The Real Neat Blog Award

I have been nominated by Dream Desire Achieve for the Real Neat Blog Award! If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do so. She is an amazingly creative writer who enjoys writing about everything that captivates her mind and that which conforms her to Christian faith, she’s also a very devoted wife, mother, and Christian, with a kind and charming personality. I always enjoy reading her posts, so I strongly suggest you head on over to her blog and see for yourself.

Thank you very much for nominating me, and I also thank everyone who has been reading, following, and supporting my blog. It means a lot.

Here are the rules for the “Real Neat Blog Award”
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc).
6. Ask your nominees 7 questions.

These are questions I was asked:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
I began blogging because I love writing, I’m in love with words. And I’d like to share my experiences, stories, thoughts, and travels with my readers to hopefully inspire and educate them about the world we live in and its everyday wonders.

2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
I’m fast. Now by fast I mean that sometimes I can do things fast, so the result is quite “crappy.” So I need to slow down and make sure the work is done correctly.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
This blog. Having to blog every week makes me very happy because I get to share my reflections, poetry, and travels with you. And I continuously receive nice comments and support for it.

4. Who inspires you?
Besides my family, it would be you, my readers. You inspire me every day with your kind comments, support, and love for writing.

5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
Right now I don’t have a profession. But I’m set on being a marine biologist and photographer for National Geographic.

6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
To finish high school, so I can go back to Montreal and go to University.

7. Share with us your favorite quote?
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

My nominees are:

Riya – AestheticGraphy

Julie – In the Wild Los Angeles

Charlene – Charlene’s Adventure

Winta – Wandering Outside the Box

My questions for the nominees are:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
4. Who inspires you?
5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
7. Share with us your favorite author?

Thank you. Note: I’m arriving in Fort Lauderdale (final destination) this evening, so hopefully I can publish a travel post later this evening.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

 

 

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A Day In Montreal

I awoke after a great day exploring the streets of downtown Montreal bubbling to the brim with anxiety and excitement. Anxiety, because I wouldn’t be able to see this gorgeous view for a very long time and I would definitely miss it, and excitement because I would have the entire day to explore alone.

But before I did anything, I had to take a moment on the balcony to appreciate this fantastic view of the water. And this view is coming from the 12th floor (one floor below the penthouses), so I guess it was a luxury in itself and a good way to kickstart the day.

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It was a glorious sunny day, the humidity was quite high, but it didn’t matter since a gentle breeze accompanied it…

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…but where I was staying, there was so much greenery (which was nice) and of course, an outside swimming pool (even better)!

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So to begin the day, I decided to take a walk in the forest located right outside the building.

There were many beautiful features in this area –  but the many trees were my favorites.

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After walking for a good hour, I spotted this “lonely” bench facing the water…

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After reading a few chapters of this book, I decided to head back home after I realized how far away I was from my apartment. When I got back, I went straight to the pool and then I took some pictures of the building and its property.

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I couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous view and greenery!

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Here’s a picture of the back of the building.

 

So after a great day, I’m here writing this post to you after a delicious meal that my sister and I cooked (brie fondue served with a few slices of baguette and chicken skewers).

I want to end this post by saying that I lived here when I was very young and since then my family and I have been coming back and forth from our home in Ottawa and now our new home in Denver (where I’ll be living for the next three years). So Montreal is no doubt a beautiful city, but it’s also a city full of culture, diversity, and life!

If you’re having thoughts of visiting Montreal, I highly recommend you do, because it’s a city like no other and you won’t regret it.

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Tomorrow I’m leaving Montreal to go to Fort Lauderdale (my final destination), so be prepared for AMAZING posts!

Hope you’re having a great day / evening!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Inspiration For Traveling

Like me, every traveler has something that inspired them to leave their lives behind and follow their dreams of travel. For me, there was that lightbulb moment when I realized: I want more from my life, I want to discover! Getting a taste of Cancun, Mexico was my lightbulb. Why you may ask? Well, because it gave me the opportunity to experience another way of life, another culture. It was then that I realized that traveling was for me.

Since my trip to Cancun, about six years ago, my interests had become consumed by travel. I started reading a lot of travel-related blogs, National Geographic magazines, and travel videos. I’d even go to the local bookstore to purchase the newest edition of National Geographic Travel. So this definitely got my travel juices flowing.

Later on in life, I fell in love with educational T.V. shows showcasing our world, specifically, the Discovery channel. I’d watch hours and hours of its content; I couldn’t get enough of it. This show helped reiterate the fact that I was on the right track and gave me the push I needed.

