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  • 7 end of summer motivational wallpaper quotes

    heyyyy, welcome, and thanks for clicking :) Today, as I was laying on my bed, I realized that we are nearing the end of August :( I think we all know what that means... it officially feels like a month-long Sunday. I'm not gonna lie, I do feel a tad bit of stress and drowsiness after the summer of 2021, but I can say that I am excited to see snow againnn! In honor of today, unlike my other posts, I decided to create a set of wallpapers that give me (and hopefully you) positive energy to cure this horrid smonday feeling. Of course, I decided to share them with you because I know I'm not the only one feeling this way... I hope you enjoy and cheers to hopefully cheering ourselves up yayyy! Thanks for reading and see you next time! Stay tuned,

  • the all-time best scenic drive in Zurich, Switzerland

    “Switzerland would be a mighty big place if it were ironed flat” — Mark Twain Well Mr. Twain… if Switzerland were ironed flat, the all-time best scenic drive wouldn’t exist now would it? This is honestly the best starter I could think of… In all seriousness though, if you’re planning to visit Zurich, Switzerland — and want to experience the Swiss mountains like a true Swiss — just keep reading :) Personally, I grew up watching and reading Heidi; so visiting Switzerland had been on my bucket list for years. I was finally able to tick it off about 3 years ago. And might I add, it was absolutely amazing… truly 5 year old sude’s wish come true. Not only did I visit Heididorf (which deserves its own blog post), I also ran into one of the best scenic drives i’ve ever seen! Which brings me to the point of this post… ...drum roll pleaseeeee… Malbun, LI, Switzerland! Just a tiny bit of factual information… Malbun, Switzerland is the go-to holiday resort in Liechtenstein, Switzerland. Its steep slopes result in perfect skiing conditions, as well as a perfect drive through the slopes. The ski resort causes not only beautiful scenery in the winter, but also in the summer; which makes it an ideal touristic location. Now the scenic drive route name you have all been waiting for: A13. The route includes scenery for all of its length! Typically, it’s the route from central Zurich to Malbun, but because of Malbun’s steepness, it feels like you’re flying! Here's the exact route I took from Heididorf to a beautiful restaurant in Malbun (keep reading), which lasted around 40 minutes. It’s one of those sights where you can’t truly explain it; you need to experience it. Which brings me to my favourite part of the trip… On the top of the mountain, which concludes the scenic drive, lays a small restaurant called Walserhof. There, I tasted cheese fondue for the first time… it was the most HEAVENLY cheese fondue that I have ever tasted. Although that doesn’t say much, you need to trust me on this one. Aside from the marvellous food, the location is incredibly cozy. You know that feeling when you enter a hot room after staying in negative degrees for hours? Or the feeling when you have been in the cold for too long just to enter your house and switch into your cozy, warm pjs? Imagine that, but add the familiar scent of home-cooked yet amazing food. Out of this world. This post has mostly been me drooling over past experiences (mostly food), not being able to describe the true sense of going on this scenic drive. But I assure you; for any Heidi fans out there — with dreams like mine — you have not lived unless you have experienced Heididorf and Malbun… Now that you’ve read this post, you can officially pack your bags and run away… what are you waiting forrr, go get that eye candy! Thank you sooo much for reading, have a flabbergasting day :) Stay tuned,

