Tuesday, November 27, 2007

for now...

I just wanted to let you know that I won't be updating this blog anymore. Work and school are a little crazy right now. Although I will still be visiting blogs whenever i get a chance.
Thanks for all of your comments over the past 6 or 7 months.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Paseo de los Tristes

This is the Paseo de los Tristes. It means Promenade of the Sad... It gets this name because they used to carry dead bodies through here up to the cemetery.
There isn't anything sad about it as you walk through it in present day. In fact it is a beautiful area filled with shops and cafes that you can see in the above pictures. As well you get a beautiful view of the Alhambra from down here.
Tomorrow I will post more detailed pictures of the shops and the merchandise they sell.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Natural Habitat

So other than the desert... this is where cactus can live! If you look on the right side of the picture, those are real life cacti. I still can't believe it. Didn't really go to Spain expecting that. Palm trees - yes, Cactus - no.
This is also that Chinese lane that I was talking about the other day... It goes up the hill and around the Alhambra. Quite a nice view from up here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Taking a dip

That's me taking a dip in a stream near the Alahambra... VERY hot afternoon in Granada.
It was after climbing a long road which I believe was called something among the lines of Chinese lane... I'll put up pictures of the lane itself tomorrow. It was my first experience in seeing cacti in their natural habitat.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Churros and Fresh OJ

Here is a traditional Spanish breakfast - Churros with fresh orange juice and of course coffee!
Fine... churros are not really healthy... essentially they are like donuts. BUT you can eat them in the name of following the land's culture and therefore feel way less guilty about it.
MUST try them at least once if you are in Spain!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Beautiful Gardens

This is part of the gardens of the Alhambra "Generalife". I absolutely love the pink flowers that are overflowing from the side of the wall.
One of my favourite things about Spain is that they value water so much. Granada is not near any body of water... it is more or less in the centre of Spain. However, despite this you can see fountains almost everywhere.
Tomorrow I'll post more of fountains - and me - taking a dip to stay cool!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Alhambra #1

A ceiling from the Alhambra. This was a large location that was the home of the Muslim kings in Granada, Spain. They let about 2000 tourists in each day to visit the area... this means that if you want to get in you have to line up no later than 7:30 am. We lined up at around 7:00 and got tickets at about 10:00 am to go in after 2:00pm. Although - trust me - after 3 hours of waiting in line in the freezing cold morning and the overheated afternoon - FULLY WORTH IT!
I would recommend clicking on the picture so you can see it in large view. The carvings on the walls are really amazing.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hello From Spain

I know I've been away forever... I'm BACK though! I have absolutely no excuses... school got really busy and then I went to Spain and somehow this blog was what got neglected.

From today onwards I'm going to keep you updated - from Spain!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

A sunset to remember

So today I was just sitting around doing my work, trying to pick between a bunch of mediocre pictures to put up on the blog... and then I looked outside my window and saw this! I have never seen so many colours in the sky before... it's just amazing. I haven't edited anything, I haven't changed the colours, this is the same sky I saw. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Short Break...

Hey everyone... I need to take a 2 day break for the reason show above :)
It's a friends birthday tonight and I foresee that I will not be able to post until Monday night.
Hope you're all having a good weekend!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Top 10 things of Spring - Post #3

BABY DUCKS! They really speak for themselves...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Top 10 things of Spring - Post #2

I know this is absolutely horrible... but it's true...
I love spring because I can sit under a blossoming tree and smoke in peace. I hate winter because it's too cold to go outside and smoke, and I hate summer because it's just too hot to smoke. So spring, with it's ever so perfect temperature, is my favourite season because I can do one of my favourite things :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Top 10 things of Spring - Post #1

Anyone who has visited this blog more than once must know that I love Spring! And most people do... It's a good season. And since it's the last month of spring (in the northern hemisphere) I thought I'd just go through some of the things I love about spring. They are not in any order... I'll post them as I come across them (or realise them)
So today... it's FRUIT:
I love eating fruit during spring. a- Spring fruit just tastes better.... it's a bit of a mystery to me... but it does! b- The weather is hot... so it's nice to bite into a cold apple right out of the fridge, or even better, to burn your tongue with the acid of a pineapple :)

