Stettin to Szczecin

Stettin to Szczecin

If you’re spending some time in Berlin and have enough time to devote to a day trip, a few hours on the train will bring you to the city of Szczecin in Poland. A major seaport and Poland’s 7th largest city, Szczecin is just 10 kilometers from the German border. If you...
Toronto Cube Houses

Toronto Cube Houses

The Toronto cube house cluster might not be as famous as the kubuswoning in the Netherlands, but it’s just as charming. Built in 1996 on a small strip of land wedged in between the Adelaide St overpass, Eastern Ave, and Sumach St, the cube house pays homage to the...
Noordereiland

Noordereiland

Noordereiland (Northern Island) is an island neighborhood within the Feijenoord borough in southern Rotterdam. The island is surrounded by the Nieuwe Maas, one of the main estuary arms of the Rhine River that flows through the city of Rotterdam. It is connected to the...
Rotterdam’s De Hef Bridge

Rotterdam’s De Hef Bridge

The De Hef bridge is a former steel railroad bridge in Rotterdam that was decommissioned as a railroad bridge in 1993 and is currently a treasured national monument. The bridge is officially known as Koningshavenbrug (King’s Harbour Bridge), but everybody has been...
Marrying a Canadian

Marrying a Canadian

Marrying a Canadian TL;DR: Marriage doesn’t automatically get you a Canadian passport. Let’s say you meet and fall in love with a Canadian. You have an adorable meet cute, decide to spend the rest of your lives together, and then you get married. Marriage doesn’t...
Immigrate via the Family Class program

Immigrate via the Family Class program

Canada generally wants to bring families together. If you have relatives living in Canada, they may be eligible to sponsor your immigration application. Eligibility to the Family Class program is limited, but if even if you don’t qualify, you would still get points...
Sandwich Boardwalk

Sandwich Boardwalk

The sandwich boardwalk (AKA Plank Walk) is one of the most scenic spots on Cape Cod, affording some amazing views of Sandwich Harbor. Though only about a quarter mile in length, it seems to stretch out forever in front of you as you walk towards the ocean from the end...
Winkelmann: the smallest town in Texas

Winkelmann: the smallest town in Texas

If you find yourself driving on US 290 in east-central Texas, you may see what looks like an abandoned town off to the side of the road. This apparent ghost town is actually a failed tourist trap known as Winkelmann, billed as the “smallest town in Texas.” While the...
Bring your start-up to Canada

Bring your start-up to Canada

Canada is actively seeking promising entrepreneurs to help grow the economy through the Start-up Visa program. If approved, you’d be able to move to Canada as a permanent resident through the Start-Up Business Class immigration stream. The goal of this program is to...
How to retire to Canada

How to retire to Canada

How to Retire to Canada Always dreamed of spending your retirement in Canada? Here’s how to make it happen. So you want to retire in Canada? The bad news is that there are no immigration programs that would allow you to simply move to Canada after you retire...
Move to Canada as an Entrepreneur

Move to Canada as an Entrepreneur

If you have the financial capital and business experience, there are several programs set up that would allow you to immigrate to Canada and invest in the economy. Each province and territory has their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) with entrepreneur streams to...
Camp 30

Camp 30

About an hour east from Toronto you’ll find the abandoned remains of Camp 30, once used as a POW camp that once held high ranking German soldiers during World War II. First opened in 1925 as the Bowmanville Boys Training School, the buildings were constructed in the...
The Pilgrim cemetery at Burial Hill

The Pilgrim cemetery at Burial Hill

Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts is one of the oldest colonial cemeteries in America and was an active burial ground until 1957. There are about 2,269 headstones along with an untold number of unmarked graves. It is believed that Burial Hill was first used as a...
How to study in Canada

How to study in Canada

Studying in Canada How going to school in Canada can lead to citizenship. You’re never too old to go back to school. Once you’re accepted into a valid program at a designated learning institution in Canada, you’ll be eligible for a study permit. That will allow you to...
Dvigrad: abandoned since 1714

Dvigrad: abandoned since 1714

Dvigrad is an abandoned town in Croatia on the Istrian peninsula. The first settlement in the spot has been traced to a hill fort from prehistoric times and functioned for centuries until it was completely abandoned in 1714. It was more or less left alone for hundreds...
Immigration FAQs

Immigration FAQs

Have questions about moving to Canada? Here are the answers to the questions we are asked most frequently about Express Entry. Which immigration programs do I qualify for? There are a lot of different ways to immigrate depending on your specific professional and...
Abandoned plane in Sólheimasandur

Abandoned plane in Sólheimasandur

A few kilometres from highway 1 on the south shore of Iceland lies the wreckage of an abandoned plane that crash landed in 1973 on the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur. While much of the plane has been stripped away, it is in surprisingly good shape in spite of...
Figuring out the monarchy

Figuring out the monarchy

Does Canada have a queen? Short answer: yes. Long answer: still yes. For those that grew up in Canada, this is probably really obvious. Personally, it took me a while to wrap my head around what exactly the monarchy represented in Canada.  On a technical level, Canada...
Federal Skilled Trades Class

Federal Skilled Trades Class

The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) program is another economic immigration program targeted to bring skilled workers into the country. The FSTC program is for very specific types of tradespeople in order to fill labor gaps in important trade jobs. Unlike the FSWP...
Four Corners

