A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

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Another one of my crazy ideas has been put into motion. This is exciting, amazing & stressful all at once, and… I wouldn’t do it any other way!!

As most of you know, this year means the beginning of The Rolling Barber, a non-profit organization that I have founded with the goal of transforming an old school bus into a portable hair salon in which we can offer free shampoo and cuts to whoever is in need of one. It’s been a crazy few weeks of setting up the organization, of making a budget, of obtaining donations (from sample shampoos to barber chairs to a school bus!), of getting hairdressers/barbers on board, and so (SO!) much more. Creating such a community project in Ottawa takes courage and perseverance, but many in my community has rallied with me to make this project a reality. I could not be more humbled by the help and positive response I have received. I feel very lucky and I hope to help many others.

Our website is looking fabulous with pictures of our new bus and the partners that we love and that are supporting this initiative with enthusiasm. We have also created a Facebook and Instagram account, so do not hesitate to follow us. I have given interviews on CBC and Rogers (in French) and I have received even more invitations!

Our first ‘dry-run’ (washing, cutting & styling in the comfort of a… room) is on April 8th at the Centre 454, a wonderful social services centre in the heart of Sandy Hill in the Anglican Church on King Edward. We will have three dry-runs (the first two at the Centre 454 and the third at the Cornerstone Housing for Women). In May, I am leaving on vacation with my husband to London and Scotland (stay tuned for more posts) and back in time to roll my sleeves to renovate our bus in June – with the help of my fabulous friend and co-founder François, my wonderful father-in-law and many other members of my family and friends (maybe my husband will even pop by to help 🙂 ).

I can’t wait to load pictures of the restoration, but before that time, lots of adventures await for me in a whole new country: Scotland!

Love you all,


Life is full of wonder here, and I wish I could share all our experiences with you, but unfortunately, the internet connection is lacking; not really more so than in other Southeast asian countries, but lacking nonetheless and since we are rarely in WiFi supported cafes, updates will unfortunately be few and far between compared to my regular post schedule. And unfortunately, same is true for pics although I seem to be able to download them more easily than accessing this site.

In Bali, I am torn between wanting to lounge in my pjs all day reading in our outdoor kitchen surrounded by nature, and going out to explore the island. A couple of days ago we went to the beach, southeast of Ubud, to fly Cedric’s kites (the one he made as a school project and the dragon we bought in the market). We flew the kites, bathed in a seaside pool, did a bit of homework, got massages and read our books. It was a beautiful, relaxing day (albeit a bit too hot).

Then yesterday evening, we went to see a traditional Balinese Kecak Fire dance. We all sat in stunned silence while dozens of men hummed and swayed in circles around the fire of life (a wood structure lit up by a dozen oil lamps), an ancient tale unfolding before us.

Today, I chose to stay behind while the boys went on a bicycling expedition and my daughter and mother-in-law went to a silver workshop to make jewellery. They all had an exciting day while I sat in bed, drank tea and worked a bit on my writing.

Tomorrow we are off again to visit the east side of the island: a bat cave temple, a salt factory, a traditional market, a famous palace and the Aga village which is home to the original Balinese people. Hopefully, we will have enough energy at the end of the day to make our way to Gelato Secrets (the best in town!).

Emilie's silver carving

Emilie’s silver creation