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Explore Canada – the video!

08/06/2013 | By

Nova Scotia, Canada

0430 hrs and I’m wide awake.  Again.

The joys and benefits of travel are manifold and much documented.  Travel increases our knowledge base and broadens our perspective, it strengthens our resourcefulness while it exposes us to places and experiences that generally can’t be found at home, it can  introduce one to new foods and friends, teach personal skills like time management, organisation, tolerance, adaptation and fosters the celebration of the rich diversity of our human experience. One of the less welcome gifts of travel can be an interruption to our circadian rhythms – and that’s why I’m sitting in front of my fire writing this post about my trip to Canada to you at such a ridiculous hour.

Nova Scotia, Canada

I gained all of the above from my (almost) three weeks of exploring Canada.  I went to places I’ve always been curious about, saw things I’d never seen before (a moose!) and made some brilliant friends from such far flung corners of the world as Canada, Sweden, Korea and Brazil.  I traveled the breadth of an enormous and visually exciting country, ate marvelous meals, met remarkable food producers and heard their stories, learned much from my traveling companions and was given the opportunity to attend the massive and massively exciting TBEX.  I can’t begin to count the advantages of being chosen for such an astonishing adventure and, in the coming weeks and months, I’ll be sharing my experiences of Canada with you all.

In the meantime, I’m thrilled to be able to let you have a glimpse of our experience in this short video made by one of my traveling companions, the remarkably talented and hugely popular (think circa 27k followers) young Instagrammer Alex Strohl.


Every time I look at it I think of this wonderful trip and the friends I made – I love the film and I hope you do too.


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  1. Hyunju

    I am smiling while I am reading your post. It was so great time and experience with you, Katja and Nathalia in Canada and I am already missing you guys.

  2. Amanda McInerney

    I miss you guys too – but had such a lot of fun with you all!

  3. Jennifer @ Delicieux

    What a great film! Looks like you met such an amazing group of people Amanda. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  4. Judy

    I was smiling too Hyunju, it was a great clip and I was hanging out to see you in the film Amanda. Then, there you were – obviously enjoying yourself, what a great opportunity for you and the others.

  5. InTolerant Chef

    I hope your body clock re-sets itself soon, but it sounds like you had such a wonderful time indeed!

  6. Kate

    Loved the film and the award winning performance of Canada !!

  7. Hotly Spiced

    You know if you travel by ship instead of plane you never get jet-lag. It’s just, who’s got the time! I love the video. Looks like you had an incredible time xx

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Oh yes the time difference is a killer but it’s such a small price to pay for the pleasure of travelling 🙂

  9. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love to travel and one thing I learned a long time ago was to be kind to myself. I don’t know how you cope with having to be “on” so many hours a day. What an amazing experience. I love Canada.

  10. Celia

    Amanda, I loved this – what a great video! I’m so glad you had such a good time! xx