The Forks, Winnipeg in the Winter

The entire world seems to be groaning and ranting at winter right now, and I’m not entirely sure why. 1) It’s the middle of January, which as far as I know, is the middle of Winter. This shouldn’t be a shock. 2) Grumping doesn’t raise any temperatures other than your own. 3) Few places are colder than Winnipeg, and we somehow seem to live through it and find things to celebrate about it. So, this is going to be my “Winnipeg in the Winter” series, where I celebrate all things winter and cold! The cold doesn’t have to be inherently terrible; it just takes forethought and planning to enjoy. Today, I’m starting with the Forks!

The Forks, Winnipeg in the Winter

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Local Traveller? Travel Thursday

While it is incredibly exciting (and sometimes jealousy inducing) to follow along with travel bloggers who traverse the world and never seem to land back in the regular, “boring” lives that most of us live in, I’ve come to realise that a lot can be said for local travel and getting to know the place that you live in, and that people should be just as proud to proclaim that they are a local traveller as they are to being a globetrotter. This a celebration of the local traveller and why you should be proud to be one!

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Christmas Travel List, Travel Thursday

Normally I try to focus on places I have been (or will be going shortly) for my Travel Thursday posts; however, this one is going to be slightly different! I like to be at home with friends and family for the holiday season, and enjoying our snowy traditions. (Definitely going to have to go up into the mountains when I’m in Seattle…) However, there are some holiday destinations that I would love to see and will probably pick away at these over the years. This is my dream Christmas travel list that I will one day be able to complete!

Christmas Travel List

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5 Cathedrals You Have to Visit

As a medieval historian who studies secular and canon law, I’m probably more interested than most people in church history. I think that cathedrals are the place to start when visiting a city, as it’s often a chance to see lasting and notable architecture that is lousy with centuries of history! These are 5 cathedrals that I think that everyone should see at some point in their life if they can- from different countries and cities, they all offer something different to their visitors! I hope that you enjoy my recommendations for Travel Thursday…

5 Cathedrals You Have to Visit

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A Day at Bunratty Castle, Travel Thursday

Although there are the ruins of castles to be found all over Ireland and the United Kingdom, only a small percentage of them actually survive as a full castle like most of us would imagine. There are a handful of castles that fell into disrepair and ruin but were restored in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries for us to visit and enjoy, like Bunratty Castle! If you are heading out to the west coast of Ireland, Bunratty Castle and grounds is certainly worth a day spent wandering learning about life in medieval Ireland.

A Day at Bunratty Castle

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Why the Small Things are Important When You Travel, Travel Thursday

I know that most of us tend to focus on the big things when we plan our trips; visiting Westminster Abbey, seeing the Eiffel Tower, hiking the Grand Canyon, these are the things that trips and adventures are planned around. While these are exciting and fun and worth the Instagram stories and Facebook posts, the small moments from travel are really what stay with us long after we are back at home and in our normal routine. The little things are what is important and meaningful and today I’m chatting about why!

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Travel vs. Home

Instagram, Pinterest, and every other social network likes to make us think that everyone is constantly travelling the world and adding stamps to their passport on a daily basis. I’m lucky enough to be able to say that I’ve checked several boxes on my to-see travel list, but I do have many to go! This post was inspired by a chat with Katie, and got me to thinking about travel and the role that it plays in my own life. There are beautiful things about travel and about being home, and I think that both need some celebration!

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Discovering St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Travel Thursday

Although Christ Church Cathedral gets a lot of the Dublin love by travellers visiting the city, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is an equally historic and impressive cathedral that is only a short walk from Christ Church and is one of my favourite places to stop by. Wander off of Dame Street and spend a little time with some of Ireland’s early modern history- there’s a few things at St. Patrick’s that may just surprise you! today I’m sharing exactly why you need to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral on your next trip to Dublin…

Discovering St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin (1)

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Winnipeg’s Hidden Gem, River Heights

Winnipeg is an unknown to most people outside of Canada- you may know us for the Winnipeg Jets (our NHL team), for our Human Rights Museum, or just for being colder than Mars in the winter. However, we have a lot more to offer than just extreme weather! (See Folklorama, Islendingadagurinn, and Ballet in the Park for a small snapshot…) A lot of our architecture is in the brutalist style from the 1960s and 1970s, with stark and square concrete, but there are still a few architectural hidden gems here. River Heights is one of those gems…

River Heights

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5 Sights to See at Christ Church Cathedral, Travel Thursday

Living in Dublin for a year and being a historian of medieval Ireland, I was spoiled for surviving medieval spaces and haunts throughout the city (and country). Although my period is really 500-800 AD, Dublin has several churches, buildings, bridges, and graveyards that survive from 100-1400 AD that I was more than happy to wander through and take everything in! Christ Church Cathedral may not be as large or decadent as some other cathedrals in Europe, but there is something amazingly calm but gorgeous that makes you want to spend your day in contemplation there.

5 Sights to See at Christ Church Cathedral,Dublin

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