So travel in itself is very important in a person’s life. Why? Because traveling gives you time to think, ideate, observe and learn new things – culture, food, history. It also gives a lot of time to introspect and understand on how certain things are done around the world.

So in the end, what continues to inspire me to travel are the warm people I meet, the exotic sights and smells, the stunning landscapes and the sense of independence and freedom that travel has given me. And I hope to be an inspiration for others to pursue their ideal lifestyle. With a bit of cash in the bank and an open mind, anyone can go and seek out new adventures!

As for me, my journey around the world is only just beginning, and I can’t wait to see what the future may hold.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

In response to Winta’s weekly prompt: Inspiration for traveling

Read more posts from the Travel Blogging Challenge:

Week 1: Your Favorite Travel Photo of You and Intro
Week 2: Little Known Travel Tips
Week 3: Funny Travel Story
Week 4: Travel Misadventures
Week 5: Top three cultural foods
Week 6: Unusual Travel Activities and Photos

Who else is doing the challenge?

 

A Colorful Day In Vancouver

I freaking love wildlife, but I also love marine life. So when I was presented with the opportunity to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, with no plans and weather that was pretty dull, a trip to the aquarium seemed like a pretty good idea.

And what was impressive about this particular aquarium is that it has been voted as one of the top ten best aquariums in the world! So you could say that this greatly influenced my decision to go.

Anyhow, with over 50,000 animals from across the globe, there was no shortage of beauty at the Vancouver Aquarium, and I was lucky enough to see it. Here are some pictures I took of the magnificent animals.

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I saw many exhibits throughout the aquarium illustrating the wonders of aquatic light in action, but this particular picture showed two jellyfish pulsing rhythmically in spectacularly backlit tanks. It was very cool!

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Here is another species of jellyfish I saw at the Jellyfish Exhibit: A small group of purple jellyfish pulsing its way through the water.

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But as much as I enjoyed watching the various species of jellyfish pulsing its way through the water, I also enjoyed watching this steller sea lion making its way across the water, putting on a small show for his “audience.”

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Every animal that I saw was very colourful…very imposing! But what was even cooler than their vibrant colours was witnessing their behavior in their natural habitats.

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A small group of African Penguins
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Two Frogs enjoying the humidity

Overall, I had a great experience at the Vancouver Aquarium, and it’s very understandable why it’s been voted as one of the top ten best aquariums in the world.

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Furthermore as I came out of the building, the weather was no longer dull; instead, it was sunny and beautiful. Thank god!… And what better way to enjoy the weather than by visiting the beautiful Stanley Park.

From the aquarium to Stanley Park, it was a short five minute drive, so really, it didn’t take long at all.

As we were getting higher in altitude, we decided to park in a designated area to take a few pictures. Here’s an amazing view of the water and mountains!

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While I was taking a few pictures, there was an elderly Chinese man just a few feet away playing some songs on the chinese violin, and I’m telling you, the music that came through was absolutely beautiful! So for a while, I sat to listen to his wonderful music.

After Stanley Park, we decided to drive all the way to Earnest, a famous ice cream shop located on the other side of the city, where I had a green tea ice-cream cone. And as much as I enjoyed the cone, I also admired the interior of the shop, because I found it to be very trendy and lively.

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Second day in Vancouver, and I’m loving every second of it! If you find yourself in Vancouver or if you want to visit Vancouver, I highly recommend it. Vancouver is a city full off diversity, nature, and fun things to do, you won’t regret it! As for me, I have yet to discover more of this beautiful city.

Camera: Images captured with a Canon EOS Rebel t6 paired with an EFS 18-55 f/4-5.6 lense / EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM lense and an HD 0.43X Wide Angle Converter W/MacPro Japan Optics
Note: Unfortunately, I have two full days left here in Vancouver, and then my next destination will be Montreal. I hope to continue to post daily, so stay tuned for more epic posts!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

A Trip To British Columbia

After spending six incredible hours in Vancouver, I became quite anxious that my Canadian adventure started off too marvelous, and that everything following Vancouver would be a letdown. But luckily…it wasn’t!

In fact, entering Vancouver by plane, I had a pretty epic view of the water (which I was so glad to see, considering that Denver is the dryest city I’ve ever been too and there’s literally no water to be found)!

