Inspirational Sunday: Right Now

Lac Superieur, Superior Lake, Laurentians, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada, travel, photography, TS76

Lac Supérieur, Laurentians, Quebec

The month of August is finally over and what a month it was! I sure am glad it is now gone as it was full of unexpected surprises that put my patience and faith to the test.

Fortunately, I am grateful that all this made me stronger and more of a believer. Things may seem very difficult and the only thing left to do is to expect things to turn in your favor!

As you probably know I like to meditate and give the highest praise to the almighty, the Source, the creator of all things.

That’s why I’ve created my Inspirational Sunday series. It’s also a way for me to reply or give feedback to some of my friends and dear readers who take some of their precious time to write and confide in me through an email.

Not only I feel blessed and fortunate, I feel privileged to be considered someone they respect, admire and they gather the courage to simply contact me for some words of advice.

I’ve already mentioned that I may not be an expert, however I have lived quite a few experiences which have allowed me to grow in many ways (emotionally & spiritually).

If I can convey a message, give you hope or simply be a listening ear, then I take it with a lot of humility.

Now lately I have been receiving a few messages from persons I have not heard of or seen in many years and it did surprise me. Just like that, out of the blue, they just remembered me and updated me on all that has been going on with their lives.

Little did I know that more people need my time & attention and need to be heard! That is the very least I can do considering the distance that separates us.

Just recently I was going through some of my old notes and found this and it is just incredible.

I thought of sharing it with you…

 

Right Now Somebody 

Somebody is thinking of you.
Somebody is caring about you.
Somebody is very proud of you.
Somebody misses you.

Somebody wants to talk to you.
Somebody wants to be with you.
Somebody hopes you are not in trouble.                                                                               Somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.

Somebody wants to hold your hand.
Somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
Somebody wants you to be happy.
Somebody wants you to find him/her.

Somebody wants to give you a gift.                                                                                       Somebody thinks you ARE a gift.                                                                                     Somebody admires your strength.                                                                                               Somebody wants to give you a hug.

Somebody is thinking of you and smiling.
Somebody wants to protect you.
Somebody can’t wait to see you.
Somebody loves you for who you are.

Somebody treasures your spirit.
Somebody is glad that you are their friend.
Somebody wants to get to know you better.
Somebody wants to be near you.

Somebody wants you to know they are there for you.
Somebody wants to share their dreams with you.
Somebody is alive because of you.
Somebody needs your support.

Somebody will cry when they read this.
Somebody needs you to have faith in them.
Somebody trusts you.
Somebody hears a song that reminds them of you.
Somebody would do anything for you.

Somebody loves you
Somebody wants the best for you
Somebody wants you to know that they are here for you

Never take away anyone’s hope. That may really be all they have.

Sometimes you have to go through some bad times in order to appreciate the good times!

If someone comes to mind, just reach out to them, ask them how they are and if they need any help or simply listen. You may be the answer they were probably asking for. Also tell them how much they mean to you and you wish them nothing but the best.

Life is too short and we must live each day to the max don’t you think?

Feel free to share this with someone you think might need a bit of encouragement and let them know they are not alone!

Thank YOU for reading this spontaneous yet sincere post ;)

Until next time,

Tashi Delek

Karla :)

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Looking for secret jewels around Venice, Italy

The following is a guest post by Raffaella Lorenzo,

a traveller & writer who lives and works in North Eastern Italy. Enjoy!

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On the Grand Canal. Photo credit: Maria Michele

Imagine yourself in Venice, la serenissima one of the most beautiful, spectacular, breathtaking, historic and beloved cities in the world!

Ahead of you is an entire day to wander around the many canals, piazzas, secret passages with your camera in tow.

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Lined up gondolas. Photo credit: TPSDave

No clock, no rush, just the right dose of curiosity that will take you to discover the main attractions of the city.

What if you could admire things that tourists usually do not get to see and perhaps not even the local people know about?

Venice has a lot to offer. The very fact that a site is less known does not necessarily mean that it does not deserve to be looked onto.

Let the sea and the lagoon speak to you!

 

San Francesco del Deserto

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Monastery. Photo credit: Godromil

Have you ever heard of San Francesco del Deserto? It is a tiny island located between Sant’Erasmo and Burano, a legendary place rich in cypresses and pine trees.

