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Rodeo-Stampede-2016

This year has been very interesting in travel, from weather patterns to global issues. However, it seems that Calgary as a city has a united front for Stampede. I thought that it was impressive when driving through the city many buildings had paintings on the windows saying “Howd’y and Yeehaw!” For the amount I have travelled around the world it was nice to know in Canada a culture exists. 

For 2016 is was said to be the raininess Stampede in history. Not to mention the lowest turnout. However, there was still a turn out and over all it was a good time. The rain put a damper on the event, bit when travelling you make the best of whatever happens. First stop upon arrival was the National on 17th. This street is “party central,” from bars to restaurants. If you’re looking for a good time it’s the place to be. Really liked the concept of long tables and everyone sitting together. Reminded me of an Osteria in Italy. Took a few moments to find a seat, but once we found seats a burger was ordered for myself and a few drinks!  

Cafe brasserie calgary

 The following morning started with a full breakfast at Cafe Brasserie Calgary. It was a great set up inside and made you feel like you were in France. Might as well mix it up while on vacation. Breakfast was filling and the service was amazing! If you’re ever in Calgary, it is a must try. 

Tamara Project; Travel; Calgary

The following morning started with a full breakfast at Cafe Brasserie Calgary. It was a great set up inside and made you feel like you were in France. Might as well mix it up while on vacation. Breakfast was filling and the service was amazing! If you’re ever in Calgary, it is a must try.

Later on in the day while at Stampede I felt the need to have pork ribs and corn bread. This was finger licking good. Not much more needs to be said. Pretty sure I could have eaten more, but didn’t want to feel sick later on.  As for drinks, had a few Mike’s Hard Lemonade just to complete the whole experience. 

Calgary Stampede was something I would totally go back to. I did everything on my list: 1. Stampede, 2. Cow Boy Hat, 3. Watched the Rodeo, 4. Ate Ribs, 5. Tent Party, 6. Listened to Country music [didn’t know any of the songs] 7. Partied like a rock star. The event was a success and if you’re looking for a road trip from Vancouver it’s only a 10 hour drive. And there is plenty to see along the way. 

Rodeo-Stampede-2016

Rodeo-Stampede-2016

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Rodeo-Stampede-2016

Canadian Tuxedo
Since I was at the Calgary Stampede I felt the need to get into the motif. I thought it would be hard, but remember that all my time at J.Crew my wardrobe has been accumulated. The cow boy hat was purchased at Stampede as a keep sake and souvenir of my travels.  The boots were ones I purchased in Italy many years back. They were destroyed by a winter storm in Paris, so whatever Calgary threw at them they could handle it. 

Tamara-Project-2016-Calgary

Tamara-Project-2016-Calgary-001

Chambre Shirt: J.Crew | Jeans: J.Crew  [Similar Idea] | Belt: J.Crew
Cow Body Hat: Calgary Stampede | Boots: Bata in Italy 


Rent a Scooter 

Seeing that it is Tuesday, seems appropriate to talk about an adventure I will never forget! It was during my trip to Phuket, Thailand. I travelled there alone, however, I made a friend along the way. Funny enough we actually met on the plane from Bangkok to Phuket. And a travel friendship began. Even though travelling alone with no plans can be exciting and daunting all at the same time. You just never know who you will meet along the way.
The last few days that we spent together it kept coming up about riding a scooter around Phuket. I thought that it was a bit crazy as, 1.they drive opposite of us in North America, 2. never driven a scooter and was nervous about riding around in an unknown area! However, my new found friend was from Australia and took the reigns so at this point I had no excuses. 

Before the craziness started…. In the restaurant for breakfast, I received my first face paint.

Tamara Project; Thailand; Phuket

It was a Wednesday morning, sun was shining and it was a warm day. Not to mention it was Songkran in Thailand. This is their New Year. In other words if you don’t want water to be thrown on you and talcum powder smeared on your face, probably better you stay inside and not leave the hotel. *Note, tourist are a major target!*  We didn’t think much of the Thai New Year thinking that we would rent a scooter and go up to the Big Budda and see Up Side Down House. I was extremely nervous to go on a scooter in Thailand because the operation of motor vehicles is not like North America. However, the organized chaos works for them. There may have been a few close calls, but just keep going.

Tamara Project; Thailand; Travel; Phuket

The first stop was the Bigga Budda, I was holding on for dear life as I agreed to something that was totally out of my comfort zone. Regardless, I got on haphazardly and off we went! The first part of the ride was smooth as we hit the highway where there was nothing but views of the ocean. At the beginning of the ride I don’t remember much, just holding on and taking in the sites. On our way going up to the mountain getting up to the Bigga Budda my friend said he could hear something funny with the tire, “I think it’s a flat tire,” at which point I was looking and trying to hear what was going on. Clearly I was having a blonde moment because I said, “It’s fine, keep going!” Well I was very wrong and lo and behold we had a flat, but made it half way up the mountain.

At this point I had no idea what we were doing and my counter part was going to figure this out. Since it was their New Year’s many places were closed. There was an old man to tell us go back down the hill and we should be able to find a place to change the tire. And so it began the throwing of the water….. I tried to stick my hand out in order to stop them so we could act like injured tourist, they didn’t care. We shill got smashed with water and someone threw freezing cold water at which point I screamed at the top of my lungs. Might have blew out an ear drum to the driver, oops! We continued driving down the street not really knowing if it was the right direction and kept going anyways. Somehow, after many stops and trying to ask for help we found what we were looking for, someone to change the tire.

Tamara Project; Thailand; Phuket

Tamara Project; Thailand; Travel

Now here someone with some good luck for the New Year!

Tamara Project; Thailand; Travel

Once the tire was changed we were ready to get back up the hill. To Big Budda we went! 

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

While at the Bid Budda we needed to be covered head to toe. I missed that memo.. However, they provide cover up’s before going up to see the monument. There are plenty of signs for donations as the Big Budda is still under construction. 

Once we took our touristy photo’s off the the Up Side Down House… Well that was the longest ride ever. I should note my sense of direction is terrible so I’m sure I assisted in getting us lost. Not to mention that on this long drive we were still getting smashed by water. It’s unbelievable that they go all day, but they look pretty excited to throw the water. When we finally took a pit stop at a gas station thinking the house wasn’t found, we lucked out as we just drove past it and never saw it. 

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Tamara Project; Travel; Thailand

Playing around with these photos after was very trippy. It was really cool to see this, but once we went through we were tired and were calling it a day. Oh, but we got somewhat lost going back to the hotel. My mistake once again.. However, it was worth it because we drove down the southern coast line of Phuket and the views were breath taking. Didn’t take any photos as I was holding on to the scooter. Maybe there will be a next time and a go pro will be on the top of my helmet. See you soon Phuket you were a slice! 


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Cherry Hill, New Jersey 

Have you ever taken a moment to look though all your photos? If you ever have an injury and can stare at your computer for hours on end. It is the perfect time to browse through those photos.

A few years back I flew into Philadelphia, however my end destination was Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Don’t ask what I was doing there, but it was faster to fly into one city to get to the other.  Didn’t do too much sight seeing as I was visiting a friend. Let’s just say I was doing some damage shopping wise….. The reason for the blog post is just sharing my abundance amount of photos. Even though there was not much sight seeing I still went on a boat cruise. It went down the Delaware River that is the divide between the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If there is one thing I enjoy more than anything, it’s being on a boat!

All the photos I took were with my IPhone and there was a window in front, so I made the best of it. The pictures will do the rest of the talking.

American Flag USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania_ City Views Delaware River

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania_ Bridge_City_Views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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