A Look Back: How I Met Your Mother

 

 

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Sadly, tonight was the series finale of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother.  Since 2005, creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have enlightened me with the cray lives of Ted, Robin, Marshall, Lily and Robin in what is considered my favorite show of all time. These Manhattanites and their epic friendship has become a huge part of my life, and I’m sad to say it’s all over now. I still remember the slutty pumpkin and slapsgiving as if they were yesterday. And what about Robin Sparkles and her hit “Let’s go to the Mall”? That song was played vigorously on my ipod for a good three years. Of course, we can’t forget Barney’s Bro Code, and my favorite… Dopplegangers. I don’t think you realize how many times that word had been integrated into my conversations! It’s a part of my vocabulary!! I can’t believe it’s all over now. To be honest, I loved the ending. I won’t give it away, because I know for a fact that a few of my readers have been watching the series on Netflix! Although I’m sad it’s done, and I don’t think it could ever be replaced, it was a satisfying ending that I appreciate! Let’s just say, the entire plot line came full circle; literally!

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{Sources: CBS}

Spring Fashion Inpsiration

Although it doesn’t feel like spring here in Montreal, being below zero degrees celcius with major snow falls, spring has arrived! For some reason, after returning from Ecuador, I feel as though I’m so behind in the latest trends and news! I mean, I was only gone for three weeks… How much could I have missed? Well okay, that’s an understatement, considering that fashion trends change almost every week, and well, the news is always news.

As I was frantically scrolling through Pinterest, Tumblr, Keep and Wanelo, I gained a lot of inspiration for the upcoming season that has now arrived! Some of my favorites are the following, including the oh-so fashionable pant suits, the maxi’s and the mini’s.

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{Source: Pinterest}

 

March 2014 Playlist

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Hola everyone! Sorry, it’s a little late for a spring break playlist post… But hey, I was away. I think that’s a pretty good excuse!

As I mentioned quickly, this is my homage to the classic spring break. An eclectic mix of electronic, indie-rock pump up jams that are perfect for an afternoon road trip, beach party or even a late-night bonfire. I can assure you that my spring break was spent listening to these songs, from the bus to the village to the beach in the Galapagos. These tunes will really wake you up, and keep you on a high all day long.

Enjoy!

Ecuador 2014: Part Three

The Galapagos Islands

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I visited the Galapagos Islands. They only allow 140 000 visitors per year on the islands, and I got to be one of them. I feel so privileged.

For the first four days in Galapagos, we were on the island San Cristobal. We stayed seven to a family, but these families were much different than that of Playa de Oro. While in Playa it was a one time deal, these homes in the Galapagos were specifically for hosting students and visitors. They were definitely more technologically advanced, and the homes were a lot larger and somewhat fancier.

The water here was gorgeous. We went snorkelling almost every day, and swam with giant sea turtles, a large variety of fish, and I even swam over a Galapagos shark! No worries, it was smaller than me, and it wasn’t looking for human flesh or anything. It just swam about six feet below us.

On one of the days, it was my friend Jake’s birthday, and as a group, we organized a small outing for dessert one night. He ended up having cake four times for his birthday, between our dessert party, his planned birthday dinner from the teachers, his host family and an impromptu birthday cake breakfast.

We spent the last two days in Santa Cruz, another island in the Galapagos. This was definitely the more tourist-attracted island of the two. We went mini-cliff jumping, visited lava tubes, and watched the sunrise on the pier.

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Every night, we would go out to the pier and hang out, which was about a five minute walk from our houses. We could go to the little touristy shops, grab an ice cream, and just enjoy our time in the beautiful Galapagos.

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This saying means Conserve What’s Ours. It’s very important to the islands, considering the fact that they are the only home to a variety of different species of animals, plants and insects.

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I got to drive the boat back to shore on our boat cruise around Leon Dormido.

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This was where we went cliff jumping.

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The lava tubes we visited.

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A night on the pier.

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Watching the sunrise!

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Going back to the airport was good and bad. Obviously, I was happy to be seeing my family, but at the same time, I didn’t want to leave Ecuador. I made so many friendships, created the most amazing memories, and had the best time of my life. This was the trip of a lifetime, and an unforgettable one at that. I am so happy to have gone here and it will remain a part of me forever.

Ecuador 2014: Part Two

Playa de Oro

This part of the trip was specifically our humanitarian project. It was so different from anything I had ever done. Each and every one of us stayed with a different family, and one who spoke only spanish for that matter. The first day or so was difficult, but by the end of it, no one wanted to leave. It was such a humbling and eye-opening experience. We took part in the restoration of a school, where we painted the outside and tiled the floors. We also painted the community centre, the church, the town square, and cleaned up the public bathrooms.

The people there were so amazing, kind and special. Each and every person in that village treated us so well. All the kids loved us, and we loved them in return. They were also extremely helpful. While we would work, they would follow behind, helping us polish the floors or paint the walls. Whatever we were doing, they were helping us with.

The villagers also hosted three workshops for us; cooking, dancing, and crafting (baskets and other everyday activities). We also took a walk in the jungle beside the village on the last day, as we had all finished our work ahead of schedule.

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As I mentioned before, the kids in this village were adorable. This girl was like my little sister in the village, Deidi.

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Every afternoon, during our lunch break in between our morning and afternoon work shifts, we would come to the river here and relax.

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This was the school we helped fix.

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These people right here were the ones that took me in for the week. They were my host family, and amazing one at that. I am so grateful to have had such a sweet family who were so giving and so welcoming.

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In the jungle, the mighty jungle!

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Saying goodbye was so hard, especially to this little guy, Emile, who I spent so much time with in the village.

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It was time return to the city, to head off onto our next part of the trip… The Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador 2014: Part One

Hey everyone! You’re probably wondering why I’ve been absent for about a month now, and this is why. I just returned from a humanitarian project graduation trip to Ecuador with 29 of my classmates. It was honestly the trip of a lifetime! Gone for 18 days, we did so much, from seeing the equator, to snorkelling with sea turtles, and of course helping the less fortunate in a small village. We spent a few days in Quito throughout the trip, the capital of Ecuador, then spent six days in Playa de Oro, a small village where we helped restore the community, and stayed with families as well. We ended the trip in the Galapagos Islands for six more days, visiting two islands and taking on a beach clean-up project.

I wanted to share with you all some of my amazing experiences, but seeing as how there are so many, I’m splitting it into three parts.

Quito

I absolutely loved all the colours in Quito. The buildings were always a different colour, from pink to orange, to white and then red. It was such a change from North America, although the “big” city was somewhat touristy. We visited the Virgen de El Panecillo monument, which was accompanied by an amazing panoramic view of the city. We also went to the equator, and stood on in the middle of the world. Pretty cool, huh?

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The entire group, out in the historical part of Quito.

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The Virgen de El Panecillo Monument

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My two roommates for most of the trip. These girls were so much fun, and I’m never going to forget all the sweet and hilarious moments we shared.

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Two of my best friends, Vicky and Jake, and our visit to the equator.

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Standing on the equator!