I have a very exciting announcement: recently, the two-year anniversary of creating chiaragoesglobal passed! The blog is now officially just over two years old. These couple of years have been a whirlwind, and it is crazy to think about how much has happened in that short amount of time. To celebrate the evolution of chiaragoesglobal, I’m recapping some of my favourite posts throughout the past couple of years! Check them out below and let me know what your favourites were in the comments.
My Very First Post… Ever!
I started chiaragoesglobal after my three-week solo trip during my exchange overseas. My first post was about the time I spent in Prague during a portion of that trip. It was filled with incredible views and food, and I hope I can return some day! Read the full post here.
The Time I Got Stranded in Belgium and The Kindness of Strangers Helped Me Find My Way
My brief experience in Belgium happened about halfway through my three-week solo trip, and to date it is one of the craziest travel experiences I have had. I was very lucky to meet an incredibly kind stranger that helped me through these circumstances! I am infinitely grateful for the help of this stranger, and the many others I have met throughout my travels.
That Time I Fell in Love With a City, In Less Than 24 Hours
When I travelled to Amsterdam for less than a day, I had never expected the city to capture my heart as much as it did. It was truly a whirlwind experience, and I hope I will have the chance to return and explore this city some more!
When I Returned from My Exchange to Canada and Had to Transition Back to Everything I had Left Behind
The summer back in my hometown after being on exchange overseas and experiencing so many new and incredible things was difficult. I knew it would be difficult coming back, but the intensity of the adjustment was something else. It was a summer full of transition, but prepared me for everything that was to come. Read the full post here.
Re-launching The Blog in 2017
After almost a year of not writing due to the craziness of my life, I re-launched the blog last summer in 2017. It was really exciting to be writing again, and from there on out, I have been keeping up with writing as much as I can! I was very grateful for all of the support I received once the blog was re-launched, and continue to receive today.
My First Critical Post on The Blog
Last summer, I also wrote my first critical piece for this blog, discussing nationalism and colonialism in Canada and the US in the wake of our major national holidays. It was exciting to write from a more critical perspective, and I am hoping to continue to do so in the future! You can read all of the details here.
A Tribute to My Favourite Place on the Planet (And Some of My Favourite People!)
Writing the blog post about my experience in Portugal was really fun, because Portugal is my favourite place I have travelled to so far. Re-living all of those experiences while writing the post was amazing. I will definitely be back to Portugal in the future, and if you want to know some reasons why, you can check out the full post here!
The Post That Changed Everything
One of my favourite, and probably most risky, posts to date was The Wake-Up Call. I had never written anything so raw and real, but I am so glad I did. Everything I expressed in the post defined my life course for the future and I am so grateful to those that have supported me since then!
The Big Move to Toronto
My first post after I moved to Toronto was also very exciting, because it represented a major transition in my life. It also marked the launch of #chiaratakestoronto, which was a new and exciting experience all in itself! You can read the full details here.
Expressing Gratitude for Loved Ones
This past Thanksgiving, I was particularly grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life and the crazy experiences that I have had. I feel very lucky to have the support and love of so many incredible people, despite all of the crazy decisions that I make! Thank you endlessy for everything.
Wrapping Up My Toronto Adventures
Once the fall season came to a close, I had to say goodbye to what had become my home in Toronto. Living there for a few months was an amazing experience and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to do so. I miss Toronto a lot, but I also know that I will be back to visit in the future, and for that I can’t wait!
Kicking off the New Year in Vancouver
I rang in 2018 with moving to Vancouver and transferring to UBC’s Vancouver campus. This was a major transition for me, and it has been a really big adjustment that has definitely not been easy, especially with the amount of schoolwork I have been doing. I have not had a ton of time to write, but I did launch #chiaratakesvancouver after moving here, which has been a great way to track my adventures on the West Coast!
It has definitely been a hell of a ride the past couple of years, so what does the future hold for chiaragoesglobal?
This summer, I will be adventuring around the Lower Mainland through my position at the Port of Vancouver. I am excited to have the opportunity to explore more of Vancouver, since my semester had been so busy and I didn’t really have the chance to do so before. It should be a very exciting summer!
In the fall, I will be returning to UBC for the final year of my undergrad, which I am expecting to be a whirlwind of an experience as well. You can expect many more revelations to follow, but more details on that will come in the fall.
For now, I hope you’ll join me as I continue to adventure through Vancouver. Check out #chiaratakesvancouver on Instagram for the most recent updates! And as always, thank you to everyone who have been with me on this journey for the past two years. I’m looking forward to many more to come! 🙂