Krakow UNESCO City of Literature | August 2019

Freakonomics authors Steven D. Levitt and Steven J. Dubner refer to a study that found children who grow up in homes with books will score higher on academic tests, and the more books one is surrounded by, the longer they stay in school. As I complete my 19th (non-consecutive) year of schooling with aspirations of … Continue reading Krakow UNESCO City of Literature | August 2019

Run, Write, Repeat | Spain 2019

I have spent the past month in Valencia, Spain, surviving on a healthy dose of banana pancakes, watermelon, and Maggie Rogers to get me through writing my dissertation. It has been a whirlwind month, beginning with arriving straight from Cape Town via Leeds to join Jess at 48 Carrer Peurto Rico in Russafa, a quirky … Continue reading Run, Write, Repeat | Spain 2019

UN PRME UKI Conference 2019

“Aujourd’hui, je vais vous parler de…” My first public speaking competition was in the fifth grade when our French Immersion class was tasked with preparing a speech as part of Concours d’Art Oratoire. The topic of my presentation? Emily Carr, my favourite artist at the time (whose works I still cherish). I detailed Carr’s early … Continue reading UN PRME UKI Conference 2019

South Africa Series: No. 1

Although my dissertation research is about the Arctic Blue Economy, I have kicked off Summer 2019 immersed in the London School of Economics-University of Cape Town short course “Africa and Global Transformations: The rise of emerging powers and a new international order”. South Africa and the circumpolar Arctic may be around 11,000 kilometres apart in … Continue reading South Africa Series: No. 1

When in Rome | May 2019

I am fortunate to have many incredible, passionate, resilient, hilarious, and downright inspirational women in my life, and my Auntie Janice is no exception. A talented artist, Auntie Janice opened her watercolour studio Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver, a few years ago, and also coordinates workshops abroad. When we met for lunch during Christmas holidays in … Continue reading When in Rome | May 2019