The moment I spotted the gorgeous array of marbled meats hanging in the windows of the old-timey-looking Grinder Boucherie, I knew I needed to stop. It screams hipster, but GAH, I'm a sucker for good design – and slabs of
When I rented my first apartment in Québec City in 2014 several locals asked why I'm living in Old Québec (Vieux-Québec). Surely other neighbourhoods are cheaper. Why would I want to be so close to the tourists? Personally, I didn’t think it was a big deal. Old Québec is filled with history and character and marvellous architecture, why wouldn’t I want to live in Old Québec?!
I’ve eaten more than my share of lobsters over the years, but this was the first time I was cooking lobster at home, by myself. It’s not a big deal, you boil a little water with a whole lot of salt, cut the bands off the lobster claws - making sure your hands and the rest of your body is nowhere near the claws - before putting the lobster in the pot head first, and putting a lid on the pot. An easy process.
It’s 5:00 p.m. and I’m alone on Île Quarry in the Mingan Archipelago. I’m not referring to the fact that I’m travelling (and sleeping in an oTENTik tent) alone, I’m referring to the fact that I’m the only human being on this island. All night!
It’s 4:00am and I throw back the curtains in my hotel room, hoping to see clear skies after a rainy and grey arrival the day before.
I was greeted with a wall of fog so thick that I couldn’t see anything beyond my balcony railing. “NO!”, I groaned, shaking my fist weakly before shutting the curtains and crawling back into bed. Maybe if I pretend to go back to sleep Mother Nature will curb her diva act and bring on the sunshine.
I'm attracted to things that are different, odd, unique. It's like I'm in constant rebellion as I strive to find things that not everyone does. Tourist traps can be okay, but they are usually overflowing with tourists and that is just way too many people for me. No, I like the unique experiences that not everyone flocks to. The ones that make my friends and family say, You did what?!