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Pamela MacNaughtan
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I write an English blog, with a semi-French name, while living in a French city, it seems only fitting that I begin a weekly series entitled ‘Amuse Bouche‘. Right?!
I love living in Québec City - although it does have its challenges - and exploring its various neighbourhoods. That being said not every 'Amuse Bouche' will be based in Québec City.
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"It can be easy for foreigners to overpay for transportation in Thailand without even realizing it. While this can be a nuisance to tourists who may have to part with more money than they need to, it can also result in locals being turned away for tourist dollars."
Many cities seem to have double standards when it comes to locals and tourists. One group is often treated differently than the other, sometimes out of prejudice, sometimes out of necessity and sometimes—in the case of scammers—out of greed. One of the places where that division between tourists and locals particularly struck me was Bangkok. On …
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Today's post is a photographic look back to my Yangtze River trip in 2008. Oh, how the landscapes have changed since then!
The longest river in China (third longest in the world), the Yangtze River has been an important part of China since the Han Dynasty. For centuries small villages rested along the shores of the river, a source of food and transportation, however that all changed when China decided to build the Three Gorges Dam, which …
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Over the years I have travelled around China by plane, bus, boat, but the train is my preferred choice.  I've taken the train in China a few times, the most memorable trips being: Kunming to Beijing (a little over 36 hours long), and Xi'an to Chengdu, and Beijing to Xi'an. I've fallen asleep in the wrong cabins. I've straddled my backpack like a body pillow. I've woken to the sound of a hundred Chinese people doing their morning 'throat clearing' (possibly one of the most disgusting noises, ever!). And I still prefer the train. 
When you’re traveling, tired, and need to get from point A to point B, you may not look at the big picture, but you should. It can make a world of difference. Plus, who wants to arrive at a new destination feeling tired and grumpy? I know I don’t! China is a massive country, making …
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Version 1.0 is here. I may have wi-fi at home, but every now and then I like to escape to a café to work. These are the places I'm visiting right now. Version 2.0 with new cafés in mid-Spring. 
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Want to vacation like royalty in Canada's biggest city? Here's where to indulge, from the best spa treatments to the most decadent in dining.
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In 2012 I took the ferry across the Caspian Sea from Baku to Turkmenbashi as part of the Mongol Rally (I ended up leaving the rally a couple days later in Ashgabat), and since then many have asked about the ferry crossing and how to do it. So, here you go!
In 2012 I took the ferry across the Caspian Sea from Baku to Turkmenbashi as part of the Mongol Rally (I ended up leaving the rally a couple days later in Ashgabat), and since then many have asked about the ferry crossing and how to do it. So, here you go! Finding information on the …
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The most addictive snack I have ever made. Seriously! 
It’s been a month since I moved into my small temporary studio apartment (I move into a slightly bigger studio in a month or so), and this past week is the first time I had a friend over. Yay! I love having friends over, but when one lives in a 300 sq ft studio apartment …
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Poutine, it's one Canadian dish that EVERYone needs to try. If you don't, you've failed in life. Nuff said.
French fries served with hot gravy and semi-melted squeaky cheese curds is the ultimate Canadian snack. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. Lunch, dinner, ten minutes after the bars close… There is no rule on when one can enjoy poutine. Poutine is the one dish that every single visitor to Canada MUST …
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Something I never miss out on when I'm home in Ottawa. Have you been to Elgin Street Diner in Ottawa for their poutine?
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I'm a traveler, writer, and photographer. I've travelled in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. I've driven from Prague to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. I've taken road trips from Toronto to Calgary a few times, and spent a month travelling through Mexico by bus. I write about bespoke experiences, savvy cultural travel, and sometimes my luxe indulgences. 
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