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My partner and I spent an amazing, beautiful, fun week in Cancun from January 9th - January 16th, 2020. I know it was a good trip because I started full on crying the day we had to leave. I also know it was a good...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFhJyjr_qhA My boyfriend and I just got back from Las Vegas, where we clowned around for a week (as one does). As usual I made a silly vlog about it. Here are some photos, too, which can be broken down into a few categories...

[caption id="attachment_412" align="alignnone" width="3264"] I watched live jazz and drank wine at the top floor bar in the Royal Ontario Museum? Wtf? Amazing???[/caption] After spending three weeks in Montréal in June, I carried on to Toronto for three weeks in July. I arrived on an overnight Megabus totally exhausted from A) the deadly heatwave that began during my last few days in MTL, and B) finishing up reading My Friend Leonard on the bus and CRYING. I was out of it and missing home and not sure how up for Toronto I really was, even though I knew from my last trip that I loved it there. Well, I looked up from my book as the bus pulled into downtown, and the excitement and love came rushing back to me. I fucking love Toronto. I don't even know what it is about it. I just fucking love this city so much. And I had a STELLAR month pretending I actually live there, getting to know the place like the back of my hand, treating my damn self, and making new friends. This trip really solidified my goal of moving there in a few years. AHHHHHH.

In June I spent three weeks living in Montréal, Québec, in the Plâteau apartment of my good friend Charles (where I stayed the last time I visited the city, actually). While I can't honestly say that it's my favourite Canadian city (I love the hustle of Toronto too much, sue me), there really is no place quite like Montréal. Caught between Francophone Québecois culture and the predominantly Anglophone culture of the rest of Canada, the city has developed a very singular identity, and it has a lot to say for itself, which it does through a huge arts and culture scene. I'm glad to have spent a month essentially just living there, really getting to know the city properly, pretending to be a local.

This summer, before returning to the hellscape of post-secondary education, I'm spending a month in Montréal and a month in Toronto. While I'm living in Montréal, I thought it might be nice to dip away for a couple days to New York-- a city that feels very far from my hometown of Vancouver, but only a hop, skip, and a throw (or an 8 hour bus ride, such as it was) away from Montréal. My longtime friend (and current roommate, shouts out to him for hooking me up with a spare room in he and his friends' place) Charles was down to join me, so we set about planning our lil weekend away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4SqwdHbaCk If, like me, your heat tolerance is very poor, then here's a #LifeHack for visiting PV in late May: you can probably eat for the entire week, nonstop, and you won't gain any weight. You will sweat it all off without even doing anything strenuous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KyW4BHGdDw My best friend and I ran away from our problems to a Warm, Sunny Place for a week, and here are some photos and a video from that time. This video is 50% artsy vaporwave montage, 50% shitpost, and is therefore the video (so far) that I've made that most accurately sums me up as a person.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7m_cmeOSFI A lil somethin' somethin' I've been lowkey working on all year. 2017 has been ROUGH but I'm so grateful to have seen so many wonderful places with so many wonderful people....

[caption id="attachment_230" align="alignnone" width="3456"] Chatêau Frontenac at sunset. One of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever experienced.[/caption] After a week in Toronto and a weekend in Ottawa, I took the train to Montréal, Québec, where I was staying with one of my best friends for a week. I didn't do a ton of ~tourist~ stuff, since I'd been to the city before. I was also unfortunately getting hit with a lot of really terrible nightmares that were definitely getting to me. So I spent my time there relaxing, sampling some of St. Laurent's many bars and ice creameries, and catching up and exploring with friends.

[caption id="attachment_253" align="alignnone" width="3456"] the view at Chester Hill Lookout[/caption] My life was going a little haywire, so, as per usual, I ran away from my problems. I took a 2.5 week trip to Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, and Québec City. I hopped off the plane then took the train to the downtown core of my first stop, Toronto, wearing all the thick, warm layers I had packed with me for my late October trip to Eastern Canada. It was going to be cold, right? Everyone had told me to pack warm...