Lifestyle Archive: 2006

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View all images from vol. 133, issue 29.Continue...

How to successfully avoid eye contact

It’s that classic moment of panic when your gaze meets the gaze of another.Continue...

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View all images from vol. 133, issue 28.Continue...

Costa Rica: living la pura vida

When I was 14, a few friends and I decided living in Costa Rica would be a fabulous way to spend our summers. We’d stay with a family, attend a Spanish language school and travel across the country. For reasons we have yet to fathom, our parents agreed.Continue...

Nunavut: visit ‘the place of the bull caribou’

One of the moments I remember vividly from my 2000 trip to Nunavut with assorted family members and friends is looking out of the window of the rickety 14-seater plane that was conveying us to the isolated hamlet of Pangnirtung, and realizing two things in quick succession.Continue...

Greece: where ancient past meets present

The first book I ever took out from the library at my school was D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. The idea of the ancient city fascinated me: a place where ruins, spirits and myths were a part of everyday life. So when the opportunity to go to Greece with my school came up in grade 11, I jumped at the chance.Continue...

Australia: admiring the ‘Coat Hanger’

In 2004, my dad, a professor at McMaster University, had temporarily separated our family by taking my mom and my then-14-year-old brother on a six-month sabbatical in Melbourne. Not one to be left behind, I decided that if my parents and brother were travelling to Australia, I absolutely had to visit.Continue...

Nepal: shrines, soldiers and Mount Everest

From an airplane, the tiny kingdom of Nepal is a palette of lush greens and rich browns, with Mount Everest rising above the clouds with its magnificent snow-capped peak. To my eyes, the roadways look like tiny veins as they wind through dense vegetation.

Emerging from the airport, I adjust my eyes to the intense sunlight that appears after a heavy downpour. It is the beginning of the rainy season, and the air is hot and sweet.Continue...

Tanzania: exploring the real ‘circle of life’

As I descended into northeast Tanzania and watched the Serengeti plain come into view through the tiny window of the little Cessna plane, I embarrassingly admitted to the person beside me that The Lion King had shaped everything I knew about Africa.

I also admitted I had no idea what I was getting into.Continue...

My Ghettohouse:Home is where your friends are

Who: Dave Albertyn, ArtSci ’06, Pete Fujarczuk, ArtSci ’06, Andrew Mannik, Comm ’06, Mike McGouran, ArtSci ’06, Tanya Shabotynsky, ArtSci ’06 and Martin Vaz-Jones, ArtSci ’06.

Favourite thing about the house: “The people,” Fujarczuk said. “And not just the people that live here, but all the people who share in The Oasis experience with us.”

They also all like the open concept living/dining room and the close proximity to Victoria Park.Continue...

From one red paper clip to a cube van

If you happen to think money is the only way to acquire something, think again. All you need is just a red paper clip.Continue...

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Why vinyl records are back in style

In a world of invisible music files, iPods and CDs, vinyl record albums are making a comeback. According to vinylrecords.co.uk, sales in Great Britain were up by almost 90 percent in 2005, compared with the previous year’s figures.Continue...

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My Ghettohouse: under the sea at ‘The Reef’

“We all like that all four bedrooms are upstairs,” said de Jonge. “And we like the big living space,” added Lorimer. “We also love to sit out on the roof when the weather’s nice,” she said. “It’s great for people watching.Continue...

Riding the wave of a Tory turnaround

I knew I had a spectacular show ahead of me the minute I hit the Toronto highway.

A slogan was scrawled broadly on the back of the blue cube van that was speeding along Allen Road towards Highway 401 West: “Stand up for Canada.”

I chuckled to myself. What bizarre luck for me to have turned onto the road directly behind the campaign vehicle of Lewis Reford, Conservative candidate for Toronto-Central.Continue...

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Rosie the Clown: where is she now?

Recently I sat down in the Coffee and Company on the corner of Division and Johnson streets with Rosie “the Clown” Elston—who ran in Kingston as an independent candidate in the last federal election. We were talking amidst a bewildered crowd of C&C patrons, and I was having the most fun I’ve ever had in an interview.Continue...

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A ‘mountain’ of romantic discontent

Thanks to the media and its highly sophisticated airbrushing, blemishes can be taken out in every possible context. Even romance is bleached faultless—love conquers all, inevitably, at the end. Lavishly, handsomely, youthfully.Continue...

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