October Blogging Challenge! Day 18: Top Places to Travel

Let’s take a vacation!! You don’t even have to get up from your chair or spend a dime~ a dream come true!

Travel is probably far from anyone’s mind right now as we’re still in the middle of this pandemic. But we all need some way to “get away”, even if it is just in our imaginations. Today is all about top places to travel!

It’s probably really obvious from my blog that I’m thoroughly a homebody. Crowds, getting lost, and time constraints – which is basically most of travel – give me HUGE anxiety. So I’m not very far-travelled, and would much prefer a staycation in my own comfy place.

Doesn’t mean I don’t dream about a whirlwind adventure! And I sure do ~ I love taking a trip through Google Maps and being transported into magical little places, with no airport stresses, no packing, and being back for lunch. Let’s get comfy in our computer chairs (infinitely more leg room than those plane seats!), grab some maps and GO!

Tokyo, Japan

My dream vacation would be to spend a few weeks travelling through Japan! I love the idea of spending days shopping and exploring Tokyo with stops at the Pokemon Center, Sailor Moon Store, and Hello Kitty Store! My eyes are exploding with colourful adorable happiness (and my wallet feels a bit lighter)!

I would love to see the inspiring fashions and art of Harajuku, enjoy the restaurants, and experience the art and architecture that have made the city one of the highlights of the world!

Sweets Go Round at Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku! It’s like the inside of my mind come to life!
Photo found here on Tripadvisor, and posted by “management”
Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant in Shinjuku!
Photo from Alice’s Restaurant’s Twitter here!

However, I would soon need to get away from the hustle and bustle and find some quieter places to unwind. Nara is a UNESCO world heritage site full of history and has beautiful deer roaming the streets!

This beautiful picture of the deer in Nara was uploaded by radowanhabib on Reddit here!

I am also fascinated by Ao Island ~ the cat island where cats outnumber people (you can even see them on the Google Maps pictures!) I can’t imagine a more perfect place for me!

Photo from Onegai-Kaeru

Gimli, Manitoba

Now lets travel a little bit closer to home! Gimli (pronounced with a hard g – like the Lord of the Rings character!) is a tiny Manitoba beach town about an hour from where in live in Winnipeg, Canada. If your view of Canada is the stereotype that we all walk through 6 feet of blowing snow, in minus 40, eating maple syrup… you’d be partially right (that’s an average winter day!) However, Gimli in the summer rivals any tropical beach spot~ okay there aren’t bright blue oceans with dolphins, but Manitoba summers are hot and beautiful and unique on their own! I spent a number of summers working near Gimli a few years ago so the town holds a special place in my heart.

These sandy beaches are packed all summer with travellers who want to escape big city stresses and enter a magical peaceful place. There are numerous lake side restaurants and unique shops, and a friendly small town vibe! The town is also host to a fun festival called Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Fest ~ because the town has the highest Icelandic population outside of Iceland itself!) in August with a parade, sandcastle contests, runs, and viking village roleplays! If you’re ever near Winnipeg, Gimli is close by and it will be in your mind forever!

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

Parrsboro Harbour which overlooks like lighthouse. There is a restaurant here which is incredible.

I definitely have a theme ~ little peaceful beachside towns! Parrsboro, Nova Scotia is the town where my Dad’s family comes from and holds some of the best childhood memories for me!

Little downtown Parrsboro! Yes, there are dinosaurs!! The town has a Geological Museum and a big emphasis on dinosaurs and minerals.

Parrsboro is a tiny town (only about 1200 people) on the Bay of Fundy, but it can brag about having the highest/lowest tides in the world and they really are something to see and hear. There are tons of unique shops and places like the Amethyst Boutique, Ship’s Theatre Company, and lots of museums for a tiny little town. There are also thick forests dotted with waterfalls, blueberry fields, massive limestone cliffs, and seemingly infinite amounts of untouched peaceful nature. It’s an introverts dream come true!

The Canadian maritimes are relatively small, so if you are ever near Halifax, Parrsboro and the Bay of Fundy should be a definite day trip for you!

Other places that I would LOVE to see one day are Newfoundland Canada (the only province I haven’t been to and it’s home to those stunning rainbow buildings ~ which are called the Jellybean Row Houses of all things!), Stuttgart Germany (where my family is from and has one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world), and New Zealand!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 16: Link LOVE!

Today it’s time to share my favourite links and internet explorations! I’ve been working from home for seven months now, and I most definitely have not been surfing the web more or anything like that. 😉 I’ve found and refound a bunch of fun web things that I wanted to share.

