Canada Bingo: Toronto Edition

We had some family come to visit us over the Christmas / New Year period. With just a couple of weeks to show them around our new home, we thought it would be a bit of fun to make a game of it – enter Canada Bingo, the Toronto edition.

We designed Canada Bingo to highlight some of the more Canadian things we have discovered while here, and tried to include a mix of tourist attractions, foodie activities, and fun local experiences. Postcard sized, it is easy to carry around while you’re out and about exploring. The goal is to complete as many of the activities as possible (not strictly following the rules of bingo we know, but Canada Bingo just has such a nice ring to it). Our recent visitors were almost successful in checking off the lot. Here’s how they went…  Continue reading

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Planning Holidays When Your Life is One Long Holiday

Planning Holidays When Your Life is One Long Holiday

I should probably start by clarifying that our life is not actually one long holiday. Although we are away from our home country, Tristan and I are both working full-time jobs and endeavouring to live in Canada as locals. Of course, despite still needing to do all the mundane things you would when you are not on holiday – grocery shopping, renting an apartment, paying the bills, etc. – simply being away from “home” means it is nonetheless hard to kick that holiday feeling! Continue reading

Tristan’s Year in Review – Year #1

Tristan's First Snow Storm

Almost without me realising it, my first Canadian anniversary came and went recently and I thought that this would be a good opportunity to look back on the past year and reflect on how it fits into the story of Tristan Yeats. My life in Canada so far has not been dramatically different on a day-to-day basis from my life back in Canberra. Nonetheless, my first year has certainly been a significant one for me and hopefully this post will provide you a little insight into this.

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Trumpland: Good Viewing, Even for the Non-Political

Trumpland

Last week, an email hit my inbox to tell me that Michael Moore’s Trumpland would be shown at the HotDocs cinema this weekend. Despite living in the political capital of Australia for 10 years, I do not consider myself a political junky. I would describe myself as, at best, someone who is somewhat informed about Australian politics – this is probably less of a reflection of my actual knowledge of current affairs and more to do with the fact that, when you live in Canberra, there are some pretty passionate politi-philes who are seriously well-informed about all things politics, meaning your average (or perhaps even slightly better than average) understanding pales in comparison. Anyway, I digress.

Unlike me, Tristan is reasonably well-informed about politics. He has a good grasp of his personal political ideals and the reasoning behind those. That may have originated from his Canberra born and bred status, but I feel there is also a genuine interest which drives him to read as much as he can about a raft of issues that I probably should care more about. His interest isn’t limited to Australian politics either, with the upcoming Trump v Clinton election definitely occupying a lot of his time of late. Just last weekend I woke up in the morning to the sound of Tristan watching representatives from the Republican and Democrat camps engaging in a debate about the Third Trump / Clinton Debate! So, when I saw the email about Trumpland, Continue reading

Welcome to Up Late With Tristan & Cindy

We have been in Canada for a few months now and are almost feeling like locals.  Just the other day, we were wandering through the Queen West neighbourhood and realised, for the first time, we actually knew exactly where we were and how to get home!

Anyway, now that we are somewhat settled in, we thought we would dive into sharing our first blog post so you can all have a little snapshot into what we have been up to.

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