“Suspended in the air” in Meteora, Greece

by Michelle on January 27, 2016 · 0 comments

FullSizeRender-3

Meteora, also known as “middle of the sky,” “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” (just the name alone makes you want to visit!) is considered one of the great gems of Greece.

When you think of Greece, you tend to think of ancient ruins or an island getaway, which makes Meteora even more unique as it is actually 24 monasteries perched on top of a number of rock pinnacles! In fact, it’s sometimes referred to as a “stone forest.”

The first time I heard of the place was actually on one of those “Places to You Visit” type lists that came up on my newsfeed (you know those ones you bookmark to read later on and then forget about it just a few days afterwards). So I was definitely pretty stoked that I actually got to visit!

After Thessaloniki, we took a train to Kalampaka (for those looking to travel around Greece, the train is an amazing option! it’s pleasant and so cheap too! I think our trip was only about 15 euros one way!).

There are no train connections to Meteora, but Kalampaka is pretty much as close as you get. You can see the rock pillars from the village and even walking is an option to get there.

Although we arrived at Kalampaka at night so it was pretty dark already, you could see these massive rock pillars that lined a part of the village…it felt so surreal!

We were actually pleasantly surprised by Kalampaka as well. We thought it would be a tiny village with not too much happening, but it actually had tons of cute restaurants, shops and cafes.

Read more…

{ 0 comments }

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

by Michelle on January 2, 2016 · 0 comments

This year went by so fast, it’s unbelievable. In a few hours it’ll be 2016 and with that comes a lot of exciting changes – like a move to New York City! While it’s sad to say goodbye to my European life, I’m super excited for this new chapter of my life in the city that never sleeps.

Here’s to an exciting upcoming year filled with new career ambitions, living amongst the world’s best in everything, and of course as equally important – Alexander Wang sample sales.

Before we talk more about 2016, 2015 has been an exciting, action-packed year for sure. Here’s a recap of some of my favourite memories!

January – Me and Yann’s Munich apartment
It was nice to finally have a place together in the city, despite having to live in Bavaria. The apartment was so modern looking and perfect for us until my move to the Netherlands.

February – Trip To Dublin and the Cliffs of Moher
Me, Miriam and Tania in Ireland. Dublin was so fun, especially our night out to the Temple Bar and the people there are insanely friendly. The stormy February weather at the Cliffs of Moher gave it the perfect eerily surreal experience I was hoping for.

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 4.42.13 PM

April – There’s no better way of celebrating a birthday than a trip to Paris
…and a bit of Givenchy.

You can never have too much Givenchy.

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 4.42.41 PM

April and August- Falling in love with Paris – twice!
Paris never gets old and if I ever learn French, I’d move there in a heartbeat.

Me and the bf went in April and our trip was filled with impressionist art and indulging in Ladurée. In August, we met up with my friend Leana and enjoyed Parisian food, more impressionist art and a day trip to Monet’s garden in Giverny under the summer sun.

I love how from the Netherlands, Paris is only 3 hours away by train. Two of my favourite places in Europe connected by a lovely train ride through Belgium. I miss my European life already!

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 4.43.15 PM

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 4.43.40 PM

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 4.44.55 PM

May – Going Dutch!
Moving to the Netherlands helped me to really fall in love with Europe. It was there I got to really live my European dream life of fashion and culture that doesn’t exist in Germany. The people are so lovely there and laid back.

It was also the month I started my dream internship at Nike and met lots of amazing people and discovered exactly what I want to do in life. I’ve also become somewhat of a sneakerhead as a result.

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 4.44.20 PM

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 6.49.01 PM

August – Rae Sremmurd at the Encore Festival in Amsterdam
Hip hop + Amsterdam. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 6.49.40 PM

November – The perfect trip to Greece with a stop in Milan on the way home
Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 6.50.11 PM

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 6.50.44 PM

Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 7.35.04 PM

December – Preparing for the Canadian cold with a layover in Iceland
And while I generally enjoy my travels to be filled with plentiful beach options, I was quite surprised how much I liked Reykjavik, even with the three hours of sun they got during the winter!

On the way back to Canada, I bought a random book at the airport and now I’ve developed a weird obsession with Iceland crime thrillers.

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 6.51.37 PM

Now that I’m back in Canada with my boyfriend, the past couple weeks have been a blur of family, friends and festive activities. 2015 has been pretty epic, and I know 2016 will bring even more adventures – new exciting travel plans, the release of my e-book, a big move to New York City, and who knows what else awaits…bring it, 2016!

