Following Thursday’s post, Scar Tissue, I realized through your comments that many of you were also lost between two countries, two cultures, or even were considering making the big jump and moving abroad. As Beaverboosh, a Canadian now living in Norway, said: “Welcome to the ultimate expat club! You are a citizen of the world, do not take your responsibilities lightly, there are not that many of us!“.
I went through my feed and looked at how many of us were living abroad, immigrants or just travelers, and how many of us were promoting cultural understanding between people. And I suddenly felt among friends.
So, for you guys, I created the “Citizen Of The World” button/ award:
So I’d like to award this button to some of my readers, whom I think are true “citizens of the world”. Each one should award it to other “citizens of the world”!
- A Canadian In Norway, by Beaverboosh: this is a new addition to my feed! I started reading Beaverboosh’s adventures after he commented on my blog. From what I understood, he grew up in Ottawa and then looked for a warmer place. That’s why he ended up in Norway… no, wait a minute: must be another reason. Anyway, I enjoy reading about Nordic countries, I don’t know much about them!
- A New Life In Canada, by Aiglee: Aiglee is a brave brave woman! From Venezuela, she has just moved to Toronto last week. I started reading her when she was preparing for the big jump (and boy, she was much more organized than I was!) and I’m looking forward to reading her first months in Canada.
- Ammaro.com: I discovered this blog after Ammar, the owner, left a comment on my blog (see, commenting gets you somewhere!). He is a young guy who work in Dubai, and seem to know the Middle-East pretty well. This is a part of the world I’m interested in, and his comments and observation, as well as his open-mindedness is a bliss.
- Through JoAnn Digital’s Eyes: JoAnn is Dutch, and she is an excellent photographer. I add her here because I truly enjoy seeing the world through her eye, and she travels quite a bit in Europe!
- Curious Villager, by Tracy: I first met Tracy when she was on Blogspot, and she now has moved to her own domain. Tracy, who married a very nice guy from El Salvador, is curious about the world and traditions.
- Johnada: this blog is still pretty new to me, but I had to add it on my list because I laugh some much reading his posts! An American in Canada, he compares both countries using a Tim Hortons rating system. Seriously, gotta read that!
- Kung Fu Chewy, by Gary: Gary is American and lives in Hong Kong with his tai tai. He tries to learn Chinese, wonder about Hong Kong’s customs and man, I can understand him! I’ve been there…
- La Belle Saison, by Princesse Écossaise: I’ve been reading this blog for a good nine months now! Princesse studied French in Scotland, and the rest is history… a French prince and many trips across the channel, this is Princesse’s daily life!
- Max: Max is Portuguese and write each post in both English and Portuguese (and don’t stare at the Portuguese ones for five minutes trying to understand like I do every time!). Truly passionate about the world, Max observes, writes, makes us laugh and think.
- My Spyderweb: Spyder grew up in Québec and moved to the USA later in life. A bit of both culture like me, she is proud of her French heritage!
- One Man’s Travel Blog, by Graham: Although a true Englishman (no French irony here…) Graham is a traveler, open to cultures and differences. From simple stroll in his neighborhood to far far away destination, Graham takes us to beautiful places.
- RennyBA’s Terella: I started reading Renny’s blog a couple of month ago, and got addicted almost right away. Renny is from Norway, and married an American woman. Passionate about his country, which I’m not that familiar with, he takes us to markets, travel in Europe and educate us about all kind of Nordic traditions. This guy is so sweet too… After I won a contest he organized, he actually sent me a troll all the way from Norway! (NB: the troll is adapting well and gets along just fine with my Winnie the Pooh)
- The Rain In Spain, by Theresa: Theresa is Dutch, grew up in the USA and now lives in Spain. Her blog tells of her life and her kids, but always with a funny twist. Oh, and she has this nice template too!
- Viva Forever, by Keshi: a young woman from Sri Lanka, Keshi now lives in Australia. Witty posts and funny observations about the world and people, Keshi always understands me when I talk about immigrant’s life.
- Wapentake, by John: and finally, this is John, an Englishman not in NY but in Toronto. After living in a few places, he settled here with his family and talks about current issues, life in Canada and the world in general.
On a side note, I recently updated my illustrated blogroll (see “The World“). If I forgot you, if I butchered your blog’s name (spelling correctly after midnight is a challenge), please let me know.
Oh, and after over a year being ad-free, I decided to allow some capitalism on this blog… I’m still experimenting with Ad-sense and signed up with Project Wonderful, which is pretty cool. I try to keep the ads small and relevant, hope you guys understand (I’m a poor French in Canada blahblahblah).
I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all: this blog is now a little bit over a year old and this is the 103th post (yeah, I know, I don’t do blogging anniversary…). The number of readers has gone up quite a bit lately and I’m flattered. French are vain, ya know. When I started blogging, I was still struggling with my English and I really didn’t think I could ever enjoy it that much. Blogspot was a first step, than self-hosted WordPress… I loved designing my template and each post is a true pleasure to write now. So thanks for reading, thanks for being here and… nope, that’s it!