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 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.

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  • "Immigrants, we get the job done!" πŸ’ͺ🏻 This was amazing. What a show. I was struggling so hard not to nod my head to the beats lest I distract the audience member behind me.

I know we're not supposed to pick favourites but can I just say that Rachelle Ann Go (@gorachelleann), Jason Pennycooke (@jasonpennycooke), Tarinn Callender (@tarinncallender), and Jack Butterworth (@butterworthjack) absolutely killed it today. So good! Already want to rewatch it... 😏
  • Photo doesn't do it justice. This waterfall was absolutely stunning to see in person. Majestic. (Throwback, obviously!)
  • Takeoff. Goodbye, Scandinavia. You've been a dream. Now, reality awaits. πŸ‘“
  • Had an amazing seafood dinner yesterday, where I tried Norwegian lobsters (langoustines) for the very first time. So delicious and so fresh, the shellfish tasted perfectly seasoned. 🦐 Also had the seafood soup, which was so tasteful as well.

Service here at this restaurant, SjΓΆbaren, was wonderful too. As a solo female traveller, I don't get much attention from people, but they were so nice to me. They replaced my wine when a fly flew in it, turned away my question at tips, and offered their own water tap when they noticed that my large 1L plastic water bottle was half empty.

Gothenburg, your people are so kind. πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ
  • This was so cool! What an incredible museum; for 10 NOK, I got to see real viking ships up close. Real viking ships! Three of them in one room! (I left out one of them because it isn't as photogenic. πŸ˜…) The live reenactment film that accompanied one of the viking ships was super engaging too. Watching a real reenactment film and listening to a viking-ish soundtrack while standing next to a real viking ship in Oslo, Norway, gave me goosebumps. 😍

As you can tell from these photos, the viking ships are so big in real life, I could barely fit them in one frame! 🌊
  • Snowy mountain tops in Norway, in the middle of August. πŸ”οΈ