January is already over. It was a polar month, where my windows had frozen (the joys of winter in Canada) but full of nature outings. I think I’ve finally found the secret to no longer having cold feet at minus 40!
We started the year by going to Birds Hill Park, where I had wanted to see this century-old house for a long time. First hike of the year too, a tiny 2 km but in minus 38 degrees, it doesn’t matter that it’s not longer!
Then, since we had more than a meter of snow that does not melt, snowshoes, snowshoes, snowshoes. I did some twice in a week. The first was a guided outing to Fort Whyte Park, at night (I hadn’t been back there since doing a bison safari in 2018). It was really cool to be able to navigate only by the light of the moon, without a flashlight. The second was in the area of Roseisle, a great 4 km uphill and downhill trail.
And then this afternoon, another walk in the forest, in a corner of Beaudry park accessible only when the river is frozen.
I received a diagnosis that I did not expect but which explains the headaches I have almost every day: my glasses are too strong. So, I have to change the glasses but I also tested contacts for the first time. What a pleasure of no longer having fog with the heat + mask combo!
In January we have a French tradition of baking galette des rois, an almond cake. I also made a lot of shopping at MEC (new winter hiking shoes, because mine were 20 years old, and merino socks) after receiving my 3rd dose. And then my in-laws gave me a great gift: skates! After 5 years in Canada, it’s time to get started!
Season 1 of Bureau des Légendes (The Bureau) a French series on the post-mission return of a the French Intelligence Services spy. And Don’t Look Up, which gave me nightmares several nights in a row. If you’ve seen it, I’m curious to know what you thought of it!
What Storm, What Thunder, by Myriam J.A. Chancy, which intertwines the stories of several characters before, during, after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. I had a lot of trouble reading it, it was beautiful and sad at the same time.
Nomadland by Jessica Bruder, which I think inspired the film which won the Oscar last year? This is an essay in which a journalist follows Americans for several years who live in their cars/vans/motorhomes and move about according to seasonal jobs, notably at Amazon. It’s fascinating.
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero,because I decided to read personal development books from time to time. This one is cool for giving yourself a boost of motivation and realizing that what you’re doing has value.
On the blog
I’m super proud of this sponso video – dog sledding, overnight camping in the woods, walks east of Winnipeg. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would be very happy if you took a look at it or check out the Stories on Instagram 🙂
What’s planned in February
I’m going to have things to show you… and it’s the Festival du Voyageur! Otherwise, I will also receive my Christmas present: cross-country skiing lessons. I’ve never skied in my life so I really don’t know what to expect. It would also be nice to put on the skates and get started. In short, the month will be active and busy! Have a great month!