5 great iPhoneography tips

January was a blockbuster month for us in terms of extracurricular learning. We’ve learnt how to use a 3D printer, how to skate, the art of sushi making and now we’ve added iPhoneography to the list. We thought we knew our way around our iPhones pretty well, but your smartphone is even more powerful that you think. Last week we attended a brilliant workshop hosted by … Continue reading 5 great iPhoneography tips

Our experience flagpoling at Niagara Falls

Activating our second IEC work permits at Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls An IEC working holiday visa can only be activated at a Port of Entry to Canada. This means that if you’re already in Canada you have to leave the country and come back in again. In 2014 we chose to do this by taking a trip to Seattle. This time we decided to go for the … Continue reading Our experience flagpoling at Niagara Falls

American Falls

Why it is worth visiting the American side of the Niagara Falls

It’s a well known fact that the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls is far better than the American, but when we had to cross the border to activate our second work permits we decided to see what the other side had to offer. First off, crossing Rainbow Bridge by foot into the States is really easy, just make sure you have your passport and 2 … Continue reading Why it is worth visiting the American side of the Niagara Falls

A long weekend in Chicago: Part 1

A long weekend in Chicago: Part 1

Exploring the Windy City’s parks and architecture When you live in Europe, one of the cool things is that you are never more than a train ride or short flight away from exploring a new city over a long weekend. Now that we are living in North America we can now have long weekends exploring a new set of cities, that ordinarily you would not … Continue reading A long weekend in Chicago: Part 1

6 reasons to fly Porter

6 reasons to fly Porter

Over this past year we’ve flown with Porter more than any other airline. They’ve taken us to Boston, Chicago and Washington DC (blog posts on those later trips to come). On all of those trips we have enjoyed flying Porter, despite an overnight delay for Stewart. In an age when airlines charge for every little thing it’s been nice to experience one that has a … Continue reading 6 reasons to fly Porter

Cat Fostering

Our experience of cat fostering

Looking after kitties for Toronto Cat Rescue – one year on* *probably don’t read this if you have no interest in cats It’s been just over a year since we took in our first foster cat, Maggie, and it’s crazy to think that since then we have helped 13 cats find their ‘furever’ homes. Over the past 12 months we’ve put up with horrible smells, been woken … Continue reading Our experience of cat fostering

Stratford Ontario Chocolate Trail

Visiting Stratford in November

Stratford, Ontario is famous for 2 reasons – hosting North America’s most prestigious Shakespeare festival and being the home town of Justin Bieber. But we didn’t visit for either of those reasons, much to the confusion of my colleagues. What we did experience was good food, yummy chocolate and a relaxing break. The town itself is pretty small but well equipped for tourists, as you would expect for a destination that … Continue reading Visiting Stratford in November

Toronto Christmas Market

Now in its 6th year, Toronto’s European style Christmas Market has been ranked by many as one of the best Christmas Markets in the world. Located in the historic Distillery District, the market features all the festivities you would expect, including Santa, a 54-foot Christmas tree, a mini Ferris Wheel and plenty of mistletoe. It’s the perfect way to kick off the festive season. We visited … Continue reading Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

5 things we did wrong during the Toronto Santa Claus Parade

The Santa Claus Parade is a Toronto tradition that’s been going 111 years. It’s broadcast on national television and over half a million people line the parade route ever year. Therefore it’s fair to say it’s a pretty big deal. So on November 15th we stopped what we were doing (looking for parkas in Hudson’s Bay) and headed over to University Avenue to catch a glimpse … Continue reading 5 things we did wrong during the Toronto Santa Claus Parade