Monday, May 28, 2007

Waterloo Park - Day 2

The Birds: I'm not sure what the top ones are... they look a little like geese, but most geese don't look like that around here... and why would they keep geese in a fenced off area? If anyone knows please let me know, I'm rather curious.
The bottom one is a pond with ducks and fish around it... it just seems like such a peaceful and pleasant little place. Would love to sit there and read a book.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Waterloo Park - Day 1

Sorry about the unexpected break everyone. Hope you all had a good weekend!
I spend some time in Waterloo Park, there is a small zoo there. I usually visit to feed the rabbits, but unfortunately they weren't there... However, I did see this very cute pony and the two rather shy llamas. All in all it was a good weekend, perfect sunshine (until a little rain earlier today).
Tomorrow, some more of the fellas I met!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Good to be Green

This is the outside of my house after the storm... At the time the rain seemed pretty horrible but in the end it made everything greener. I will start wandering the city again starting today, and from tomorrow more touristy photos! We're experiencing a bit of a heat wave (high 20's) so it will be nice to go browse the city with an ice-cold Popsicle :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Another Storm

This is the view from inside my room during yet another spring storm... I liked the ripple effect the water was creating on the glass. The wind was SO HARD though, I honestly thought that the window frames were going to break away... But, it was not so, I am still alive and still have a proper house!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Tallest Tower in the World?

It's my turn to be a tourist in Toronto.... This is the CN Tower and the Sky Dome. Two of Toronto's most famous land marks. Since I was there this weekend, I thought I'd play the role of tourist, go downtown and take some photos... The only problem was that it was a little cloudy and cold; but I think it turned out ok...
The CN Tower is the tallest tower in the world, I believe, for at least a few more months until a new one goes up... I think it's being build in either China or Japan right now... Anyone know?

Saturday, May 19, 2007

An Evening with Damien Rice

Last night I went to a Damien Rice concert in Toronto at Massey Hall.
My avatar is the inside cover of his latest CD, so that should tell you a lot about how much I like him... (although it also does look a lot like me). We had seats on the THIRD ROW - although at the very side... It was the best concert I have ever been to. If he comes to your city (and you actually like his music) I would highly recommend going to see him!

Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Chinatown - French Style

Entrance gate into the Montreal Chinatown.
Montreal has a really nice Chinatown. This is almost a smaller version on the one in San Francisco, and if you have had the pleasure of going there I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, if not make sure that you do go sometime because it is a must-see (San Francisco)!
On another note, Montreal has the WORST drivers in all of Canada... and you can see that in this picture as one of the cars is about to run some people down...
Fun Fact: Turning right on Red is illegal in Montreal.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Haunted House?

This is a Cathedral in Montreal. Once again, I'm not sure where it is or what it's called... We were lost and it was dark. Yes, I know, I am directionally challenged.
To me it looks like a Haunted House because of the way the lights are shining.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Rocket Ship Down

Off to Montreal for a couple of days. This is a cool little building, no idea where 'cause I was lost when I found it... I'm sure that helps! I thought it was pretty random... You only see things like this in Montreal (or are at least WAY more likely to see them) compared to the rest of Canada.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Open Window

Really fun looking decoration on this building. I like the window... It reminds me a little of Shrek...

Friday, May 11, 2007

Looking up to the Heavens

Just lying down on the ground, look up to the rest of the world... There is so much out there beyond the blue that we don't know about... Hope it's more peaceful than our planet. :)
Pop over to Cheltenham DP if you don't believe our world is a mess...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Old Tree

The storm is over, and all is well. Actually, it was a bit of a fake storm, not even any thunder! I was a little disappointed. Although I did get caught in the rain.
Anyway... I found this tree in a town called Elora, located near Waterloo. It has a lot of character; it looks so old and wise... I wouldn't mind having something like this in my house.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Start of a Storm

The storm JUST began... I'm counting down the minutes to when the power is going to go out. You can't really see it in the picture, but you can tell that everything is wet! I have a bad feeling that it's just going to get worse...
This is certainly a big difference compared to yesterday's perfectly blue sky. Hope y'all are having better weather than us!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Waterloo Pond

Just enjoying the weather with some ducks beside a nice little pond. I love being in school for the summer... This way I can be outside during the best parts of the day!
Tomorrow there is going to be a major storm in the city, I'll try to bring you the results!

