Europe 2017: Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon was an unexpected and beautiful surprise.  It felt like summer in October, but it was the architecture, the friendliness of the people and the culture that really made Lisbon a special place.

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Walking in Bairro Alto

Lisbon is a city built on hills, very steep ones too.  We got a swift introduction the steep hills of Lisbon  as soon as we arrived.  Upon exiting the subway we realized that to get to our hostel we had to walk up hill – there was no none-hill option.   The shorter route was also the steepest and so our introduction to Lisbon’s hilly terrain was swift and true.

We stayed at the B.A. Hostel, right in the middle of Bairro Alto.  It was a lovely hostel, the staff was friendly and helpful.  The hostel is small and seems to attract families, older adults rather than British weekend partiers.  We arrived quite early in Lisbon and had to wait to check-in to our room, so we walked down to see Praça do Comércio.

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When Your Horoscope Comes True

You can’t really look to a horoscope written for every person of that said sign, to provide you guidance in life or to give you all the answers.   Yet, sometimes you get one that just make sense and helps to clarify a situation that seemed unclear.

I recently re-read my July horoscope and was surprised by how much it reflected what was going on with me.   My July did have an overall feel of “nervous energy” but resulted in a “brilliant breakthrough” and I did undergo a “breakthrough on emotional issues” I’ve been working on.  And yes July ended as a time to re-build emotionally.

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The Real New Years, Canada Day

I always find that January 1st lacks the real sense of renewal  that a new year requires. It might be the Canadian winter or the fact that Christmas can be an exhausting time, but January never feels like the start of it all.  A few years ago I started to feel as if my new year started on July 1st.  Canada Day marked a time of things coming to a close, change and new adventures.  The fact that it was the start of summer didn’t hurt either.

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Going Back In Time: Don Bosco High School Reunion

I went to my high school reunion this weekend.  It wasn’t your typical reunion because my old high school was closing its doors for good and all of the alumni from 1971 to 2017 attended.  It was fascinating to go back and to walk the halls of my old school, to run into my old classmates and still call my teachers sir and ma automatically,  even though I didn’t have to.

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Perspective

Sometimes you find yourself in a IRL deja vu moment – you are in a similar place, doing similar things, which are different, yet oddly similar. So oddly that you start to think you maybe undergoing some strange go back in time to fix your past mistakes moment.  Yet, things are not the same, things are very different and the biggest difference is you.

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Why Don’t We Celebrate Women’s Day in Canada?

Header photo is of my Great-Grandmother Irena Michalak who worked as a nurse during WW2. 

My first memory of Women’s Day is from kindergarten.   It was the 1980’s in Poland & our teacher told us it was Women’s Day & we were celebrating women & girls.  The boys all made gifts to give to the girls in the class & I remember feeling special , & excited by the acknowledgment.

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BRB: Off on an Adventure 

Sorry for the lack of posts but too much has been going on in the last week & keeping up with the news has been emotionally exhausting. It has been difficult for me to collect my thoughts & just write. Nothing seemed right. 

I’ve also been preparing for my first adventure of 2017 – solo trip to Thailand! I’ve decided not to take my laptop on the month long trip, so I’ll be sharing minimal updates (if any) in the next month.    I will see you in March with new stories born from my trip.

Thank you! 

Ps. I’m not taking the cat with me.