Check out what me and Lucas wore in Iran! Took me a while to adjust to figuring out how I was going to make my own style. I was completely amazed by the women of Iran and their ability to wear a headscarf in so many different ways.
I’d ask other women how they kept theirs in place and try and copy their skills! And we also had to ask how it was possible that some women wore their hair in what looked like a return to Prascilla Elvis’ beehive hair-do. We’d try to get glimpses as they passed but finally had to ask a friend. She quickly showed us it was all made possible by a giant “loofa-like” hair clip worn at the crown of the head so that they could wear their scarf just a wee bit further back. It took the big hair look to a whole new level.
People have asked me if it was strange to wear a head scarf. Yes in some ways but no in others. I didn’t view it as a big deal since for me it was just about showing respect for their culture. But it was also amazing to arrive in Israel and be able to feel the breeze against my skin after being covered up for so long! Perhaps my favourite perspective on hijab though came from one of my former students who told me “I like wearing a head-scarf because when I’m wearing it I know that I’m not being judged on how I look but rather on what I say and my actions.” Pretty amazing perspective!
http://youtu.be/a1bqYo0ralU I just arrived in Pakistan and wanted to pass on a quick moment I captured on camera especially since today is World Environment Day. These youth were marching in 45°C weather to show support for the environment! Inspiring! All I felt like doing was finding the nearest air conditioned place and drinking as much water as possible! Hope you all have a wonderful day and are able to find some small way to be grateful for our beautiful earth.
Here was the challenge: Make a film and three photographs each on a specific theme, in a limited geographic area all in one day! So after an intense brainstorming session over breakfast and coffees, me, Sadie and Hilary took off to put our Vietnamese, film-making and creativity to the test. How could we come up with something creative, short (only 90 seconds) and something that reflected some of the humorous situations that were always happening in Vietnam? Added to the challenge, we had to start with the sky, end with eyes, include a dress, a white shirt and a man searching for a woman in a shop somewhere in our film.
This video was our finished product for the Maraxuan Competition and voting will take place throughout the week at Eté Resto Cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. I would love to see this idea of encouraging creativity, exploring your own city and bringing people together used by more organizations! My hat’s off to Eté for coming up with such a great concept!
Courage can take many shapes and forms. For me it did not take too much courage to go down class 5 rapids on the Nile River, it also did not take a lot of courage to record a song with Rwandan musicians or to start up conversations with people that I had never met. Instead what took the most courage for me in the last couple of weeks was going to the bathroom! Continue reading →
As many of you know a film has been widely circulating on Youtube and through social media called Kony 2012 while I have been here in Uganda. I wanted to respond to the film and to provide some tools and resources to others who would like to understand the multiple perspectives involved in such a complex issue. These two films will hopefully help to shed some light on what my experience has been here in Uganda and what Ugandans think about the film. Please don’t just take my word for it, I have included below some other links you should check out, including the link to the original movie that spurred all of this discussion. Looking forward to hearing back from all of you!
So because so many people ask me where I went on my trip, here it is: Colombia, Uganda, Rwanda, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Iran, Israel and Italy. My google map explains where I went and when and allows you to zoom in. When I am travelling you can also use the side bar on my home page where it says “Meet Ups” to suggest a place to meet up or to suggest an idea for an interview. If I’m not travelling I can be found in Calgary, Canada.
I am learning a lot about taking risks lately. I’m learning that most everything you start is a little awkward, yucky and difficult at the beginning. Whether it’s making friends in a new city, trying something new or just putting yourself out there there is a point when you want to turn and run and stop trying because public displays of learning and risks are difficult! I’m learning that when I trust others and learn from their mentorship Continue reading →
Hi Everyone! I had difficulties finding a fast enough wifi connection to upload my film yesterday but here it is today! As I set out to talk to others about how they started their own inspirational initiatives I wanted to document my first steps too. Unlike many other travellers I am not escaping from something bad which makes this journey different than others I’ve had in the past where I was eager for warmer climates, different experiences, or a change of pace. This time around I can honestly say my life is amazing and leaving behind that life, especially Leor and my friends and family has been hard. The moment of hope for me was a conversation with two amazing cafe owners, Andreas & Diana! Their generosity in taking the time to help me brush up on my Spanish and tell me about their country amazed me! What a simple way to make a difference -welcome a stranger into your space! Any of us could do that!
Do you know of an Inspirational Story? Kate is looking for artists, athletes, politicians, humanitarians, scientists and others who are making their communities better through innovative solutions to common global issues. Suggest a story today! … Continue reading →