A little shameless self promotion.

Over the past few months, Canculture has been putting together something pretty cool that I feel lucky to be a part of. It’s called Long Story Short, so if you love poetry and short stories, or just creative writing in general, it’s something you should definitely check out.

Also, I had been longing to have a platform (aside from tumblr) where I can publish my creative writing, so I’m really thankful that I was asked to share some of my work alongside some other amazing and talented individuals!

Check out Long story short here!

-M

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Cambridge

Upon arriving back in the UK after my trip to Istanbul and Berlin in late June, I went to Cambridge for a couple of days. I have always been impressed by the thought of the place, so finally going there and looking around was definitely a treat. I especially enjoyed a short history lesson while punting along the canal. The tales of Prince Charles’ time at Cambridge are rather hilarious. I think we have all heard that the Queen gave a rather large sum of money in exchange for his acceptance into the school. Can’t argue with that I guess. Also, his body guard is said to have also taken all of the exams that Prince Charles did. He also got a higher score than Prince Charles. Unfortunately, he wasn’t allowed to get the degree.

Cambridge is truly charming. I also enjoy a good scholarly setting, I just thrive within it. In fact, after just a few hours of seeing students with book bags and bicycles, I felt a sudden longing to return to school. I really am a nerd at heart. No matter how happy I was to have graduated, there is something I love about school. I’m constantly wanting to learn new things, but also, the thought of going to Cambridge is rather romantic.

Perhaps I will be inspired enough one day to do a master’s degree somewhere (likely in Canada). Until then, I’m pretty keen on exploring!

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I also had the pleasure of seeing some friends who live just outside of Cambridge, Erin and Caleb! It’s always comforting to see a familiar face in a different country. We had a lovely time drinking wine in the park one sunny afternoon. Our punting trip was almost cancelled until one fine fellow decided to stay past his planned shift and take us on a special tour.

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For some reason, summer in England has been better than usual. Or so I have heard. We’ve been lacking rain and instead having an abundance of sunshine! I like to think Erin and I brought the weather from Canada. You’re welcome, England. I’ve been having quite a time, especially since I live right on the Brighton seafront now.

Until next time.

-M

Saturday exploration

Despite the fact that I work almost every day, I try to make time to do a little exploring! Yesterday we got out of Brighton for a day trip to Bramber Village, a cute little place in West Sussex that happens to also hold remnants of a castle! I really do love castles, and even though there isn’t much left of this one, it was still really cool to see.

While some people might find this mundane, I am amazed. Mainly because we don’t have anything this old in Canada. Bramber Castle was built around 1070 by William De Braose. That’s a long time ago. It truly astounds me that some structures were built so long ago, and are still standing. Buildings built just a few decades ago can be found rusting and deteriorating, where have we gone wrong in the 21st Century?! It was a similar feeling as when I visited the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. With such limited resources and technology, I can’t even imagine how these places were built.

There is something so wonderful about exploring these historic landmarks, I always try to imagine what has happened there in the past, what people were like, what they were doing, and how they lived. Sometimes history makes me feel so small and insignificant, my existence is really just a blink, a quick flash in the universe.

So even though it was a dreary day we had fun! In fact, a bit of rain might even add a bit of charm in my books. We’ve had plenty of sunshine in Brighton, so I didn’t mind. I have learned to never leave the house without an umbrella in my bag. After all, this is England.

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After our castle exploration and mini history lesson, we obviously went to the pub. I’ve become a big fan of a local brewery, Harvey’s, located in Lewes. There is also a really cool castle in Lewes, FYI.

I was doubtful of ales, but once I had Harvey’s, I was impressed. A big thanks to my friend Dan for encouraging me to try it. I should never have hesitated!

So what goes best with a pint? My very first Bangers n’ Mash! I have fallen off the pescetarian wagon my friends, but for good reason. I decided that while I’m traveling I should probably give new foods a chance. Meat happens to be fairly popular here and in Europe (Sunday roasts, for example). I couldn’t bare to miss out on all of the wonderful dishes, so after well over a year without chicken, beef, or pork…I have indulged. It feels good to be back in the game, although I do still cook veggie dishes on the regular.

That was my rainy but lovely day in Bramber Village!

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-M