Giving Thanks

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 photo credit: Charming Monsters

I can’t believe that the middle of October is already here.  I got to celebrate my first Canadian Thanksgiving in 4 years with my family.  It was a gorgeous weekend filled with coloured trees, delicious food, laughter, tears and the best company I could’ve asked for—if only I could have shown it to my special someone, who had to be out of town.

It reminded me how much family means to me.  As per a growing family tradition of announcing what we are grateful for, I can say I gave thanks to being reunited with family and friends, for the amazing experiences I can carry with me from the past year, and for a partner to share it all with who after all the craziness of backpacking, still agreed to move to Canada to start another adventure.

I am also thankful that I was able to find a job and an apartment within the first two weeks of landing in Toronto.  I am so grateful for an amazing friend who let us crash in her living room for a whole month and playing tour guide to take us places and answer any TO related questions.

Now, a month into working back in the classroom,  I have rediscovered my passion for teaching ESL.   I have to give thanks for such incredible students.  Everyday is like a trip around the world.  I get to hear stories from Brazil, Korea, Japan, Russia, the Ukraine, and Latin America.

Planet Earth

Funny enough, for every day I come home from work and feel the excitement of having my own place in this bustling city, I also get the itch to jump on the road again to those same places that we talk about in my classroom everyday.  It feels a bit strange to know I’m not heading back to Korea in a week or so.  I continuously mention my love for Korean food and the life I used to live in that tiny country.  Some days I still yearn to go back to it.  But then I remind myself, that as memorable as that chapter was, it is time to create a new chapter with new discoveries.Creative Commons License photo credit: nouspique

Toronto is still a mystery to me and I look forward to discovering its secrets.  Being such an international city, I can step out of my classroom or my apartment and go to any point on the globe!   So, here’s to great friends, family, and the ability to “travel” right outside my door!


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Giving Thanks

webIMG_1006
 photo credit: Charming Monsters

I can’t believe that the middle of October is already here.  I got to celebrate my first Canadian Thanksgiving in 4 years with my family.  It was a gorgeous weekend filled with coloured trees, delicious food, laughter, tears and the best company I could’ve asked for—if only I could have shown it to my special someone, who had to be out of town.

It reminded me how much family means to me.  As per a growing family tradition of announcing what we are grateful for, I can say I gave thanks to being reunited with family and friends, for the amazing experiences I can carry with me from the past year, and for a partner to share it all with who after all the craziness of backpacking, still agreed to move to Canada to start another adventure.

I am also thankful that I was able to find a job and an apartment within the first two weeks of landing in Toronto.  I am so grateful for an amazing friend who let us crash in her living room for a whole month and playing tour guide to take us places and answer any TO related questions.

Now, a month into working back in the classroom,  I have rediscovered my passion for teaching ESL.   I have to give thanks for such incredible students.  Everyday is like a trip around the world.  I get to hear stories from Brazil, Korea, Japan, Russia, the Ukraine, and Latin America.

Planet Earth

Funny enough, for every day I come home from work and feel the excitement of having my own place in this bustling city, I also get the itch to jump on the road again to those same places that we talk about in my classroom everyday.  It feels a bit strange to know I’m not heading back to Korea in a week or so.  I continuously mention my love for Korean food and the life I used to live in that tiny country.  Some days I still yearn to go back to it.  But then I remind myself, that as memorable as that chapter was, it is time to create a new chapter with new discoveries.Creative Commons License photo credit: nouspique

Toronto is still a mystery to me and I look forward to discovering its secrets.  Being such an international city, I can step out of my classroom or my apartment and go to any point on the globe!   So, here’s to great friends, family, and the ability to “travel” right outside my door!


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Awards

Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
About Me


Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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Looking for some interesting reading material? Check out my Reading Picks and Bookworm post for some ideas! 

               
This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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