Four Days in San Francisco

Four Days in San Francisco

I was attending UX Week Conference in San Francisco recently and decided to stay in the city for a few extra days just to explore it a bit.

One of the things that I’ve learned about San Francisco pretty quickly is that it’s a cold and foggy city. It was about +30C in Toronto when I left. In San Francisco it’s about +15C right now, plus wind.

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Trip to Varadero, Cuba

Trip to Varadero, Cuba

I went to Varadero, Cuba with my brother in March 2012 for a week. It was first trip to Cuba for both of us. Here are my notes from this trip.

Cuba day 1  – Sunday 

By chance, we were riding to the airport with a Russian cab driver, who previously lived in Cuba for 6 years. Strange coincidence.

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Relaxing at Deerhurst, Muskoka

Relaxing at Deerhurst, Muskoka

This summer I decided not to go far for my vacation, but to do something locally. I lived in Northern Ontario for four years before, so I know there is a lot to explore here.

Deerhurst Resort was founded in 1896 in Muskoka, one of the most beautiful places in Ontario. It’s about two hours away from Toronto and minutes from the Algonquin National Park.

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Mom’s Birthday in Bermuda

Mom’s Birthday in Bermuda

In February me and my brother took my mom to Bermuda to celebrate her 70th birthday. This was our first trip to Bermuda and also our first family trip.

We stayed at Grotto Bay Resort, a well-groomed and quiet place located about 10 mins away from the airport.

There are a few brightly-colored cottages scattered over a large manicured area with palm trees and gardens, as well as two crystal caves located right on the property.

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Bermuda Triangle Mystery

Bermuda Triangle Mystery

One of the reasons I was always interested in visiting Bermuda is to learn more about Bermuda Triangle. The region between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda is well-known for mysterious disappearances of numerous planes and ships. Nobody really knows why so many planes and ships suddenly disappeared in this area without even sending an alarm signal. So it seems like something happened to them so fast that captains couldn’t even react to that.

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Quick visit to Lunenburg, a World Heritage Site

Quick visit to Lunenburg, a World Heritage Site

On our way to Halifax, Nova Scotia, we decided to make a detour and visit a small historic port and a well preserved example of 18th century British colonial town Lunenburg.

The first thing you notice about Lunenburg is unique architecture and brightly-colored houses.

The town is very small, but very clean, quite and very pretty.¬† It’s truly artists’ and photographers’ paradise, as they advertise in a brochure.

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Cape Breton, Cabot Trail and Highlands National Park

Cape Breton, Cabot Trail and Highlands National Park

Driving in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, along their famous scenic highway Cabot Trail, is an experience on its own.

We stopped a few times to take pictures and just to enjoy the scenery. It’s beautiful and very peaceful there. You can almost feel open space and endless ocean view. I can understand why people who are born there, decide to never leave and are quite happy living in Cape Breton.

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Happy in Cape Breton

Happy in Cape Breton

Cape Breton is an island on the Atlantic cost of Nova Scotia. It’s Canada’s 18th largest island, though you probably could drive around the whole island in a day or two.

In about 3 hours we’ve got from the mainland up to Cheticamp, a fishing village on the west side of the Camp Breton. Locals told us that the drive is the best up to Cheticamp, as you see the coast line.

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Hopewell Rocks – Trip to East Coast

Hopewell Rocks – Trip to East Coast

I took a road trip to the East Coast of Canada with my brother and my girlfriend in July of 2010.¬† (Read how we were getting ready for this road trip 🙂 )

It was the first visit to the East Coast for all of us, so we were really excited and were looking forward to explore the natural world and to see some of the most beautiful places in Canada.

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Moncton, High Tides & Magnetic Hill

Moncton, High Tides & Magnetic Hill

We stopped in Moncton, New Brunswick, on our way to Cape Breton. The drive was about 24 hrs one way, so we decided to stay overnight in Moncton and explore the city the next day.

Moncton and its surrounding national parks have some of the most beautiful pathways and walking trails, including natures wonder Hopewell Rocks, which is within a half-hour drive of the city. I am really glad we had the chance to visit Hopewell Rocks twice. The place looks very different at high and low tides.

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Planning a Road Trip

Planning a Road Trip

I’ve never been on a real road trip, so I am pretty excited about my upcoming trip to East Coast. Me, my brother and my girlfriend decided to explore Eastern Canada, as none of us have been there before.

Our end goal is to reach Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and to do some hiking on the Cabot Trail.

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Hiking in Swiss Alps

Hiking in Swiss Alps

I always wanted to visit Switzerland. So in July 2007, I finally had an opportunity to go there, when my boyfriend at that time James was stationed in UK.

We arrived in Geneva on a nice sunny day, rented a car and headed towards mountains in the Jungfrau region.

We didn’t know that August 1st is the Swiss National Day celebrated with a lot of festivals and activities.

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Skiing in Kelowna

Skiing in Kelowna

In the winter of 2009 I was in Kelowna, BC, on a ski trip to Big White Mountain. It’s¬† a beautiful resort with 118 runs on over 700 acres of skiable terrain. They’ve been around for 45 or so years. At the time we were there, they’ve just added “Snow Ghost Express”, the longest 6-person high speed chairlift in Canada.

We stayed with another couple in a nice townhouse with a barbeque and a hot tub on a balcony facing ski hill.

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Exploring Amsterdam

Exploring Amsterdam

My memory of Amsterdam could be summed up by three words: Water, Bikes and Sex.

Water… and more Water

This might be the only city in the world that is better seen from the water. Anywhere you look, you see water.  The whole city is built on water and the impressive Amsterdam canal system provides a great way for people to get around the city.

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