5 Best Places to Visit in Europe

I love travelling and specifically, I love Europe. I love the architecture, beaches, food, and the magical feeling of being in Europe. I have visited some breathtaking cities and countries in Europe but there are still so many places that I want to see.

5 Best Places to Visit in Europe

  1. Algarve, Portugal

This past summer, I had the pleasure of visiting Portugal for the first time. I travelled down to the Algarve and stayed in Albufeira¬†and Portimao. They were both beautiful places with gorgeous beaches and delicious food. Portugal is also a lot more inexpensive than other European countries so you won’t feel as bad ordering another pitcher of Sangria ūüėČ Speaking of sangria, my friends and I had the most delicious sangria in the Algarve. If you can, rent a car and drive through the Algarve as there is lots to see and do. I can’t wait to return!

5 Best Places to Visit in Europe

Portimao, Portugal

2. Santorini, Greece

Before I visited Santorini years ago, I thought maybe it would be overrated and not as good as movies made it seem. After visiting Santorini, I can say that it’s underrated if anything. It was the most magical and beautiful place that I have ever been to.

We stayed in Firostefani Santorini which was a beautiful location and also very quiet. Make sure that you stay somewhere with a great view because¬†there’s¬†nothing like waking up to the views that I had in Santorini. You will feel like you are in a different world.

5 Best Places to Visit in Europe

3. Positano, Italy

Positano is a gorgeous cliffside village on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I visited there last summer and enjoyed the picturesque¬†views and endearing shops. There are also tons of great restaurants with delicious pasta, pizza, and of course gelato. It is an expensive place to stay but it’s worth it to visit even just for the day. They also have an amazing nightclub called “Music on the rocks” that I went to last summer if you are looking for nightlife.

5 Best Places to Visit in Europe

The following two places are places that I want to travel to.

4. Seville, Spain

Seville is somewhere that I really want to visit in Spain (so far I have only visited Barcelona).¬† It is known for its flamenco dancing, castles, and gothic cathedrals. It is bright, colourful, and full of life. Parts of the show “Game of Thrones” were filmed in Seville. It truly looks breathtaking and I can’t wait to visit there one day.

5 Best Places to Visit in Europe

5. Reykjavík, Iceland

Iceland is another top place on my travel bucket list. I hope to go there in the next year or two. I plan to rent a car and drive through Iceland, staying in different towns. There is so much to see and do in Iceland no matter the season. I want to go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, swim in the Blue Lagoon, hike, and see the gorgeous waterfalls. I also heard that people are very nice in Iceland.

5 Best Places to Visit in Europe

Those are 5 of the best places to visit in Europe. I hope that you enjoyed this post and let me know what your favourite places in Europe are.



Teaching English Abroad in Italy

When I was 20 years old I knew that I wanted to travel abroad, alone and I knew that I wanted to travel to Italy. A part of my heart was still in Italy since my first trip there at 17. Now all I needed to figure out was how I was going to pay to stay there for 2 months.

I went online and searched for jobs or opportunities in Italy. The only ones that I really came across were teaching English¬†abroad and “au¬†pair” programs. I immediately dismissed being an “au¬†pair” because I knew that it was basically like being a nanny.

Teaching English didn’t seem bad at all; I always enjoyed teaching. I started applying to different¬†companies and I received a call from one of them fairly quickly. The company was called “Scotia Personnel” and the lady that called me was super nice and explained the whole process.

I had to get a background police check, doctors note, references, and I had to pay a fee of $600. I remember hearing that I had to pay a fee and thinking “is this a scam?” but after doing research I realized that this was common for these type of companies.

The lady also explained that after I submitted all my documents and my profile about me that I would be matched with families and then get to make the final choice about where I lived. I got my first offer I think about 3 weeks later. It was an opportunity to work in Italy for 3 months, where I would live in a hotel separate from the family.

I thought that this sounded like a good opportunity because I got my own place, but I declined the offer because I could only go to Italy for 2 months.

So I waited another few weeks until I got my 2nd offer, which was living in Switzerland with an Italian family that goes there in the summertime. Although this offer was tempting (it looked beautiful) I declined it because I was set on living in Italy and learning Italian.

A week later I got my 3rd offer living with a family in the mountains in Northern Italy. They told me that it’s really cold there and once I realized that it was hotter in Canada than it was there, I declined the offer.

I kept picturing the beautiful beaches in Italy and the hot sun on my face. That is what I wanted.

I started getting nervous that I would never get a match that I was looking for.