Some people say that St. Francis of Assisi arrived there after a storm. He brought a stick made from a pine branch with him, something he brought from the Holy Land, and decided to plant it on the ground: it took root and a huge pine grew from it.

Also, he founded a hermitage that is still there. The Friars are always very happy to welcome visitors; however they must keep in mind that the rule of silence governs the island. You can contact the Franciscans to arrange a visit to the area.

 

Sant’Erasmo and Vignole

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Sant’Erasmo and Vignole Islands. Photo credit: bur.regione.veneto.it

It is the second largest island, after Venice. You can reach it using the line 13 from Fondamenta Nuove, right in the heart of Venice.

You will get the chance to take an enchanting stroll through a magical landscape including cultivated fields, canals, gardens and delightful beaches.

The stop just before Sant’Erasmus is Vignole, the so-called island of the seven vineyards. Get off there and visit the remains of the ancient Church of Sant’Eurosia plus the military fortifications dating back to the times of the Serenissima.

Both Sant’Erasmo and Vignole are regarded as the private gardens of Venice, in virtue of their lush vegetation. In Sant’Erasmo you can taste a typical local vegetable: it is called castraure which is a small type of artichokes that ripens in late April.

 

Lido

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Entrance to a beach in Lido. Photo credit: Ben Kerckx

You can visit a very suggestive site on the Venice Lido: I am talking of the ancient Jewish cemetery, on the beautiful San Nicolò Riviera.

In my opinion, hotels in Lido di Venezia are the best option for tourists who need a place to stay and rest from all the sightseeing. Prices are definitely more convenient that those in Venice.

Lido Island is much more peaceful and quiet, a detail that I consider necessary for a successful trip.

On the other hand, if peace and silence are not essential for you, then you can opt for an accommodation right in the city. There is a great variety of hotels for all budgets from modest to luxury, B & B’s, holiday apartments and guest houses. It sure won’t be difficult to find a place that suits your needs. But please keep in mind my recommendation!

 

Mazzorbo

I couldn’t leave out the island of Mazzorbo, in the northern part of the Venetian lagoon.

Reaching it is easy, simply take the ferry from the Fondamenta Nuove. It is connected to Burano by a wooden bridge!

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Colorful Burano. Photo credit: Jeg2002uk

Once you reach the island, I highly recommend a visit the 13th-century Church of Santa Caterina and the ancient walled vineyard. You will feel as if you are in a mystic place where time stands still.

Many local projects are underway in order to safeguard such a precious area for many future generations to come!

I hope you enjoyed learning more about these secret jewels around Venice!

Let us know if you heard the voices of the sea and of the lagoon call your name :)

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Now over to you,

 

Have you been to Venice? 

Which islands did you visit and

which ones would you like to next time?

 

 

Tell us all about it.

Until next time!

Ciao,

Kay

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The Margaret Albritton Gallery in Placida, Florida

I believe it is no secret by now that I am an avid art lover, in all its forms. Whether it is street art, exhibitions, paintings or collections, I sure love to take a break to admire, analyze or interpret it and of course capture it with my lens.

I always make sure to include a visit to a museum or gallery no matter where in the world I find myself in.

Last time I was in Southwest Florida, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that among the activities on our menu, we were going to be stopping at a local art gallery and studio. I was very much looking forward to our visit but nothing prepared me for the lovely surprise that was waiting for us!

Located in Placida, Florida, a spectacular tropical location which faces Gasparilla sound and surrounded by swaying palm trees, boats, lush green gardens & vibrant flowers, The Margaret Albritton Gallery is one of a kind.

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Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography

It makes you forget that you are actually in Florida. It feels as if you’re in a different world, on a laid-back island in the Caribbean…

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Or perhaps in another world? :)

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Oh yes, there are a couple of great places where you can go after your visit. Just a nice reminder!

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Life certainly runs at a different pace here. No rush, just take time to live in the moment and truly enjoy life! Kick back and relax if you wish.

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

The following left me speechless, it’s simply amazing!

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

If the exterior is already impressive, what can be possibly found indoors?

As soon as you reach the entrance, you know that you’re about to live an unforgettable visual experience!