Four Corners

If you’re like me and you have been working towards a goal of visiting every state in America, then Four Corners is an easy way to check off four states all at once. These are the only state boundaries  that meet at two intersecting lines, allowing Colorado, Utah, New...
The Canadian Experience Class program

The Canadian Experience Class program

Once you’ve worked full time in Canada, there’s a good chance you can apply for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration program. Canada figures that since you’ve already been living and working in the country, you’d obviously adapt...
The Lodi Mission Arch

The Lodi Mission Arch

The Lodi Mission Arch celebrated the harvest of the Tokay grape and is one of the few (if not only) ceremonial arches built in the Mission Revival style still standing today. The arch, which stands stands 40 feet tall and 80 feet wide, was constructed in 1907, just a...
Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) program is one of the easiest ways a non-Canadian can immigrate as a permanent resident. The program looks for the most qualified people that would be best at contributing to the culture and economy of Canada. This program...
Habitat 67: a reaction to brutalism

Habitat 67: a reaction to brutalism

When you go to Montreal, there’s a strange building on the waterfront that’ll catch your eye. Or maybe that’s what drew you to the city in the first place. Habitat 67 was designed by Moshe Safdie as his graduate thesis while pursuing his MS degree at McGill University...
Document checklist for Express Entry

Document checklist for Express Entry

Document checklist Make sure your Express Entry or IEC application is complete. Before applying for Express Entry you’ll need to start gathering all of the documents that the CIC will ask for. For some of the requirements, you’ll need to wait several months before you...
Abandoned trains in Albany

Abandoned trains in Albany

A few years ago we decided to go to Albany for Independence Day weekend. We booked tickets on Amtrak and decided to walk around and explore the capital city. On a whim, I did some preliminary googling to find out if there was anything out of the ordinary worth seeing....
Bannerman’s castle warehouse

Bannerman’s castle warehouse

If you’ve ever been hiking in the Hudson Highlands or taken a train along the Harlem River anywhere north of Beacon, you’ve probably noticed the old castle on Pollepel Island in the middle of the Hudson. Like me, you probably assumed it was the leftovers of a grand...
Salaries in Canada

Salaries in Canada

I’ve heard a lot of conflicting information on what to expect of life in Canada in terms of salary and general cost of living. Rather than trust the anecdotes, I dove into the data. Here’s what I found. Average salaries are about the same between Canada ($49,000 per...
Fort Totten, abandoned and forgotten

Fort Totten, abandoned and forgotten

New York has its fair share of former military installations that are now public parks. Most of the former forts are in various states of abandonment and are only partially open to the public in spite of being part of national park land. Fort Totten is no exception.Of...
Arthur Kill marine scrapyard

Arthur Kill marine scrapyard

Chances are you’ve heard about the ship graveyard in Staten Island. It’s officially known as the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility where old boats are stored after being collected by the owners and salvaged for parts. The Arthur Kill is the...
Healthcare in Canada

Healthcare in Canada

When I first started talking about moving to Canada I’d hear a lot of blanket statements from Americans about how disappointed I would be with socialized health insurance. In fact, I also heard that from Canadians. Americans seemed to think that healthcare in Canada...
Bartow Station

Bartow Station

Did you know there is an abandoned railroad station in Pelham Bay Park? Even better than that, it’s totally accessible so long as you don’t mind taking a long walk. By that I mean you don’t have to climb under, over, or through any fences or ignore any “No Trespassing...
Can you move to Canada?

Can you move to Canada?

We successfully immigrated to Canada from the US and you can too! Take this quiz to find out if any of the immigration programs out there would work for you. While this quiz is from the perspective of American citizens, the rules are basically the same for whichever...
Moving your stuff to Canada

Moving your stuff to Canada

Moving to a new country is more expensive than moving down the street and more complicated than moving across the country. There are lots of forms and legal obligations when it comes to importing your belongings into another country, regardless of if you’re moving...
Flying with cats

Flying with cats

We brought two cats with us when we immigrated from New York. Since the flight from NYC to Toronto is only 90 minutes and the drive is significantly longer, we decided the easiest way would be to fly them up. We decided to bring the cats up separately, after we had...
Currency conversion

Currency conversion

It’s likely that you haven’t thought much about the Canadian dollar, other than maybe noticing the prices on the back of books. All of that is about to change. The Canadian dollar and the US dollar have a special kind of relationship. They’re sort of like that couple...
A starter guide to Toronto

A starter guide to Toronto

There is a ton of good stuff worth doing in Toronto, from the well-known to the overrated and off the beaten-path. Here is the list of things I’d want to do if I had 5 days in Toronto. Table of Contents Exploring Food & Drink Neighborhoods Exploring Riverdale...
Getting settled in Canada

Getting settled in Canada

You’ve finally landed and are an official landed immigrant of Canada. Now what? There’s a few things you’ll need to take care of within the first few weeks like applying for a SIN (Social Insurance Number), signing up for OHIP (provincial insurance), and getting a...
Landing in Canada

Landing in Canada

You’ve made it through the Express Entry process and you’ve been officially invited to immigrate to the Great White North. Now what? Most of the stuff we found on the internet about the landing process had a lot to do with coming to Canada from Asia, particularly from...

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