My next offer was living with a family in Vicenza, Italy (Northern Italy). I decided to accept the offer. The family said that I would be living in their house for a few weeks and then I would have my own private apartment that would be ready soon.

I skyped with the lady and her two children and planned to leave for Italy in June.

I bought some souvenirs to bring to the family and I took a flight to Venice, Italy.

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Vicenza was beautiful and was 1 hour from Venice.

The father of the family picked me up from the airport and brought me to their beautiful gated house. His mother lived next door and they shared a pool. I was happy.

Their kids were very young, they were only 3 and 5 years old. They were very cute.

However, It did not take me long to realize that no “Teaching” would happen. These two children didn’t even like the sound of English language and would cry constantly when I spoke English.

After only two weeks there, the mother and I sat down and discussed the progress. I expressed how it was hard to teach the children English when they did not want to learn the language and they were very young. She expressed that she didn’t care about the teaching but wanted me to start showering the kids and cooking for them.

I told her that I came to Italy to teach her children English and she said: “I thought this was an au pair program”. I showed her my forms of the offer where it said that I would be teaching English and she showed me her forms where it said that I was an au pair.

We realized that the agency had messed up…

The agency apologized to us both and told me that they would find me a new family where I would be teaching and not being a nanny.

This was a very uncomfortable situation for us both.

The agency found me other families that I had Skype interviews with (while still living in the other families house awkwardly) and I finally accepted a new offer.

I chose a family that lived on an Italian island in the summer. This island was called Ponza and was in the South of Italy.

I had never heard of the island before but after looking up pictures, I immediately said yes.

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I mean wouldn’t you?

So I packed up my bags and travelled from Vicenza– to Rome– to Naples– to Formia- to Ponza.

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I met the new family that I would be working for. I would be living in an “apartment” beside theirs.

When I got to the island I was in love… it was absolutely stunning.

They showed me my “apartment” which was a very little room that used to be a cave. The bedspread was covered with this “dust” that fell from the ceiling and the bathroom sink did not work.

I remember waking up in this cave covered in “dust” every morning, but I tried to not be disappointed because I was still on a beautiful island.

On my first night in Ponza, I went to dinner at this cute restaurant with live music. At this point, I was used to eating alone.

My server ended up asking me where I was from and I told her that I was from Canada. Then she excitedly told me that she was from Miami, Florida and that her grandparents owned the restaurant/hotel.  She also told me that I was the first Canadian that she ever met on the island.

She invited me clubbing that night and I said yes.

Later that night, I went out with her and her other friends. I immediately became friends with them and spent the next month and a half hanging out with them.

I started eating lunch at the restaurant with her and her family, daily. They were amazing and so generous. Her nonna and nonno reminded me of my grandparents and I instantly felt at home.

After about a week of being friends with the girl from Miami, I told her about the cave that I lived in and she invited me to live at her grandparent’s hotel with her. I was so happy and I moved in.

Since I was now living and eating there, I started working at the restaurant at night.

My arrangement with the family I was working for was teaching the two boys English for a couple of hours a day. The rest of the day I could do what I wanted.

I also didn’t know how to tell the family that I had moved out of the cave so I waited a while and then told them. They weren’t very pleased and didn’t understand why I didn’t want to live in the cave where “dust” would fall on my face when I slept.

Nonetheless, I spent the remaining time enjoying the beautiful island, beaches, and the delicious food.

Teaching abroad was different than I had thought it would be, but overall it was a great experience.

If you are thinking of teaching abroad, I would recommend that you choose a family with older children and that you do a lot of research.

I was fortunate enough to make friends right away and it ended up being one of the most life-changing trips of my life.

Thanks for reading.



What It Felt Like To Be In Barcelona During The Terrorist Attack

Last August, My 2 girlfriends and I were travelling through Europe. First, we started off by spending a week in Portugal and then we took a flight to Barcelona, Spain. It was the first time that any of us had been to Spain in general. We were going to be spending just under a week in Barcelona.

Barcelona was beautiful. We loved the architecture, nightlife, and the entertainment that was everywhere. There was so much to see and do.

On our last day in Barcelona, we went to Brunch at this adorable french place that we had already gone to earlier on our trip (it was that good). We talked about what we wanted to do on our last day in Barcelona. Our flight to Italy was at 6 am the next day. We didn’t have a room booked for the night because our plan was to get to the airport early and sleep there.

