Travels: Whale watching in Tadoussac

If you ever find yourself in the Saguenay area of Quebec and you want to see some whales, you MUST go to Tadoussac.

Tadoussac is a gorgeous village and just a two hour drive from Quebec City. If you don’t speak French, no worries. It’s touristy enough that most people in town are bilingual.

Whale tours average around $70-80 for 2 hours on the St. Lawrence river. It’s freezing on the water so dress warmly :)

I don’t have any pictures of the whales I saw (I was two busy having a good time). But I’ll leave you with a couple other pictures I took.




Travels: Packing List for 1 month in Quebec

I’m returning to Quebec for another month. I’ve revised my original packing list to match the change of season and am leaving somethings behind that I didn’t use a lot the first time, i.e. hair straightener (it’s so humid there that my curls looked actually decent) and my thick bathrobe (I loved it as a comfort item from home, but it just takes up too much room).

On the plane:
TOMS boots, hoodie, tank top, sweats, scarf

In my purse:
Wallet, keys, phone, portable charger, earbud headphones, passport, travel documents, snacks, kleenex, wipes, retainers, prescriptions.

Checkin luggage:
Small packing cube
Underwear x 8, Bra x 8, Multipurpose head gear, gloves, tuque

Large compression bag: Bath robe (a thinner one), face cloth, hoodie, sweater dress, cardigan, sweater, tank top

Medium compression bag 1: Rain jacket, running jacket, soft shell jacket

Medium compression bag 2
Jeans, leggings x 2, running capris x 2, running tights x 2, running shorts
Medium compression bag 3
Socks x 9; PJs, Running tank top x 2, Running tshirts x 2, Running long sleeve shirt
Toiletry bag
Retainer cleaner, makeup brushes, tweezers, nail cutter, eyelash curler, eyeliner, qtips, make up sponges, soap, foundation, scissors, razors, blush/bronzer, feminine hygiene products
Other Items
Runners, microfibre towel

Laptop (+ charger), school material, pencil case (with pencils, pens, etc), notebooks, snacks, usb key, agenda, water bottle, sunglasses, glasses

Carry on:

School Material
Toiletry bag for liquids: Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, setting spray, body spray, body lotion, mascara, concealer, almond oil, curl creme, lip balm
Xs toiletry bag: Tothbrush, floss, tea tree oil stick, hair ties, deodorant, bandaids
Other Items
Tablet (+ charger)
Camera (+ charger, usb adapter)
Running watch (+ charger)
Extra ziploc and plastic bags

New Years Resolutions 2014: Check in #9

I’m HOME (for a few weeks)! I escaped Quebec to change up my wardrobe. Lol. Needed more pants and sweaters :P I’m enjoying this time in English Canada, but am eager to get back to Quebec as well.

1. Chai Latte obsession.

I had one at a Starbucks in Quebec City. I loved every sip of it.

2. 2 blog entries per month.

Pass.  Barely.

3. Food garden.

I went over to my cousin’s house to see my basil plant that she had been watching over the summer. There were barely any leaves on it, but that’s because my aunt said she just pulled them off. She showed me the bag and there were tons! Yippee!

4. Run a marathon.

Done. See post here.

5. Learn to cook.

No cooking. Not even while I’m home. I’m not in town long enough to do a decent grocery shop.

Travels: Art all over!

I love walking. When I get to a city, I like to stay in a central location and just walk until I can’t walk any longer. I prefer this method because you discover all sorts of things, like art!

I was walking through Old Quebec City and I started to notice all these modern art installations, like this one called Delirious Frites.


And then as I was walking along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, I saw a wonderful scene painted on the stairs.


Running: While Travelling

I was away from home for over 2 months. It was hard to keep up with my mileage with the crazy schedule I had, so I just made it a goal to get out and run. Simple as that. Some days it was only 15 or 20 minutes but I was okay with that. I only missed 4 days in total: 2  because of rain and 2 were travelling days. The biggest benefit about running in a new place is that you get to see all the little nooks and crannies of it.


Running in Gatineau,Quebec.