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Gary and Margaret Albritton are not only own a restaurant, they are also talented and very creative artists.

The gallery and studio allow you to feel like kid in a candy store! There is so much to see that you don’t even know where to start looking or in which direction. You will find a great variety of tropical art, home décor, beach themed articles, original cards, paintings, frames, t-shirts and so much more. Their work is definitely colorful, fun and unique :)

Allow me to take you on a tour of the gallery!

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76

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As you know by now, I tend to be restless and have that adventurous spirit that takes over sometimes :)

After speaking for a few minutes with Margaret and congratulating her on her amazing store, I stepped outside and explored a bit.

I couldn’t help but capture these beauties on my way…

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Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76, outdoors

Life sure is good in Florida :)

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So many places, so little time :(

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Palm trees, Margaret Albritton Gallery, Placida, Florida, travel, art, SW Florida, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida, travel, photography, TS76, outdoors

I was only able to go for a short stroll before someone came to find me. It was time to leave :(

Exploring and going where your inner GPS (your heart) leads you is great because you get to see and experience things you’d otherwise miss! I’m so glad I did follow the hunch :)

Feeling the light breeze, the warm sun and looking up to give thanks is something I sure will never forget!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the gallery and the beautiful scenery.

If you are ever in Southwest Florida, and if you are an art lover of course, stop by, you will have a great time like we did!

 

The Margaret Albritton Gallery is located at:

13020 Fishery Road in Placida, Florida.

You can contact them at 1- 941-698-0603

I would like to thank Margaret Albritton for welcoming us into her gallery, art studio and gift shop, as well as Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau and Above Water PR allowing us to discover this gem in the area and for coordinating this visit.

 

 

Are you an Art Fan?

If so what is your favorite museum or gallery

and where it is located?

 

 

I can’t wait to read from you! You can include links or photos if you wish.

Until next time,

Tashi Delek, wishing you all the best

 

Karla :)

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Terrebonne Wine and History Festival 2014

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A one of a kind wine & history festival? Sounds great doesn’t it? That’s just what the Festival Vins et Histoire de Terrebonne offers every year in a small yet charming town bearing the same name which is located only 30 minutes away from Montreal.

I had the opportunity of attending the 18th edition this year. It is an annual gathering of wine enthusiasts, importers, distribution agencies and over 1000 products brought in from around the world!  The setting is the spectacular Île-des-Moulins, a historic site that dates back to the 1700’s.

Honestly I had never been there before, so I asked my best friend, who happens to be a connoisseur of the liquid of the Gods, to come with me and she agreed without hesitation!

We arrived in the picturesque Vieux-Terrebonne (Old part of the city).

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Now according to the number of vehicles, we knew they were all going to the same place we were!

We walked towards the entrance to buy our tickets

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and we received in return a bracelet along with a real glass and a few coupons to exchange for a sample.

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It was then time to start our wine tour!

Terrebonne, Quebec, Lanaudiere, Festival Vins et Histoire Terrebonne 2014, Vieux-Terrebonne, TS76, photography, travel

We decided to go around each exhibitor’s stand to learn about their products and keep a mental note for the second round!

It was pretty colorful at first sight and eye-catching if you ask me :)

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The day was sunny and very hot, so we were thirsty but we moved from one stand to another.

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One thing I must mention is the coupon system. Each one of the bottles had a number assigned to them. It simply meant how many coupons you needed in order to taste a sample.

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Big wine producer countries such as: France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand were prominent.

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Bottles chilling

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Bubbly anyone?

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How awesome are these bottles?

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However we were happy to see local producers

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as well as companies emerging from wine country in California!

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Striking a pose at the Barefoot Wine Stand

The crowd grew bigger and bigger, hence we did not get the chance to talk a lot with the representatives in order to get more information or a bit of history of the winemaking other than the description on the bottle! I truly wish they had more material available.

The great variety was extensive and quite impressive; it sure made us even thirstier!

I was particularly drawn to this stand! It was finally time for me to drink, so I went for R.H Phillips 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from California!