  • 5 beaches to visit in Ontario, Canada

    Good morning, good afternoon, good evening or good night! No matter when you're reading this blog post, I'm sure that you love a nice beach. It's one of the Earth's greatest offerings (besides shawarma or a nice cappuccino of course haha). I, for one, absolutely love the idea of feeling sand between my toes and hearing waves peacefully pull up to the shore. Surely I can't be the only one with these thoughts. Unfortunately, these happy feelings become unbearable in environments that are loud and full of clutter, which brings me to my point... Here are 5 beaches in Ontario, Canada that are really really reallyyy worth visiting. Trust me when I say that the pictures linked below are all unfiltered and yet they still do not do these beaches justice! If you are bored and want to spend some quality time outside of your homes, I highly suggest giving these unnoticed beauties a chance :) You won't regret it, I promise. 1. Rouge Park Beach 📍Scarborough, ON Address: 195 Rouge Hills Dr Parking: Free Personal rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- I would visit every hour of every day if I could :) Although I was a bit irked (to say the least) when I first saw what I thought was the beach, it is now my all time favourite place to visit. It really did grow on me... Don't be alarmed when your GPS notifies you that you have arrived, but all you see is a cozy neighbourhood and a small empty parking lot. Once you enter that parking lot and drive to see another parking lot (crazy, am I right?!), you find your jackpot. I have visited this place a dozen times and never has it been loud nor crowded. Yes, there are a couple of beach hoggers here and there if you visit during the afternoon, but it is nothing compared to a 'standard beach'. In all, you really do feel like Alice in Wonderland whilst trying to find the beach, but once you do, all frustration disappears (just like Alice when she fell down the rabbit hole). Seriously, words cannot describe the beauty of this place, and if I were to choose a single beach to visit for the rest of my life, Rouge Park Beach would have to be it :) 2. Kew Balmy Beach 📍Toronto, ON Address: 2 Silver Birch Ave - M4E 3K9 Parking: Free (I personally parked on the street) Personal rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kew Balmy Beach is perfect for dog lovers + owners! They have a section for unleashed dogs and let me tell you, it's like a dog spa out there... Some dogs are sunbathing in the sand, while the rest are swimming in the lake. I was alarmed the first time I visited since I hadn't read the sign that clearly printed "off-leash dog zone". Other than that, parking is very limited and I had to personally park on the street. The water is beautiful, but the beach is a bit more crowded than Rouge Park Beach. For that reason, I would suggest visiting in time for a sunrise... the colours are truly amazing! 3. Bluffer's Park 📍Scarborough, ON Address: 7 Brimley Rd S - M1M 3W3 Parking: Paid ($2/hour) Personal rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Okay, I hate to break it to you, but Bluffer's Park's Beach is definitely on the crowded side. That shouldn't stop you from visiting as it is a huge park, and my personal favourite spots are actually the uncrowded spots. The only reason why I have included this location is because of the wide range of sightseeing opportunities this park has to offer. For starters my favourite spot is the Bluffer's Park Marina. If you choose to visit, be sure to park at the Marina and walk to the cliffs -- it's a great picnic spot! The whole park has a lot to offer and if you ever visit, definitely check out the Marina! 4. Franklin Beach Park 📍Georgina, ON Address: 753 Lake Dr E - L0E 1L0 Parking: Paid ($4/hour, $20 daily) Personal rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh how I love this place! I found this beach on the way home after visiting Sibbald Point Provincial Park. I was surprised to find that the scenery was outstanding, despite being in a neighbourhood (oh the places you'll see when you walk into a random neighbourhood!). Most of the beaches in the neighbourhood are private, and it is tougher to find parking, but it is absolutely worth it for the view. I wouldn't change a thing about this place! I am constantly astonished every time I visit this place, since I can never find anyone on the beach. Peaceful yet powerful, I'll take it :) 5. Willow Beach Park 📍Georgina, ON Address: 1506 Metro Road N - L0E 1S0 Parking: Paid ($4/hour, $20 daily) Personal rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Willow Beach Park is in the exact same community as Franklin Beach Park, yet they are very different. Being 3.2km away from each other, you'd expect the same view.. right? I would say that Willow Beach Park reminds me of Istanbul, while Franklin Beach Park reminds me once again that I live in Canada. None of which is a bad thing... For the sake of serendipity, sit on the rocks, close your eyes, and listen to the sound of the waves crashing into the shore... Thank you for reading :) I'm leaving you off with this alluring quote... “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -- Mark Twain stay tuned,

  • a bit MORE about me: how I started travelling | arriving to Canada

    WELCOME to my first blog post! I'm kinda new here (if you can't tell), but I come bearing the enthusiasm that every new website/blog owner will surely relate to. For those of you that have clicked on without reading the 'about me' section, please do so now (otherwise this might be confusing)... Anyways, now that we have hopefully broken the ice between us -- which is hard because of the screen + distance -- let's get back to business :) I don't want to be stating the obvious, but someone has to. Yes, I blabber a lot. It's actually one of the main reasons that you're on this site, reading this blog... Let's go back in time, say 19 years to be exact? Born in Istanbul, Turkey I came into this world knowing nothing but the cozy comfort of my home. When I was 3 years old, my parents decided it was time to move. 3 year old me thought moving would mean MOVING closer to my grandparents, or even MOVING to a bigger house. It was safe to say that the MOVING my parents were talking about was the kind where you pack all of your stuff into boxes and take them with you across the world (about an 8,000km flight) to a whole new continent, with a whole new language. Of course, 3 year old me soon found out that just as I was getting the hang of speaking a couple words of Turkish, I would have to learn English. Things were rushed, I celebrated my 4th birthday with all of my loved ones before landing on an 10 hour plane ride to Toronto, Canada. The first few months were tough. I would cry all day, clueless of what my preschool teachers were saying. All I wanted was to go back. Months turned into years and years turned into... well decades (kinda). I am thankful to say that I am now a 19 year old Engineering Student at McMaster University, who not only knows how to speak Turkish and English, but also French (you can thank my parents for that). Ever since the first flight, I've also travelled to 13+ countries, continuing to expand culturally. Time really does mold you, right? Or maybe it's the experiences that change you. One second I was alone crying about wanting to go back to my home town, the next I'm an individual who loves the idea of learning new languages and visiting new countries. Enough about me, scroll down below and become a part of this family. You won't regret itttt. If you have gotten this far, I congratulate you :) stay tuned for more content, P.S. I promise that it will be a lot less about me, and a lot more about my experiences + tips.