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Fall Feelings

Happy Monday, and to all my Canadian friends & family- happy long Labour Day weekend! I know this day for most is more bitter than sweet, as it marks the end of summer and the beginning of colder months. After an exceptionally hot summer (I was living in the Mediterranean, after all!), I was looking…

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Beet Chips

Since living here in Lviv, I’ve been eager to try out some Ukrainian recipes. However, traditional ones intimidate me, by been either too labour-intensive (I’m looking at you, perogies, aka varenyky), or unhealthy. Since the idea of slaving away all day over a batch of potato varenyky or grating infinite pounds of beets for borscht…

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Monday’s Mood: Independence Day

Yesterday (August 24th) was Ukrainian Independence Day. It is the most important and widely-celebrated national holiday, in which Ukrainians  celebrate the country’s Declaration of Independence since 1991 from the Soviet Union. Although I’ve been familiar with the holiday back in Canada, I’ve never known the magnitude of importance this day marks for so many Ukrainians. It was…

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My New Office

This past week I’ve been quite busy with work, and so had to get my new office all set up. Having just moved from two countries in the past few months, I wasn’t able to take many of my favourite office supplies with me. The days of acrylic staplers and tape dispensers, embossed stationary and…

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Monday’s Mood

We had a wonderful weekend exploring our new city. I kicked off the weekend with an Ukrainian language lesson over a pint, and am looking forward to improving my fluency. Saturday was spent walking around the entire city centre, discovering new things and eating  American-owned Tex-Mex BBQ. Considering we hadn’t had BBQ in months, and…

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Postcard from Palazzo Parisio

Although I’m so very fond of Malta, I find it hard to discover places on the island (other than the stunning natural landscape) that I truly feel in awe of. But stepping foot into Palazzo Parisio, situated in the town of Naxxar, does just that. Now that I’ve been a few times I feel so at…

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Monday’s Mood

Happy Monday from Ukraine! Instead of documenting everything via iPhone snaps, I’ve been taking in the sights without bothering to capture them. Part of it stems from the fact that things are so different here, that we’ve just needed to let it all soak in. As we start to settle into our new home, we’ll…

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We Moved to Ukraine.

Last week we packed our bags once again, and flew from the island of Malta, to move to Lviv, Ukraine. The picturesque  streets of Lviv, Ukraine.   If it was up to us, we would have stayed in Malta for as long as we could. It was getting quite comfortable (which isn’t necessarily a good…

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A Week Playing Tourist

It is our last couple of days here in Malta (for now, more on that to come!), and we’ve been soaking up everything possible. With my family visiting us, we’ve taken them around the entire island to re-experience all of our favourite things.  Although both my mother and I have caught some sort of temporary…

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Monday’s Mood

What a wonderful weekend it was! We did so much, it seems as if we covered the entire island. On Saturday, we rented a car to take a little road trip to see some of the harder-to-reach sights, and ended the day with a bbq on a friend’s rooftop with the most magical view. As…

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