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Vancouver is a coastal seaport in Canada, located in the lower region of British Columbia.  It is home to around half a million people! From Denver to Vancouver, it’s a total distance of about 1,783.15 kilometers, so by plane, it would take a good two and a half hours.

After arriving in Vancouver and checking in to the Holiday Inn Hotel, it didn’t take long for me to lie down and relax!

After relaxing for a bit, I knew I couldn’t spend my afternoon lying down and doing nothing, so, my family and I decided to head over to a nearby seafood restaurant, the Blue Canoe, which was located right beside the water. It was incredible!

For dinner, I ate the most scrumptious, the most flavorful fish tacos I have ever eaten in my entire life! It consisted of fresh fish, a tomato and basil paste, avocado, greens…all wrapped up in freshly hand-made tortillas…YUM!

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And for dessert, I ordered a delicious lemon tart topped with fresh local berries and powdered sugar!

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After a delicious dinner, my sister and I decided to take a few pictures of the view and water!

In front of us was an incredible view of the dock and the beautiful sky.

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Honestly, I couldn’t ask for a better way to end the day. I can sum it up in three words: Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing.

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Getting to Vancouver: United Airlines from Denver to Vancouver
Hotel: Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport
Camera: Images captured with a Canon EOS Rebel t6 paired with an EFS 18-55 f/4-5.6 lense and an HD 0.43X Wide Angle Converter W/MacPro Japan Optics
Note: I’ll be posting more travel-related posts during my vacation. Stay tuned!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

 

Life Is A Challenge…

 

One’s dream and aspirations to supersede in life must be stronger and greater than limitations set forth by others. The experience that were bestowed to me during my short life has elevated me to the young man I am today.

To be the person that I am today, I had to reflect and accept accountability for my past actions. My past if you will, is one that many would love to erase from their memory, a past, which remained asleep until I found myself. The steps involved in regaining myself encompassed letting go of my anger and self-pity. I had to look within myself and see my self’s worth in order to reach my full potential. In doing so, I realized how wonderful my life is.

But as I sit here, writing this blog post and drinking iced tea, I wonder in astonishment about past years. Thinking about my life, reading my thoughts from the past, I wonder, was everything worth it? Were all the fights, arguments, and troubles really worth it? I guess it is just a question we all ask ourselves as we age. For now, I will just forget about all of that drama and take a journey back to my past.

As a child, I always thought life was just grand! My days were spent having fun at school, coming home to a loving family, and playing outside with my sisters, all-over fun days. “Fun.” Yes, that is how they were, until the day reality smacked me in the face like a mack-truck colliding with a concrete wall. Life is not just fun and games. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still young, and I haven’t lived that long to understand life’s reality fully. However, as the months progressed into years, I’ve been in countless arguments, I’ve lost my favorite toys and games, I’ve received mediocre grades at school, other students have used me regarding academic work…Now, this might not sound that grand or that bad, but it was. This is because it was when I realized that life is a challenge.

When I say life is a challenge, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we dimly perceive the world – it means that we understand that life is not always a piece of cake, but in this feature, this can also can be seen as the beauty of life.

Anywho, I’m going to cut this short and say that my life is beautiful, and I have yet so much to learn and discover about myself and the rest of the world. And despite the challenges I face in my life, I always remember that those problems can always be turned into opportunities.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Why I Write Poems

Why do I write poems?

Well, because life is a mystery. A mystery in which changes day by day. Because for every second we breathe and walk on this earth, the world around us changes, and that means we, the people also change. What I’m trying to say is, the world in which we live in can quickly change a person’s life. But don’t get me wrong, this change can either be good or bad. Thus, this leaves me with so many questions, in fact, my life revolves around questions, and what better way to express them than by writing a poem?

You see, I write poetry because I am a member of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion and love, but it’s also filled with pain and evil. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. And that is what I hope to share with you.

So it gives me if you will, the opportunity to express my feelings, to show you the truth, pain, life, and love that comes with it, and perhaps you can relate to it. In doing so, it reveals my stress, my conscience, my part, my life. I write only for the hearts mind and the mind’s heart, to hopefully climb the steps of imagination and conquer any given obstacle. And just maybe will I tell a compelling message that will impact you, in which may lead you to return for more mystery and nourishment for the heart, mind, and soul.

So in the end, I write poems because, to me, poetry is a gateway of imagination and storytelling. It shines a light and gives hope to those who read it. That’s why I write poems. To inspire, motivate, and educate people about our world and what lies beyond it, and to show you the beauty and passion that comes with it.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard