Learning a Language/ Een Taal Leren

As many of you know I am attempting to learn Dutch. A beautiful language that I really admire. So for the first time, I am attempting to write a post in both English and Dutch.

You decide you want to learn a language. Je besluit dat je wilt een taal leren.

You start strong. Jij hebt een sterke start.


But you quickly give up when you reach something too hard. Maar je geeft snel op als je iets te moeilijk is.


You decide to start again after finding some inspiration. Je probeert het opnieuw nadat je hebt inspiratie gevonden.


You really try to learn the language, and you work on it everyday. Je probeert de taal te leren en je werkt er elke dag aan.


You start to believe that you are getting it. Je begint te geloven dat je zijn je het begrijpt.


Until you are actually in a position of speaking the language. Totdat je de taal probeert te spreken.


And you realize you truly know nothing. En je beseft dat je niets weet.


This process endlessly repeats, forever. Dit proces gaat voor altijd door.


A bleak ending, but a true story. Een guur einde, maar het is waar.


If it helps, I am on a hot streak right now (otherwise known as Step. 5). But it is probably my third time through the cycle.

Good luck.


Three Days in Montreal

Three Days in Montreal

I was recently in Montreal with a well developed itinerary for my friends and I to get the most out of the city in our short time there. So if you are planning a trip anytime soon, try this-

Thursday- Day 1

Our trip involved a 9 hour drive, so we left at 8am and arrived in the city around 4:30- perfect time to check into our Airbnb and take in its beauty. Although there are many different accommodations in the city, we chose travel on the cheap and found an Airbnb in Plateau, a perfect neighbourhood that is accessible for transit, and close enough to grocery stores and attractions.


This evening we walked over to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant down the street from our apartment called Restaurant Les Belles Soeurs. It was small and cosy, with dim lighting, plants and art covering the walls.


After that, we walked over to La Distillerie No.2, which is also in the neighbourhood. It is one of three branches of this bar chain in the city. It has an industrial feel with exposed brick and hanging pipes. But we were there for the drinks- the bar is known for its litre sized cocktails. So find a table, and enjoy a very large mojito. IMG_8520tripadvisor.ca

Friday- Day 2

This was my birthday, so today started with well wishes and gift giving. After this we found a retailer that sells transit cards, we purchased 3 day passes for 18$ that give you access to the metro and bus. Between construction and crazy city drivers I recommend looking into transit. We went for brunch at Restaurant L’avenue – a place on Avenue du Mont-Royal that is known for its brunch. They serve every meal with a plate of fruit. It was really busy so I recommend planning to wait a bit or going early. If you do visit L’avenue, make sure to stop in the bathroom- but don’t expect to touch up lipstick or hair- it probably won”t be very helpful.

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We stopped across the street at Cacao 70 for a warm drink before heading up Mount Royal. Of course, we chose the easy way and took the bus up to the look out point, but you can also hike up. We still got a bit of a hike when we got off at the wrong bus stop and were forced to walk the road back to the lookout.  But the views were great.IMG_8295 3.jpg


From here we rode the bus down the side of the hill to Rue St.Catherine for some shopping. Here you’ll find most retail stores like Forever 21, H&M, Sephora, and Zara. After purusing through the stores of interest we caught the bus to La Banquise for poutine- something Canada is known for, but is specifically native to Quebec. It is another small, but busy restaurant- so go early. The poutine here is SO GOOD- it is hard to find a good poutine gravy, and La Banquise has it. I had the Bacon Poutine, but you can explore with lots of options.


After dinner we walked home and had a rest before throwing a mini party at the apartment.


This evening we visited a few of the city’s bars, so I’ll give you a little review for each.

  • Bily Kun, 354 Mont-Royal E, known for it’s live jazz happy hours and a great speak easy vibe. The walls are lined with ostrich heads and they serve various Czech beers.
  • Newspeak, 1403 Rue Sainte Élisabeth, a bit scary to approach, as you’ll find yourself in a dead alley way. However, inside you will find a new bar which is prided for being packed with live DJs and bands.
  • Stereo Bar, 856 Rue St Catherine E, literally in a basement. It is quite dark and mysterious, but inside you’ll find a really modern club with black lights and neon paint across the walls.
  • Unity Bar, 1171 St Catherine St E, by far my favourite stop of the evening. It is a great place to dance and hear music you’ll know. Especially if you are a person who prefers pop/throwbacks to EDM.

From the club we ubered home- an easy way to get home when you just don’t feel like finding the bus at 2am.

Saturday- Day 3

Today was a day I was thoroughly excited for. We started off our day with bagels from Fairmount Bagel (which by the way, if you want butter on your bagel- bring it or prepare to buy a full tub).



