Hi, all! Hope everyone is well and enjoying my previous post about my vegan guide to Montréal! It was a lot of fun to make and I plan to do something similar for most of the cities I visit on this trip. I am currently staying on a majestic farm just south of Edinburgh in Scotland. I couldn't be happier here. The people I am staying with are SO kind and generous. The land we're on is peaceful, surrounded by rolling fields and hills, rivers, valleys and grazing, gentle creatures like sheep, chickens, hares (I call them bunnies because when I see them I get really excited and turn into my 10-year old self), pheasants, horses and cows. Now more than ever I think somewhere like this is where I need to end up. It's ideal for my mental health and well-being. That being said, Edinburgh is a rad city! Tons of vegan food, most museums and galleries are free, and the centuries-old architecture literally causes me to gasp.
22 Mar 2017
8 Mar 2017
Before beginning this guide to Montréal I must acknowledge Quebec is on the unceded indigenous territories of the Cree, Mi’qmaq, Naskapi, Algonquin, Montagnais, Abenaki, Mohawk, Attikamekw, Huron and Malecite nations, whose lands were violently taken during formal colonialism. The ongoing struggle for the recognition of their sovereignty and humanity continues today.
Okay, bebes!! I have done it. It took a bit of walking, eating and dancing but I now have compiled a list of my fave eateries, stores, tattoo artists and music venues in this city. Lemme just say quick: I was only here for 6 weeks and I'm not omniscient. This list is not complete, but it's pretty decent. Here we go!
2 Mar 2017
TRAVEL UPDATE: I got to Iceland this morning around 04:00 (they use the 24-hour clock here) and have been walking around the entire day. I am physically exhausted but mentally hyped because this city is gorgeous and stylish and way too cute. I'll be putting together an Iceland post soon, but not before I share my vegan guide to Montréal! Anyways, let's drink.
Vegan food can be as boring, exciting, strange or common as any other kind of cuisine. It's up to you. But personally it feels like I tend to eat more of the unusual stuff because I am constantly having to preface what I'm about to say about my food with "I know it sounds weird, BUT..." And when I am sharing a recipe that has spirulina as an ingredient, this is certainly the case.
19 Feb 2017
These are some [more] pics I've taken + thoughts I've been having while walking through this lovely city. Quebec is on the unceded territories of the Cree, Mi’qmaq, Naskapi, Algonquin, Montagnais, Abenaki, Mohawk, Attikamekw, Huron and Malecite nations.
The first month of this trip involved a lot of feelings and a lot of anxiety. You can check that out in my previous Montréal post. But in the past couple weeks I have found an enjoyable pace to live in, and my brain is fully invested in 'adventure / big trip mode'. I have moments when I realize it's been quite awhile since I have slept in my own bed, seen mom or been around all that is familiar in my life; but my reaction isn't to miss those reliable comforts. It's to be appreciative of my time away from them, because returning to them will be that much more fulfilling. And experiencing all that I am here - away from home - is exciting and new. I've been meeting tons of cuties, going dancing, getting tattoos, eating bowls of delicious food (mostly homemade but also at some eateries) and watching great/weird/old movies with Evie, the wonderful, beautiful, hilarious, illustrious friend I am living with. I've read a few great books and am tentatively getting back into making art (mostly colourful geometric pieces inspired by a documentary about the Bauhaus design movement).