As I prepared to ship of to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland in 2013, a previous SOI alumni told me to “always wear Newfoundland on your sleeve.” I have carried this advice with me ever since.
I’ve always taken pride in my province and am always eager to share stories about my hometown! I’ve combined the pride I take in my home with my love for travel with my trusty Newfoundland Flag! This flag has been with me everywhere, because I feel it’s extremely important to take pride in where you come from! Whenever I travel I always pack this little piece of my province so I can flaunt my pride all over the world!
- The Canadian Arctic/ Greenland
My flags journey begin when I was accepted to join Students on Ice’s 2013 Arctic Expedition (check out my previous blog post all about this journey)! My flag and I hiked to the Arctic Circle, swam in the Arctic Ocean and was a conversation piece with the residents of Uummannaq, Greenland!
It had always been a dream of mine to visit Germany, a country so full of culture and history! One of the attractions I was most excited to see was Neuschwanstien Castle which is also known as “The Fairytale Castle”. The castle is located in Bavaria, near the town of Fussen. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairytale King”. I also took a bike tour through the town of Munich and visited the Dachau Concertation Camp Memorial Site, a fascinating but heartbreaking experience.
In Italy our hotel was only steps away from the beach which made the temptation to go for a dip with the Newfoundland flag irresistible! I loved exploring Italy, especially Verona where I fell in love with the food, the people and the atmosphere!
- 4. Switzerland
My days in Switzerland were my favourite days in Europe, because I was able to meet so many beautiful people, everyone was so kind! However my most memorial experience in the gorgeous country was standing in the peaks of Mount Pilatus overlooking Lucerne in Central Switzerland.
I have even started a tradition of purchasing whatever country I’m visiting’s flag to commemorate my trip! My flag and I have been many places but our journey has only just begun! I will soon be representing my province on the national stage and I am so proud to be able to wear Newfoundland on my sleeve and my sash!
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson