kicking off 2017 with a trip to canada

CANADAAA!! Where do I begin!? Okay, how about when I booked this trip, my first thought was, "I am so going to freeze my butt off but f*ck it. Let's do this." What idiot—especially one who has lived in humid or fairly warm weather all her life—would travel to Canada in one of the coldest months of the year, right? I guess you could say it was a pretty spontaneous decision. I was a little desperate for a drastic change and traveling to the other side of the world seemed like a good idea. And it actually turned out to be the best thing I've done so far this year.

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As I write this, I'm sitting at my desk wearing a flowy, sleeveless dress, the sun is shining through the windows, and it is 32 degrees outside. It is pretty hot today but I normally wouldn't mind this kind of weather. I have always been a summer kind of girl; I would take sweating it out under the sun on a beach any day over cooler weather. But right now, I am missing the cold and the snow. So, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my favorite photos from the trip (and also 'cause this post is looong overdue, hehe).

One of the first places we went to was Kensington Market in Toronto. I promptly fell in love with it mostly because of all the graffiti art but also because of the whole vibe. I definitely felt like if I moved to Canada, I would definitely pick that area to live in or at least frequent.

Waiting for the bus

Waiting for the bus

We spotted a guy skateboarding in a Spidey costume, swinging his arms around as if shooting webs from his wrists. I wasn't quick enough to catch a video but it was hilarious (and, to be honest, kinda cool).

On our second trip to Kensington (yes, we went back, haha!), we went into Wanda's Pie in the Sky so my sister and our friend could get some food. Wanda's is a vegetarian cafe (we're not vegetarian though but I do love vegetarian/vegan dishes). I'm so glad we went in because the place was so cute! Come to think of it, I wish we had gone into more restaurants or cafes when we were there. A lot of them must have interesting interiors like Wanda's. I guess I'm just going to have to visit again. 

And then we went to Graffiti Alley. Because...we didn't see enough in Kensington Market? Haha!

Super awesome graffiti art aside, who unzips their coat for a photo in below zero weather? *sheepishly raises hand*

Super awesome graffiti art aside, who unzips their coat for a photo in below zero weather? *sheepishly raises hand*

This wasn't in Graffiti Alley but definitely one of my faves

This wasn't in Graffiti Alley but definitely one of my faves

Obviously, a trip to Canada wouldn't be complete without seeing the Niagara Falls. It. was. STUNNING!! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the video I posted of Horseshoe Falls (the part of the Niagara Falls that's on the Canadian side). I could stare at that body of water for ages if it wasn't so brrrr-ito!

But my absolute favorite part about the whole trip was being able to drive to Blue Mountain Resort where we learned how to snowboard. If you watch my stories on Instagram, you'll know I've become a little obsessed.

Some other highlights from the trip...

See you again real soon, Canada!

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Some photos taken by Iska Lo