Happy new year everyone!

What are you most excited for in 2016?

{ 0 comments }

A Day in Thessaloniki, Greece

by Michelle on November 29, 2015 · 4 comments

I’m super stoked to post about my recent trip to Greece! While we couldn’t go during the summer because of work commitments, going in the fall was actually one of the best off-season trips we’ve been on! Flights and hotels were super cheap, large crowds of tourists were sparse and best of all, the weather was ahhh-mazing! Blue, super sunny and it was hot enough to wear t-shirts and shorts everyday!

(Although locals didn’t think so – in fact, I had to go shopping when we arrived since I didn’t think it would be hot enough to wear shorts or skirts and was surprised how most shops only had jackets and sweaters in stock!).

During our weeklong trip, we went to Thessaloniki, Meteora, Athens and Santorini. The latter three I’ll be posting about in the upcoming days.

Now let’s talk about Thessaloniki!

IMG_7741

Read more…

{ 4 comments }

Having spent the past 3 Christmases in Germany, I’m super excited to be spending it at home in Toronto this year! Things I can’t wait for:

The good – being able to spend it with family and friends that I haven’t seen in over a year.

The bad – oh how I’ve missed the commercialization of North American Christmas through overplayed Christmas music, mall Santas and The Christmas Story on constant replay.

And the ugly – apparently the last few winters in Toronto have been -40 degrees!

Ok, well the -40 degrees temperature I can do without, especially since winters in Europe have been fairly mild. While I may be able to walk around Germany unscathed by the -10 degree winters, in Canada, I’ll definitely have to find ways to keep warm.

Since my German boyfriend will be coming this year as well, I’ve started to put together a fun to do list of things happening in Toronto this winter. For those who will also be having a Canadian Christmas this year, Expedia.ca asked me to share my list to spread the holiday season cheer and keep everyone toasty at the same time.

Here’s what made my top 6 of things to do!

Read more…

{ 0 comments }

Do you have a favourite pair of travel shoes?

by Michelle October 18, 2015

I’ll never forget the first time I went to Paris years back when I packed nothing but pretty heels to wear since all the movies and fashion bloggers made it seem like that’s all any girls ever wore in Paris! Then fast forward after a day in Paris, I couldn’t get my blistered feet fast enough into an H&M to […]

2 comments Read the full article >>

Canadians in Paris (Montmartre, Eiffel Tower Selfies and Yummy French food!)

by Michelle October 8, 2015

It’s impossible to go to Paris and only write one blog post about it. That’s like going to Ladurée and only eating one macaron (unacceptable!). Anyway, I want to apologize for the lack of posts lately – between work, thesis writing, resumes, varying freelance work, and helping the bf with his move to Dusseldorf on the weekends, it has been […]

3 comments Read the full article >>
Thumbnail image for A visit to Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France!

A visit to Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France!

by Michelle September 12, 2015

So this actually happened in August but I’ve been so busy I haven’t gotten to writing it until now. I haven’t been able to do that much travelling because of my internship other than weekend trips, so I’m lucky that Paris is only 3 hours away by train! I went to Paris for my birthday earlier this year in April, […]

2 comments Read the full article >>

Is German customer service really that bad? (My experiences including a horrifying story involving Clever Fit München Mitte)

by Michelle August 26, 2015

Germany has always had a bad rep when it comes to customer service. In fact, many people refer to their lack of customer service as a service desert.” When I first moved to Germany, I really braced myself for this, and was surprised that it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I mean it’s not even in the same ballpark […]

26 comments Read the full article >>
Thumbnail image for 10 tips for succeeding in a Skype interview

10 tips for succeeding in a Skype interview

by Michelle August 13, 2015

One of the best ways of traveling and seeing a new country is no doubt working abroad. Sure there’s plenty of other ways like backpacking, studying or volunteering abroad, but I love working abroad because it not only exposes you to so much cultural aspects of a country and helps to finance your stay (and weekend trips!), but also it’s […]

0 comments Read the full article >>
Thumbnail image for Dutch City Guides: Utrecht, Rotterdam, Maastricht

Dutch City Guides: Utrecht, Rotterdam, Maastricht

by Michelle July 31, 2015

Before moving to the Netherlands, I’ve definitely been guilty of forgetting that there’s more to the country than just Amsterdam. Even with my friends abroad, although I’ve mentioned that I currently live in Utrecht, almost all of them tend to always ask me, “how’s Amsterdam?” While Amsterdam is no doubt a really amazing city, for those planning a visit to […]

2 comments Read the full article >>