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What was my first impression you may ask? Well, after smelling it first, then swirling the glass and taking a sip, It is bold, fruity, easy on the palate and so good! I definitely loved it and need to buy a bottle next time I see it in stores :)

One cannot fully appreciate a drink without food, so we went to get something to eat. Fortunately there were a few options available. Annie went for a healthy lunch while I ordered a German Bratwurst sandwich!

We looked for a spot to sit down and relax and found just the right place :)

Île-des-Moulins, Terrebonne, Quebec, Lanaudiere, Festival Vins et Histoire Terrebonne 2014, Vieux-Terrebonne, TS76, photography, travel

I can’t even begin to describe how lovely it is! How on earth did I miss this area in the past?

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Raising my glass

Île-des-Moulins, Terrebonne, Quebec, Lanaudiere, Festival Vins et Histoire Terrebonne 2014, Vieux-Terrebonne, TS76, photography, travel

After having a great conversation, savoring our food & wine, we decided to leave the site and go for a walk.

We crossed over to Île St-Jean from where you can admire Île-des-Moulins. What  spectacular views you are treated to along the way!

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Bridge, Île-des-Moulins, Terrebonne, Quebec, Lanaudiere, Festival Vins et Histoire Terrebonne 2014, Vieux-Terrebonne, TS76, photography, travel

Rivière des Mille-Îles, Île-des-Moulins, Terrebonne, Quebec, Lanaudiere, Festival Vins et Histoire Terrebonne 2014, Vieux-Terrebonne, TS76, photography, travel

Île-des-Moulins, Terrebonne, Quebec, Lanaudiere, Festival Vins et Histoire Terrebonne 2014, Vieux-Terrebonne, TS76, photography, travel

Rivière des Mille-Îles, Terrebonne, Quebec, Lanaudiere, Festival Vins et Histoire Terrebonne 2014, Vieux-Terrebonne, TS76, photography, travel

It is actually possible to get your feet wet in the Rivière des Mille-Îles which rushes through. Believe it or not some people were swimming and refreshing themselves on that hot summer day!

The park is so serene, just the right place to relax, unwind and let go!

Île St-Jean, Terrebonne, Quebec, Lanaudiere, Festival Vins et Histoire Terrebonne 2014, Vieux-Terrebonne, TS76, photography, travel

You know I am always looking out for the best photography spots and was so happy to have found it ;)

Rivière des Mille-Îles, Île-des-Moulins, Terrebonne, Quebec, Lanaudiere, Festival Vins et Histoire Terrebonne 2014, Vieux-Terrebonne, TS76, photography, travel

I felt as if I went back in time even if it was momentarily :)

Sadly all good things come to an end, we had to make our way back home but we were pretty happy about the time we spent in this beautiful location and especially for being able to catch up with each other’s lives!

It will be remembered as one of the most beautiful summer days of 2014.

Now I’m turning it over to you.

Tell me,

 

Have you ever traveled to attend a wine festival?

If so where was it?

If not, would you like to go to one & where?

I can’t wait to hear more about it!

Until next time,

All the best,

K

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Blogger Spotlight On: Justin and Lauren

Hi everyone! Welcome to the August Edition of Blogger Spotlight On. I hope you are enjoying your summer so far!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to our guests Justin & Lauren also known as @JustinLaurenXO on Twitter.

Justin and Lauren, bloggers, travel, Montreal, Quebec, photography,

Walking in Old Montreal, Quebec

They are a Canadian couple from Ontario, who love to travel, eat vegan food, nature and dream of going on adventures all over the world!

Let’s learn more about them :)

 

Could you please tell us more about yourselves?

We are a couple in our mid-twenties/early thirties from Ontario, Canada. We love nature and outdoor adventures, and we like challenging ourselves by trying new things, whether it be snorkeling, kayaking

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Paddling away in Put-in-Bay, Ohio

or our upcoming trip…white-water rafting! We adore animals and passionate about helping them – we both consume a vegan diet, meaning that we don’t eat any animal products. We live at home for most of the year and work full-time jobs, and we travel as much as we possibly can. We share our apartment with our cat, Chickpea.

 

When did you two meet?

We met at work! We both work as video editors in the television industry. Justin interned at my workplace, but I didn’t meet him until he was hired. I remember the first day that we worked together; we had some great conversations and had many similar interests. Our “first date” was walking around Toronto going record shopping together, and the rest is history!

