Christmas by Candlelight

A German Christmas

The Christkindl Market in Kitchener is the largest of it’s kind outside of Germany. This is the 18th Annual Christkindl Market in Kitchener, while the Christmas Market itself dates back to 1310!

There was skating, German food, Crafts, and Vendors, where you could by the famous Christmas Pickle. There was a candlelight procession to the tree lighting ceremony where Christkindl himself and the Angels spoke in German to open the Market. They opened the ceremony with the Prologue, a poem spoken in Germans between the Angels. The tree was then lit, and the Market declared open.

It is so amazing going to events like this, even they are so close to home. It makes this part of the year, my favourite part, so special.

I found a translated poem, which I have included below:

You men and women, who once yourselves were children,
You little ones, life’s journey just beginning,
Each and all, who troubled tomorrow, are full of cheer today,
Pray listen to what Christkind has come to say!

Every year, four weeks before the time,
To decorate the Christmas tree, to celebrate the season,
Appears upon this square, your forebears knew it too,
What you here see, called Christkindlesmarkt by you,

This little town within the town, of wood and cloth made,
Whose short-lived splendor so fleeting seems to be,
And yet it is eternal. My market shall forever young remain.
As long as Nuremberg stands, and the memory of that market’s fame.

For Nuremberg is both old and young at once,
The many features of its countenance beyond all count.
Here this noble square. But now adjoining it,
The tall buildings of today, the factories of the modern world
The new city of so much green. And yet, you men and women true
It will remain forever the Nuremberg that is you.

Now as the old year ends there comes the day,
When wishes can be made and presents given,
When the market shines forth far and wide,
With decorations, and crystal balls, and blessed Christmastime
This you may not forget, you men and women, heed my word,
He who has all needs nothing more,
There are the children of this world and poor,
Who know the best what giving’s for.

You men and women, who once yourselves were children,
Be them again today, happy as children be,
And now the Christkind to its market calls,
And all who come are truly welcome.

Remembrance Day

Lest we Forget

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae (1915)

My 10 favorite things about Fall

Fall is without a doubt the best season. I can work through my brain fog of allergies to enjoy the gorgeous and breathtaking wonders of fall.

This fall, I have had the privilege of spending it on both sides of the country. Ontario still is #1 when it comes to the amazing colours.

Here is a list of my favourite things about Fall and a few pictures too look at along the way.



My Old West Road Trip

Writer’s Note: This post is WAY after the fact. Why? Well, my family gave me a wonderful welcome home present: a wicked cold. After I recovered from the remnants of a horrible weekend spent bedridden while the beautiful sunshine and fall breeze beckoned from outside, I started work and I have been elbow deep working. So, here, almost two months later, is my trip!  

I recently accepted a job that brings me back to Ontario. I used the opportunity of driving back home to cross off a few things from my bucket list. I was so excited to share this trip with my amazing mother. We planned it to be a four-day, three-night road trip through Southern Alberta, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan until finally hitting home in Ontario. But plans change.

The 4,788 km trip took us up and down mountains through the Great Plains and finally to the populated central states. We went through UNESCO World Heritage sites and National Forests. My mom and I were astounded by the amazing vistas we saw along the way.

I name this the Old West Roadtrip because of the amazing beauty of the American West and once we got onto the Interstate, there wasn’t much else to see or take pictures of.


Vermillion Lakes and wetlands had the best fall colours!

Top 10 spots on my Jasper to Banff roadtrip

There’s no comparing the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. I almost wish my car was see-through so that you could really take in the beauty of the surroundings of Jasper and Banff National Parks. I have been to Jasper a number of times and to Banff once before, but I told myself that I wanted to see the mountains again.

Taking the trip solo is not an easy task. The trip from Jasper to Banff alone can be anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, and Jasper is 3 hours from where I live in Whitecourt. Add in the construction traffic and some longer stops and I got a 12-hour drive on day one and a 13-hour drive on day two. It was completely worth it.

Instead of going through all the amazing things I did on the trip, I give you my top 10 spots on my Jasper to Banff roadtrip.



The elusive deer

I’ve been waiting to capture a good picture of some wildlife while I’ve been here. I have seen deer multiple times around town and a few times outside of town, but I have never gotten a good close shot of the majestic beast.

They have been either too far away, not facing me, they run away as soon as they see me, but not this one.

He scared me half to death when I stepped out of my house. He was right there. and although he bolted when he heard the door open, he stayed in my neighbour’s yard.

He’s not in his natural habitat, but isn’t he cute.

Stay Curious,



It’s snow joke…

Let it be known that today, September 8, 2014 is the earliest I have ever seen snow. Sure it has been cold in August, or balmy in December, and other weather abnormalities, but snow, this early? Well call me a canuck and give me some timmies, because this is the craziest thing I have seen.

Also, fun fact, this is not the earliest this area has seen snow! The earliest recorded snowfall was on August 21, 1992 in Edmonton since record keeping began in 1884. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts that this winter will bring colder than normal temperatures and snowfall will be much greater than the previous winter.

So this post is just a bunch of photos from this morning in Whitecourt, Alberta. Enjoy your sunshine and green grass out there.

Stay Curious,



My five favourite books

These are a few of my favourite books

(Ok. Who read the title in a Julie Andrew’s singing voice? I did.)

There is a tagging nomination post going around Facebook right now, asking you to pick your five favourite or most influential books. It really got me thinking about some of the amazing books I had the honour of reading.

I absolutely love reading. Reading and travel go together like peanut butter and honey. While I am sure many books will come and go as my favourites, these five (six) books always seem to stick with me.

I have also included a link to each of the books on GoodReads.

  1. Harry Potter Series, These were the first big novels I read when I was a little kid. It is something that I have grown up with. If I had to pick a favourite book in the series it would be Prisoner of Azkaban 
  2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. My god. I have never laughed so hard at a book before. Definitely my kind of humour.
  3. Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene. I was given a bunch of these books by my grandma and it inspired my curiosity and finding out the truth. If I had to pick a favourite in the series it would be #5 The Secret of Shadow Ranch. 
  4. Wildfire Season by Andrew Pyper. I was given this book to read by my grade 12 english teacher because she thought I would like it. Wrong. I loved it. It was so real and dark, I couldn’t put it down.
  5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I read this first in grade 11 and have read it multiple times since then. It got me hooked on dystopian/apocolyptic novels.

Bonus: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold (non-fiction) but this man can write so beautifully about his observations. He was one of the founding fathers of conservation.

I am always interested in finding new books to read, so If you have a favourite book list, comment below!

You can also follow me on GoodReads!

Stay Curious,



I was interviewed for my bucket list

Aren’t having bucket lists great? I think so. That’s why I have one.

I was recently interviewed by The Sputnik, a paper I used to work for at Laurier Brantford, for an article on bucket lists. I was so happy to share some of my philosophy of making them, why they are great, and crossing an item off of one.

“By putting it down on paper or putting it on the web, it is a constant reminder of your passions.”

“Bucket lists are just fantasy until you put it into action. Knowing why you want to do the things on your bucket list creates a sense of curiosity.”

I said that. Don’t I sound classy! Kudos to Karly Rath and her amazing writing talent.

You can read Karly’s article here or the full paper here

Stay Curious,