Welcome to the mix!
Moving to Japan in 2006, I had no idea I would meet my hubby, Hitoshi and stay three years. Moving to Canada meant hubs could experience my birth country, as we had agreed when we got engaged. I didn’t expect we’d still be here so many years later!
Family, photos and food are top loves. So are travel, singing nonstop, dancing, walking just because, going carless, being outside, a proud rainstorm, hiking, cupcakes, laughing until breathless, silly jokes about interrupting cows and cinqing cats, and chocolate truffles.
My unsolicited advice is to live in another country at least once in your life. If that’s not possible, move cities or towns. If that’s beyond scope, move to the side of town you’d never want to be. And finally, if even that is beyond reality, imagine instead and find out all you can about somewhere you know nothing about in the hopes that walls can be broken and people can live amongst each other and their delicate environments with a little more love.
A natural fit
Mixing is part of my life. While I’m a third-generation Canadian, my background is mostly English on one side and Romanian and Ukrainian on the other. My Japanese husband and I are figuring out how to help our child straddle multiple cultures and our birth countries.
Curiosity for and learning about different cultures has been there for as long as I can remember. It was normal to grow up with grandparents who didn’t speak English as a first language, to celebrate two Christmases and two Easters, and for my friends to be from different cultural backgrounds. Language classes at school, international aka “foreign” films and music, travel within and outside Canada, and studying, volunteering and working internationally have felt like natural requirements for living my life.
What will you find here?
This space is a lifestyle blog with a cultural base.
I am excited to hear what you have to say. Finding out what other people think and how they see the world is a treat.
Thank you for being here and I look forward to seeing you and your words soon!