A Taste of Canada in Dalian

We couldn’t quite believe our ears when we heard the news that the iconic Canadian cliché had arrived in Dalian. A co-worker had excitedly called it “Team House” and said we must love it because we’re Canadian. We were slow on the uptake but after she showed us a picture we couldn’t help but smile. A very surprising and unexpected arrival in our small(ish) city but welcome nonetheless. We just had to try it the first opportunity we got!

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View From a Chinese Starbucks

We’ve said more than once that living in China, for two Canadians, is kind of like living on a different planet. There’s still the sun in the distance, the ground beneath our feet, there are still people doing everyday people things, but at the same time things are so unfamiliar. From the bus ride to work to buying groceries to working out at the gym, things that felt so ordinary are now so strange–and to be honest, exhausting!

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Road Trip To Québec City from Hamilton: Part Two

DAY 3: Montmorency Falls and St. Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica

After a beautiful day in Québec City (you can read all about that by clicking here), it was time to move on. So we packed our bags and cooler and loaded up our little Nissan Versa. We knew we were heading towards Montréal but wanted to make the most of our travel day, and found two spots just outside Québec City that were said not to be missed.

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Road Trip to Québec City from Hamilton: Part One

When we were stuck unexpectedly unemployed in Canada for the foreseeable future, waiting on our Chinese visas to come through, we decided to take an unexpected road trip to Québec City. (You can read all about how we came to that decision by clicking here.)

This is how we spent the first two days of our five day road trip from Hamilton to Québec City and back. 

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Two Mindset Shifts To Bring More Travel Into Your Life

Towards the end of March, we were stuck in Canada waiting with anticipation for our Chinese visas to be approved and to finally get on the flight to Dalian to start our new jobs teaching drama. It was very much like we were on-call, waking up everyday feeling like we probably weren’t going to get any news, but on the slight chance we did, we couldn’t plan anything fun. Or so we thought.

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