Muslim Ban: Cowardly and Disgraceful

Here is a beautiful picture of Prime Minister Trudeau welcoming a Syrian family to Canada. Seeing this Syrian family smile makes my heart warm because you can see how happy they are.

I am so happy and proud to be Canadian but that sentence alone would be selfish because life is all about love and unity. What makes me proud beside being a Canadian here in Denver, is seeing all the wonderful Americans who are making their voices heard by peaceful protest. I think the cruel decision that President Trump decided on Friday, to temporarily ban all people from seven Muslim nations and to suspend Syrian refugees from entering the United States is disgraceful. Trump says he wants to strengthen borders but is that really what is happening? In times like this, I think it is good to make your voices heard, use your power, use your strength. The time to fight against diversity and racism is now. Don’t sit back and let this continue, these are real people whom were affected by this horrible decision and their lives matter. Personally I think love and unity are the most important things about life. As I mentioned in the Women’s March post, when we unite with love, so many beautiful things can be accomplished.


I know I haven’t posted anything for these past five days unfortunately, however I do intend to get back on posting regularly. I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more!

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Oh Wonderful Water

The water fills our earth,

It understands civilization well.

With a face of golden pleasure,

It puts us under a spell.

Elegantly it makes us feel better,

Whenever we hear its sound.

How magical it is,

It makes my heart pound.

We’d splash inside a cool fresh stream,

How beautiful, how sweet the dream.

A continuous journey,

How amazing, how it will never end.

Oh wonderful water.

 

Secrets of the Catacombs

I guess by seeing the featured image above, you were probably wondering how come I would post a creepy picture like this one. Ironically enough, I just finished watching this horror movie called, “As Above, So Below.” It’s a movie about a small group exploring the Catacombs of Paris, and basically many of them die and so forth. And I just recently visited the Catacombs of Paris.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, the Catacombs of Paris are basically underground ossuaries holding the remains of six million Parisians. It’s full of old tunnel networks, caves and dark secrets. It has been open to the public since 1874. Luckily today, they restricted almost the entire place from the public, which is good because if it wasn’t, who knows how many people would get lost.

My wait to the Catacombs began with an hour wait outside from the barred entrance. And as I arrive in front, there are various signs in different languages saying that I’m about to enter the empire of the dead. My visit began with a narrow spiral staircase going down around 20 meters underground. After, you’ll find yourself in a small room with the entrance to the Catacombs on your right.

When you first walk inside, visually it’s a bit creepy but psychologically it’s even creepier because you already know what to expect – the final resting place of six million Parisians. The first thing you will expect is the scent of the area, now it doesn’t smell bad but it does smell like the inside of an old abandoned church. After you experience the smell, it gets better.

As you are walking, you can see many bones and skulls piled up into pillars and some even placed to make a heart and other forms. It was quite nice.

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Many signs were placed on the walls saying, “Respectez les morts” – Respect the dead. Many visitors were respecting the dead, meaning, not doing anything stupid with the skulls and bones, but many people weren’t. I actually witnessed a man putting his arm around a skull and making a peace sign. Some people are honestly stupid and disrespectful. I guess the notion of respecting the dead was a bit lost in the crowd.

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In some parts of the Catacombs which are open to the public, you’ll find a few security guards here and there making sure everyone respects the cemetery. But because they’re not everywhere watching you, that doesn’t mean you can trash the place, that said, I actually found a few beer cans and cigarette buds on the ground.

But even with the beer cans and cigarette buds on the floor, I still had an epic time. I found my visit quite interesting and it was a fun experience.

At the end of my visit, unfortunately, was a 30-meter narrow spiral staircase going up, but as you exit to civilization, you’ll find a cute gift shop. There you can purchase skull shaped cookies, artwork, and mugs.

If you like this kind of stuff, I definitely suggest this place as a place to visit because it’s something you have never seen before and also because it’s a well-known place with a lot of history behind it.

 

 

Women’s March

When I heard about the Women’s Marches going around the US, I was immediately intrigued. There were huge crowds of pink hats gathered up in different cities, famous singers and actresses supporting the cause, and many men and women talking about the importance of this day. The effect it had throughout the country but also throughout the world was absolutely incredible.

If you really think about it, seeing events and important causes such as this one, it should remind us the importance of being united with love. And though there might be stupidity and junk happening all around the world, let us not forget that love truly conquers all. When we are united and not divided, when we spread love and not hate, we can accomplish so many things. Just like these brave and wonderful men and women, we should also fight for what is right, for what we truly believe in regardless of what other people may think or say. After all, it’s what we do that can affect not only ourselves but to the entire world.


As always, I hope you liked this post and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post! Hope you are having a great day! 🙂

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Check out my favorite post in relation: https://livepulchritudinously.com/2017/01/21/march-on/

You Can’t Ignore It

I am just a young man,

Living life to explore.

Seeing many beautiful things,

Gosh, I want to see it more.

But seeing the wonders of our world,

It blows my mind, no it’s unreal.

But there is, however, a thought in my head,

Begging to come out.

When I see it being destroyed,

It makes me want to shout.

Our society is ignorant,

Ignorant to the real problems.

Living in a world we all share,

But hey, they don’t really care.

So many of our wild species are dying,

The poor are crying,

And Mother Nature is sighing.

But what does that all mean,

It means that time is running out.

God thought us all to help one another,

But is that really what we are doing?

Sure we are but many of us aren’t,

In fact, many of us don’t really care.

What we need is to work together,

To the real problems out there.

