I am in Camden Town

I am in Camden Town

Camden Town (Camden) is most certainly a must-visit for anyone visiting or living in London. Although one may not think of it as an 'attraction', Camden is most certainly an extremely popular area with everything from vintage clothes to Ethiopian coffee and much more. I've always found Camden to be buzzing with people and the atmosphere is constantly alive regardless of the day or time of year. The prices at the markets are really a steal and I have found that the quality of items here are also great. Camden is one of those places, that when trying to find a gift for someone, is an almost safe bet that you will most definitely stumble across something worth purchasing. Camden is only one tube stop away from Euston making it a great location to travel to. The Camden Locks are very pretty and during the summer months, a ton of people flock to relax by the lock. Just behind the Locks...
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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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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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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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