Le Tour De France Audience Etiquette

Down the lane cheers began to bob into the sky, buoyed by the crowd’s anticipation. In the baby-blue overhead a helicopter hovered above the source of excitement, a further indicator that something grand was coming. My camera trigger finger twitched as everything drew closer. I was on the street leaning past a wall of my fellow spectators. We were two banks waiting for the river to flow.

Suddenly it rounded the corner. A tsunami of colours, tires, helmets and faces fiercely focused on the starting line just a few meters beyond.

Intent on capturing some photos I mashed my face against my camera and clicked away. Through my telephoto lens the mass grew substantially, bloating like a balloon on a high-pressure hose. Lifting my eyes from the camera window I instantly realized I was alone and in trouble.

I was about to be mowed down by the Tour De France.

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World Cup: Newbie Football Fans Are Hilarious

Now that I’ve arrived in Britain, the land of rambunctious football fans and tiny little pubs, I’ve found myself drawn into watching the World Cup and drinking a ton of my former taste enemy—beer (well I did managed to skirt off into cider, which is still socially acceptable in my opinion). As a traveller originating from the “Land of Hockey” I understand the hubbub but I never really dove into watching sports. Playing is fun. Watching is boring. That was my mantra.

Then I moved into a house of Germans and an Italian. Suddenly I’d edged toward the living room whenever I heard the cheers, announcements and whistles of a German match!

So, as a new fan of football just in time for the finale of the World Cup I thought I’d share some funny personal observations.

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Adapting to Queer Language

Hello, hello!

Right now I’m stuck in midterms (sob) but I’ll be travelling to Malaysia next week! Of course I still have to write about visiting the southern Thai island Koh Lanta, and Nan a province and city in the north of Thailand!

For now though, I’d like to wander off the trail this blog is blazing for a second.

This topic may not interest my current readers but perhaps it will help some people with their perception of the changing gender climate worldwide.

This blog was originally established so I would challenge my perspective and grow in my observation and storytelling skills. I think this personal journey is worth sharing, so here it is. Continue reading “Adapting to Queer Language”

What is Wa Lolita?

Wow, we definitely live in a global village… I’m going to take a moment to break away from Thailand to dash back to an interview I did with a Canadian friend who enjoys wearing a unique Japanese-inspired fashion style. Continue reading “What is Wa Lolita?”

Global Stuff: April 12th

Bending my knees I brought the box to two centimeters from the ground and let it fall with an unceremonious thump. A half hour later I had the whole cardboard family settled in my room. Boxes cluttered the floor. Items were strewn wherever there was an opening, like a Hollywood extended family intruding on my home. Navigating the obstacle course that my room had become I perilously maneuvered around my mountains of things. I tiptoed through the stacks, leaping into the hallway and flailing my arms in the open space. Spinning around I sighed at the mess before me. My hand crept to my head, my nails softly tousling my hair in hopes of soothing my racing thoughts.

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From Fantasy to Comedy: Three International Movies

I was staring at my computer screen. My fingers restlessly typed in the air over the keyboard, like prancing racehorses waiting for the gate to snap open. Slowly I lowered them to the keyboard and they dashed away, speeding along the keys in search of ethnic events in the coming week. I zipped through all my known contacts: the Multicultural Society of Kamloops site, the Facebook groups of campus ethnic clubs, the TRU website, and so forth. But nothing came forward. With crunch time looming everyone on campus was tying themselves to their desks, locking their doors and getting to work. The rest of Kamloops was preparing for summer. With my own deadlines to meet and a tight budget I had missed two big events that weekend that would have beautifully suited this blog. A banquet hosted by the Multicultural Society and a Storytellers Gala with a presentation hosted by the Aboriginal club. Continue reading “From Fantasy to Comedy: Three International Movies”

Some Chinese Etiquette

Pulling a case from his robe, Victory Jiaxiang Yu bowed as he held out his business card with both hands. I had remembered reading somewhere that business cards in China should be accepted with both hands so I did so awkwardly. I had to consciously tell myself not to automatically take his card casually with one hand.

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Three International Movies

This week was a week of rest, Mid-semester Break according to the Thompson Rivers University calendar, so I used it to the fullest. Rather than go out and track down cultural events, I decided to be a couch potato and watch some internationally focused movies: My Name is Khan, Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles and Waste Land. These three movies were played during the International Days festival at my university and I highly recommend them.

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