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My sister Courtney & I post tubing..

My sister Courtney & I post tubing..

I recently traveled home to the East Coast to visit family and friends. I had a glorious time and spent half of it on the river. My family are big boat people and for every second we weren’t on the boat, we were thinking when would be the next time we could jump ship.

I wanted to write a quick blurb on why I love the East Coast. For those of you who know, know I am passionate about my roots. Here is why:

Familiarity. I love that everyone knows everyone. This can be awful and tragic at the same time. It’s almost impossible to go to the grocery store without running into someone you know. I ran into one of my best friends the first day I was there. I was buying some milk for the family and she was grabbing eggs. It’s impossible to feel lonely in a small city because you are constantly surrounded by people you know.

Bliss...

Bliss…

Nature. Trees, caves, ocean… you name it, the East Coast has it. I took sometime and travelled to the caves of St. Martins- an absolute MUST see if you are visiting the Maritimes.

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My Funmily

My Funmily

Family. I love them all so much. Even though my father had me shaking my head and gritting my teeth within the first 15 minutes of picking me up from the airport, he had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt throughout my entire week home.

The people. The people are so friendly. They all have this spirit about them that makes them light up. They are interested in what you have to say. Smiles are a part of life.

Finally…

Garlic Fingers mmmmmm

Garlic Fingers mmmmmm

The Food. I think I gained about 10 lbs during my visit home. Garlic fingers, donairs, and seafood were on my dish list. Basically all of the things you cannot get in Toronto were consumed over my 10 day visit.

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The East Coast will always be my home. I love that I can go back and feel like I never left. Right now I am happy in the big city. I think it will be this way for a while. I look forward to my next visit –  a Christmas Roadtrip with my best friend Gtonge1 and our two pups – Winston and Roxanne.

If you’re in Toronto this Friday, you can party on boat with a bunch of East Coasters and me! In my spare time, I volunteer with East Coast Connected – a group of East Coaster professionals here in Toronto who are passionate about our hometowns.

Here’s the deets!

All aboard!

The 2013 East Coast Boat Cruise is set to sail on Friday, August 23rd at 7:30 p.m. -1 a.m.

It’ll be the best floating kitchen party you’ve ever been to! Hit the dance floor and raise a glass or two to awesome East Coaster tunes and DJ.

East Coasters are known for having a knee slapping, foot tapping, heck-of-a time. Join 200 of your closest friends, or in East Coast fashion ‘soon to be closest friends’ as we cruise Lake Ontario in support of the Chrysalis House: Youth in Transition Organization.

All proceeds will go towards the Chrysalis House: Youth in Transition Organization located in Fredericton, New Brunswick. This foundation addresses the needs of at-risk or homeless young women by offering supportive living arrangements in conjunction with a program aimed at increasing their self-esteem and independent living skills.

General Admission: $35

Check out their website: www.eccboatcruise.com

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