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Disney's Inaugural Cruise Out Of New Orleans

This week on the blog I thought I would share with you all the fun, photos, and excitement from my Disney Cruise in February.  This trip would not have been possible without the help of my friend Amanda so a HUGE thank you to her for being my roomie and helping me enjoy this trip. Also a HUGE thank you to Lou Mongello of WDW Radio for having t...
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My Cruise From February

As most of you know the first week in February before we knew much about Covid-19 or had any form of shelter in place orders I took a Disney Cruise out of New Orleans (side note: I always wear a mask when I fly, have for years, at the time it was not a COVID precaution). I was able to book this trip in 2019 with a friend and had a wo...
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It's almost Christmas

With being sick for the last few weeks I haven't done much of anything. I haven't gone out a whole lot as I've been too sick to bother getting out of bed. I did, however, go out a few nights ago. Not for long but just long enough for a quick drive to Niagara Falls to check out the Christmas Light displays as I'm hoping to do a Thursday night l...
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Sleep Cheap 2018

For those of you who have followed this blog for a while, you know that every year while I'm living in Niagara I love to take part in a charity event held in Niagara Falls. This "Sleep Cheap" event is a fundraiser held just for people who live locally (you have to prove your Niagara address to take part) and the funds all go to local charities...
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My LUG Review

   A little over a year ago the amazing people at LUG headquarters surprised me with a HUGE box of lug goodies. They had heard about my plans to travel and wanted to have me test a bunch of products on my adventures. They gave me a few different types of bags, packing cubes and other products. I like the variety of colours you can get the...
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2016 A Year In Review

Wow, it's hard to believe that 2016 is already over. I feel like the older I get the faster it goes by. Time becomes a larger part of who I am and what I value, as it seems to shrink with each coming year. I've found myself over the last year thinking "Wow, you really haven't accomplished a whole lot Crystal" which, of course, is not correct. But w...
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The Downside To Living Across The Country

I've spent my whole life living close enough to my family and friends, that when something comes up I can always be there. Normally a few hours or so drive away, but nothing that required any real planning in order to drop what was going on and rush to someone's side if needed. Hell, I remember when my little sister (who is actually my cousin but t...
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An Opportunity, A Change In Plans, Surgery and A Move.

The last couple of weeks has been slightly chaotic for me. This year I've tried to be open to any and every opportunity that comes my way. An experience is an experience, good, bad or ugly, it will teach you something. So I've made it a point to be as open to as many experiences as I possibly can. A few weeks ago when an opportunity to go look at a...
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The Titanic Experience

When I was in Ireland I took a day trip to Northern Ireland that allowed me to see Carrick-A-Rede bridge ( http://www.chasinghappiness.ca/blog/carrick-a-rede-rope-bridge ). One of the stops on this day trip was "The Titanic Experience" in Belfast. I wasn't actually sure what to expect but I knew I had to do it because a number of my family members ...
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Crossing Paths – Lillian Lai- Student, Traveler and so much more

I'm starting something new on the blog today. Today I want to start sharing stories with you about people. People I meet while I travel, people who cross my path day to day. This new section of the blog will focus on how I met these people and how their stories impact me. We all make connections with other people every day. The question I have for ...
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Why Can’t I Have Balloons and A Fancy Dinner With Gifts?

I was chatting with a friend the other day who had just posted comments online to an article she had recently read entitled ""Why Don't Women Celebrate Their Travel Accomplishments The Way They Do Engagements?" Her comments and thoughts on this article were actually perfectly in line with what I was feeling. So I read the article myself and felt a ...
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Home is NOT a Pin on a Map

So I've been back in Canada a little more than a week now (don't worry I have lots of blog posts about Ireland to post still), but since I've been home I've felt sort of lost. Not that I don't know where to go or what I want, but lost in the sense of this place doesn't feel the same to me anymore. Most people feel a sense relief when they get home ...
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Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge

While I was in Ireland I took a day tour with a company called Wild Rover day tours. They offer a few different tours and if you are headed to Ireland I highly recommend them. One of the tours they offer is to Northern Ireland where they go to this amazing place called the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. This is the view  The walk to the rope brid...
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The Food in Ireland

I always struggle with food when I travel. I'm a very picky eater and tend to not like a lot of things. I'm picky about too much salt or things that are too sweet. This has gotten worse over the last year or so as I've started to eat better and take better care of myself. When I was in university, I took part in a study and found out I'm what's lab...
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Ireland my emotional first day.

I don't know if it was jet lag or just lack of sleep in general but on my first morning waking up in Ireland, I was awake and out the door by 4am. This is very early back home let alone in a country that, unbeknownst to me, doesn't even begin to wake up until 7am (which I did not know at 4am). As I walked downtown in the Dublin city center looking ...
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36 Hours in Transit

I can't even wrap my head around that number. I have now been officially awake for 35 hours and I'm not even in Dublin yet. I feel like my head is about to explode. I've been able to spend my time wisely. I visited with some people, I've been writing blog posts. It has been a productive 35 hours so far. I started this blog post on my way to Ireland...
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Ireland

 I've been traveling around the country checking things out for the last few days. This place is amazing. I promise more detailed posts are coming but for now, because it's 4:30am and I have to head out, here are some pictures of the beautiful places I've visited.
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Travel can be exhausting

I had a friend tell me this before I left and I didn't think much of it. I've traveled before and although I've had 'vacations' where I did come home exhausted, I thought I could handle it. However, there is a big difference when you travel overseas. Jet lag sucks and when you combine that with a busy schedule trying to fit in as much as you can ev...
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Kilkenny

Yesterday I explored this amazing little place along the Irish countryside called Kilkenny. It's a tourist city, a lot like Niagara On The Lake back home, however, most of the building are thousands of years old. All the little shops are small, independently owned (with the exception of a large grocery store and a subway) shops with extremely frien...
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Jet lag is a 4-letter word

Jet lag has always been this thing I've heard about but never experienced. I know people who say it takes days for them to recover from it. I thought that was crap. Sleep is sleep, it can happen anywhere (or so I thought). Maybe it's because I've always had issues with sleeping normally. Maybe it's because I don't have a normal sleep pattern that I...
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