We learned how to make pierogi this Christmas!

Every year for Christmas, my Nana Helen (mother of my mother) makes pierogies. My mom's side of the family is Polish/Ukrainian, and while we dabble only very lightly in Eastern European holiday tradition, pierogies and sour cream are staples at all family events (along with cabbage rolls and borscht, but pierogies are the undeniable fan…

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In Honour of the Mitsubishi

The somewhat unnamed guest (or host, rather) on all of our Portugal adventures was the purple and silver Mitsubishi, the pick-up truck of Kevin's late grandfather, AvĂ´ Eugenio. This mammoth of a truck represents countless memories for Kevin and his brother, who spent their summers in the Algarve with their grandparents. Until recently, Avo Maria kept…

Back in Grimsby :: An update on what’s happening with this here blog

If you're reading closely, 2 things are clear: Kevin and I are back in Canada Most of the posts about our travels are describing things have taken place a few months ago At the end of July, Kevin and I booked one-way tickets back to Canada. We'd been in Portugal since early 2015, and had…

Canadian Thanksgiving traditions in Grimsby

It's American Thanksgiving, so it's as good a time as any to write about our adventures during the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. A couple of years ago, I went to Ottawa and spent Thanksgiving weekend with Kevin. While there, I ate the most delicious Thanksgiving dinner that I'd ever had. Since we're back in Grimsby, room-mating…

Road Trip Day 3: Evora & Illness & the Algarve

After waking up in Marvao and spending our morning exploring, we set off to Evora. Of course, Tyler rolled his ankle on those beautiful cobblestone streets the night before, and I woke up feeling the beginning of a fever. Still, we had 2 more stops on our road trip, beginning with the city of Evora,…