I grew up in a house where the Olympics was a BIG deal. Not only was it playing on TV in our house 24/7, but we would compete in medal tallies and country ranking to make it even more fun. I have such fond memories of my Mom and Dad barbecuing on summer nights and all five of us snuggling up in our TV room to watch it together.
True Story: I am known in my family for being the 8 year old that cried during the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games closing ceremonies. Apparently I was so devastated that the Olympics were ending that year, that I just burst out crying during the closing credits. Without fail, I am reminded every two years about the “Barcelona incident”. I’ll admit that I still get a bit sad during the closing montage when they show clips of major events. Isn’t that the purpose of those montages?!
Although I won’t be able to watch the 2012 Olympics in person with my parents and sisters, I am so happy for the memories we created over the years.
Gap vintage Olympic tees
We are back from Trinidad relaxed, revived and ready to tackle our overflowing inboxes. It was nice to step away from the real world for a few days and spend some much needed time with my loves.
My beautiful Mom
It had been almost seven years since my last trip to Trinidad and was my husband’s first visit. Of course I made him eat/drink all of my Trini favourites: bake & shark, doubles, roti, Stag/Carib beer, corn soup. We had time to lime (trini slang for hang out) in Port of Spain at some local hangouts like Smokey & Bunty and on the Avenue. We spent two days (although rained out!) at Maracus Beach jumping the waves. And most importantly, we attended my cousin’s wedding to his childhood sweetheart. They have been together as long as I can remember and were truly meant to be. We celebrated and danced the night away surrounded by family and friends.
Definitely a packed trip with family visiting, partying and lots of food (hello, detox and diet time!). I loved showing my husband the Trini side of my background and we are already planning our trip back.
Blue Basin Waterfall
via Canon T2i
After five days of work in Washington DC, I am in Toronto! I was supposed to be spending two days in Montreal, but after a cancelled flight redirected me through Toronto I decided to spend the extra days here.
As usual, I am on the hunt finding new places in my old hood Queen West and rediscovering some old favourites. I love being a stranger in a city I used to know so well… it makes the experience that much more fun.
street art at Queen & Ossington