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Rocking the Boat

My blogging attempts last semester were *almost* as big a fail as this Amazonian steamer ship.

Olá! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but it’s time I got back on the boat so to speak, and, to mix my metaphors, shake things up a bit. While I started last semester with the best of intentions for writing a few times a week, I clearly failed in that aspect. If you were following, I had been writing with a fair amount of detail about my new surroundings in Brazil, and was enthusiastically showing off everything for friends, family, and other bloggers. My posting dropped off rather abruptly, though, when I ran into some rough waters along the journey of discovery. How could I write home about the bad days? About people I didn’t connect with, food I disliked, and situations that were hopelessly out of my control? Culture shock hit hard, and hit early for me. As I didn’t know how I should or could continue, I decided to step away from the blogging world for a while.

Rest assured that I didn’t forget about my blog, or my original intentions; neither did I stop writing. Going back to my very first post, I asserted the following goals:

  1. Learn about the experience of immigrants and different diaspora groups in Canada.
  2. Explore other cultures outside of Canada through travel.
  3. Find out what it’s like to live in a culture other than the one in which I was raised.

I was still doing all of these things. It just turned out that recording one’s life in the public sphere, be it at home or abroad, is a lot harder than I had originally reckoned.

So, I kept writing, both for myself and to close friends and family, with as much integrity as I could. Things didn’t always make sense at the time, and even now certain stories defy logic, but I persisted with the hypothesis that all my experiences here will lead to a greater understanding in the end. Therefore, while my original intent of publishing as I had new experiences has gone out the window, I am hoping to work through them with the benefit of hindsight. And to that end, you are invited (once again) to follow along, and to contribute to any discussion which might arise.

In the next post I will give a brief overview of where I am now, what I’ve done with myself over the last 6 months, and what I’m going to do for the latter half of my internship year here. After that, expect to see some differences from my first few posts from Brazil…while I intend to keep them personal, they will reflect more on themes and ideas, and less on my daily drama. I’m also going to omit or change names at times for the purpose of preserving certain people’s dignity. Hope to see you tomorrow!

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I’m on a boat…are you aboard?

Here it is, my first-ever blog post!  I think this has been a long time coming; but, as it’s finally spring (I am actually sitting outside as I type this, yay!), it seems like a good time to begin something new.

I’ve called this blog “Same Boat, Different Ocean,” which might sound like this is going to be about nautical adventures.  Why, you ask, would I choose a blog title about boats when I have zero knowledge or authority on that topic?  Well, the first thing you need to know about me is that I’m an English teacher, and that I happen to be very fond of wordplay.

Firstly, I am planning on doing some travelling in the near future, and this will in part be a travel blog.  But on a grander theme, the title reflects my belief (my hypothesis, if you will) that, despite differences in language, culture, or geographic location, people have more in common than they have different.

I chose a name that, I think, reflects my chief goals both for this blog and in my life over the next few years:

  1. Learn about the experience of immigrants and different diaspora groups in Canada.
  2. Explore other cultures outside of Canada through travel.
  3. Find out what it’s like to live in a culture other than the one in which I was raised.

I invite you to come with me along this “big, wet, watery road” – because I would never choose T-Pain over you, but also because you, like me, are a part of this crazy, globalized world.  Wouldn’t you like to know more about your neighbours?  Do you think that, in knowing your neighbours, you can learn more about yourself?  I’m willing to wager my savings and the next year of my life (at least) that complete strangers can tell me more about the world than 4 years of university study…are you in?

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