As close families and friends know, I have taken a working holiday in London, England for the year. I was one of those fortunate teachers that was hired with full-time employment right out of teacher's college and, after two years classroom experience in the GTA, I decided to take a leave from my board and do something adventurous; I moved across the pond. I have been loving my time here but, admittedly there have been some good and bad days. Most of my experience here has been tremendously positive, but my first week with the students and this past week have been trying; the kids are a little more challenging than what I was used to back home, which is very exhausting when in my position I teach over 300 of them in a week. Nevertheless, I already I feel like I am becoming a stronger teacher in terms of classroom management, which is a wonderful thing, and I know that by the end of the year my lesson timing will improve greatly as well. Throughout the year I will post various images from days I spent either traveling around the city or abroad.
Looks unreal, right? I am telling you, Prague is probably the most beautiful city I have ever seen. Every time I look at this shot I feel like I am visiting a different time; maybe even a fictitious era. If I could write a fairy tale, this would be my backdrop. I visited during Easter 2010, hence the giant egg haha.
A couple of summers ago, as a graduation gift, my mom took me to Québec City after visiting family in Chicoutimi. I had already seen it several times, considering I was lucky enough to have landed a job as a tour guide for the city a while back, but it was great seeing it again through the eyes of my mom. The old city is so beautiful and rich with history and culture. If you ever visit Canada, make sure to stop in Québec City; it is well worth it.
What can I say about Pérouges? It's a hidden gem, that's for sure. When we visited this Medieval village it was shocking to discover that we were but a few members of the small crowd that decided to visit this beautiful place. Fortunately for us, the empty streets provided an excellent backdrop for the hauntingly picturesque architecture and surroundings. Enjoy!
This city is incredible. During our second visit to Annecy a few years ago I found out a friend's family owned a house near by. I told him that I would marry him just so I could live here... if you look at the pictures, you may agree with me hahaha. We were extremely lucky because, during this first visit, carnival was happening so we had the opportunity to see the masquerade in action... so cool!!! What a gorgeous area.
Northern Ireland is absolutely beautiful. Five years ago I visited with a few friends and we traveled the country side to see Giant's Causeway. We all know that Ireland is very green; well here are a variety of pictures I took (the top one excluded) that prove how truly beautiful and green it is. Although Northern Ireland is stunning, its history is a turbulent one. Some photos you will see are of the peace wall in Belfast located between the Protestant and Catholic neighbourhoods; many people sign the wall to show their support in a peaceful existence between the two religions. The murals in Belfast are also dedicated to remembering its history.
It's safe to say that I am experiencing a severe travel bug; all I want to do right now is hop on a plane and get lost somewhere haha. So... here are some more pics of Scotland, one of the favourite places I visited when I was living abroad. Scotland is such a diverse place. From stone cities to rolling green hills and snow-peaked mountains, it really has it all. We traveled to the highlands to check out Glencoe and Lochness. I also just discovered, after it all, that part of Harry Potter was filmed at Glencoe... cool!!
Side note, the above shot is of a typical highland cow... or a "harry coooooo" as the Scots call them.
Colmar, France is located close to Strasbourg right near to the German border. If the pictures haven't said it already, it is absolutely gorgeous; you feel like you are walking right into a story interpreted by the brothers Grimm. In 2009 our school organized a field trip for all the exchange students and we had the privilege to experience the Christmas market in this charming little village. Luck would have it, this same day, October 8th was the beginning of "la fête des lumières" in Lyon. We spent a long and amazing day here, and then walked the streets of Lyon that evening.
My exchange year in Lyon changed me in more ways than I could have imagined. I won't bore you with the details, but I have hundreds and hundreds of photos of my time abroad between 2009 to 2010. Due to the sheer volume of photos, this post will be dedicated to the first few months in the city. I did lots of sight-seeing during this time with some pretty amazing people that I am lucky enough to still call my closest friends today. It is amazing how traveling can strengthen relationships and bond people together, even with those you barely know.
Two years ago I was at teacher's college in North Bay, Ontario. North Bay as a city isn't much, however, the surroundings are very picturesque. Just to give you an idea of how nice it is, there is a waterfall located a mere 30 minute walk from the school. I was reminiscing this weekend over the walk some teachers and I took behind the school that year. Here are some of the pictures we took (unaltered).