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It was Pakistan's Independence Day yesterday! My parents always talk about how important this day is and the struggles their parents had to go through to gain independence; something we take for granted. I love listening to the stories of my grandparents and what happened during 1947.
I guess in my generation we don't truly understand the true meaning of a struggle. I was born in the Middle East and lived in Canada for 16 years so, my connection to Pakistan may not be as strong but my roots are there and Pakistan lives in my heart.
When I hear about what's happening over there and all the media reports shaming this beautiful country, it breaks my heart. We are an extremely young country; just 69, so we can't lose hope. There are some very corrupt people who have destroyed this land but to quote, Khalil Gibran "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."
Our day will come so don't lose faith; as mentioned by Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Founder of Pakistan), "There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan."
I wanted to wish all Pakistani's a Happy Independence Day! Be proud of the country that has fought and loved you so much.
Here's a peek into what's happening on my Instagram account. As you can tell it's all about food, food and food! Enjoy!
Ok, so I know we disappeared for a while and I promise there's a reason we were MIA! We were both of vacation and we got so caught up with life that we didn't have time to post. But now it's back to reality :(
I visit Alberta nearly every year as I have family there. I always have an amazing time but this was a first time I visited Alberta during the summer as opposed to the winter (it's freezing then and I'm too afraid to walk out of the house). I was a complete tourist (selfie stick and all) and got to see the beautiful lakes in Alberta and got to hike on the Rockies....one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had!
We then visited Vancouver (a first for me!) and got to drive from Calgary to Vancouver (it took 10 hours....I promise I will never go on a road trip again.....it was horrible and I don't know how people do it!). This was honestly one of the most scenic routes I've ever seen with beautiful turquoise water on the right and huge majestic mountains on the left....it was absolutely breathtaking and the drive was fun; driving on the coast is always a blast!
Also, I had the opportunity to walk across a suspension bridge (so scary!), try out zip-lining, tree top walking on the Rainforest and met some amazing people.
I'm very spiritual as a person and I always feel that when I'm surrounded by nature, I always feel so close to God and I am humbled to experience so much beauty. The experience of being surrounded by mountains with gorgeous, clear lakes just takes your breath away and honestly I am so grateful that God gave me the opportunity to experience His majesty. I was so at peace and I felt as my soul got cleansed.
I hope that you have the opportunity to travel to Alberta and B.C and find the same peace I did. Here are some pictures I took while on my trip from my IG; I hope you enjoy them!
Over the weekend I went to a really cute place in Parkdale. It's called Kitten and the Bear and honestly it's a hidden gem in the city. They sell homemade scones, jam (which they make themselves!) and Sloane Tea.
It's a small shop that also has a tea tasting area (very tiny!). The tea tasting area has 2 tables; one table seats 2 people while the other only seats 3/4. I've been there before and I've always had such an amazing experience. The owners are the ones that serve you and they are the sweetest people. The best part is that it's a great place to go with a friend to just catch up as the owners let you sit there without constantly harassing you....I dislike that so much!
Honestly, all the food is so yummy! For the tea tasting you get scones, 3 jams (you choose from their selection which changes according to the season), clotted cream and tea (you choose from their collection). The scones are to die for and the best I've tasted (flaky and super yummy!). I'm such a huge fan of the whole tea tasting experience... I blame my British upbringing! If you are ever looking for a good place to taste some tea and for good food; Kitten and the Bear is your spot! I've been to many tea tasting places where the tea would be really good while the food is horrendous or vice-versa. But, trust me; you will love the food and the tea here.
The neighborhood isn't that great (sorry Parkdale residents) and it's so easy to miss this shop as it's so tiny! I added a map at the bottom so you can find it and their website. I took a few pics at the shop (sorry, they aren't great!) so you can get a peek.
Hope you love them as much as I do!
Website: Kitten and the Bear
Here's a little peak on what we've been posting on our Instagram pages. In Toronto we had the Pan Am/Para Pan Am 2015 games so there was a huge frenzy in the city. Also, Ramadan just ended so we had a great Eid celebration....that's why I had henna on my hands.
One more day until Friday! yay.
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