Moving in: 5 things I’m glad I brought​, 5 things I forgot, and 5 things I didn’t need

Sooooooo. University is a thing. A busy thing. A thing that is kinda strange and new and exciting and all-consuming for the first month. I’ve worked on a few posts while I’ve been here, but haven’t been all that pleased with the final product, and haven’t been publishing them. Sorry about that. I hope this makes up for it?

5 Things I’m Glad I Brought With Me

  1. My plants. they really make the dorm feel more like home, and it’s been fun to name them with my friends. So far, each name is based on a different strange story we’ve had.                  Screen Shot 2017-09-25 at 12.37.52 PM.jpg
  2. Dish towels. I have a full kitchen, and god, have these been useful. Life is messy.giphy-1.gif
  3. Knick-knacks and photos. Because otherwise, your room is just a dorm. Most of these have a story behind them, so it’s a good way to make it feel a little more like home. Plus, the photos remind you to stay in touch with people.
  4. Reusable grocery bags. Because there’s no way in hell that those flimsy 5 cent bags will make the journey home when that overstuffed. xNxTdbBSgF._UX970_TTW__.jpg
  5. Noise-cancelling headphones. The city doesn’t sleep, but you’ll want to. Put them on, flip the switch, and you’re good to go.

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Back to School Taco Bar Party

Every year, as classes start again, my family hosts a back to school party the night before everyone gets busy again. This year, with the whole me-going-to-university thing, it was a little more complicated, and instead of our traditional barbecue, a couple days before we had a taco bar with a few of my friends. With the options of Tinga de Pollo, black beans, and every topping you could want, there was something for everyone-perfect for situations with large groups of people and any kind of food restrictions.

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An Idiot’s Guide to Prepping for University

There’s nothing quite like standing on a precipice, preparing to jump into the unknown void of college, that makes you realize you have no. fucking. clue. what you’re doing.

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Welcome back to “An Idiot’s Guide”, a segment where, I, an idiot, try to explain the realities of a situation. I hope this is helpful, entertaining, or both.

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Summer Lemon and Lavender Meringue Tartlets

As the most popular favourite season, summer has a lot of fans-maybe it’s the sunny weather, maybe it’s laid back attitudes, maybe(probably) it’s because school isn’t in session. Who knows?

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Well That Was Unexpected: A Week in Istanbul

Ahhhhh Facebook. 99% of the time, you’re a home for people to post unpopular opinions and bicker, but that last 1% is wonderful.

During our trip to Greece, my mum was active on Facebook, posting pictures. That was when something beautiful happened; Her childhood friend saw them. one thing led to another, and flights were changed, the boys were on their way home, and my mum and I were on out unexpected adventure to visit her friend in Istanbul.

It’s funny how the world works, isn’t it?

The next week was filled with old stories, catching up, and the incredible city of Istanbul. My mum was an exchange student in Turkey when she was young, so for her it was like coming home. The food, the prayers, seeing her friend. But for me, it was entirely new. Istanbul is possibly the most colourful city I have ever seen, in every sense- the food and spices, the scents, the landscape, the architecture. It was incredible.

We spent quite a bit of time touring.

Day one was primarily history- Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque. We spent the day steeped in history.

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Day two we did another tour, this time going up the river and visiting the spice market

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The amount of Turkish delight was certifiably dangerous.

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Greece: Family road tripping

Boy, it’s been a while…..

Sorry about that. After we left Spetses, the internet was a little spotty and we were pretty busy. We got home a couple days ago, so I figured it’s probably time to do part 3 of the wild Greek adventure I just had.

After our time in Spetses, my family decided we needed to see something more than beautiful beaches. I mean, the beaches are great, but my parents were talking about the Cultural Learning Experience this would be. As someone who has studied Greek history, the nerd in me got way too excited. So on the 29th we packed up, grabbed a water taxi to Porto Cheli, and went on our way.

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Here’s a general look at our route. We spread the route over about a week and spent the last couple of days in Athens. If we were to do it again, I think doing it over 10 days would allow better investigation of all the sites, museums, and cities. I would also do it when it’s a little cooler, as 40 degrees Celsius was a little bit deadly.

Without further ado, here’s our trip:

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Greece: Spetses part 2

Spetses: the island of good food, good wine, and good beaches. For the first leg of our trip, my family rented a beautiful villa on Spetses with my cousins. IMG_4988 Continue reading