A to Z for a weekend away

A to Z for a weekend away

Weekend away?  Here's a list of things you'll definitely need! All-purpose shoes Back-up plan Chargers *team iPhone know the struggle* Diary Endorphins, and lots of it Flip-flops Good-company Hat Itinerary  Jeans Keep calm and carry on Lack-of-sleep Money Novel Optimism Plan *alternatively, refer to letter S* Questions Roof *or tent, if that's your style* Spontaneity Toothbrush/ toiletries Undergarments/ Umbrella *priority dependent* Vagary *def: an unpredictable instance*  Weather-permitting gear Xylophone *who knows where your travels may take you* Yesability  Zest Are there any other weekend-away necessities that could be added to this list? -A Y-...
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How to make the most of your money when travelling!

How to make the most of your money when travelling!

When travelling, one of the most important things to plan and consider is how to make the most of your money when converting to another currency. If, like me, your currency is the pound (£), then you my friend are lucky as the pound is pretty strong all over the world. However, there are still some hacks as to how to get the most out of every pound. *WARNING* A prerequisite: one must be organised! Tip 1: Shop around before selling your money! In general, most companies offer a similar rate but there are a few that buy money at a slightly higher (but significant) rate. When selling £1000 for Euros at 1.40 vs 1.44, that's a difference of 40 Euros, enough to have a nice dinner one day or grab a cab from the airport! For me, the best exchange rates can be found at Thomas Exchange. Without fail, the rates at Thomas Exchange are always that bit higher than any other competitors....
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What to do when in Ottawa for a day!

What to do when in Ottawa for a day!

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada - *WAIT*, the capital isn't TORONTO?? This is such a common mistake amongst visitors to Canada. Although I have been to Toronto four times before, I have never visited Ottawa, and so I thought it was right to travel two hours from Montreal to see what the capital of Canada could offer me. I must be honest, having done my usual Google search before travelling, I wasn't particularly 'wowed' by the selection of sights. I must say, however, that I had an AMAZING day. Keep reading to see what I did in Ottawa in a day. 1. Parliament Hill A definite must-visit, the Parliamentary building located downtown, has stark similarities to England's Big Ben in London (also described as the shadow of Big Ben). I was able to get a tour around the Parliament and access to the top of the Peace Tower. Both these passes are available for free just opposite the Parliament building...
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I am at Old Montreal and the Old Port

I am at Old Montreal and the Old Port

When speaking to anyone from Montreal, they are quick to ask if I've visited Old Montreal (vieux-Montreal). I was told that it has a very European feel and is a pretty place to visit. It has been on my to-go list for a long time, and so I finally managed to check it out! It is located downtown, and very easy to access via a number of Metro stations. Once getting to the Old Montreal area, I completely understood where the parallels of a 'European' city originated from. The cobble-lined streets, small cafes outside and red-brick buildings definitely reminded me of my trips to Italy, France and Spain. It felt like a city a distance away from Montreal. I also walked across to the Old Port and admired the view of the city from ground level. It really was a glorious day (*British person talks about the weather again*) and an amazing day to explore the Old Port. There is also...
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Guide to creating an impressive blog name!

Guide to creating an impressive blog name!

Thinking of a name for my blog caused me so much pain, and led to weeks of procrastination, delaying the birth of I Am In A Place. So what's the story behind my blog name? My name is Amina. My blog name is I Am In A Place. As you can see, my blog name has incorporated my name in a subtle way. It also epitomises the purpose of this blog - to share my location, be it a different city, mindset or place. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some very intelligent and creative people, who suggested a few names for my blog before coming up with this one. Here are some questions that I asked myself and considered when thinking of a name. 1. What do you want you blog to be about? It's very important that you have an idea of what you want to talk about. Be it fashion, travel, lifestyle, cooking etc. Once you know what you wish to...
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I am at The Ex (CNE – Toronto)

I am at The Ex (CNE – Toronto)

I spent a whole day trying to cram in as many things as possible in Toronto. I managed to visit the Ex festival (also known as the Canadian National Exhibition - CNE). This is an annual fortnight festival showcasing a number of different stalls, rides, fashion, music, culture and food. There's still a few days left for anyone who still wants to check it out (I'd highly recommend)! I chose to go on this *SCARY* ride. Honestly, I had just eaten poutine and really wasn't up for being flung in the air. There was a point where the sky looked a bit threatening - it didn't threaten for too long, after a while there were blue skies all around! \ As it was the opening day, there were many people and the atmosphere was filled with fun and joy. I arrived quite late in the day and so was able to catch the sunset after a few hours of being there. Whilst doing some...
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