Meet Katrina Mitchell, the one woman tour de force behind the Ottawa Alternative Travel Guide. Katrina tells us what drives her passion for all things travel - and Ottawa!
I’m originally from Scotland and moved to Canada at the start of November, 2013, to begin a one year working holiday visa. Back home, I was working in a bank for 2 years as a customer insight analyst but quit my job to follow my dream of working in the travel industry and one day owning my own hostel. I've done a lot of backpacking in my time and love the idea of being able to provide someone with an outstanding experience in a city.
Could Ottawa's Best Tea Actually Be in Hull?
A stone’s throw away from the Parliament buildings is Old Hull. A little grungy and edgy, this area is often overlooked even by people that live close by. Its imminent gentrification is obvious by the hip shops and restaurants sprouting up amongst condemned buildings.
Enter Cha-Yi (61 Eddy Street): a tea shop that is inviting, with room at the back to bring your laptop and get some work done while sipping a warm cup of tea. The counter area resembles a Chinese medicine store. Embossed, shiny silver containers line the shelves behind the counter, holding teas, some decades old, that were all chosen by the owner on his yearly trip to China. The staff here are knowledgeable beyond expectation and will help you pick a delectable leaf to brew at home or to enjoy on site.
The National Gallery is one of my favourite places in Ottawa.
One of my favourite ways to wile away a day in Ottawa is to visit the National Gallery of Canada. When I first moved to Ottawa, nearly a decade ago, I spent about a year as a volunteer at the Gallery, passing every Tuesday in the volunteer office where I compiled statistics from the prize entry cards left by thousands of visitors. Even after I started to work full time, the Gallery continued to feel like a home away from home for me.
Your In-Flight Wi-Fi Research Ends Here!
The world we live in is constantly connected, so why should flying be any different? In fact, it could be argued that the time we spend on an airplane is when we need the web most. Nothing passes the time faster than beginning your mission to make friends jealous – instantly uploading those wing pics to Instagram and checking in from the sky.
Fortunately, WiFi is now available on many flights. However prices vary dramatically and whilst some airlines have chosen to capitalize on our need for connection, others are offering this service for free. But if you're not so lucky to be on one of these flights, the following information will help you find the best deals - as well as which airlines to avoid!
It's time to celebrate all things Ottawa! Festivals, museums, restaurants, and more!
Ottawa month is here once more! Every May, TurnipseedTravel celebrates its hometown of Ottawa by devoting all posts in the month of May to all things Ottawa.
Ottawa is a happening place in May! Sure, the fact that we get to frolic snow-free for the first time in about 6 months is a big factor, but there's more to it than that. May is when we celebrate our renowned TulipFest. It's also when runners from around the world come to participate in National Capital Race Weekend, the biggest in North America. And tucked in between these two enormous events are dozens of small little treats and I can't wait to take them all in.
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