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Joining a new community

I’ve recently began to knit and the process of learning a new skill strikes me as akin to immigrating to a new country. There is an entire language to master. Terms like stockinette, seed stitch, garter stitch, gauge, bind off, … Continue reading

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Freedom

I know we all love to complain about the lack of an European-style cycling infrastructure in Toronto but I have to say, it’s such a good cycling city. We seldom have to take the TTC from now until november as … Continue reading

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Ten years ago

CBC News just mentioned that 10 years ago SARS hit Toronto. That means that it’s been 10 years since we came to Toronto to look for an apartment. We came to the city amidst the worldwide panic over the disease. … Continue reading

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Top 10 of visit to Vicksburg, MS and New Orleans, LA

1. Family. It was nice seeing my parents, my brother, his wife, and their three kids, who have grown quite a bit since I last saw them 3 years ago. I have a 17 year-old nephew! Crazy. 2. Grits. Awesome. … Continue reading

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Lunch around the world

It started with a quick errand to Queen St West. On the way there from campus, I spotted the Market 707, a spot on Dundas & Bathurst where several food kiosks have been set up serving some very tasty food. … Continue reading

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Convocation

Today is my graduation from my PhD and I find myself thinking of my grandmother, who died a few years ago, at 92. She got a university degree in a day and age when few women did. She was a … Continue reading

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Packing for three weeks

We leave on May 14th and come back on June 6th. Three weeks is not that long and i decided to pack less than what I packed last time.

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Brown rice diet

I battled asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and respiratory allergies through most of my teen years and early twenties.  All symptoms disappeared after I moved to Canada, about 12 years ago. They would flare up whenever I went back to Brazil for … Continue reading

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2012: a year of travel?

The year has certainly began with a bang. After two years of a Alan self-imposed ban on traveling to finish the dissertation, I’m now free again. Being employed helps, of course. So after a wonderful two weeks in Brazil (more … Continue reading

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Mineiros and Catalans

I immediately fell in love with Catalonia and its people when I arrived there in April of 2006 for my year of research. I couldn´t quite explain why. Yes, it is a lovely place. But all of Spain is nice … Continue reading

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