Tag: Brazil

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Look at that! Two blog entries in one week! This must be some sort of world record! I kid, I kid… But before I dive into today’s blog, I just wanted to let everyone know – because obviously, my blog seesΒ loads of regular visitors, so that’s why I’m using the word “everyone” – which reminds me that I haven’t set up Google Analytics on this new domain yet – that I reread my previous blog entry and made some edits to it. My blog entries are statistically unproven 99% word vomit, which means I don’t reread or edit my blogs after I click “publish”. Apologies if you’ve noticed any pronounced grammar errors in my past entry!

Anyhow, I met up with two of my longtime friends today, and on my way home, the get-together made me daydream about all the places I wanted to visit in my 20s and 30s.

Having left Toronto, I now appreciate its multiculturalism

A month later, I think I am finally ready to talk about my experience in Brazil. This blog won’t list all the different things I did in Recife and in Rio de Janeiro, but instead, it’ll talk more about the aftermath of it. As I had mentioned before, I had taken a lot of photos of my two-week vacation in the country, and you can simply visit my Facebook photo album here if you would like to take a look. But to be honest, most of it is just me standing in front of a beautiful view looking out into the Atlantic Ocean. There wereΒ a lot of palm tree photos too. One of the first things I remember saying to my Brazilian friends when I arrived in Recife was, “You guys have palm trees!” Being Canadian, I have never seen a palm tree up close, and I saw so many of them in Brazil!Β Some palm trees were so tall, they were deemed the tallest in Rio. (I’m talking about the ones from Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro!) It seems so silly that I was making such a big deal out of seeing palm trees but these little things made my trip more enjoyable.

Travel newbie

As mentioned in my previous blog, I will be going to the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 next summer! I will be travelling alone for my trip to Recife, but will meet up with a friend in Recife for a couple of games (hopefully), before heading off to Rio de Janeiro for (hopefully) a quarterfinal game. Luck has already been on our side yesterday, when the World Cup groups were drawn, and our only confirmed ticket so far will be for the United States vs. Germany game on June 25th. We got incredibly lucky! I had a feeling we would end up watching a match featuring less prominent teams, but somehow we managed to get the Group of Death as Group G. Insanely lucky.

To watch Brazil play in Toronto was a childhood dream

The first time I saw Brazil play was back in 2002. It was summer, and my dad was hooked on the TV, following every single game of World Cup 2002. I started watching with him, and before I knew it, I became a fan of the Brazilian national team and the magnificent maestro Kaka. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Brazilian national team came to Toronto to play Chile in a FIFA certified friendly. It was a very short trip. They arrived the evening before, and they left the night of the game. They only stayed one night. I wasn’t even planning to attend because the tickets were so expensive – even more expensive than actual World Cup 2014 tickets! – but the day before the game, I realized that I didn’t take this chance now, I may never see them play again. At least never in Toronto – hell, when I was a kid, I never imagined I would even be able to see them play in my home city of Toronto! – and probably not at least until my 30s. So I took this chance, bought a $62 ticket for the nosebleed sections and off I went.

Life is about taking the opportunities as they present themselves to you after all. If not now, then when?

Instagram

  • Table 20 at a happy couple's union. Congratulations, Jany and Victor. πŸ’’ #VictorLovesJany
  • Been trying to post this photo for days but Instagram wouldn't work for one reason or another, smh.

I didn't forget about this photo! It's my fifth of five farewell meals in London. 🍻 This one was with the @MediaComUK gang at a fancier-than-expected pub near Holborn. Good food, good drinks, good company. Miss you all. πŸ€—
  • Seth Rogen and business partner Evan Goldberg at #CollisionConf to talk about their cannabis start-up, @houseplant, and bringing it to the Ontario market. Seth is as every bit smart, charming, and quick-witted as he appears to be on television talk shows. πŸ‘πŸ»β£
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Also got to listen to @justinpjtrudeau speak about diversity in Toronto. He really is a handsome and charismatic world leader... 🀩
  • Lovely afternoon with the #YorkRegion ladies: @yunyeee, @k7cheung, and @phoebeymyu. I've missed congee so much! 😩 I was basically scarfing down the whole bowl. Also went to get bubble tea at @onezotapioca – stressful stuff, there are so many options! Finally ended up deciding on a brown sugar dirty oolong latte though. πŸ˜‹
  • Old neighbourhood. (Photoshopped out so many pieces of garbage on the grass, smh. And you can still see some left there on the grass. I will never miss how dirty London is as a city. So much littering. Gross.) 🏠
  • Cousins, reunited. #KwanaGetMarried19