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 a...
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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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3 Things to do in Toronto in a day!

3 Things to do in Toronto in a day!

As mentioned in my previous post, I spent last weekend in Toronto visiting family. Seeing as I only had a weekend in Toronto I was strapped for time and tried to squeeze in as much as I possibly could in a day. I managed to do a mixture of touristy things, whilst also enjoying the city like a true Torontonian :) One Woodbine Beach Woodbine Beach is the largest of four beaches found in the City of Toronto. Coming from London, I envy cities that have a beach in close proximity - it really makes all the difference strolling along the shore with sand and water flowing between your toes on a beautiful summers day. It is easily accessible via TTC (Woodbine Station), followed by a short 5/10 min bus journey towards the beach. As it wasn't an extremely hot day, the beach was reasonably empty - with only volleyball nets setup for a sports competition to be help there. The sand was very clean...
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How to get a $1 Megabus ticket

How to get a $1 Megabus ticket

We've heard it all before - $1 tickets to travel with Megabus! Attractive as it sounds, how many people do you know who have actually booked a journey at this near-to-nothing price? Until this point, it was probably none! Somehow, I managed to bag myself a $1 Megabus ticket!  I have used Megabus to travel from Montreal to Toronto. It was a very pleasant journey (well, if 6 hours sitting in a upright seat is your kind of thing). Surprisingly, the time flew and although we travelled mostly via motorway, there were some beautiful sights that I managed to appreciate along the way. I'm that person that plans everything ADVANCE, I'm that person that you can count on to have chewing gum or a packet of tissues. A few weeks ago, as I was thinking of what I wanted to do when I next visited Toronto, I thought to re-visit Niagara Falls. The last time I had visited Niagara Falls was in 2007,...
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What is Poutine?

What is Poutine?

Unless you come from Canada, or have come across this dish upon travels, I have found that most people (from the UK) do not know what poutine (pronounced: poo-teen) is. I too only discovered poutine last year during my travels to Toronto, although at the time I did not get the chance to try it. Alas, the time finally came for me to try Poutine, and here's my verdict. Poutine originated from Quebec in the late 1950s, and is made of chips (French fries) covered with cheese curds topped by brown gravy. Does that sound appealing? Honestly, to me, it didn't! I was in Toronto over the weekend, and popped into the Eaton Centre for lunch. Whilst trying to choose what to eat, I thought 'you know what, let's try this poutine once and for all'. Considering this was my fourth time in Canada, I'm pretty late to catch onto this apparently amazing mouth-watering dish.   I was told that New York Fries poutine...
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Breathtaking skyline from Mont-Royal!

Breathtaking skyline from Mont-Royal!

Possibly THE most popular tourist attraction in Montreal is the view of Montreal city in all its glory from the observatory at the top of Mont-Royal. Funnily enough, I stumbled across this view! Although it was on my 'to-visit' list, I hadn't envisioned visiting it that day. As I was casually walking around downtown, I came across the park and found myself following the steps up to the top! I had walked from McGill university towards what appeared like the back entrance of the park. The further I walked, the quieter the city became, and the more distant the hustle and bustle of city life felt. It was as if I was all of a sudden in the country, a less urban area. This is amazing in itself, considering Mont-Royal is located in the heart of Montreal's island. As I approached the trail of stairs steeply spiralling upwards, I came across MANY runners pacing up and down the stairs. Kudos to them,...
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A-Z feelings of travelling alone

A-Z feelings of travelling alone

Here are the first words that come to mind when I think of travelling alone! Adventure BonVoyage Cautious Delight Excited Friendly GoogleMaps (It's one word, I promise) Hungry! Intrigued Journey Keen Laughter Meals (or not..) Nomadic Open-minded Proactive Quirky Relaxed Satisfying Tourist Unique Vagary (Latin: an unpredictable desire/action) Wild Xanadu Yoko Meshi (Japanese: the stress of speaking a foreign language) Zen No-one said they were all going to be in English ;) Are there any other words you would have added to this list? Let me know! - A Y -...
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5 FREE ways to learn French in Montreal!

5 FREE ways to learn French in Montreal!

Montreal is a bilingual city - almost everyone speaks fluent French and English. C'est un problème for those that want to learn French here as it is common for people to 'switch' to English as soon as an accent is detected. So HOW, how can a person practice French effectively whilst in Montreal. I came to Montreal with the knowledge of about 5 French words. I didn't take French lessons in school (languages were not compulsory). I have been in Montreal for two weeks and I can now hold down a (very basic and limited) conversation! I'm hoping that by the end of the third month, I will be be comfortable in conversing a bit more naturally. From my experience so far, here's how I've done it (at no charge): Meet-ups You may have a deep interest in synchronised swimming; granted, there is someone else in your locality with the exact same passion. Similarly, there are French people wanting to learn English and English...
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