I’m off to Canada….

I’ll be right about… there.

It’s getting really hot here. Humid, sticky, gross. While most people will be heading south during the Fourth of July holiday (everyone wants to be in Florida for some reason), I’ll be giving the equator a wide berth. I’m fleeing to Canada. The land of Tim Horton’s, moose, maple syrup, and other various stereotypes.

When I searched “Canada” earlier through the great and powerful Google, the first news story to come up was from the New York Times, “Canada Doesn’t Know How to Party“. So it sounds like a very me place. It’s actually an interesting story about national identity and culture, worth a read if you want to know more about Canada.

My only experience of this country that shares a continent with the place of my birth has been the Vancouver airport. That was pretty nice. So I’m excited to finally be on true Canadian soil. This will be my first border crossing by car as well. It will be my first on the ground passport check too. I’ve only ever been through border control in airports. Traveling by train through Europe is a smooth and check-less process.

So, I’ll have some new material for the blog, which is good news. I’m also going to post some more Korea based things coming soon. I’ve been going through my back logs of photos and looking for things that I’ve never really discussed on the blog. I haven’t talked much about some of the cool places I’ve been like Versaille in France, Jeonju and Nami Island in Korea, Hong Kong, Kyoto. I’d love to do some pic spamming and pool some resources for people who are interested in making similar trips (How to book a tea ceremony in Kyoto and things to do along the Hamburg waterfront, for example.)

I promise to try and keep things interesting until my next international trip. If you guys will bear with me through my boring American days I hope I can still manage to entertain you. There are still plenty of adventures to have and delve deeper into.

I’d also like to keep the invitation open for discourse on my blog. If there is anything about Korea, travel in general, teaching abroad, or any other locations I’ve traveled to that you’d like to know more about, please put it in the comments. I’m writing about what I find interesting or has effected me personally. But I’d like to know what you find interesting. Do you want to know about teaching in Korean Hagwons? Staying with a host family you can barely communicate with? Packing light? Travel resources? Getting married in Korea? I don’t know, but I’d love it if you gave me a hint.

Oh, and a quick note: we booked our room for this trip+through airbnb. When you do that, they send you a code to offer to other first time users. It will give you $40 dollars off your first booking through them, and for the sake of transparency, it will give me $20 of credit as well. I really like airbnb (and pretty much all hotel/motel alternatives) and I thought some of you might be interested in this code. It’s a mutually beneficial situation, so here’s the link.


  1. Canada is really a fun place to visit. I’ve only gone to Toronto and Montreal so far, so I have a lot more to see. But the little I have taken in has won me over! Except the winters. They have not won anything except my utter disdain and contempt. 🙂

  2. Haha, Canada does not know how to party? Lol, I think you’ll be surprised then. Which city are you visiting? Everyplace is SO different and has such a different vibe. I grew up in Calgary and Toronto, so let me know if you’re visiting either of those places. I might be able to offer you some tips! 🙂

  3. Haven’t been to Canada but there are lots of Filipinos living there and there parties are from homey to wild, hehehe… enjoy your trip and it will be great to read more about your exciting travels.

  4. I’m super intrigued about how you marry in Korea!! I’d love to read a post about that, from the logistical side of things, but most importantly about what that was like. Did you family travel here? What was it like to get married so far away from ‘home’? Did you or your partner feel like odd that some friends and relatives were missing on your special day? Just some points I’d like covered haha. Hope they give you some inspo!

  5. I spent 3 or 4 days in Vancouver several years ago and had a blast. People were very approachable and friendly. The pubs were cool and lively. I also have a lot of fun-loving Canadian friends here in Korea. I don’t know where the idea that Canadians don’t party came from (if it exists), but that has not been my experience at all.

    1. The linked article is more about the Canada Day celebration for this year. It’s the 150th anniversary of their independence. But I’m not a big party person, so I saw it as a good sign that I would enjoy Canada 😉

  6. Never been to Canada, but some of my friends are Canadian and the pictures they take are breathtaking. Nature is really gorgeous in Canada. Have fun and I hope to see some pictures on this blog.

  7. If you want to party in Canada, head to Vancouver or Montreal. I lived in Ottawa and Victoria (Vancouver Island), and both those locations were pretty tame and somewhat boring. If you’re in Canada for a while, you could focus blogs on outdoor activities, visiting Lake Louise, Whistler, Banff or other similar sites that endear visitors to the great white north.

    1. Only have a couple days in Ontario unfortunately. But I would like to check out the west coast. I’ve heard really good things about Vancouver. And Montreal would be a good place to go practice my French… Though it’s a different dialect than I’d be used to.

  8. My favorite spot in Canada would have to be Banff! It has to be one of the most picturesque towns I’ve ever visited. It’s so stunning, some people say it’s the most beautiful place they’ve ever visit…no kidding. I hope you get to visit there!

  9. Canada sounds like it should be a good time. I’ve been to Niagara Falls and Montreal, which are both great places to see. Hope you enjoy your trip, and I’m interested to see what you come up for the blog!

  10. Can’t wait to read about your new adventures in Canada. I also have a lot of back logs. I think I have written more blogs while I was working than when I am on my vacation. I hope we find time to finish our back logs!

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