Growing up in a small country far, far, far, from North America, but one that still beams in a ton of US pop culture is an experience that's difficult to describe to anyone who doesn't know immediately what I mean. But it's a thing – growing up watching TV, movies, and reading books referencing all these products, foods, shops, brands & experiences that are everyday to most Americans, but not available where you are. It's definitely the history which drives my relentless heckling of my boyfriend to provide for me an "American Experience" whenever we are in the country visiting. Last time, which thanks to this pandemic was actually all the way back in 2019! I managed to experience my first visit to IHOP & Waffle House, much to his dismay. Yes, I get how essentially *bad* these things are, and also I'm super sensitive to HFCS so actually both these experiences contributed to making me ill after :( So probably won't be doing them again! But, it was still pretty fun to experience these "US" things for myself that I'd only known from TV.
day 11 Today I’m thankful for the Internet. I have been studying French so hard this weekend for an upcoming spoken exam & written assignment, and finding some aspects of grammar difficult to process and really understand. But having the Internet at my fingertips provides so many amazing lessons, explanations, and resources to help me learn in such a convenient & digestible way beyond what my classes and textbooks provide. Having all of this information at hand from home has made being a student so convenient, and I’m so thankful for it. I’m also grateful that 2020 started with exploring Japan before all this year’s chaos began. A country that had been at the top of my bucket list for the longest time, and it was magical to get to explore it and it exceeded all of my hopes & expectations. This photo is from a crane I spotted in a Kyoto canal. ?
If I could travel again right now, where would I go?? . Well, that's quite the difficult question. On the one hand, I'm pining for lush jungles and sandy beaches. On the other, I'd love to delve into the food & culture & history of Europe. ? .? In all honesty, I'm pretty darned lucky to be where I am right now (New Zealand) and I am so thankful for all that I have. But it doesn't stop the daydreams of far off lands, so I'm spending some time compiling my photos, rehashing old memories, and filling out my blog. ? .? Bucharest for me was just a taste of Romania. I only had four days to spend in Romania, but in my time there I learned of many other natural wonders in the country – spectacular mountains, picturesque villages, impressive castles (including Dracula’s castle!) and beautiful coastlines. Perhaps someday I will return to see what the rest of this unassumingly gorgeous, and often misunderstood, country has to offer.? .? For now, I wrote a blog about my first trip to Romania: A brief moment in Bucharest ? .? —? Link in bio! (or check it out here: https://buff.ly/3cuwUmr) — .
Such a lovely two weeks in my beloved Oaxaca has come to a close and I’m back in a plane. This time I’m on my way towards Canada. So much good food, all the walking, a surprisingly dry wet season and getting to show one of my favourite spots in the world to one of my favourite people. After some hard goodbyes (for now) I’m making my way towards Victoria, BC. but not before a full transit day spent hanging out in Mexico City airport. Thank you again México – I love this country and I will never stop visiting.
day 36 gorgeous street art everywhere vulnerability, honesty & self expression love, loving, being loved taking a holiday from being extroverted and always on the go all the naps fresh mango art, and artists and all forms of creativity books and lyrics and quotes and words introspection and being with all the feelings – the good, the challenging, and everything in between appreciating the abundance of wonderful, kind and loving friendships in my life revisiting the music of my university years investigating the possibility of Guatemala in later moths, and all the magical, fascinating and ancient cultures, history, and nature that exists in the southern parts of Mexico and into Guatemala – I feel excited and grateful for the opportunity to explore this part of the world “When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset, Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life.” Christy Ann Martine