Tuesday, 21 March 2017

On the Road Again

For a few upcoming weeks, my company has shut down completely. No one is allowed on the premises, meaning I suddenly have some free time. A co-worker asked me what my plans were for the forced down time and I responded 'Sleep.' After she chastised me for being too young to require that much sleep (love her!) she told me of her plans to travel to Iceland.

And that's all it took.

That tiny suggestion of travel and I couldn't satisfy the itch until I too booked a flight.

{ErinOutandAbout} Scratching that travel itch

Between work and other general life challenges I have barely had time to plan anything, which has stressed me out slightly. Even more so since I'm usually the rock up and travel buddy, jumping on to the hard work of others' planned trips or as a kind friend described me, 'a travel leech'. I haven't prepared myself for all the work that goes behind planning a trip. Ugh! Where am I going to stay and when? How am I getting there? What am I going to do while there? Such an effort! I should just stay home....I kid, I kid. But it seriously is hard. I started out with one itinerary at the beginning of the planning stage and ending with something completely different. Even leaving a part of it completely open for spontaneity. That's just how I roll.

So expect some radio silence on this blog for the next few weeks as I didn't manage to schedule any posts (same reason as above. TLDR: It's hard work!).

I'll be returning in April with more South America posts (it's the trip that keeps on giving), some hometown tourist items from Toronto the Good, and obviously lots more to come of my latest adventure!

I'll be spending some time in Ireland, Scotland, London, the Lake District, and I have a long layover in Amsterdam. If you have any recommendations or travel tips, please do share them with me in the comments or if your interested in meeting up old school and by old school I mean IRL then email me!


I will miss you my lovelies. Catchya on the flip side!


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Hey There, Monday!

This is a brief one and just under the Monday wire. Travel plans are afoot and always take longer than anticipated.
Happy Monday!


Very cool family run farm

Mmmm pork butt

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I really want to try this DIY tote 

Be more productive


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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Getting Out There Winter Stations 2017

Winter. Who's done with it already? To help the masses muddle through the cold, dark months of the season Toronto is pretty good and finding things to drag us out of our cozy, central heated homes and brave the blustery outdoors. 

Cue year three of Winter Stations down in the east Toronto Beaches neighbourhood (read my post on year two Winter Stations). Taking over the shoreline with 8 large, art installations using the disused lifeguard stations as their armatures and being made from materials that can withstand the harsh winter weather conditions that occur off  Lake Ontario. This year participants were encouraged to be inspired by the theme, Catalyst, focusing on materials like sand, water, and plastic. 

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

Midwinter Fire by Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto From Toronto, Canada

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

Midwinter Fire by Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto From Toronto, Canada

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

The Beacon, by Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva from

Porto, Portugal

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

BuoyBuoyBuoy by Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani, and Julie Forand from Toronto, Canada

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

North by Studio Perch, from Montreal, CANADA

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

The Illusory By Humber College School of Media Studies & IT, School of Applied Technology From Toronto, Canada

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

Although 'North' was my favourite piece of the Winter Stations, I found myself fascinated by 'The Illusory' and really enjoying interacting with it's reflective surfaces. I think visiting on such a sunny day really blended the piece into its surroundings until closer inspection.

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

Flotsam & Jetsam by University of Waterloo from Waterloo, Canada

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

{Erin Out and About} Winter Stations 2017

Now you might be thinking, 'Hang on a tick. She said there were 8 Winter Stations, but there are clearly only 7 pictured here! What's she playing at?'  Well done, eagle eyed reader, if but a tad aggressive. Yes, I only actually saw 7 of the 8 stations. It was a cold, blustery day, we thought we were done. Despite missing I See You Ashiyu by Asuka Kono and Rachael Salmela from Toronto, Canada, the Winter Stations still got us out there enjoying fresh air and staving off cabin fever for one more day.

Not much longer to check them out for yourself running until March 27th, 2017


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