3.19.2020

737. Recent (Quarantine) Life | Coronavirus Edition

leftbanked black outfit
We are currently in a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus outbreak. In Toronto, most businesses are closed with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies. Restaurants are still allowing takeout/delivery for now but apparently tomorrow, they must all shut down completely as well. I heard they may be announcing a total lockdown starting tomorrow but that may or may not be true. I personally hope it's true so that we can have this all under control faster.

The stock market has crashed and I have resisted checking my stocks for days now (normally I check multiple times a day) as I don't want to get depressed lol. Mainly I just look at the ones on my "To Buy" list as I'm happy to see them declining. As now (or when it bottoms out) will be the best time to buy more. So I am patiently waiting.

A lot of people are now working from home (or completely off work/unemployed). For me it doesn't make a huge difference since I've always worked from home..but I just can't go out to work at cafes anymore. I've been about 3x busier than I was before all this chaos though. As I work in the wedding/beauty industry, all our bookings for this month and next have to be postponed/rescheduled. I've spent the past several days dealing with a lot of panicked clients and rebooking everyone. Now it has calmed down a bit but two days ago I saw that I sent 200 emails within the day, which was probably a record for me. By the end of the day my wrist was actually sore from all the fast and non-stop typing all day lol. On top of work, I started an online course 10 days ago which has quite a heavy workload, so I've been trying to manage everything at the same time which isn't easy.

I am a bit jealous of most other people who are now stuck at home with more free time. I haven't really had any of that in the past week.

Today I finally have a bit of time to update my blog again (I am SUPER behind!! as always). Later I will go and stock up on more groceries. One positive about this whole situation is that we will be forced to cook all our meals for the next little while/save a lot by not eating out.

Corona
A lonely little Corona I found in the PATH.

Pusateris pasta
Stocking up at Pusateri's.

**The following photos were from last month/pre-quarantine life, as I'm just trying to catch up now lol.

True True pumpkin hummus
A few weeks ago we accidentally discovered True True. The place we had wanted to go was completely packed so we ended up coming here. It was nearly empty inside and we were not expecting much. But we ended up loving the place. This pumpkin hummus is soooooo good. My favourite is this bread though. It is freshly baked and very soft on the inside, with some seasoning and honey. I also got one of their flatbreads which was also amazing. We ended up going back the week after as well.

Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
The author, Oliver Sacks, is a neurologist. In this book he recounts the stores of patients he's had and their unique cases.

Terroni on Adelaide
Terroni on Adelaide
Terroni pasta

Terroni Adelaide in the photos above, La Bettola di Terroni in the photo below

Terroni
english bulldog puppy
Gulp Mary Roach
Gulp by Mary Roach
I love all of Mary Roach's books (my favourite is Stiff so far) as they're always about weird and interesting topics nobody else writes about. She writes in an engaging and humorous way. This one is about the alimentary canal.

Earlybird avocado toast
My new favourite place is Early Bird! I can't believe it has taken me so long to try it. Their avocado toast is so good. Sometimes they make it into the shape of a rose (I'll show a pic of that in my next post). This is the plain avocado toast and below is the one with an egg and salmon.

Earlybird avocado toast
Earlybird avocado toast
Hennessy Pomeranian
Hennessy Pomeranian
Nord Bistro
Nord Bistro
Our "28th-month anniversary" at Nord Bistro. We first went here on one of our first dates and I had always wanted to go back.

Amor Towles booksA Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
I loooooved both these books. They are the first and only fiction books I've read in years. They're both beautifully written and really captivating. I will try, one of these days, to do more formal book review posts.

But unfortunately with my current schedule I doubt I'll be able to read much more from now on lol.


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3.06.2020

736. La Coruna in November | Part 2

Tower of Hercules La Coruna
Finally after months of delay..here is my final post of my November Edinburgh & La Coruna trip! I'm thinking now that I've completed all the "recent" vacation posts maybe I can go back and finish the leftover Asia posts from years ago hahah. I still want to post them all eventually as I don't like having things undone. No matter how long its been. Since the current coronavirus has delayed our travel plans (we were originally planning to visit China in April)..I can now have a bit of time to catch up on travel posts.

Above is the Tower of Hercules, an ancient Roman lighthouse in La Coruna. It's the oldest of its kind still in use today.

La Coruna Spain
La Coruna restaurant
La Coruna restaurant
La Coruna restaurant
La Coruna oceanfront apartments
La Coruna harbour
La Coruna architecture
Some buildings have really intricate and beautiful detailing.

La Coruna streets
La Coruna beach
La Coruna streets
La Coruna crepes
banana chocolate crepe
Despacito yawning
So bored of me!

La Coruna cafe
La Coruna cafe
I really loved the style of this cafe. It was so cozy. I wish we had similar in Toronto.

La Coruna streets

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2.15.2020

735. La Coruna in November | Part 1

La Coruna Spain Drone
This post is pretty overdue. About 3 months late to be exact! Back in November, we went on a trip to Edinburgh and La Coruna. All my Edinburgh posts can be found here.
So after a few days in Edinburgh, we went to La Coruna (my boyfriend's hometown) in Spain for a couple weeks. It was my third visit there. It was more of a relaxing visit. We mainly just visited his friends and family and worked (on our laptops) in coffeeshops. I didn't take that many photos so there will only be two parts to this.

Here are a couple drone shots over the city. This is the city hall/Plaza de Maria Pita.

drone shot La Coruna
La Coruna storm
On the night we flew in, there was a huge storm. Our flight almost got cancelled due to it but in the end, they felt it was safe enough to fly. I was sooo nervous during the landing as it was raining a lot and the winds were apparently close to 100km/hr. I was even frantically Googling how much wind an airplane could handle to land safely lol. The next few days it rained a lot and the winds were still pretty extreme. You can't really tell from this photo but the waves were super high. They blocked off the beach for awhile to prevent people from going and washing away.

La Coruna architecture
Vecchio cafe
We went to a lot of Caffe Vecchios to work. I really like them. I guess they are kind of like our Starbucks here but with better food, cozier and cleaner.

Pandelino La Coruna
We also went for breakfast every morning at a place called Pandelino. I love their avocado toast and oatmeal!

kitten
kitten
We stayed at my boyfriend's dad's place this time. He recently got a new kitten. He was really scared of us at first and hid the whole time. Then in the middle of the night I woke up to something attacking my foot and it was him lol. Slowly he got more used to us and even slept on me.

La Coruna streets
daiquiris
Spanish tapas
Estrella Galicia beer
La Coruna beach
Maria Pita La Coruna
La Coruna
Ingooco La Coruna
La Coruna aquarium
Visiting the aquarium

La Coruna aquarium
La Coruna aquarium
Lost in translation hahah (weirdly enough this was literally the only English words in the whole place)

La Coruna aquarium
La Coruna Spain
La Coruna Spain

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