 

What are your earliest memories of travel?

My earliest memories of travel would be going “up north” to cottage country in Ontario to Wasaga Beach or Sauble Beach. My family also used to take trips to Florida when I was younger, so we’d pack up the car and drive down there – which would take about 24 hours in total! We would stop halfway and stay overnight somewhere. I have lots of fond memories of trips driving down to Florida with my family. I actually didn’t mind the long road trips, even as a little kid! I started keeping journals, collecting “souvenirs” to paste into them, like napkins or sugar packets from the restaurants we stopped at. I suppose you could say I was a little travel blogger in training! As for Justin, his earliest memories of travel are also to Florida, except his family would fly there rather than driving.

 

Which transportation mode do you prefer? Car, train or plane?

At the moment, even though flying can be a bit of a hassle, I would prefer by plane because that would mean we’re flying somewhere far away! Right now, we do a lot of traveling by car on road trips. I love train travel, too, although haven’t had the opportunity to do too much of that yet. I would also like to add that we both adore riding bicycles around places that we visit, especially on our recent visit to Quebec City!

 

What have been the destinations you have traveled together?

We have been fortunate enough to visit many islands in the Caribbean together, including Aruba, Bonaire

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Touring Bonaire

Grenada, Dominica, St. Thomas, St. John, and the Bahamas. We’ve also traveled to Montreal, Quebec City, parts of New York State, Ohio, and all over our own province of Ontario.

 

What are your dream destinations?

Our dream destination is Italy, and we plan on going there next spring! We are incredibly excited. Other dream destinations of ours include Iceland, Japan, Hawaii, Scotland, New Zealand and actually…all over the world! I keep reading about different amazing destinations, which causes my list of dream destinations to expand!

 

Tell us a bit more about your blog, when did you start & what are the plans for the future?

We started our blog to chronicle our own adventures and trips together, so we could look back on our fun times and remember everything that we did as a couple. We started our blog about a year into our relationship (our blog is about a year and three months old right now). We’re both really interested in photography, videography and I love writing…so the blog was born! As for the future, we plan to keep taking more photos of places that we visit, and we’d like to start incorporating more video into our blog.

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Riding Segways in Nassau, Bahamas

Tell us a funny story that happened during a trip

One funny story that happened early on in our relationship: Justin and I were driving across the border from Canada to the USA for the first time together. We were going for a day trip to the theme park, Darien Lake. Justin had never driven across the border as the driver before. All went well, and the border guard allowed us to drive across. Except, Justin didn’t know where he was driving, and it was a little bit confusing, so he ended up driving towards another border guard who ended up waving us over. Little did we know, but this was an area where people were instructed to pull over if they needed to have their cars checked for bombs or weapons! We heard the border guard say into his walkie-talkie, “Oh, it’s a self-referral” (meaning us), and we had to drive into a big line-up of cars, get out of the car, and stand-off to the side. A big truck that must have detected if something illegal was in the cars drove past all of the vehicles while we waited. We were laughing about how silly we were – we should have just kept on driving onto the highway! Oh well, lesson learned!

 

Do you have a favorite quote?

I’m not sure who first said this, but it sure is true!

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer

I would much rather be “rich” with amazing memories of seeing the world than be surrounded by possessions!  I am happiest now living as minimally as possible in our apartment together as I would be if I had a house, a fancy car, and lots of things. I would rather travel around the world with Justin as much as possible!

 

What advice would you give to a couple traveling?

Definitely discuss what you’d like to do ahead of time and compromise. Unless you want to do exactly the same things and you have exactly the same travel style, you should meet halfway. I discovered on our last trip to Quebec City that I can definitely try to pack too much into one day, and Justin definitely likes to relax more and soak in the surroundings. I also like to do that too, so I find that he helps to balance out my crazy rushing around mentality.

 

How can we follow or contact you?

You can visit our blog, Justin Plus Lauren. And you can also follow us on the following social media channels:

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That was great learning so much about you two!

Thank you for taking time of your busy schedule. My readers and I appreciate the time you took to answer all questions!

We sincerely wish you all the best and most importantly, Happy Travels :)

Until next time,

All the best,

Kay

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