10 things I’ve missed about Canada

by Michelle on August 22, 2014 · 13 comments

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After travelling or living abroad, sometimes the thing you crave most is actually visiting home. After living abroad in Germany for a year, it was definitely nice to come home to family, friends and everything that’s familiar…even if it’s just for two months.

Of course, I love travelling around Europe (the cobblestone streets! the castles! the vineyards!) but there’s just some things about Canada that are just irreplaceable.

Here is my top 10!

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The first time I went to Europe was four years ago when I did a mini Eurotrip by train. Train travel seemed like the most obvious way to get around Europe since that’s how it’s always done in movies, books, and hey, if it’s good enough for Ernest Hemingway…

Now I am living in Germany, and I have to admit, travelling by train is still my favourite form of transportation.

Train Travel

photo cred: bayern.by

photo cred: bayern.by

It is such a nice way to travel. There’s just something wonderfully romantic about this way of travelling from one city to the next, and being able to view the countryside in between. Aside from admiring the landscape, you also have the options of listening to music, reading a book, writing your own book or perhaps striking up a conversation with your cute seat partner (which could very well turn into a Before Sunrise moment). Obviously train travel is wonderful.
If you find some special deal, then the combination of travel value you get out of it and the cheapness often makes it the best option. Unfortunately, it also can be pretty expensive in relative terms. It can easily cost twice as much as other forms of transportation in Germany, such as bus travel for example (it may not be as classy but with the money you save on transportation, you’ll definitely have enough for a fancy cocktail…or five!)

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When I was in Dubrovnik, the closeness of Bosnia and Montenegro was too tempting for me not to go visit one of these countries, and check another country off my European bucket list. I decided on Montenegro because Herceg Novi looked like a cute little coastal town.

There are coach buses you can buy at the Dubrovnik coach station directly to Herceg Novi. While the trip itself is only about an hour, because Montenegro isn’t part of the EU (yet!), be prepared for multiple passport checks!

Herceg Novi is also really small (you can walk the entire “city centre” in about 10 minutes), but at the same time, it is a cute little place with a beach. Me and the bf only took a day trip here, but that’s plenty of time to see everything Herceg Novi has to offer. If we had more time, I would’ve loved to continue traveling onto Kotor, but well, that’ll be for another adventure!

Now on to some pictures and some fun facts about Monetenegro!

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No trip to Croatia is complete without checking out Dubrovnik. I didn’t know much about the city until I started researching where to go on my mini Croatia trip, but every source I encountered raved about Dubrovnik. Just from it’s descriptions of it’s beautiful ancient walled city to it’s sparkling blue Adriatic coastline, I knew that’s where I wanted to go. It definitely earned its pearl of the Adriatic nickname!

I’ve never watched Game of Thrones but the show is shot in Dubrovnik which no doubt adds to its tourism. Somehow between end of the semester exams and assignments (which in Canada ends in April rather than July) I totally forgot that we’d be going to Croatia in the middle of July – during the height of the heat and of tourist season! So I was definitely surprised how the city was just packed with tourists.

Nonetheless, as I walked around the old city and soaked up the sun on the beach, I can definitely see why its become such a popular vacation spot.

Now go to some more photos of this gorgeous city! (along with some fun facts about Dubrovnik and Croatia!)

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