Tag: multiculturalism

St. James' Park

Wake up to new perspectives

It’s my birthday today. I’m typing this while sitting on the bed of my Airbnb, a place I’m staying at temporarily until my new flatshare is ready for me to move in.

It’s been a hectic couple of months. It feels like a lot has happened.

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 wereย 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!ย 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.

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  • It really needs to snow in London. The city would look even prettier with some snow. ๐Ÿ˜ #Canadian
  • I got yelled at by the shopkeeper shortly after taking this photo. She didn't like the fact that I was touching all her inventory without buying anything. ๐Ÿ˜… #Persimmon
  • Trying to do better with sharing my travel photos. (New Year's resolution maybe?!) This is a photo of the Latvian lunch I'm having on my second day here in Riga. Very affordable meal! ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ Extra context for this photo: This is the meal I ate after waking up at noon today. I spent a total of 13 hours sleeping at my hotel within my first 24 hours in Latvia. ๐Ÿ˜‚ #ILoveHotels
  • 6 AM flights mean napping immediately after work, staying up until 2 AM, taking the bus from city to airport at 3 AM, landing at 10:30 AM, and then accidentally napping at your hotel from 5 PM to 11 PM. ๐Ÿ˜ด Yikes, I've missed dinner.

This is a photo of the coast of Latvia, the Bulduri region, facing the Gulf of Latvia. Even flying in at 10 AM in the morning, I could still see large cargo ships sailing through towards Finland.
  • First mulled wine of the season, and my first ever taste of reindeer meat! (That's a reindeer meat crepe I'm holding.) It tastes delicious! I want more... ๐ŸฆŒ P.S. That's glรถgi I'm holding in my hand! Finnish hot mulled wine. ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
  • London's museum of art and design. Such a big museum, you definitely need at least three hours to properly see everything!