To save our animals,

To save our waters,

To save our land,

To help the poor,

To help those who don’t have a voice.

All it takes is one act of kindness,

And you can change the world

 

The Benefits of Being Bilingual

What are the benefits of being bilingual when traveling, you may ask? Let me first tell you that it makes everything so much easier. If you didn’t know this about me, I can speak two languages – English and French. And for me, I learnt both languages when I was very little which means now I can speak it fluently. That said, having the ability to speak a second language opens a huge range of opportunities. And I’ll tell you about them from my experience:

Making friends with the locals: 

I’ve traveled to many places in which the locals spoke French, which was great because many of the locals whom I’ve spoken too were very nice and fun to talk too. Sometimes, what may happen to you just by speaking their language is that you may start to develop a relationship with them. Now when I say relationship it’s most likely going to be a friendship building up but you never know. Nevertheless, these friendships has transformed my entire travel experience and I’m sure it can transform yours.

Getting around easier: 

Isn’t nice when you travel to a foreign country and you can easily get around with no problem? Traveling with French made my trips so much easier. Firstly because it increased my chance that somebody would help me navigate the metros, trains and buses. Secondly, I could perfectly read the signs and easily find my way to the bathroom and shopping malls and thirdly, I could order from the menu without confusing the waiter. And you do not want to do that when you are really hungry.

Paying less:

Nobody wants to spend more than necessary. I’m sure it has happened to you at least once when your driver takes the long way home instead of the faster way. Of course they want you to spend more money but when asking for example a taxi to bring you to your destination, it’s better to know the route yourself so that you know when your driver is taking the long way home, you can speak to him. Another good example when traveling to a foreign country is talking to the locals, because when you speak their native language there is a bigger chance that they could show you the cheaper but better food markets or the best restaurant with cheap prices if you need help.

Exercises your brain:

I think this is one of the most important benefits of speaking or even learning a second language because it puts your brain to task by recognizing this new language structure. Not only that but your memory improves, meaning the more you use your brain the better it functions. Learning a new language builds your communication, but also your memory improves because your brain is familiarizing with that new language. A great benefit is that it can also expand your career potentials.


Overall those are my four helpful benefits experienced when traveling. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope this was helpful to you.

Don’t forget to like, share and comment because I’ll be posting hopefully everyday so stay tuned! 😀

Packing List: Summer In France

Just a couple of days ago one of my wonderful readers asked me if I was able to post about what I packed for my four week trip to France a couple of years ago. Now it has been some time but luckily I still have my packing list! So without further ado, here it goes!

My 2015 trip to France – First week: Paris, Second and Third week: Southern France, Final week: Back to Paris

I wanted to pack my suitcase with just enough clothes to last me for my entire trip and not overload it with to many clothes.

Something I had to keep in mind when packing was to keep some room for some clothes and items that I would purchase during my trip.

In the end, it ended working and I was off! So here is my list of what clothes and items I packed for my exciting trip to France.

Basics

12 pairs of underwear

This may seem like a lot but it really wasn’t, they take up very little room but at least you don’t have to deal with trying to work out a washing machine in your apartment.

15 pairs of socks

You may be wondering why I brought an abundance of socks and less underwear, well the reason for that is, it’s always good to bring more socks in case the socks you’re currently wearing gets either wet or muddy. And nobody likes to wear dirty socks!

Clothes

6 short sleeve t-shirts

I didn’t really need to pack that many t-shirts considering the duration of my trip because I could wear them more than once and also if I had access to a washing machine nearby.

3 long sleeve shirts

Bringing just three long sleeve shirts was all I needed, because it’s perfect to wear on those chilly days.

4 sleeveless shirts

I knew it was going to be hot so why not pack a few sleeveless shirt.

2 hoodies

Whether if it’s raining or if it’s cold, hoodies provides warmth and comfort when it gets cold and muggy.

6 shorts

Honestly who’s going to wear jeans on their entire trip especially when you visit a warm country? In France, the weather is absolutely fantastic and usually it’s always sunny which means it’s the perfect for wearing shorts!

2 jeans

I did mention it’s usually always sunny which means there are days when it’s not, meaning that it can get a little chilly. Jeans are perfect on those days but also it’s good when decide to take a walk in the forest and you don’t want to be bitten by mosquitoes.

3 swimming trunks

Where I stayed, there were a lot of pools available and when I visited the South, there were also many beautiful beaches nearby. So if you like to swim…bring your swimming trunks!

Shoes

2 pairs of sneakers 

Great for walking and running especially when you travel to a walking city.

1 pair of comfortable sandals

It’s hard to walk on hot sand without any shoes! I had bought myself a brand new pair of sandals for the beach!

Accessories

2 hats

I didn’t really need many hats, all I needed was one hat and an extra hat just in case I lost the other.

1 pair of sunglasses

Great on those sunny days but it also it shields you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You don’t want to go blind now do you.

1 travel wallet

You can’t travel anywhere without your wallet! My wallet had many compartments for cash, cards and change.

1 small backpack

I needed a backpack when I went from one place to another just to put my essential items.

Toiletries

1x toothbrush 

2x travel size toothpaste

1x dental floss

1x container of hair gel

1x comb

1x bottle of skin cream

1x travel size bottle of shampoo

Items + Entertainment

MacBook Air + iPad (including chargers)

Mini binoculars

3 books

Sketch pad + pencils

1 liter plastic water bottle


Anyways, hopefully that wasn’t too long but there it is, my complete packing list to France. I will be posting many more blog posts related this topic in the future so stay tuned and hope you enjoyed this new blog post!