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Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

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Along the Seine

Notre Dame, Paris, France

Notre Dame, Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris France

Paris France

Maybe Canada Did It

The Ambassador Bridge

My quick trip to over the border this afternoon got me thinking… maybe Canada did it. Living in Detroit my whole life with the Great White North just a twenty minute drive from home, I have always enjoyed visiting our neighbors. Whether it be a long weekend in Toronto or Montreal, or a couple hours spent across the river in Windsor, it’s always a thrill to be in another country (even if the only way to tell I’ve left the States is seeing the signs in English and French – sortie!).

I have been a big fan of many things Canadian for a long time. Hockey, The Tragically Hip, Canadian ketchup and ketchup chips (yes, it’s so delicious they’ve made it a potato chip flavor) are just a few of my Canadian loves. While it’s not exactly culture shock, I have always appreciated the somewhat subtle differences of the Canadian way of life.

So I’ve come to the conclusion that it all started there. Canada triggered my wanderlust, my never ending desire to visit new places and experience new cultures (even if they’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away, eh).

Views of New York City

Statue of Liberty, New York City

On my most recent visit to New York City, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time. Seeing the Statue of Liberty so small next to the giant skyscrapers, it seemed the perfect depiction of my view of the city. New York can be so overwhelming, but if you take in one small piece at a time, there are such amazing treasures to be found.

Manhattan Skyline

I could stare at the Manhattan skyline for hours, not only taking in the magnificent architecture (I love all things Art Deco and admit to having a somewhat strange obsession with the Chrysler Building), but also imagining all that’s going on in the city. So many people, so many places, so many ideas, significant events, and conversations taking place. I love the endless possibilities of New York City.