Another year, another fun week of “Insults in the Dark”. The 2016 edition of our annual tradition had us up at a cottage on Bennett Lake, located about 30 minutes NW of Perth, Ontario.
Continuing with the annual tradition of “Insults In the Dark” (a week long buddy cottage getaway that started as a weekend camping thing), we rented a cottage about 45 minutes North West of Brockville. The game of cottage roulette continues.
A two day trip to Montreal with the family turns into a quick reminder of why Montreal is known for their amazing traffic infrastructure and excellent drivers. That said, the amazing culinary experiences far outweigh the urban planning deficiencies.
The next stop on our European backpacking tour was Prague in the Czech Republic. A few nerve wracking experiences didn’t stop us from having a great time. Good cheap food, mind blowing architecture and blacksmiths – what is there not to like?
On the next part of our trip, Stephanie and I discover historic Germany where make some new friends, visit many landmarks, visit a chocolate museum and get to experience the joy of supplementary costs on our ‘unlimited’ travel pass.
As the first installment of my Europe series, we land in Amsterdam, Netherlands to start our European trip. We are shocked by their museums, red light district and the prices at McDonalds. We also found the cheapest place in the world to drink but there’s a catch.
I recently found an old travel log of when I backpacked through Europe and thought I would share. Back when I was a student, I spent a year studying in Scotland at the University of Strathclyde as part of Carleton’s University Exchange Program. It was definitely a personality defining year for me and it played a big part in shaping who I am today and I think back on that year with fond memories.
While on our last Insults in the Dark summer trip, we kept driving by the resort so I got curious and looked it up online. It was pretty swanky and we joked about going there the following year. Fast forward 8 months and it was planning time again and as usual, it was tough nailing down a weekend where everyone was free. As a result, our choices were limited on where to go and the resort we joked about going to became a reality.
When I tell people I decided to spend 3 weeks on vacation in Ecuador, the typical question I get is “why there?”. My typical response is “why not?”. My goal was to go to a place where there would not be thousands of tourists armed with cameras and camcorders. Well Mission accomplished.
Another IITD and another fun year. We did another cottage trip and managed to snag a rental up near St-Sauveur (within a 30 minute drive). We hiked, played board games, read, watched the Olympics and a bit of Netflix, kayaked, swam and biked. I also managed to get caught up on sleep. This place was pretty sweet despite the fact that the owner was in his cottage which was 100 feet away from where we were staying.