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It has been exactly three months since I came back from Haiti, but really I left Canada in May of 2012. That's only a year and a half. But it was a year and a half packed with new places, new people, new emotions, new teachings, and all kinds of new experiences.
After finishing my last semester in University in the summer of 2012, I left Toronto for New York City to work as an "education intern" at the NYCParks foundation. That Summer proved to be an epic one. It is still the best Summer I've ever had. You might even find a link to my old "NYC blog" somewhere in my older posts. I certainly don't encourage you to go find it!
After NYC, I went to Perigueux, France to teach english as an "English Assistant" and it was a fantastic programme. I met amazing people, gained a lot of experience, and got to travel all over Europe. Best 8 months of my life! If you scroll down enough in this blog, you can read all about it.
While still in France, I got an internship to go to Haiti. Actually, if I remember correctly, I had one of my interviews while on a train going to Spain. If I hadn't broken my ankle in N.Ireland, on my way back to Canada, I would have had only one week between France and Haiti. As my mom always says (in spanish), God knows what it does! It sounds bad, but I'm kind of happy I broke my ankle, as it meant I got to have a lot of quality time with my family. Anyhow, my time in Haiti, with all the ups and downs, proved to be the best experience I've had so far - personally and professionally.
Do you see a pattern here? I've been "high on life" (lol, sorry for the cheesiness) since May 2012. Constantly moving on to (what I think were) more and more exciting things. It was about time I stopped moving around and focused on creating and finding myself some stability and ground. So that's what I've been up to!
Volunteering, working, learning, spending time with my family, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. I am also slowly but steadily getting more involved with the latin american community in Toronto, which is so important! It gives me the opportunity to spend time with people who share similar experiences, or a common ground if you wish. I am not as scared and lost as I was a couple of months ago because no matter what happens, I know I have a home base.