After brunch, we decided to go to Las Ramblas and visit the¬† “La Boqueria” food market. It was such an amazing food market with every type of food and drink that you would want. We walked on Las Ramblas and visited some shops but decided that we wanted to spend our last day at one of our favourite bars that we found.

We made our way to the bar and sat down on their patio ready to have another day of day drinking. We ordered a pitcher of mojitos, a bottle of white wine, and even tequila shots. We stayed at the bar for hours, laughing, and enjoying our beautiful last day in Barcelona.

I remember getting a text from my sister’s husband while I was at the bar, saying “where are you? be careful” but I didn’t give it much thought. I thought that he was just being anxious about us travelling between countries in general.

Hours later, we finally decided to get up and leave the bar; happy and pretty tipsy.

We were going to take a cab back to our hostel but decided to have one last beer at this bar along the beach. We didn’t want the party to end.

While there, a lady with a young child (whom barely spoke English) asked us if we heard about what happened. We said we had no idea what she was talking about.

She then told us that people had died and that something had happened in Barcelona. She looked nervous and protective of her young daughter.

I quickly glanced at my phone and realized that I had tons of missed calls and text messages from family and friends in Canada.

My friends and I started to get worried so we paid our bill and left. We didn’t think it was a terrorist attack at that point but we were nervous.

We spent half hour trying to get a cab back to our hostel but for some reason, no cabs were stopping for us. We continued to walk down the street searching for a cab.

Two men told us that the city was on lockdown and that no cabs would take us. Now, we started to freak out…

We started answering calls from family¬†back home… they knew more about what was happening than we did. I vividly remember talking to my sister on the phone as she was freaking out about my whereabouts.

We didn’t know how we were going to get back to our hostel since we were pretty far away. We were also really scared to even walk down the streets. People were running and freaking out.

There were so many sirens going off. It didn’t help that we weren’t sober…we were terrified.

We realized that the only transportation option was the bus that was still running… we got on the bus which was filled with people crying and freaking out. We started to panic when we heard that this was a terrorist attack and that they hadn’t caught the men yet.

We spent the bus ride speaking with many worried family members. I remember my mom crying on the phone.

My best friends phone died and my phone was on low battery.

I had never felt more scared in my entire life. I kept imagining the men coming on the bus with guns. I didn’t feel safe being on there at all.

We finally got off the bus and got back to our hostel as fast as we could. On the way there we saw areas blocked off with tape and I remember looking to see if there were any bodies but we didn’t see anything.

Our next problem was we didn’t have a room booked for the night.

When we got back to the hostel, we asked the owner if we could stay there in the common area until we had to leave for our flight to Italy, the next morning. She said that we could stay there for a bit, but not for the night.

We were scared and shocked that she wouldn’t let us stay there during this lockdown.

We grabbed our luggage and went back to the streets, running and trying to find any cab driver that would take us to the airport. Eventually, one man said yes.

We were scared to even get in a cab since they hadn’t found all the men yet. But, we had no other choice or place to go.

We drove to the airport, 10 hours earlier than our flight to Italy but we were so grateful to arrive there.

I remember sitting at the airport gate and looking at my two friends sleeping beside me and thinking “wow” to everything that just happened. I was so shocked, scared, and grateful to be safe.

I was so grateful that we hadn’t stayed on Las Ramblas. I was so grateful that we decided to sit at a bar that day. I was so grateful to be alive.

I was also in awe of the number of people who had reached out or spent money calling us to make sure that we were okay.

I appreciated everything more at this point… my friends that I was with, my family’s love for me, my home country, and my life in general.

While we were in Italy the next week, I remember eagerly checking my phone daily for any details of that horrible day.

I remember anxiously looking at the list of the deceased, wondering if the next picture would be of someone that we had met during our stay there.

My heart truly goes out to those who died that day and to their families.

The point of this post was not to scare you or to make you not want to travel. I just wanted to share my story and my experience in hopes of inspiring you to appreciate your precious life more.

There’s no point to living in fear.

There’s no point in not travelling because of the chance of an awful event like this happening again.

All that we can do is be grateful for our precious lives and all the amazing things that we are blessed with every day.

Every day is a gift. Thanks for reading.






8 Things To Do This Winter In Toronto

Summertime is my favourite time of the year. I love going to the beach, drinking on patios, and enjoying the warm sun of my face. But, instead of waiting around for summer I still like to make the best of every season. So let’s find out what you can do this winter in Toronto!

8 Things To Do This Winter In Toronto:

1. Go to a food/drink festival:

There are lots of food/drink festivals during the winter months (January- March). I love going to festivals all year round. Here are some festivals that are coming up!