Monday, May 7, 2007

My neighbour

This lovely fellow came to greet me during my first week in Waterloo. This photo was taken without zoom. This is how close this goose was to me. These animals are not afraid of people, which is a cause for concern. I think because Waterloo is a university town, and so many people feed the geese they have become very friendly (and overly obese).
But nonetheless it was nice to be greeted :)

Going Away

Sorry that I took such a long break! I was unpacking and my professors have already started to cram us with work... joyous.
One of my co-workers made me this cake (trifle actually) for my last day. It was probably one of the best things I have ever eaten. Absolutely delicious! And since it looks pretty nice too I thought I'd post some pictures of it and make everyone a little jealous.
Tomorrow, I will bring you pictures of my new home!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Telephone anyone?

Another classic London shot. Seriously, how can you NOT love this city?!?

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Classic London

Tower Bridge, classic London sky and the Thames. In my personal opinion, this is one of the best views in the world. For more London, checkout one of my favourite DP blogs London Daily Photo.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Princess Di Memorial

The Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, which took an extraordinarily long amount of time to build, is located in Hyde Park. I was in London for 16 hours waiting for my connection flight... so... where would I go but here? This is actually on the very day of the second bombings in London. So you could only go as far as Knighsbridge on the Underground...
It is a very nice fountain, and when you see it you don't really care that it took so long to build. Even though it wasn't a particularly warm day, there were children playing around the fountain. It is a very peaceful place.

Sunday, April 29, 2007


To me this place just look unreal. The train on the right reminds me of the Hogwarts Express (Harry Potter)... It's a cute little town, wouldn't mind living there!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Town of Battle

My last photo from Battle. Tomorrow I will take you all to Hastings.
From this angle, the Abbey is directly behind me, as is a small restaurant called "Pilgrim's Rest". This is the rest of the town... not very big is it?

Friday, April 27, 2007

From another view....

This is from the tower outside the main abbey that the school has turned into an art studio. Nice place to draw! I liked the view from up here... so here it is! It's one of the only ways you can see nearly the entire building.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Imagine going to school here...

I don't know about you guys, but my school was definitely never this nice... Yes, at this point a part of Battle Abbey is under construction, but I don't think it takes too much away. Imagine learning to use 21st century technology in a building built 10 centuries earlier... Magic, isn't it?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Bloody Lake

Just past these hills there is a small lake (a pond really), the Bloody Lake. It is rumoured that the water turned red during the Battle of Hastings because of all the bodies that fell into it.
I was standing just outside of the Abbey as I took this picture. It is about an hour walk to reach the lake from this point.
The land you see in front of you is the very site of the Battle of Hastings. In fact, the reenactments that are held annually are held at this very spot.
In my personal opinion it is a site too beautiful to be used for such gruesome purposes... but then again so are many other sites that see the same fate.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Seen King Harold?

These are some of the ruins in the grounds of Battle Abbey. It is rumoured that the ghost of Harold II of England dwells in these ruins. Most of the students of Battle, particularly the older girls (the school was actually an all girls school until about 20 years ago) will tell you stories of sightings of a ghost when they walked through this particular ruin...
More to come...
PS. I'm sorry about the delay, we had a storm in Toronto last night that left us without Internet and television. It was a pretty boring night...

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Battle Abbey

This is a picture of (a small part of) Battle Abbey. It is a classic, British style boarding school. The town of Battle is located in East Sussex, and it is the location of the the Battle of Hastings.
More pictures and information of this location tomorrow.


Hi Everyone, I just wanted to let you know that during the next week I am packing and moving to a new city. Exciting! I unfortunately will not have time to take picture...
HOWEVER, I will be bringing you some pictures from my last visit to England.
Hope you're all enjoying the weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Red Brick

So there I was, just walking along the street... And then to my surprise, I see this building! I really liked the look of it. The red brick with the green window and door frames made the house look really different than most other houses you see around. Although the dome-type-thing at the top is most definitely the best feature (IMHO). Plus, as a spring bonus, the sky is perfectly blue!
Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Masonic Temple #2

You’re going to have to enlarge the picture to see the “Masonic Temple” Sign on this one. I particularly like this location for two reasons:

1- The temple is now the MTV building. The North American (born in the USA) Music Channel that is often accused of “corrupting minds of children”.

2- It’s located on "Church Street". You can see the street sign on the right of the picture.

It’s all a little Ironic isn’t it?

By the way, even though it was supposed to rain in Toronto yesterday, it was a very beautiful sunny day! Lesson learned: never trust meteorologists.