Catching Up

12 Jul

I have been M.I.A. lately with the blog, and I apologize, but there really hasn’t been much new happening. Since my last entry there have been a few momentous occasions, and for some reason I never have my camera to document them.

Fairmont Float in Canada Day Parade

Fairmont Float in Canada Day Parade

 

Canada Day in St. Andrews was definitely entertaining. Main street is closed off, the regular market is ‘supersized’, there is a parade, cake cutting at the hotel, fireworks (that could rival major cities across Canada), and celebrations that continue into the night. It also kicks off the start of the busy summer season, and I can say the town and the hotel have thawed from the winter months and come to life as much as the flowers that line the streets in town. I had the day off, so I volunteered my time to help out with the face-painting booth, raising money for a charity going towards a local memorial scholarship. We were taking donations for the face painting and giving out ice-cold jumbo freezies. In total we raised over $400, not to bad for a day of fun in the sun.

Bikes Lining the Streets of St. A

Bikes Lining the Streets of St. A

More recently this past weekend St. Andrews was home to the annual Atlanticade Festival. Brining 100s of bikers from across North America to come and join in on the festivities. For five days there were beer gardens, live entertainment, show and shines, and anything else that comes along with a biker festival. Personally, I am not a big fan of motorcycles, not too sure why, but they are just not my cup of tea. I have never been on one, so I am basing my stigma around them on something I have never tried before. Someday, I will find someone who I trust my life with and I will go for a ride, but until then I will stay scared of the beautiful noisy machines.

Pool Day

Pool Day

The rest of my time lately has been preoccupied by sunny days at the pool and working lots. I am starting to realize that the summer is basically half over for myself. One month and a couple weeks and I will be finishing up here and making my way back to Victoria to pack for my exchange semester to Taiwan (which my VISA just arrived for yesterday!!). Reading my Lonely Planet Travel Guide for Taiwan just gets me more and more excited. So far my lists of things to do while I am there include:

–       Sun Moon Lake

–       Night Markets In Taipei

–       Snorkel Penghu Island

–       Drink lots of really good TEA

–       Surf in Kenting National Park

 

Now I am getting quite ahead of myself as I still have time here in New Brunswick, where there is also a list of things I really would like to do here as well:

–       Visit Hopewell Rocks

–       Swim in the Bay of Fundy

–       Eat a lobster

–       Hike and swim at Chamcook Mountain and Lake

–       Go to Boston (maybe)

–       Whale watching

–       Trip to PEI or Nova Scotia

 

The majority of these things I will be able to achieve with a few friends and when family comes to visit. Boston is a big one, and I would LOVE to go see a Red Socks game!

With my time here already flying by I am going to be a little more aggressive with planning all of these things! I know that there is so much more of the East Coast left to explore and will have to come back someday to tour it all. I am very excited to see what I can achieve in the next few weeks, and even more excited to know that visits from friends and family are soon to come!

ps. I am reading a really great book right now that is called ‘What Casanova Told Me’ by Susan Swan, much of the book is about travel and new adventures. In this book he lists his 10 Principles of Travel. Here are a couple quotes that I absolutely love:

 

“3. Travelling is like breathing, so exhale the old, inhale the new and allow your heartbreak to fall away behind you.”

“4. What you desire always awaits you if you are brave enough to recognize it.”

“9. Your journey is not over until you bestow  a gift on the lands you have visited, knowing full well that you will never be able repay  half the riches they bestow on you.”

 

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