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Food, Fun, and Friends

By 2011, Europe No Comments

One of the things that I have noticed over the past weeks of travel is how much the Europe trip revolves around food. Waffles in Belgium, Crepes in Monmatre, Pizza in Assisi, Gelato in Rome, Sangria in Spain, Beer in Germany, and the list goes on and on. Over the course of the trip we’ve eaten a lot and tried various drinks as well but I dont think it’s about the food or drink. It’s about the community or fellowship which is brought together for a brief time. In Europe everything seems to slow down, partly because you don’t have…

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Italia

By 2011, Europe No Comments

Long Live Italy!! Today we saw an amazing and cultural thing. We went to a parade celebrating 150 years of Italienne unification. Everywhere you looked there were thousands and thousands of people standing out in the hot sun. As sweat dripped down their backs they waved flags, clapped, and cheered. They were proud of their country’s past victory. Italy is here to stay and they will make sure of that. We have been learning a lot about the European Union lately and many people believe that soon their will no longer be any countries, their will just be Europe. After…

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Loi Kra Thong

By 2010, Asia No Comments

One word to describe Thailand: Breathtaking. We spent our time here in Thailand during the Loi Kra Thong festival. Everywhere you look there are rows upon rows of lanterns. Floating on river are these massive balloon like characters of dragons, flowers, and many other creatures. Almost bringing to life a fantasy world. Between the broken down old walls there are stages with dancers and musicians, surrounded by colourful elephants made out of cloth and lights. After going downtown and wandering through the parade, street stalls, and masses of people we came back to our hotel.  Relaxing in my room for…

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Being Uncomfortable is a good thing

By 2010, Asia No Comments

Randomness and Novelty seem to be the core essence of the Asia trip. We are thrown randomly into novel situations. Everything is new. There are bright colours, strong smells, new faces, and loud noises everywhere. This is in great contrast to our somewhat dull and methodical lives in Canada. We go from greys and blues to yellows and oranges, from silence to constant noise. In this environment we cannot help but be somewhat random. We hang out with people we don’t normally hang out with and cannot help but try new things. Making everything we do seem random and foreign…

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Every Moment Counts

By 2010, Asia No Comments

The Philippines is amazing in every way but the main reason is because of the Filipinos themselves. The people are sooo friendly. They don’t even know you and in many cases are willing to open themselves up to you. They give you what seems like an impossible amount of themselves and impact you in a way never thought possible in the span of a short time. I sat at a diner with Emma listening to a girl’s story of her conversion. This same girl we had only met a few moments before. When we listened to her story and heard…

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Traveling – SE Asia 2010

By 2010, Asia No Comments

Travel- an aspect that can be daunting to even the most experienced of travelers. One question that will arise for most before they leave is: what is going to go wrong? There is always something that could go wrong but though the issues are major at the time they are not the end of the world. If you go with a mindset that you are going to go with the flow instead of freaking out because its not being done the western way you are more likely to enjoy your travels. You are going there to interact with another culture…

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