We enjoyed our bagels in front of the building and then caught our bus to Old Montreal. Old Montreal is the best example of the European feel that Quebec has. It has old buildings, the Notre Dame Basilica and cobblestone streets. We started at Tommy, a magnificent cafe that has plants hanging from the ceilings and serves really aesthetically pleasing lattes. towertrip.com

We walked up and through the Notre-Dame Basilica– which is 6$ for entry (cash only) so come prepared! Inside is a beautiful church where Celine Dion was married. After paying my respects to my Quebecois Queen we ventured on.

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We walked through the streets, stopping along the way for candy, chocolate and any other treat we could find.

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IMG_8420 3.jpgright along the streets of old Montreal is the old port on the St.Lawerence River. From here you can walk along and view the ships, the Expo67 location and look back at the city skyline. It was getting really cold so we walked back through the city to find our next cafe, which is housed inside of the Old Royal Bank. Crew Collective Cafe is a really cool cafe with chandeliers and work rooms in old bank tellers booths. It was really busy inside (a common theme in the city) so seating was impossible.


We walked back to the basilica to catch our bus, from there we went for dinner at the famous Schwartz Deli, a restaurant that serves smoked meat sandwiches. Nestled in between bars on the busy street of St.Laurent Boulevard, this busy restaurant is often paired with a line out the door- but it is worth the wait. In under 20 minutes you will be faced with a large sandwich with coleslaw, fries and a pickle (at your request [I recommend you get them all]).


Sunday- Day 4

Today we were getting ready to go, so after spending the evening packing and cleaning our apartment. This morning we were up early to pack the car and find breakfast. At the end of our street called Croissant Croissant. It is a beautiful little cafe that serves various croissants (obviously) on pretty wooden boards with coffee. instagram.com

After this we hopped in the car and drove across the city to go to a spa. But three words- so. much. construction. We found parking after being rerouted around the city about 5 times. Once again, if you thought you could drive through the city- you are wrong. We decided to end our weekend with a bang by enjoying a morning at Bota Bota. Which, technically has no land to park on- as it is literally a boat. So we found daily parking for 18$ nearby. and walked along the port to the spa. We did the water circuit, which gives you access to thermal baths, cold baths ( go all in!), steam bathes and saunas. the website recommends that you do a cycle of sauna/steam room, cold bath, thermal bath or relaxation and do this a few times. I have literally never been so relaxed, the spa is silent so for three hours you are left to relax, look out the port holes at the city and just decompress. I was so relaxed after my three hours here that the  drive home (in the rain, with construction) seemed like nothing.


I recommend trying a combination of one or all of these things in your time in Montreal for the ultimate exploration/gastronomical/relaxation weekend.

have fun!


22 Things I Learned at 22

22 Things I Learned at 22

That’s right! It’s that time of year again, where I reflect on my past year, with some sub-par advice and some pictures that don’t really belong here.

  1. A pouch isn’t just an accessory, its a way of life.
  2. Fewer close friends are better than a bunch of acquaintancesGPTempDownload
  3. Be wise, moisturize.
  4. Being an independent worker is hard, but it let’s you do what you want.Processed with VSCO with f1 preset
  5. Financing is tough, but a necessary skill to learn.
  6. My myers-briggs personality (ENTP-T) says more about me than my star sign ever will. IMG_6692
  7. House plants are an absolute necessity.
  8. Yoga is a godsent, pilates are not.
  9. Life moves fast. Appreciate where you are in the moment.IMG_8178
  10. Take risks and travel far.Processed with VSCO with m6 preset
  11. I can buy candy whenever I want because I’m adult and I don’t need a reason.
  12. Less is more, and regularly go through your things is important.
  13. Take care of yourself, whether it be a walk or a bubble bath- time for yourself is important. IMG_8257 2
  14. Pursue things that interest you. In a month, I will have a master’s degree in television (~living the dream~).Processed with VSCO with s3 preset
  15. Life requires prioritizing- make time for your friends and family.
  16. Scavenger hunts are for adults.IMG_5149
  17. Take more pictures.IMG_7759
  18. Never stop learning.
  19. Empowered women empower other women.Processed with VSCO with f1 preset
  20. Don’t let emotions rule what you do today.IMG_8258 2
  21. I am pretty much 100% incapable of completely things so this was a struggle.
  22. oh crap… I need one more…. “‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’-Wayne Gretsky”-Micheal Scottmichealscott


And for more birthday posts: 21 Things I Learned at 21, 20 Things I Learned at 20, the Growth of One Super Sarcastic Bitch (me)


What Happened to Feminism?

Why are women scared of being called a victim? a bitch? or any other word that demonizes them? Why do women shy away from the word feminist, when at its core, is a movement for equity, not persecution. I realized recently that what the world needs (aside from many other things) is the presence of more female voices and female role models. Now, I know that may not be a role model (per se) but I am one of the many female voices coming at you from an academic background in popular culture, specifically television and gender to hopefully bring awareness to the issue of gender inequality and the facade of post-feminism. So, although it is very different from posts I usually do, I thought today I would bring you along on a little thought I developed earlier today.

