The First Of July

by Brenna Holeman





July 1st, 2011
The Perhentians, Malaysia
I travel a lot; I am rarely in my own country for longer than a few weeks. But yes, I am Canadian, and I am damn proud of it.
I grew up in one of the safest, cleanest, and friendliest countries in the world, a country that has never put pressure on me to do anything but what I love to do. As a young woman, I am free to make any choice I want, free to love whomever I want, free to learn whatever I want. I have been to 68 countries and, without a doubt, Canada is my very favourite one.
And so on this day, Canada Day, I will be thinking of how lucky I am to hail from such a beautiful and supportive nation (though I think that every day). You may call me jingoistic, sure, but I love Canada and I always will, no matter where I am, no matter who I’m with, and no matter how I’m celebrating this loveliest of days.
Happy Canada Day!
July 1st, 2012: Granada, Nicaragua
July 1st, 2011: The Perhentians, Malaysia
July 1st, 2010: Tokyo, Japan
July 1st, 2009: Osaka, Japan
July 1st, 2008: Edinburgh, Scotland
July 1st, 2007: Moscow, Russia
July 1st, 2006: Oslo, Norway
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Curious Kinks July 1, 2012 - 4:43 pm

Happy Canada Day. Seems like you’ve been having an awesome Canada day celebration in the past few years. I wonder how Canadian expats in other countries celebrate Canada day. The Canadian International school in Beijing hold a hot pepper eating contest every year. I just go what? that’s not Canadian!

[Ali] To Be Continued... July 1, 2012 - 8:55 pm

I remember our lovely Canada day spent in the sunshine in Utsebo Park 🙂 I wonder where you will be next Canada day…? xx

This Battered Suitcase July 2, 2012 - 4:46 am

Curious Kinks – A hot pepper eating contest? That’s so bizarre!!

Ali – I believe that was Thanksgiving, but it was a wonderful day regardless! I also wonder where I’ll be next Canada Day; I promised my dad I would be in Canada for his birthday (June 24th) next year, so maybe I’ll actually be on home turf for the big day!!

[Ali] To Be Continued... July 3, 2012 - 4:42 am

You’re totally right – in fact just after I commented I thought to myself “hang on I didn’t even get to Japan until August!” haha! But yes, it was a lovely day! xx


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