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Hi, I'm Courtney ptg6I'm a second year university student who just began working at the Painted Turtle Guesthouse this May.  At school I am studying Economics and Global Studies and working in an environment filled with people from all over the world is my ideal setting! Everyday I learn of a new place or a new custom or way of thinking and I get to share my favourite parts of Canada with others too.  I am most definitely an Island girl and really like to encourage guests (and everyone else) to step off the beaten path and explore the hidden treasures of what Vancouver Island and Nanaimo have to offer! There is just so much you can do in Nanaimo alone!  Hiking Mount Benson (a mountain within city limits), kayaking with the seals near Newcastle Island (the Island itself is an amazing way to spend the day), checking out the local art, tasting homemade gelato on the pier, walking the cable bay trail, exploring Ammonite Falls, and so so much more! [caption id="attachment_1009" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Ammonite Falls"]Ammonite Falls[/caption] I love exploring the rest of the Island as well and am always looking to discover more hidden gems as well as returning to my old favourites (Tofino, Sooke Potholes and Cathedral Grove). Beyond exploring my own backyard, I want to travel extensively and working at the Painted Turtle Guesthouse in downtown Nanaimo has just encouraged this desire!  Someone always has a story to share, or knows of a secret gem of their own that they want others to experience.  It truly is an amazing environment for me to be!