Love this Town with Fujifilm

**Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fujifilm who generously provided me with X-A3 camera to facilitate capturing why I love Halifax. The opinions, pictures, hopes, and dreams shared in this post are my own.**

Halifax.

When I was back home in Halifax for BlogJam last month, I stayed with friends who just happened to live one street away from where I had – so it really felt like I was home!

While I spent most of the time running around, filling Jam Bags and boxing up prize packs like the Instax Mini 9, provided by our generous sponsor, Fujifilm, I also made sure to take a few moments to look around and absorb some of my favourite Halifax vistas, like the iconic “candy cane” smokestacks.

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The North End was more than just my home and favourite neighbourhood but, and I may be biased, it also features some of the coolest examples of public art in Halifax. In particular, the murals at Mulgrave Park are just incredible.

I was able to capture two of my favourites at dusk on my final night in town before heading back to Baltimore.

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That night, as I packed up my suitcase and enjoyed some final moments of the trip with my dearest friends, we noticed some strange light in the sky over the Halifax harbour.

Upon inspection we saw that someone had released a cloud of paper lanterns into the sky.

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Watching the twinkling lights dance across the night horizon was pure magic and another reason that I love this town.

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Not all Bloggers Wear Capes: BlogJam Atlantic 2017 Recap

That’s right. I said it. Bloggers are basically super heroes.

Why? You ask.

Well, first of all, because they are BRAVE AS EFF. Bloggers have the guts to bare their souls on the interwebs for all to consume and critique and criticize. You might be thinking “um how is posting a recipe or a furniture DIY being brave?” And to that I say, “Because they’re showing you their creativity! They’re showing you what works for them, what doesn’t, what they like, how they do it, and it’s all out their for your consumption.”

Blogging is 1 part creative writing, 1 part tech savvy, 1 part visual design, 1 part engagement, and 1 part heart-on-your-sleeve. 

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At BlogJam Atlantic this year, not only did we have an amazing audience of these blogging super heroes, but we also had a line up of amazingly brave folks who stood up to share their stories, give some tips, answer some questions, and generally give the audience a great time. BIG shout outs to all the speakers who took a deep breath and stood up on the BlogJam stage.

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This year we were so fortunate to have some amazing special Keynote speakers including the Maritime Bhangra Dancers who helped us start the day with a “Bhang(ra)” by sharing what fuels their passion. Then we had the extraordinary Elayna Fernández, the Positive MOM, deliver a dynamic morning Keynote before breaking for a whole day of concurrent sessions. Our jam-packed Event wrapped up with a great presentation by Candace Derickx of Life in Pleasantville who shared some fantastic insight on behalf of Sunwing – the audience just ate it up!

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Of course, all this magic was captured by the one and only Michelle Doucette, who has a talent for photography that is second to none. Oh, and she is a blogger too. Obvi.

I have SO MUCH MORE to share and learned so much but I’ll be breaking out my ideas into several future posts. Stay tuned and be sure to check out the other blog post recaps by attendees by following BlogJam on Facebook and Twitter.

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Farewell to Nova Scotia…

Good morning, Baltimore!

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Yep! You read that correctly. I’ve travelled south from the sea bound coast and have settled in Baltimore, Maryland in the ol’ U.S. of A.

Listen, I’m as surprised as you are. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a devout Haligonian (now as much as when I first arrived seven years ago). I will continue to proselytize the virtues of Nova Scotia to any and all during my tenure abroad — don’t you fret about that. Alas, a research opportunity for my partner arose here that was too good to pass up. So, for the next 2 years, I will be blogging about life as a displaced Canadian (with every intention of returning to my home and native land).

Despite my heartbreak when leaving NS, I’ve decided to embrace this experience with open arms. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to feeling a wee bit culture shocked here already. It’s so interesting how close we can be geographically, yet still be so uniquely different cities. (And we both know my politics don’t align with the current US agenda…to put it lightly.)

I’ll also be continuing to work on growing BlogJam Atlantic and will keep you apprised of all the exciting developments we have this year! Have you registered yet? Click here to do so now!

If you’re interested in checking out Baltimore and my neighbourhood here, check out my insta stories! Follow @halitrax on Instagram.

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