As time-wasters go, surfing the internet is probably number one on my list. Maybe I’m just recovering after two years without at home, but I find it fascinating to just go from place to place, idea to idea, and finding out completely random stuff – within the boundaries of my interest, of course.

The other day I started with Multiple Listings Services, which gathers together most of the properties on the market and allows you to browse by location, on the map, and has a gigantic list of filters. I’d wanted to see how much those stately homes along the Niagara Parkway (overlooking the Niagara River, between Ontario and New York State) cost. Not much, actually.

But that led me to seeing how many homes were being sold for over $10,000,000 in Canada. Less than I’d thought, actually.  Only about 40.  And they’re only made of wood. Sniff.

Which led me to search for homes selling under$25,000. A hell of a lot more than I’d thought. While some are genuine trainwrecks, there are some selling for $1 (??), because the agent’s waiting on the market price. Uh, okay.

Which led me to a totally cute steal on the Iles de la Madeleine in the Gulf of St Lawrence, 5 hours from PEI in the middle of the ocean, and what looks to be a very nice place to visit…

Which led me to Google how to visit that place, but which also led me to Google the islands belonging to France off the coast of Newfoundland…

Etc. It was a never-ending, totally dorky spiral that ended up costing me two hours. But then, my knowledge is infinitely richer.

Wondrous thing, the internet.

Did you find anything interesting on the internet this week that you’d like to share?

– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.