My thought comes from reading through this website:


Or for a visual reference:


Today’s supposedly mediated society offers women a fierce belief that gender equality exists. According to “Woman Against Feminism” being able to take care of oneself demonstrates far more empowerment than relying on the help of others in the form of collective political action. This idea demonstrates the need for feminism, because hasn’t history shown us (for better or worse) that things are easier in a group than they are alone? But 21st Century feminism finds itself in a very interesting catch-22. The post-feminist landscape that suggests gender equality has been achieved is actively working to make feminism obsolete. But in doing so it is also perpetrating a system of political inequality that makes feminism more relevant than ever. If we all succumb to the thought of post-feminist individualism, there will be no one left to band together and create collective change. So, while many women look forward to the pseudo-independence that the fight of the women before us has given us, this is not a time to sit back. The very situation that is making feminism useful is the one that precludes it from happening. This enables sexism to thrive under the disguise of personal responsibility and free choice while simultaneously making sexism difficult for girls to name.

Fear for earning the socially debilitating label of feminist keeps many women from addressing the oppression they face every day. In some cases, this fear shows up in the form of jokes like “get back in the kitchen” where we are taught to respond, “oh that’s just boys being boys”. The fear of pushing back, being loud and unruly, fear of being labeled the “man hater” or the “bitch”, keeps us quiet. Although there is a promise of a future for young women who will have the freedom to choose, it isn’t something that will come without a fight and through the myth of choice and the push to do everything on your own is what potentially keeps women from success.

For us as a society to move forward we need to drop this “I’m okay, I’m okay” attitude and actually look at what is telling us to think and act like this. This isn’t to say that women today are cultural dupes, but to say that the space between traditional feminism and the post-feminist attitude that prevails online leaves a gaping hole in which women are to develop how they see themselves and the world around them. Highly public confrontations with sexism have poked holes in the individualized game elements of post-feminism; they highlight the contradictory messages about feminism that girls and others must investigate. Although many women are able to recognize sexism in other countries they find it hard at best to recognize it in their own lives. This isn’t to say that women need to victimize themselves. However, to say that women are not oppressed is in fact what is keeping them in the dark.

Sure Barb, maybe you want to be a caregiver while your husband is the breadwinner, but there is a clear distinction between free choice and endless justification. You have free choice to do what you want in life, but more often than not, your decision to stay home with you kids is justification for your husband position as the financial supporter. Sure, this is the practical choice given the wage gap and the way that men are automatically offered higher paying jobs than woman. But it is justification not self-choice, it is oppression not post-feminism that keeps women at home. More women need to be relentless in the fight for equality and more women need to be aware of everyday sexism. More people need to address that even though it may be harder to define, sexism is just as prevalent as ever, and in order to deconstruct these prevailing ideologies, we need to address them, own up to them and best them.

Mic Drop. 🎤


Oh and if this hasn’t fired you up enough, give this page a gander:



The Great Canadian Roadtrip

The Great Canadian Roadtrip

Recently my friends and I drove from Vancouver, British Columbia to St.Catharines, Ontario, a 44 hour drive.

I won’t say that the footage is the best, but it is our journey and it is relatively caught on camera.

Moments to watch for:

  •  Kayla almost getting puked on while whale-watching
  •  Majestic man on the whale-watching boat
  •  Kayla coming out of the pool with water on her face
  •  Kayla attempting to use a roadside port-a-potty


*Credits to all the music we used- Portugal, Trixie Mattel, Kesha, and Clairy Brown.


A Thought on Living in the Moment

Living in the moment can be hard. Especially when we are constantly connected. But today I found myself on a boat in Vancouver, whale-watching and realized “holy shit! I didn’t think I would ever be doing this!” And here I am with my best friends seeing whales. Actual whales. And not to forget that the background is the ocean, mountains and city. It is the most gorgeous landscape I have ever seen and sometimes we forget to take these moments to appreciate what we have and spend way to long attempting to capture that moment for others, that we forget to savior the moment for ourselves. 

This moment has made me greatful, and so glad I came with these people and have the ability to see what we have seen. 

Don’t let yourself spend so much time trying to get the perfect shot, completely forgetting that to take a moment to look for yourself. Without the viewfinder. 

Oh and since I didn’t get one good shot of a whale, here is one our tour guide took:  

Back to School as Told by Dwight Schrute.

Dwight Schrute is my favourite character from NBC’s the Office, and it just happens that his character exemplifies how I feel about going back to school.

So summer is almost over….


…and you have to decide which of your personalities to introduce yourself with.


When your professor starts sending emails before school starts.


When you have to introduce yourself to the class.200_s-4

When you manage to have no 8ams.



When there are sales on school supplies.


When your professor assigns readings assigned before the class starts.


When homecoming is around the corner.


Ignoring your problems like


But overall school means you get to see your friends again.






Good luck! -B.