Winterlicious: January 26- February 8 (I am going to Casa Loma High Tea)

Toronto Tea Festival– February 2-4

Toronto Winter Brewfest– March 2-3 (I can’t wait!)

2. Go to a comedy show:

Again, this is something that you can do all year round but its perfect to do during the winter months. During the winter, everybody could use some extra humour. I like going to Yuk Yuks or Second City. This is also a great date night idea.

3. Go to a brewery or wine bar:

Even though this is something that you might like to do in the summer months; a lot of breweries and wineries have indoor seating where you can go and have drinks & food. This is definitely something that makes winter weekends more bearable for me! There are tons of places in Toronto that you can go to, such as the newly opened Craft Beer Market, Steamwhistle Brewery, Mill Street Brewery, or the Bier Market to name a few. Just do a quick search on google and you will find a lot more awesome places!

4. Go to a Spa:

Going to a spa in the winter is one of the best feelings. There are tons of beautiful (and expensive) spas in Toronto if you are willing to splurge. This could be a fantastic date idea for a special weekend or anniversary.

Popular Toronto Spas: Elmwood, Body Blitz, Four Seasons, and Sweetgrass.

5. Go to an Arcade Bar:

In the last few years, more and more arcade bars have opened up in Toronto. Arcade bars are great places to go with friends during the winter months. You can have fun, drink, and stay warm all at the same time.

A few arcade bars (that I like and have been to) in Toronto are: Tilt, Get Well, Nightowl, and the Rec Room.

6. Go Dog Sledding:

Okay, so I have never actually done this but c’mon what could be more fun!?! This is on my list of winter activities to do for sure! Keep your eye out on “Groupon” for some cheap deals for this fun excursion.

7. Go to an Escape Room/ Axe Throwing:

These are 2 fun activities that I have tried out before. They are both great date night ideas or activities that you can do with friends on the weekend. You can look up locations that are closest to you!

8. Go on a Weekend Getaway:

I know this isn’t in Toronto but why not leave the city and visit a new town/city. If you want to leave the province but still be able to drive there then Montreal is a beautiful place to visit. If you want to stay close-by, then Blue Mountain is a great option! You can spend the weekend exploring, doing winter activities, and trying out new restaurants.

So those are 8 things that you can do this winter in Toronto. I hope that you enjoyed it. Let me know what you like to do during the winter.


Ps. I made sure not to include “skating” on my list. You’re welcome.


Exploring Norfolk County!

This September I had the pleasure of visiting Norfolk Country for the first time. I spent the weekend exploring wineries, attending Beer Stock Festival, discovering delicious restaurants, and ziplining through a forest. I had a great weekend to say the least!

1st Stop WINE (obviously)

Our first stop was visiting a great winery called Burning Kiln where we had a couple glasses of vino (because why not). They also have a nice patio outside where you could sit and have food from the food truck parked right beside it.

There was also a wedding that was set up on their vineyard which looked beautiful (see below).


The second winery that we visited was called Inasphere Winery. It had the most beautiful view as you can see below. We didn’t want to leave!


I also picked up a great bottle of Pinot Noir.


After all that wine, we decided it would be a good idea to go check out the Norfolk Beer Stock Festival to taste different craft beers. So we stumbled on over to the festival and we were glad that we did!


The festival had a great turn out and we got to try lots of different craft beer and listen to live music! The weather was also perfect.

After a day of drinking we wanted food… badly. We went to dinner at a restaurant right across the street from the festival called Lago Trattoria¬†(an Italian restaurant) and it was AMAZING. Like amazing to the point that you have to pause after every bite just so that you can savour the taste. And this is coming from a girl who’s family is Italian!

First, we had their delicious caesar salad. Then we had their gorgonzola potato gnocchi and pesto penne. It was too die for. I also enjoyed a mojito (because clearly I love to mix my alcohol). For dessert, I had affogato and then we had a round of margaritas to end the night! (my poor stomach)

Where To Stay?

Norfolk has tons of adorable B&B’s. We stayed at the Clonmel Castle B&B and we had a great stay. The owners were extremely friendly and giving. They had cocktail hour and free breakfast (eggs Benedict). I would definitely recommend staying there!23022147_10155563697100210_2042563545_n

Our last stop was ziplining at Long Point Eco-Adventures. Its a great piece of land where they have glamping tents, axe throwing, wilderness suites, and more!


Overall, I had a great weekend in Norfolk County and I can’t wait to visit there again!