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Eastward, Again

• Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada •

A single dose of the east coast blues was warrant enough to return. Little did I know what was in store when Patrick and I visited Nova Scotia, just one day after returning from Newfoundland.

After a 12 hour shift (yes, I worked right away the next day after returning) and another two hour flight (I know, I could have just flown from Newfoundland), my boyfriend (Patrick) and I landed in Halifax, a destination he had visited via bus tour in his childhood. But oh, the places we’ll go; I’d show him a different side of Nova Scotia, with a more realistic itinerary, even though I’d never been.

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Memories of my Childhood

Passed notes, stolen cahiers, cute pencil cases… As I clean out my room, I encounter figments of my childhood, still intact, still legible, and with it the memories they hold.

We travel for adventure, to expose ourselves to cultures and people, sights and flavours. To travel is not just to leap forward to a destination and be part of something new and different; sometimes, all it takes is to go back in time, to reinvigorate moments and experiences that once were.

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Mainlander Blues

• Gros Morne, Newfoundland, Canada •

Lush green peaks, mysterious waters, the feeling of being so close to the sky… Not to mention the colourful row houses, boreal forests, local vegetation and produce, and a different dialect.

Newfoundland felt like I was in an entirely different country. Undergone the rain and enjoyed the sun, as we neared the end of our trip and having written Away from the Mainland and Coastal Views and Good Food, I realized there is so much from the island to be taken in.

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Coastal Views and Good Food

• St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada •

Seven hours is what it took to drive through the fastest route with varying levels of rain and fog from Gros Morne to St. John’s, North America’s most easterly city.

To think that St. John’s was merely a side trip; the east coast trails, numerous lighthouses, the shopping, and seafood options for dining… Our time there passed by in a blink of an eye, and we realized the city deserved more than the 48 hours of rain and fog we spent.

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Away from the Mainland

• Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada •

Almost every trip I have been on with friends has been “blessed” with some level of rain. This does not exclude my adventure in Newfoundland (not Labrador), a part of Canada’s most easterly province, and as I’ve recently learned is a translation of Terra Nova in Portuguese.

The experience has taught me a few things: (1) ye shall not brave the winds and water if both conjure a Mordor-like environment, (2) never trust the skies, and (3) if you want to travel during rain, prepare yourself robustly for Newfie rain. Just as day one was doused with rain, so were we.

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When in Banff

• Banff, Alberta, Canada •

… Explore! A Samyang 12mm f2.0 lens, an odd-sounding but functioning vehicle, and an open mind continued to help me uncover treasures as I travelled through the Canadian Rockies.

Losing any expectations I had on the last leg (ie. two days) of the trip widened my horizons, despite not seeing some of the point of interests I had so thoughtfully planned for. Which was odd, because these were the most fulfilling days of my trip out west… or maybe it’s just the magic of Banff.

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Driving Your Travel Pals Crazy

The ne’er-do-as-they-sayers, non-participants, over-sleepers, the scatterbrained, those who insta-this or snap-that…. the list can go on. If you have ever travelled with others, you may have been a victim (or a perpetrator) of an unfortunate trip that could have gone better than it did.

This is not to throw shade on those who may impede on the “success” of your trip and anyone in particular. Rather, from first-hand experience, it is a quick rundown of what to look out for – in others, and perhaps in yourself as well – so that you are aware, are more mindful, and can agree towards a common goal on your ventures. All to prevent a sweet trip from turning sour.

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