For the Christmas holidays I traveled to New Zealand and Australia. I was excited to explore these countries. As a Canadian, these countries seemed like distant cousins – sharing similarities in culture and customs, but with many kilometres in between. The first part of the trip was spent in New Zealand, starting in Auckland, and… Read More New Zealanddddddd!!!!
One of the questions I was asked the most this summer was about my trip to Uganda. Having traveled to Kenya and Tanzania the year before, I met people on my tour who had just finished trekking to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. Their excitement and wonder in which they recalled the experience left… Read More Trekking with the Gorillas
After I said goodbye to my parents, but before going through airport security, I was standing in the middle of a long line of people. Two rows ahead of me, a girl, maybe 17 or 18, was crying. I watched as she waved goodbye to her mom, who was standing across the room, behind the… Read More So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen…
When I came back to work after three weeks of winter holiday, we were bombarded with busyness. January is often characterized by high school exams, but in this particular case, our school was preparing for government observations as part of an annual rating system which determines school merit. Restful weekends, which I cherish, were non-existent;… Read More Winter Holiday: Part 1
In honour of the countdown to home reaching 26 DAYS, here is twenty-six reasons why I. AM. SO. EXCITED. TO. GO. HOME!!! And here they are, in no particular order: 1. Poutine (more specifically, Smokes poutine, and even more specifically pounaire) 2. Tim Hortons (EVERYWHERE) Do you want to go to the Timmies on Montrose or the… Read More I’M GOING HOME IN 26 DAYS!!!!!
It is an overcast day in Kuwait, and I returned to my apartment early this morning to find a thin layer of dust caked to my countertops. As I proceeded to remove the dust built up from a sandstorm and a rainstorm all while I was gone, the black dirt that came off of the… Read More A Week on a Beach in Boracay
After living in Kuwait for a four months, I can now declaratively announce that Thursdays are the best day of the week. Thursday’s hold a collective sigh of relief amongst teachers as we acknowledge that we’ve made it through another week. Despite all the grading, the lesson planning, contacting parents, and coaching, it’s OKAY because the… Read More From Coffee, Canada, to Kuwait [a tribute to Tim Hortons]
It’s been a long while since I’ve last written a post. I’ll attribute this to a variety of reasons, but these reasons can all be summed up in one word: teaching. Teaching kicks my butt everyday. Each day it brings forth a new series of challenges that make it interesting and special. On days when I’m particularly… Read More Kringle in Kuwait
As I move into my eighth week living here in Kuwait, I’ve fallen into a pretty normal (and very streamlined) morning routine. I wake up to either: A) the call to prayer, or B) my alarm – which follows shortly after the call to prayer at the moment at 4:20am. If I’m feeling well-rested or… Read More My First Rodeo in Kuwait
Before moving to Kuwait, I used to imagine what my life would be like once I was there. I imagined it to be a challenge – but a good one. Teaching would be a challenge, the new culture would be a challenge, and creating a new home would be a challenge. Yet my imaginings never wandered… Read More A Guide to Plate Spinning in Kuwait