randoms and travels

A naturopathic student's daily life and travels.

galitrodan:

The Aga Khan speaks with Globe and Mail Editor-in-Chief John Stackhouse in Toronto, Friday, February 28, 2014. (Galit Rodan for the Globe and Mail)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/aga-khan-without-a-doubt-i-am-seriously-worried-about-the-world/article17185492/

Yesterday was one of those rare days where I took a moment to take stock of where I am right now. Thursday and Friday were both busy, stressful work days. The kind of days where you feel, to borrow a phrase from the service industry, perpetually in the weeds, and yet somehow everything works out in the end. I had worn a hoodie to my 12:30 assignment because I thought I was going to be shooting outdoors. On my way there an editor called with another assignment - shooting the Aga Khan at the Four Seasons Hotel at 4. In between assignments I filed, drove home, walked the dogs and changed my clothes and then literally drove back to almost exactly where I had just come from. Made it with a minute or two to spare. 

I get caught up in the little stresses of this job: wondering whether I’m going to make it somewhere on time; find parking; freeze outside; how I’m going to deal with the crappy yellow light in this windowless room; the overhead light that’s creating highlights where I don’t want highlights to be; how often I can get away with pressing the shutter without being too much of a distraction in the interview; should I stop shooting altogether after a while; the person who keeps leaning into my frame; and on and on and on. Realistically, those little stresses ARE my job. 

Somehow, though, while I was rushing to get to that second assignment, I sat back in my car and thought “I am shooting the Aga Khan for the Globe and Mail.” And in spite of my tendency to feel like I am constantly underachieving and that I should be doing more and doing better, I realized that the assignment I was on my way to was something that would have been unfathomable to me not even three years ago, when I was still a student at Loyalist. And I felt really, really grateful for being where I am now.

Here’s hoping for something unfathomable in the future. 

Study the night away. from rahimmoledina on 8tracks.

Study the night away. 8tracks playlist to get through these midterms.

Linen MacBook Air sleeve with button closure. Padded inner covered with blue checked fabric.

gqfashion:

Cool bike! Only in Milan. Ts  (Taken with instagram)
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gqfashion:

Cool bike! Only in Milan. Ts (Taken with instagram)

Cardiff Julian handlebar grips are now installed. Here’s some close-ups and the full photostream: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyjYzsM

http://www.cardiffltd.com/grips.html

Finally had a chance to write a bit about the VIA trip.
All in all, the trip was a really good experience. Good scenery, good food, and a nice way to just wind down and relax for a couple days. The one thing I would have preferred is a seat in the sleeper class. A berth (http://www.viarail.ca/en/resources/berths) would have made sleeping a lot more comfortable. In economy there is lots of leg room and the seats recline quite a bit, but it still makes sleeping comfortably tough. We took advantage of VIA’s express deals and got our tickets for $150!
Started the trip on Aug. 22 by driving to Edmonton in the afternoon. We got to Edmonton around 4:30 and went straight to VIA to drop of the bags. They take baggage any time the day of departure and that was really handy with all the luggage we had. 2 carry on, 3 checked included free! We brought our bikes for $20.
Got back to the station around 11pm, boarded around midnight and didn’t leave till around 12:30. We were stuck in the Edmonton rail yard for about half hour I’d say and then we were on our way. I fell asleep pretty soon after. When the train was moving, I could sleep but noticed I was waking when we stopped.
Woke up pretty early the next morning. Got breakfast from the Skyline car. 4 pancakes and green tea. Scenery throughout Alberta and Sask was pretty much the same - a bunch of farms. Passed Saskatoon, thought it was really small. Through the prairies, the train had to stop quite a bit to allow for freight trains to pass. There is only 1 track across Canada, so if a train is coming head on, we would stop in the sidings and wait for it to pass. One time we waited like 45 mins for this to happen! Saw the Potash factory and a lot of Potash train cars.
Ate dinner just before Winnipeg - beef pot roast, mashed potatoes, mixed greens, and garlic bread. Food on the train was really good. They seat you with random people as there are not many seats in the restaurant so they can’t have a table of 4 with just 2 people. It was a good way to meet people. At breakfast we met a mom and her son traveling to northern Manitoba and at dinner we met a couple going to Toronto, but stopping for a week in Winnipeg. They knew a lot about Naturopathy so we had a good conversation.
Around 9pm we got to Winnipeg. Long stop over. Got a chance to leave the train and check out the town. Couldn’t go around much but had a chance to check out the Forks - the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers and a tourist attraction (http://www.theforks.com/). The train station, called Union Station, was really nice and located in the heart of the city. Stayed in the station for a bit, then boarded again around 11:30. They said they had Wifi there but I couldn’t get it to work.
Woke up the next day in Sioux Lookout. The scenery from here on was amazing - Ontario is spotted with lakes all over and the train was cutting through the dense forest. We passed this place called Longlac, Ontario. It’s supposed to have the oldest church according to the conductor. Had the same dinner that day, except swapped the potatoes for rice and got apple crumble for dessert. Woke up the next day and we were almost into Toronto. We were passing through small towns, then entered Richmond Hill, and we ended up taking the track into Union station that passes by my school, CCNM. And finally the journey ended at Union Staion, Toronto. Thanks to VIA Rail for the great experience! View high resolution

