Nathalie Ouellet

Seeing Double Agents in Berlin

I have decided to mess with the gods of chronology and end my travel reports with the beginning. First, a bit of background. I was the lucky and grateful winner of the Foreign Correspondent contest put on by What’s Up Yukon and Condor Airlines this summer, which included a return flight from Whitehorse to Frankfurt, …

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Under a Venetian Spell

Venice has enchanted me. Maybe it’s the gondolas, the canals snaking under the stone bridges, the decaying buildings and flooded steps, the shiny carnival masks on display or the gondoliers who blow kisses. Or maybe it’s the gelato shops on every corner. Whatever it is, Venice feels good. I arrived by train Friday evening and …

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Peppermint Latte at the North Pole

Somebody pinch me. I’m really here in Santa’s Village! Rosy-cheeked elves and reindeer and Norwegian sweaters and tinkling bells. It’s so magical! Although December is high season, it’s remarkably easy to ignore the crowds when I’m dazzled by the childhood fantasies surrounding me. Everything twinkles here. I had some Aeroplan points to burn, and my …

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Working to Become Dispensable

It has a dynamic wine list, tempting tapas, a popular brunch, cool music, and funky black walls. It’s Burnt Toast Café, a fun new Whitehorse restaurant by Yukoners Katya Schmidt and Christine Kent. These young women are so vibrant and energetic that I came out of our interview pumped and inspired. Schmidt and Kent speak …

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