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 sees 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 were 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! 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?

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  • Berlin's Cathedral Church. I love travelling. ❤️
  • With all the places I visited in 2017, it's easy to forget that I also did a three-day weekend trip to Paris. 🇫🇷
  • "Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race." Bought this book yesterday after seeing it circulate on Instagram via @emmawatson's post. As a WOC raised in Toronto 🇨🇦 but moved to London 🇬🇧 last year, I was really surprised to see the difference of how POC are treated are over here compared to in Canada. I too have gone through negatives experiences in the UK, where people would think they are being polite or being inclusive, when it actually just made me feel even more excluded because of my race. Multiculturalism is so different here. I can't wait to start reading.
  • I miss this. #Dresden #FlashbackFriday
  • I think I need to watch more Premier League games! I was a bit disappointed by the atmosphere tbh, because @torontofc games at BMO Field have set such a high standard in terms of a footie fan atmosphere that even big games like Arsenal FC vs. Chelsea FC seem bland in comparison. ⚽ Could just be the supporter rules in English stadiums though. 🤷🏻‍♀️ P.S. I'm real tired of the image compression on Instagram. Ugh.
  • Spent the last night of 2017 drunk and, quote unquote, being "the life of the party" at a New Year's Eve party. Apparently I've got great stamina. 😂 There are definitely some things that I will never forget from last night... 😏

2017 was a huge year of changes for me, but I've never been happier. I want to continue to learn and to grow as fast and as much as I can. Can't wait to see what 2018 will have in store for me! ❤️