What I have learnt after 5 years of immigration

March marked 5 years since I landed with one suitcase in my hand in Canada. Back then I didn’t plan to stay here so long. My plan was pretty simple, use my one year long work permit to experience all four seasons in the north and save some money for my dream trip to South America. I didn’t dare to think that it would turn out like this and that five years later I would still be in Canada, living in Montreal. For some people five years of immigration is nothing, for others it can be too much, and for me it has been enough to get know myself better and gain many new experiences.  Continue reading “What I have learnt after 5 years of immigration”

Canadian language 101

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Although it has been said that the Canadian version of English is similar to the American one, even after living 6 months in U.S, it still took me a while to get used to the Canadian accent. Additionally Canadians love to use their linguistic regionalism; words and sayings which are use only in Canada and sometimes only in one of its provinces. Things are even more enriched thanks to French, which next to English is the official language of Canada. Despite political issues, both languages borrow words from each other. I will try to write a little bit more about the Canadian version of French in a future. To this mix of official languages are words added from Native languages. The worldwide known word kayak is from the people living up north in the arctic and who speak the Inuit languages. It might be helpful to learn some of that cultural hodgepodge before your trip to the great, white north.

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2016 in a nutshell

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Everyone complains about 2016 and accuses it of being aweful. It was only after we got back to the reality, around September, when I began slowly realizing that the world is not a nice place. During 2016 my big, long-awaited dream of travelling South America came true. The first eight months of this year was a time of detachment from reality and bad news. Was this trip what I dreamed of? No! It was completely different from any imaginations I had and that is why it was so awesome. Because what would be the point of travelling if images from our heads equal the reality. In summery our 2016 looked like this: Continue reading “2016 in a nutshell”

Casa de la Moneda : National Mint of Bolivia

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Besides the mountain towering over the city of Potosi, the Casa de la moneda is, in my opinion, the second biggest attraction. It was here that all the silver, extracted from the mountain, flowed through on it’s way to Spain, and the world. The original building was build along side the center square in 1574, but when production became too much for the mint to handle, a new mint was built in 1759. This second mint is where tours are held. An extensive collection of coins, machines, and dioramas highlighting the workings of the mint from the manual slave era, though the steam era and into the modern day electrically driven production lines.

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