When I decided to quit my job for this grand adventure, and being more private in nature, I gave my two weeks to my direct boss and shared the news with a few close work friends. I knew, in time, the news would make its way around the company. Sure enough - about a week later, someone from our digital department said she heard the news about me traveling the world; to places like Dubai! I had to laugh because it reminded me of a game I played as a child - "telephone." Not only did the news travel quickly, but it was a plan even I didn't know about!
I think for so many, the idea of traveling in your 20's and 30's has to be hostel style across Europe. Or hopping countries in Asia. Or swimming with great whites in S. Africa (which is on Pete's bucket list). But nope, we gave it all up to see OUR country. Last week, we went a little off the beaten path and spent some time in Canada. For the first leg of the trip, my brother Zack and his wife Gracin, joined us in Montreal; and man it couldn't have been better company or timing. They were patient when our tank filled and flooded through the shower. They helped us relocate the RV to a site that Lily was allowed on (apparently Canada isn't as dog-friendly as Maine). Each serving a unique purpose; Zack brought my desire to see family...and Gracin, always bright eyed, and ready for any adventure. Pete finally had a partner in crime!! From the old charm of Montreal to the big city feel of Toronto, a few "Oh, Canada" thoughts:
1. Notre Dame Basilica is the most beautiful church I have been in.
2. Poutine may beat disco fries (Pete says no chance).
3. If you ever find yourself in Montreal needing a caffeine pick-me-up, Tommy's Coffee Shop in Old Montreal is a must. Not only do they have great coffee and cronuts, but they reminded me even on this adventure, "carpe diem."
4. Toronto is on our list of places to go back to. All their sports' stadiums/arenas are within the city and we enjoyed exploring the different neighborhoods. We found the "Brooklyn" and "Village" of Toronto.
5. The casino clearly hates Americans but we still ended the night laughing and dancing the losses away in the Discoteca.
6. It's no myth - it always rains in Canada. Enough to take the power out of the entire town we were camping in.
7. And last but not least - I love the USA!!!!!!!
As we entered the USA through customs at the border and made our way back into NY, I felt back at home. No more kilometers or liters, no more French haha. I won't even miss the amazing donuts from Tim Horton's. Riding back under the warm sun, I loved seeing signs for McDonald's and "Explore. I <3 NY." Something about crossing the border and being back in the land of the free and brave; where there is so much to do and see often right under our noses!!