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In the Beginning…

The very first business trip that I took was in the year 2000, when I was freshly home from au pairing in Europe and just accepted to a government-funded internship program at my alma-mater, Medicine Hat College. The internship had me working with international students from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Mexico, placing them with host families and providing student services such as assistance opening a bank account and teaching new students how to use the transportation system in the rural Alberta city of Medicine Hat.

That very internship took me to Asia for the first time ever, long before I knew anything about photography or even had a passion for it. I intrigued myself when I rediscovered the pictures I’d taken in Taipei and Tokyo on that trip more than 11 years ago. I’ve been back to both places countless times since, but will always fondly remember this time in my life as the start of something very good and the beginning of my business, Latitude International Education Consulting.

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Welcome to Shanghai!

I spent the last few days in Shanghai, China for the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) Workshop. It was a very busy and very festive few days in China with a warm welcome from the hosting school, Mandarin House. I was particularly taken by the traditional Chinese Lion Dance; I love the heavy drumming and the happy dancing of the lions!

The video might seem a bit long and I’m no videographer so bear with me; it does get a little more interesting around the 3:05 mark. I hope that you can catch the same enthusiasm that I did being there!

Happy Birthday from Istanbul


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Originally uploaded by just_jeanette

You know you travel too much when… & why I love the Nippon Hotel

Happy Diwali & My Favourite Indian Eateries

In honour of Diwali and my true love of Indian food, I’ve decided to share a list of my favourite Indian restaurants in world. Dishes like palak paneer, aloo gobi, mutton masala & samosas are like comfort food to me and no matter where I travel to, I can always find genuine Indian hospitality and a good chef!
I had some excellent food pics to share with this blog post but lost them when my iphone was stolen in Rio de Janeiro recently; so you’ll have to make do with the links below and share your own photos sometime! (Lesson: sync everything, always!)
In no particular order, my favourite Indian restaurants are:
Moti (Tokyo)
Tandoor (Taipei)
Tandoor (Sao Paulo)
The Taj (Seoul)
Baba India (Seoul)
Mumtaz (Berlin)
Khan (Zurich)
Musafir (Istanbul)
I had a brief love affair with my neighbourhood Indian bistro, Heavenly Bites in North Burnaby, which sadly closed last year due to family illness. More recently I’ve been frequenting Simply Curries in Vancouver which proudly supplied the Olympics with samosas!
Happy Diwali & Bon Appetite!
दीपावली की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं & बोन अप्पेतित

I am Love. In Berlin.

I’ve just arrived in Berlin for the largest, most popular international education industry event of the year: The ICEF Berlin Workshop. While it’s a super-intensive event, I usually find time to snap a few pictures. I caught this one just around the corner from the Crowne Plaza hotel in the city centre.

i am love, berlin

Copacabana & Christ the Redeemer

I took my trusty Brownie Hawkeye Flash with me to Rio de Janeiro this month. Armed with a roll of Fuji Pro 400H and the intention of exploring multiple exposures, I set off to see the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain. As I was staying at a hotel in Copacabana, I had the opportunity to take 2 doubly exposed frames of the same scene: Cristo Redentor on Copacabana beach.
Cristo Redentor on Copacabana
Cristo Redentor on Copacabana
You can see more Brownie Hawkeye love here:

Rainbow Family Village: Taichung, Taiwan

A few months ago, I read a blog post by Steven Barringer on the Matador Network about Rainbow Family Village in Taichung, Taiwan. Making a mental note the next time I headed to Taiwan for business (which is usually twice a year), I was going to have to find this secret spot and take a few photographs. I was under the impression that not many Taiwanese knew about this place but when I arrived late in the afternoon on the Moon Festival holiday in September, there were many visitors taking pictures and chatting with the elderly man who painted the houses, streets and sidewalks in this petit community. The colours are vibrant and the illustrations hieroglyphic and occasionally ominous. You can see the complete set of images from my visit to Rainbow Family Village on my flickr page.




Another Place & Time: Berlin Laundry

Berlin
2009

Yes, I do my own laundry on business trips.
berlin laundry

Another Place & Time: Zurich

Zurich
2008


Cider in Seoul: Thank you, Big Rock.

As I spend so much time away from home, it always gives me a warm & fuzzy feeling to find something heartily Canadian while abroad. This doesn’t happen often but it did when I stumbled upon (and eventually out of) the Big Rock Brewery pub in Seoul. In Gangnam, to be exact. Being a big, big fan of cider in general, I was ridiculously happy to put back a few pints of Rock Creek when on a long business trip last fall.


The Big Rock brand of beer originates in Calgary and the brewery is super proud of it’s carefully crafted premium Alberta beers (and cider!) and cool company culture. So why Seoul? The Big Rock blog tells that a few Koreans had a successful trade mission a while back when they toured the brewery and later opened the Big Rock pub in Seoul.

So if you’re in Seoul and craving something Canadian or just want a stellar craft beer, you’ll find the Big Rock pub by following these directions (as posted on the pub’s facebook fan page).

Gangnam Station (line 2), Exit #7. Turn right immediately (down a small alleyway leading to a backstreet). Continue going straight up the hill. If you look back, VIPS and Starbucks should be at your back. Big Rock will be on your left. If you see a park on the left, you’ve gone too far.

I’m sure the Canadian teachers in Seoul looooove this place! ♥ Big Rock.




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