For me, eating is pretty much a synonym of travelling. When visiting a new place, I often have a very detailed list of all the foods I want to try and I can’t wait to ask all the locals about the best places to get each one of them. In Thailand, we did it all – the street food, the curries, the coconut shakes. It was all so good!
Some people may think I am naïve, wanting to change the world one smile at a time. Do I really need to take off my pink-tinted shades and stop thinking the world is full of rainbows and butterflies?
Too often, we forget that the people surrounding us are the ones who make us truly happy. We get overwhelmed with to do list forgetting to spend time with those who make us smile. With a few friends visiting this week, I decided to drop all those chores (they can wait!) and focus on those very amazing people I am lucky enough to call friends and family.
In this day and age, there is no more denying it: we are citizens of the world, all connected in some way and all responsible for this beautiful planet we were given. Through my travels, I was fortunate enough to be reminded of how truly stunning our word is – sometimes feeling so small next to a tree that has been looking over its land for centuries, sometimes other times stopping in awe at all the colours mother nature can create or even being reminded that no matter how grand and sophisticated our innovations are, it can all be taken back.
And so, for this Earth Day, I’d like to share a few of my favourite travel shots that remind me how fortunate I am to have experienced our world. Hopefully this will also inspire you to wander, love and protect too.
Food always has been a big part of each little moment in my life. A tea and pastry when catching up with a friend, a fancy dinner out in the city to celebrate a special occasion, a beautiful roasted chicken for a family meal. At the end of a long day, it would make sense that I have something to go-to for a little comfort. That meal for me is a traditional croquet monsieur – crispy bread with the perfect amount of melted cheese inside and to top it off a creamy nutty buttery béchamel sauce. After the first bite, everything already feels better!
I’ve always put effort into ensuring our place is comfortable and full of little things we associate with great memories. Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time at home and I’ve really been enjoying these extra reminders making me smile all day long – starting with our magnet collection from all our past travels.
When I started my smile project, I never imagined it would turn into a blog or that I would ever really share my story. It was just a way for me to start making a difference in my community, even a small one.
Have you ever crossed someone in the street and noticed how happy they looked? What keeps them smiling each and every day? What is it that brings them so much joy?
I’m a big fan of collecting moments and memories rather than material things. I believe in a life rich in family, friends and happy moments that you can look back on. As I continue looking through and editing photos from our trip, I cannot help but smile at all those small moments and emotions captured forever in a photo. This week, I thought I’d share some of my favourite travel shots including this one of the very beginning at the airport with our very big backpacks and too much excitement to put into words.
Beautiful weather has settled in. Vancouverites are enjoying the sunshine, longer days, walk along the beach and me… I’m making the most of it by firing up our BBQ to make my all-time favourite ginger lemon mini pork kebabs! I’m sure the delicious smells made all my neighbours jealous.