Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Baptism with la Familia

So last Saturday was my cousin Xavier's baptism. It was a lovely day, super sunny and warm. I honestly had no clue what to wear because I hate feeling stuffy and sweaty on a special occasion. I finally settled on a dress from Nasty Gal, which I absolutely love. It isn't pictured above because I have a horrible habit of rarely getting in front of the camera - the shame. Anyway, everyone looked beautiful. It took place in a beautiful church in Longueuil, where my aunt also got married. 

Paris, Part II

On our second day in Paris, the boyfriend and I met up with my cousin Sarah who was on her own Eurotrip with her friends. It took us a few wrong turns and a lot of arguing but we managed to randomly bump into her on a random street of Paris. How perfect was that? We didn't have any set plans for the day except to follow her and her friends around. 

It feels like home.

I never planned on living elsewhere. Montreal has always been my home, until about two years ago when it simply didn't feel like home anymore. Don't get me wrong, I love this city. I always will. It's exciting in its own ways and it's beautiful. It's my family and friends and everything I've ever known. But for the last few months I've been toying with the idea of moving to the UK to be with my boyfriend and now it's not really a vague dream? We have plans. We're saving up. I'm reading about visas, getting ticket updates, and trying to adapt my CV for another country. It's very scary.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Paris, Part I

Paris. I've been dreaming of going there ever since... well I don't actually remember. Maybe it was since Anastasia when all she could say was, 'we'll meet in Paris?' Perhaps. Either way, the city has always fascinated me and I was lucky enough to spend an entire three days there. Here is day one, which was spent exploring our neighbourhood after a long day of traveling from Johnston to Swansea, from Swansea to London, and from London to Paris. It took a few trains and one plane, but we got there in the early morning and jumped on the metro to get to our apartment. Renting an apartment when traveling is ideal for me, because you are free to come in and out as you wish, it is private, and you get a better feel of the city when you almost live there. Plus, it is a lot cheaper than a hotel, and much nicer than a youth hostel. 

Friday, 23 August 2013

La Chilenita

Last wednesday was my dad's birthday, so I decided to treat him to one of his favourite restaurants in the city, La Chilenita. There are two locations152 Rue Napoléon and 64 Rue Marie-Anne Ouest, both in Montreal. We went to the Marie-Anne location which is near Mont-Royal. I absolutely love this restaurant, it is everything I could ask for. It's a sit-down restaurant, although you can order to take out as well. It's a tiny shop that specializes in Chilean dishes, such as empanadas and sandwiches. They also offer a variety of mexican dishes.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Eurotrip: Disneyland Paris

When I finally came around convincing my boyfriend to go to Paris with me this summer, the winning argument included one word: Disneyland. Both of us are avid Disney fans (I grew up wanting to be Belle, he loves Aladdin), so it was only natural that we would go see where the magic came from. It might not be the original Disneyland, but it was pretty awesome. Nothing was about to ruin my day, not even the rainy weather that hit us in the morning. Luckily, by the time we were done with our first ride, the sun was out.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Gay Pride Weekend

I had such a great time at Montreal's LGBT parade and Community day. My parents and I drove early into the city to make sure we didn't miss a single thing. The day was bright and sunny, which was perfect for such a joyous parade. Everyone, from children to retirees, had come to support the LGBT community of Montreal (and the world). It was a fantastic time and I definitely recommend you check it out if you're ever in the city for that time.