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Giving Back

Let’s face it, our world is fucked up right now. In the wake of the multiple bombings and attacks in the past 7 days alone, I’ve been pretty down about humanity and decided to try and help out the only way I know how right now. As a volunteer for War Child I fully support and believe in its efforts to help children in war-affected countries. I also have a bag of clothes (and random things) I was planning on donating to Value Village (and I’ll probably add more this summer…). See where I’m going with this?

Interested in something? Message me and let me know what you want! There are no prices, please donate what you would like! All of the money will be going to War Child directly. If you would like to donate to War Child but aren’t interested in any item, feel free to let me know and I can add it to my pool, or you can donate here.

The world sucks right now, I’m just trying to make it suck a little less.

Childhood is a pivotal time in our lives. But it is also fragile, and can be easily corrupted by the effects of war. By providing access to education, opportunity and justice, War Child gives children in war-affected communities the chance to reclaim their childhood and break the cycle of poverty and violence.

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If you’re looking for next year’s Halloween costume, here’s your Marty McFly starter kit! *Disclaimer* Flux Capacitor not included.

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Size: SMALL – This sweater is basically brand new, bought it at the sidewalk sale and never really wore it. Bonus: it has pockets!

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Size: MEDIUM – Comfy Forever 21 crop sweater.

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Size: MEDIUM – Nice Gap shirt courtesy of Kelly.

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Size: SMALL/MEDIUM – Nice, flow-y shirt. Disclaimer: The collar has a pink stain on it that would probably come out if I wasn’t too lazy to try.

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Size: MEDIUM/LARGE- I bought this flannel from a thrift store, it’s half shirt, half jacket. Disclaimer: It’s missing one button.

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Not the best of the series, but a nice, easy read. Jen’s book because why do we both need a copy…

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Honestly I haven’t read this and Jen was done with it. The book jacket had a stain on it so she threw it out.

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Travel

Rome

October 23 – 25, 2015

October 23

Our first night in Rome was super memorable. Not only did we get to see 1000s of years of history in one view, but our bus driver Rocco broke the rules, and we caught a private glimpse of Vatican City at night. Dinner was at a restaurant next to the Coliseum, and some of our bus caused a ruckus in the hotel lobby.

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My favourite place in Rome.

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Vatican City at night

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October 24

For some reason I’ve always thought that the Sistine Chapel was also the main church in Vatican City. My ideas and thoughts about Italy were a little warped because of the movie Eurotrip. I was happy to know that some of the facts that I learned from the movie were true, but I was also happy we had the most informative tour guide ever. Learning about Michaelangelo’s struggles to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, paired with an explanation of the paintings, made the experience that much better.

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The Sistine Chapel

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is not supposed to be photographed, however, someone on my tour decided to break the rules a little bit. He was probably one of the few who didn’t get caught and yelled at.

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Vatican City

By the time we were finished with our tour, the line for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel were SUPER long. A couple people on our tour witnessed a live mugging which made me realize that some people in this world just plain suck. Tourists come from all over the world to see such beautiful sites, and a couple of people ruin it by stealing all of their possessions.

This definitely wasn't built in a day. | #Colosseum #RootsIsCanada #wanDEBlust

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The Coliseum was surprisingly not as busy as I thought it would be, but pretty spectacular to finally see in person. Visiting sights you’ve seen in movies and on tv is a really cool experience – like the fountain from Angels & Demons. It’s also interesting to see in person because you realize that movies most definitely skew reality – there were definitely people crowding the fountain, there’s no way nobody would’ve helped Tom Hanks.

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The Pantheon

October 25

The airport in Rome is super strange. Being Terminal 3, we said our goodbyes to our fellow bus-mates, headed to one of the tiniest terminals I’ve seen, took a shuttle bus, only to be reunited with our friends at the main terminal… I had my last caprese salad and it was already time to board the plane.

The end of a trip is always bittersweet. You’re sad because you have to leave, but you’re also happy to sleep in your own bed again. After a hectic and busy busy trip, I was a little excited to get back to my regular schedule again.

Thank you to all of the amazing people I met, stories I learned and even though I’ve already done so a million times, (I know they’re definitely reading this) thank you to my parents for the amazing experience.

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