Hello September and goodbye August! August was a lot of fun with family, friends, and enriching leisure activities. The weather was pleasant so I spent more time outdoors in August than in July. Let me share my highlights and I invite you to tell me yours.
I went to see five art exhibitions in Toronto and visited one new-to-me art gallery in Kingston:
- The Museum of Broken Relationships exhibition caught my attention because I had passed by the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia. The exhibition was more interesting and less sad than I thought.
- The Brain Project 2019 showcased fifty brain sculptures designed by artists, celebrities, and researchers to raise brain health awareness and to advance research on dementia and aging #noblankbrains.
- The Art of Zhen (Truth) Shan (Compassion) Ren (Tolerance) International Exhibition is a collection of over 60 paintings. It has toured about 300 cities in over 50 countries.
- The 17th Annual Canada International Children’s Art Festival showcased many colourful and impressive artworks. Most of them were created by 7 or 8-year old artists.
- The Into The Clouds installation by FriendsWithYou displayed the adorable Little Cloud and three friends. I liked both the installation and its location in the beautiful Allen Lambert Galleria.
I wrote four blog posts to document my fun experiences at home, in Heidelberg (Germany), and in Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada):
I enjoyed reading seven good novels. The authors’ biographies are also interesting in case you want to look them up:
- The Moroccan Girl by Charles Cumming
- The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen
- Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
- Less by Andrew Sean Greer
- The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
- And Then You Were Gone by R. J. Jacobs
- Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare
I attended nine outdoor concerts. The music and vocals were fantastic, especially the first four artists listed below:
- Alana Bridgewater
- Jordan John
- Avery Raquel
- The Arsenals at Island Soul festival
- The Recipee band at Island Soul festival
- Susie Vinnick Trio
- Elinor Frey & Phoebe Carrai: Duoletto violoncello
- Toronto’s All-Star Big Band: Dance music from the 50s
We had two big family gatherings in August, one was to celebrate my nephew’s new home and the other was to celebrate a few birthdays in my family clan. We were glad to see family members visiting us from the USA. It was so nice to share meals, talk, and do fun activities together in person. Some of our good eats came from the weekly farmer’s market. How lucky we were to have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables! They were as delicious as they looked.
I went out six times with my friends for coffee and some of the concerts I mentioned above. My family and I also met and dined out with our friends in Kingston when we were there for a few days.
I completed 14 strength workouts in the gym, 8 yoga classes, and 4 swimming sessions. I also meditated and walked every day. One of the very enjoyable walks was on the beautiful Toronto Islands.
I enjoyed learning new words from my daily French and Spanish lessons. I learned about the artists and/ or the projects from the art exhibitions that I viewed, the authors of the books I read, the actors and musicians at the shows I attended, popular songs in the 50s, and the history behind some of the places that I visited this month.
I watched only three movies because it was more fun to be outdoors:
- Long Shot (comedy)
- Stockholm (drama)
- Idiocracy (comedy)
My family took a six-day trip to Kingston which is located about 2.5 hours by train east of Toronto. In typical Natalie the Explorer style, I walked to explore some of the historic sights in Kingston. For arts, I visited the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University. I’ll share some of my discoveries in a later post.
August was incredibly fun and enriching. I look forward to September when I’m expecting more relatives visiting us, a trip to Vancouver Island, and lots of leisure activities.
How was your August? What good things happened? I’d love to hear your comments.
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