It’ll be grand [ɪtl biː grænd]: an Irish expression meaning that, although everything may be a mess at the moment, everything will work out in the end. It’s hard to believe that I’ve almost been on the Island of Ireland for a month and two weeks… I’m almost at the half way mark of my field … Continue reading It’ll Be Grand
Hallo allemaal (Hello everyone) I realize that this post is long over due. The last couple months have flown by, but now it’s time to reflect on my stay here in the Netherlands. Since this post is going to be quite long, I’m adding subtitles to make it easier to follow. My Research Proposal I … Continue reading Happy to Be Here
Once upon a time, I thought the Netherlands was boring. In grade 7, my history teacher asked our class to prepare a presentation about our family tree and explain a little bit about our family’s cultural origins. I knew exactly what to say for the Boucher side because I had grown up steeped in French-Canadian … Continue reading Dutch at Heart
On February 1st, the Masters of Anthropology program organized a brief intro session for all of the students in the program. I expected to be a brief meet and greet and introduction of the logistics for the program and for the university. Much to my delight, it was really stimulating and inspiring! Our day started … Continue reading Learning to Unlearn
I can’t believe that it’s already February 19th. I’ve almost been in the Netherlands for a month, and in that time I’ve only posted once. So I’ll try to divide my time into a few different posts. First, I’ll explain challenging it’s been to set up my life here in the Netherlands. Let me tell … Continue reading Greetings from Amsterdam!
There’s a certain magic that one experiences when flying. I feel that magic when I look down at the lights of cities and towns in the dark night sky, almost as if we and the stars switched places. I see that magic when I look down at the fluffy white blanket made of clouds. They … Continue reading The Magic of Flying
Growing up, I sat on the side of the kitchen table facing the fridge. Every time my family traveled somewhere, we’d buy a souvenir magnet and place it on the fridge. They were mostly rubbery-plastic magnets of skylines, city names, or animals. Looking back, our family’s magnet collection probably grew because I preferred and encourage … Continue reading Magnets and My Year Abroad