Archives for August 2012

From the Hip Friday

Chalk it up.

Today’s photo from the hip comes from Ottawa, Canada. On the way back to our prison hostel, a snapped a shot of this street artist. It’s hard to believe he’s working in chalk. Unfortunately, there was a big rain storm a few days later and I doubt his work survived. 

xo, jill

From the Hip Friday features photos taken without the use of a viewfinder. If you have a photograph that was taken from the hip you’d like to share here, please contact me!

Introduction to Ontario.

When I arrived in Canada to visit Mike, we spent the first day exploring the town where his family lives, Oakville, Ontario.

We started the visit with a veggie burger from Licks and a Canada Dry ginger ale. It was a pretty good welcome meal.

Next, we headed out to the waterfront to see Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes (but still quite impressive!), and the second that I’ve visited.

It was strange to look out over the water and see glimpses of the US on the other side. It was also fun to see where Mike grew up during middle and high school.

The next day we headed over to Mike’s university town, Kitchener-Waterloo to meet up with some good friends from Abu Dhabi. We had lunch at a pub that might want to rethink the message its logo sends. Is it a grill or a gay bar or both?

I was so happy to be able to meet up with Sarah and Skylar before they left on their grand European tour. Plus, it’s always nice to know that friendships transcend political borders!

After lunch Mike and I drove out to the Elora Quarry with one of his friends for a little swimming and sun bathing.
Here I got to see first hand just how polite Canadians can be. The park ranger confronted a group for drinking alcohol (which was forbidden) and the conversation went something like:
Ranger: Hi. Excuse me. You can’t have alcohol here.
Man: Ok.
R: I need to know if you have anymore alcohol.
M: No, we don’t.
R: Ok, will you please ask your friend to come over here so I can ask him too? Thank you.
M: No problem.
No intimidation factor. The three of us observers couldn’t help but chuckle.
It was a great start to my visit!
xo, jill

Instant Canada

The True North*.

I managed to take a total of three trips to Canada this summer to see four** different provinces! Between visiting Banff with my mom, touring Ontario and Quebec with Mike, and participating in the Color Me Rad 5k, I’m feelin’ pretty neighborly.

Here are a few instax photos from across the border.

Canoes at Moraine Lake, Alberta
A portion of theTen Peaks at Moraine Lake, Alberta

Flag of Quebec

Street corner in Montreal, Quebec

The delicious Orange Julep in Montreal, Quebec

Double exposure of a bike in Quebec City, Quebec

xo, jill

*Despite Toronto actually being south of where I live in the States! Crazy, huh?
**British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.


Is the day.

Today Mike and I board a plane to Australia!

We have our working-holiday visas and are ready for a little adventure. 
It’s strange that something that has been in the works for so long is finally here. I almost don’t believe it. 
xo, jill
PS. I have a few posts lined up, but don’t be surprised if you don’t hear too much from me in the next few weeks. From what I’ve read, Australia is a bit behind the times when it comes to wifi access.

From the Hip Friday

Bikes and bicycles.

Today’s photo from the hip is by Molly. She snapped this shot while walking down the sidewalk in Hoi An, Vietnam. I like how despite it being a busy street, you can’t see a car in sight (aside from the buses in the background).

Thanks, Molly!

xo, jill

From the Hip Friday features photos taken without the use of a viewfinder. If you have a photograph that was taken from the hip you’d like to share here, please contact me!


and changing light.

Our last evening in Canmore, I went out for a short walk. The path led through a field of wildflowers. I couldn’t help myself and had to run up for my camera.

That’s the last of our trip to Banff National Park. I look forward to returning one day.

xo, jill

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