Duolingo ~ thought I’d give another go at learning Japanese and Duolingo is a great website for language learning! Though honestly, I’ve been procrastinating a bit on my lessons (sorry Mr. Duolingo Owl!) But it’s a great website. I used it many years ago when I was studying German in university and it was very effective, just need the motivation again!

Tuxedo Unmasked ~ This is a Sailor Moon blog with amazing and well-sourced details about the characters and the making of the show. I can fall into a void and read this site for absolute hours at a time and uncover infinite amounts of moon power wisdom!

RoomClip.jp ~ I am absolutely OBSESSED with unique, eclectic, absolutely adorable home decor!! RoomClip is a Japanese website where people share pictures their room decor and it’s a complete dream come true!

Sport Pepper the Kitten on Twitter ~ Sugar and I LOVE the adventures of internet cats! We love following the antics of a little (well rather huge!) kitten named Sport Pepper, who was a stray found at a Chicago hot dog stand. He is the baby brother of the Bitches the Cat crew, a hilarious and politically smart cat family. They are also on Instagram!

PLEASE let me know if you have any sites to share! I LOVE to go on internet adventures and fall into colourful little rabbit holes that I never knew existed!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 14: What’s On My Playlist (Autumn Edition!)

Today’s October blogging challenge topic is all about what I listen to!! I love this prompt, as it’s one of my favourite thing to know about people.

My own musical taste tends to be a bit all over the place! I usually like listening to extremely upbeat pop that makes you want to get up and spin around the room. But as soon as the leaves change and the days are short and chilly, I like throwing on a big fuzzy (but still super colourful!) sweater and listening to some soothing indie tones. Autumn reminds me of walking through a forest on a dark morning, watching movies with hot cocoa, sketching down stories by moonlight, and just peaceful calm nostalgia! I love these short couple of months so much.

Here are some of the airy, spooky and magical tunes that are keeping me toasty warm lately!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 13: Favourite Childhood Memory

Day 13 of the October Blog Challenge is to discuss Favourite Childhood Memories!

I had the absolute BEST childhood and I’m not even sure I can pinpoint my favourite moment out of all of them! I love going through old photo albums as they bring back feelings that are so vivid like these days happened yesterday!

My parents let my brother and I grow up to be anything we wanted. We were allowed just to be ourselves and be happy (there was a lot of climbing on counters and in silly spaces!) I like to think it’s why I have a rosy, fantastical view of life and try not to let things get me down.

Our pets were a big part of our lives! My brother and I only had sweet bunnies and hamsters growing up, as my Dad is extremely allergic to cats (he seems to be pretty tolerant of Sugar now, fortunately!) But they were (and still are) our entire world.

And fortunately for my parents, we were very easy to please! We got a plushie dog one Christmas that kept us content for a while!

I have so many memories of goofing off with my brother and playing video games for days on end!

My parents used to take a lot of pictures on old film rolls, most of which they still haven’t developed, and I’m hoping one day they’ll bring back even more fun moments!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 12: Weekend Highlights

Happy Monday!! I might be part of the very small minority of people who actually enjoys a nice fresh new week to reset and get excited about life again! Even better is when a Monday happens to be a day off like today! Today is Thanksgiving Monday over here in Canada, and it’s a day off of work or school for most people. So three day weekend means an extra fun challenge post for today which is to talk about weekend highlights!!

Thanksgiving is definitely different this year because of COVID-19. Usually my family would celebrate over at my Oma’s place with oodles of stuffing and pie. This year was obviously quieter.

Saturday

It was so weird getting a chance to sleep in and know that I had THREE FULL DAYS of whatever the heck I wanted. I spent Saturday mostly relaxing, cleaning up, and going for a long run/walk through the neighbourhood.

I did enjoy the 30 seconds of organization where everything was in its place!

Sunday

I had been meaning this past week to buy the ingredients to try my hand at baking a pumpkin pie… But I ended up completely forgetting! I still whipped up a pie… although he’s much cuter, and has FAR less calories ;).

Please meet Gourdon (you know, gourd-!):

I knitted him up in about an hour, using Lion Brand Super Bulky yarn. Sugar has been enjoying attacking and cuddling up with him as well!

Monday

Sugar and I had a lazy food coma kind of day! What’s thanksgiving without an overstuffed tummy?! Sugar had Turkey Friskies of course, and I had a huge rice and veggie stir fry – which I forgot to take a pic of because I was so excited to eat it (sigh!)

Then we played some video games (Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure) and cleaned up again.

Then I reminisced about how it was physically possible for three days to pass by in two minutes, because it was an amazing weekend.

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