The differences between Australia and Canada, part one: food.

I was originally going to write about what I have observed to be the  general differences between Australia and Canada, but ended up having so much to say about food that I'm going to have to write about social differences next time. Show's where my priorities are.. Cheese: Orange cheddar does not exist here. If…

Dear education: thanks for the brain workout.

This is the first semester that I haven't been in school. After a lifetime of education, I finished my university degree in June. Even though my excitement to be done was tangible, the last day I walked around campus I thought about all of the things I would miss. University is a place where people…

Living in Surfers Paradise

So I live in Australia. Crazy. Right now I’m living in Surfers Paradise, which is in the Gold Coast, Queensland. It’s like Australia’s version of Miami. The beach goes on for miles! The contrast between the natural environment and human development is wild. There is nothing more natural than the ocean, but at the same…

From Vancouver to LAX – The beginning of a journey to Australia

The adventure has begun! I left Vancouver this morning after a great visit with my sisters friend Pam (you’re the best Pam!). I haven’t been to Vancouver since I was 15, so I was seeing the city with a fresh perspective. Vancouver is great! From what I saw, the downtown is a little glitzy with…

The end of a chapter – Graduating University

Warning: The following posting contains severe traces of sentimentalism. Reader discretion is advised. My time at UWO has officially come to a close. I had been avoiding even talking about leaving London for months. I also proved to be quite skillful at avoiding saying goodbye to people. Let's just say, if procrastination were my job,…

When to use “Howdy” – Calgary Stampede

“Howdy, can I help you with something?” It was the first thing a Stampede staff member said to us. If one “howdy” wasn’t good enough, we were greeted by several other people, all giving us a friendly “howdy, enjoy your day!” I quickly turned to Robyn and Chris and mumbled under my breath, “I’m pretty…