People flock to Stratford, Ontario throughout the summer and autumn for the annual Stratford Theater Festival. And well they should, for this world-famous theater festival has starred the likes of Maggie Smith and the current season’s Martha Henry. The Stratford Festival is unparalleled when it comes to artistic vision. Even so, though… there are so many more things to do in Stratford Ontario Canada than just the festival! My recent trip to Stratford was my fourth, yet it was the first that I actually experienced Stratford to its full extent.
I was perusing hotels in Stratford Ontario for my recent mother-daughter road trip when I realized… of all the times I’ve been to Stratford, I’d never stayed overnight. Stratford Ontario is named after the UK’s Stratford-upon-Avon, and is similarly besotted with Shakespeare, to the point that it hosts its own world famous Shakespeare festival. In fact, it is practically a rite of passage for all those growing up in the vicinity (as I did in Michigan) to do a school field trip to the Shakespeare festival. But Stratford is most definitely worth more than a day trip, least of all for the many wonderful hotels in Stratford Ontario. One hotel, however, rises above the rest, and that is Forest Motel and Woodland Retreat.
It is hard to believe that June is done and dusted. In many ways lately I have felt like time is slipping through my fingers… I can’t believe I have been back in the USA for 7 months already. I still feel like I just moved here. But reality is that it’s been 7 months and it’s now time for me to start thinking ahead, planning my future, and working on my career goals. Before that happens, though, I have some travel coming up! (I mean obviously, this is me after all).
As you guys know, I spent time in 2017 living in northern France and working for the Dunkirk Refugee Women’s Centre. After I left, I struggled emotionally coming to terms with this huge crisis I witnessed, and not knowing how to help refugees without actually being there in the camps. The reality, however, is that not everyone can/wants/or is able to travel to the front lines and volunteer. But refugees all around the world still need our help, as we’ve seen in the news lately with Refugee Week and the separation of parents and children in the US. Since I left the Refugee Women’s Centre, I’ve discovered how to help refugees in a practical, location-independent way.
Today’s post is the most personal I have ever shared on this blog. For months I have mentioned bits of my health struggles, but never told the whole story. Why? First, it’s frightening to share such personal details. Second, this is very much a fight I am currently in – I am not “healed” and I am not here to tell you how to cure yourself. I can only share what I have been through up to this point, what has worked, and what I will never do again.
When my Mom and I road tripped to Stratford Ontario, we were expecting to see great theatre (thanks to the world-famous Stratford Shakespeare Festival)… what we weren’t expecting was all the great food! Stratford Ontario is a small city but it has a big foodie scene. As always, I was on the hunt for gluten free restaurants, and the gluten free Stratford Ontario restaurants did not disappoint! We truly ate our way around the city. It wasn’t too hard to find gluten free restaurants, but luckily we got even more advice on gluten free Stratford Ontario restaurants from locals, courtesy of Visit Stratford.
It’s time for the second installment in my new series chronicling my latest wellbeing habits – what’s working, what’s not, and a sprinkling of products.
Today I’m bringing you not just any gluten free travel guide, but my most researched one ever! You could say I’ve been researching it my whole life 😉 Jokes, but today I am telling you all the best greater Lansing gluten free restaurants. I grew up in Lansing so I have had years of doing my own research! I also recently went on a press trip hosted by the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, who showed me even more gluten free restaurants in Lansing. And finally, I managed to pick the brains of my new Dietitian, who gave me an entire book about her recommended Lansing gluten free restaurants!
I am very lucky (in a lot of ways) but here is a big one: When I was an expat in England, I didn’t have to do UK taxes because I was a student on a Tier 4 Visa. However, I did have to do my US taxes. Even though I wasn’t living in the US! Many people from the US don’t know that when you live abroad, you actually still have to file US taxes on your worldwide income. That’s a pretty important wakeup call because you do not want the IRS hunting you down, my friends! Think how complicated doing taxes for expats is: You have income in multiple countries, bank accounts in multiple countries, multiple jobs (hello blogger life), and more. Taxes for expats is no mean feat.