Finally had a chance to write a bit about the VIA trip.

All in all, the trip was a really good experience. Good scenery, good food, and a nice way to just wind down and relax for a couple days. The one thing I would have preferred is a seat in the sleeper class. A berth (http://www.viarail.ca/en/resources/berths) would have made sleeping a lot more comfortable. In economy there is lots of leg room and the seats recline quite a bit, but it still makes sleeping comfortably tough. We took advantage of VIA’s express deals and got our tickets for $150!

Started the trip on Aug. 22 by driving to Edmonton in the afternoon. We got to Edmonton around 4:30 and went straight to VIA to drop of the bags. They take baggage any time the day of departure and that was really handy with all the luggage we had. 2 carry on, 3 checked included free! We brought our bikes for $20.

Got back to the station around 11pm, boarded around midnight and didn’t leave till around 12:30. We were stuck in the Edmonton rail yard for about half hour I’d say and then we were on our way. I fell asleep pretty soon after. When the train was moving, I could sleep but noticed I was waking when we stopped.

Woke up pretty early the next morning. Got breakfast from the Skyline car. 4 pancakes and green tea. Scenery throughout Alberta and Sask was pretty much the same - a bunch of farms. Passed Saskatoon, thought it was really small. Through the prairies, the train had to stop quite a bit to allow for freight trains to pass. There is only 1 track across Canada, so if a train is coming head on, we would stop in the sidings and wait for it to pass. One time we waited like 45 mins for this to happen! Saw the Potash factory and a lot of Potash train cars.

Ate dinner just before Winnipeg - beef pot roast, mashed potatoes, mixed greens, and garlic bread. Food on the train was really good. They seat you with random people as there are not many seats in the restaurant so they can’t have a table of 4 with just 2 people. It was a good way to meet people. At breakfast we met a mom and her son traveling to northern Manitoba and at dinner we met a couple going to Toronto, but stopping for a week in Winnipeg. They knew a lot about Naturopathy so we had a good conversation.

Around 9pm we got to Winnipeg. Long stop over. Got a chance to leave the train and check out the town. Couldn’t go around much but had a chance to check out the Forks - the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers and a tourist attraction (http://www.theforks.com/). The train station, called Union Station, was really nice and located in the heart of the city. Stayed in the station for a bit, then boarded again around 11:30. They said they had Wifi there but I couldn’t get it to work.

Woke up the next day in Sioux Lookout. The scenery from here on was amazing - Ontario is spotted with lakes all over and the train was cutting through the dense forest. We passed this place called Longlac, Ontario. It’s supposed to have the oldest church according to the conductor. Had the same dinner that day, except swapped the potatoes for rice and got apple crumble for dessert. Woke up the next day and we were almost into Toronto. We were passing through small towns, then entered Richmond Hill, and we ended up taking the track into Union station that passes by my school, CCNM. And finally the journey ended at Union Staion, Toronto. Thanks to VIA Rail for the great experience!

Bike is finally done! here’s the before and after. more pics here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyjYzsM

Bike painted, headset, handle bar, bottom bracket, and cranks installed. Almost done!

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