Nuraghes in Sardinia

Sardinia is an island in the Mediterranean sea so naturally, when I went there, I packed a bikini. Within five minutes of laying on the beach, I was ready to go back into a cafe. I realized pretty quickly that this would not be just a relaxing beach vacation. I chose to explore the Nuraghes in the region, which are buildings found in Sardinia.

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Update- Home

It feels weird being home. I got lost on the way to my local grocery store. I don’t know where everything is in my kitchen at home. And google keeps asking me to rate some of my favourite local places so “other visitors know what to expect” (I know this happens to everyone but if you go to Tims everyday I’m pretty sure google chills out).

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So You Just Graduated

So you just graduated. You just listened to lengthy speeches about how many amazing things you are going to accomplish and how wonderful life has been so far. Your face hurts from smiling for so many pictures. You are surrounded by your best friends and all of the people that have supported you through high school in the most glamorous of clothing- all of it is like consolidation for that impending fear of graduation, that you’ll screw it all up after this day.

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Never Feeling Home - Homesickness on Exchange

I’m going to be honest and say I don’t ice skate much. I shot an ice hockey puck for the first time last Christmas. Ice skating is so nice and simple, it’s literally just going around in circles. Also, it’s pretty adorable to see a little kid learning to skate or a teen couple on their first date awkwardly avoiding each other's hands when skating side by side. And of course, in every single neighbourhood in my town there is an ODR (outdoor rink) and you are guaranteed to see a game going on nearly any time of the day. This feeling of community, even in the cold winter months, is so Canadian and so great. We are happy about the simple things, like winning in roll up the rim and skating in circles, and we make the best out of even the coldest of temperatures.

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Sardinia vs. Canada

Sardinia is in a process of depopulation, so more people are moving off the island than on to it. I do not want to highlight the negative too much but I do think it’s an important difference. If Francesca wants to stay in her town after high school, she knows jobs are few. Students in Grade 12 were considering medical school in mainland Italy, which is very difficult because of the test students must take to get accepted, or Romania and Francesca wants to study politics in Rome or Venice. In order to even get accepted, Francesca had to take tests. The test in Venice required here to actually travel there, which isn’t a cheap trip. It is much easier to stay on the island, but going to mainland Italy or Europe provides Sardinian people with so many more opportunities. Francesca told me that the lack of jobs brings lots of competition between the students.

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A Feminist Guide to London

There is nothing like walking through a literal castle to make anyone feel like royalty. The Tower of London is, however, much more than just a castle. Various rooms and buildings in the tower are now used as museum space, documenting English history with a focus on the royals.

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Croatia and the Privilege of Peace

On our first day in Croatia, we explored the old town and got some pastry from a bakery. We ate it beside the sea, there is a beautiful promenade in Split that’s always filled with tourists and locals just enjoying the view of the old city walls, palm trees, and port. This is where we watched a proposal happen, it was adorable. Their friends, filming it, were hidden behind a palm tree with a huge bouquet of roses at the ready. Everyone on the promenade cheered, just our first fifteen minutes in Split and it was already so lovely.

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Goals, Happiness, and Coffee

I remember the first time I started getting asked the question I’ve been asked a gazillion times, ‘what are you going to do after university’, was in Grade 8. I would tell people that I wasn’t sure yet but I wanted to work in social justice and I for sure wanted to travel before I finished my degree. That was almost ten years ago. So, although I started actually filling out paperwork for my exchange about a year ago, it’s been a goal for long before that.

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I lived with a family in Sardinia for ten days

Update - For the past ten days, I've been living in Santu Lusurgiu- a small town on the side of a volcano in Sardinia, Italy. I have had the pleasure of living with my friend Francesca and her family. It's hard to put these last few days into words -I'm so thankful for this experience and, most importantly, for the people who have welcomed me so kindly, graciously, and generously. 

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Sardinia vs Canada: Difference is Extra

I’ve never been to a Mediterranean island and have only see the ocean about five times in my life. I had no expectations for this place at all and it honestly confused the heck out of me at first-there’s evergreen trees and palm trees in the same place. Last night I asked Francesca if there was another beach beside the one we were on. She replied ‘yes Kate because it is the coast’... I literally don’t know how a coast works. So basically, I feel like a bambino here.

The climate is completely different and there are quite a few cultural differences but our lives are also actually really similar.

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Work in Progress

My mom rips out a scrap page from a notebook to use as a scorecard for our nightly family card game. On the back of the page it says “stop reading, listen, write”. She shows it to us and explains that this was from when she was writing her thesis for her doctorate and had an awful case of writer’s block, her head was filled with information and she just couldn’t seem to sort it out.

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Lad Culture on College Campus

The National Union of Students (NUS) in the United Kingdom recently released a report, which defined lad culture and shared their research findings, urging universities to do more to combat “lad culture” on campus. The report titled “That’s what she said: Women students’ experiences of ‘lad culture’ in higher education,” outlines students’ current experiences of UK campuses’ lad culture.

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Kate's Completely Unhelpful Guide to London

This isn’t a travel guide (for that, head to Exploring Wonderland) but it’s a Kate London guide. I'm going to share with you a few of the many stories I've collected from being in London for almost fifteen days over the last few months. I didn't schedule any of it really, which allowed me to be easy going and open to so many experiences. So here are a few of the stories I wish I could tell you all over coffee, because I love coffee conversations and you would also see how happy I am when I talk about the views and the people I mention. Everywhere I’ve been and everyone I’ve met, it’s all been so surreal. 

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'Right where I was attending the protest, there has been an attack'

On March 18th, I had the privilege of attending the March against Racism organized by Stand up for Racism  in London. The March was followed by passionate speeches from various activists, organizations, and politicians. They estimate 30 000 people attended the march.

As I typed that last sentence, a message popped up on my phone from my dear Grandma asking if I’m safe.

Right where I was attending the protest, there has been an attack.

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