the Facebook gossip! Unfortunately, all this came along with a severe change of climate- flying into Toronto we were greeted by snow and the sharp drop to near freezing temperatures. I was no longer watching my step to avoid the endless dog poop (it seems Mexicans and Cubans aren’t big pooper scoopers) but now making sure I wasn’t going to slip on the icy pavements. Oh joy.

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Canada Eating Abroad

Vancouver, BC

November 15, 2013

We arrived in Vancouver late on Saturday night, more than 30 hours later than planned but pretty happy to see some familiar faces as we came out of the skytrain station. My first impression of the city did not really change throughout the 2 days we spent there- it is really nice (and only consisting of apartments and people with dogs… we had to leave through the burbs before we saw a house and a child over 5). But I digress, back to ‘nice’, that dreaded adjective my form two english teacher rebuked us for using because, what does it really tell you…? The city seems laid back, clean, and organised but it was missing something. Our friends who have been living there for just under a year confirmed these sentiments… the city is a good place to live and work but seems to lack its own culture or even a vibe.

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