I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the weather in Toronto lately. But guess where I am right now? Czech Republic (or so called Czechia), a beautiful country located in the center of Central Europe.

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I’m here because of a summer abroad program lead by University of Toronto, to study business strategies in a European context. To be honest, coming to Central Europe was never on my bucket list, but it was definitely worthwhile to choose Czech Republic over other Western European countries, after seeing all the beautiful sceneries in the Southern Moravian cities, including Telč and Brno. Although it’s only been a week since I came here, I still thought I’d share some photos and discoveries I’ve made during my stay.

Telč: The town square in Telč is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and luckily, our residence and classes took place right inside the plaza. After class, we would explore the city by ourselves and find colourful walls to capture the lovely atmosphere of this small town.

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Discovery #1: Ice creams here are unbelievably inexpensive. One scoop of ice cream cone usually costs between 12~14 crowns, which is about $0.65CAD.

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Discovery #2: People here don’t smile often. Not because they don’t like you, but because they don’t know you well.

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Brno: Just about three days ago, our group relocated our accommodations and classes to Brno – the second largest city in Czech Republic. This city is full of students, and I’d say the transportation system is almost as developed as it is in Toronto (and the buses come in much faster pace).

Discovery #3: You will find A LOT of good looking people here on streets. From children to elderly, women to men. They all look like they just came out of the Barbie world, lustrous (at least in my eyes) from head to toe.

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One thing I love about Southern Moravia is its unique architectural design that captures a remnant of communism days in Czechoslovakia. The majority of windows on these colourful buildings don’t have balconies for plants, which is a big difference compared to the Haussmann Buildings in Paris. Many sceneries we saw on the bus also reminded us of the rural regions in China.

Thank you Lulu (@luluxie) for taking some of the pictures, and letting me use them in this post! For the next few weeks, we will be visiting Krakow-Poland, Prague, Budapest-Hungary, and Vienna-Austria, so stay tuned for more pictures (hopefully in film) and thoughts for each city and country.

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Have a great week everyone!

xxx

Yu

Hello lovelies, this week is a throw back series to my last trip at New York City. It was my third time visiting there, the main difference was that I slowed down to observe things, and had some special feelings rather than being a busy tourist who only focuses on sightseeing. So, I had A LOT to share with you from my perspectives of NYC!

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I saw love at Top of the Rock from two couples in different ages. Especially this gentleman was trying to use his phone camera to capture his wife in the spotlight. Obviously, it’s difficult for him as the flash was too quick so he was unable to catch it, but he kept shooting only because he wants his wife to be happy.

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I saw this near Brooklyn Bridge, and it made my day. A huge family: one man and seven dogs…Life Goal

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I saw myself: hanging out (brunch) with friends, taking countless pictures, editing and posting them on social medias… Recently I started to wonder the purpose of doing so, why do I even care about others, and how much efforts those bloggers put in in order to run their platforms. Sometimes, I get really tired of putting all my effort into these, but the blog is still a great way to express myself, and am still searching for a way to make our site even a better one. People always change, you never know.

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I saw the power of the time. I took this at Chinatown, and I first wanted to capture the background when people were passing by. However, it turned out to be one of my favourite shots because it reflects two generations. We only live once, we all will be old, so be free and be wild to enjoy our life.

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I saw friendship. I was buying a ferry ticket and saw these 5 grannies eating their ice cream in a windy night. When the ferry was coming, one of them even said to the rest, “attention, ladies!” I mean, how cute are they? I am gonna be a cool lady/kid and still eat ice cream no matter what, even when I get older.

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I saw responsibility. Even though it was cold, I can sit inside to have the view from the Empire States Building, but he had to stand outside since it’s his job. If he does not follow, he’s gonna lose it. I even saw there was a person worked in the elevator at a big metro station. He only had a small fan with him, and the only thing he needed to do was to press number for others; he only got the chance to have fresh air when the door was open for maybe 3 seconds and closed, he had to repeat the same steps everyday. I felt really bad and was so surprised when I saw this. NYC is a dream place for everyone, but there are thousands of people working/fighting really hard to stay there. We have to respect them!

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The people in these pictures are all strangers, and they are the Humans of New York. Hope you enjoyed this post, and hopefully I’ll get more chances to record and share my thoughts and feelings in the future.

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Yico

This week’s blog will be something personal. Last week, my friends and I planned a road trip to Chicago and Champaign, to both sightsee and visit old friends. I decided to leave behind my bulky Nikon camera this time, and brought a disposable camera with me to capture the moments.

Honestly, they are so difficult to use, since you can’t see the pictures until they are processed. Many shots were either underexposed (forgot the use the flash). Thank God that my friend also brought a disposable camera, so I can at least choose some of the best shots from the whole trip. Here are some shots taken, along with my tips of how to have fun while in Chicago, according to me.

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We drove 10 hours from Toronto through London, Detroit, to Champaign, stayed there for two days then left for Chicago. Unfortunately, I got hit by a stomach flu for the first time in my life, and I was not able to leave the hotel room for a couple of days.

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Chicago, through the bean.

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 1. Plan out your stay a week ahead, not like us, two days before. The whole process is much more stressful when you leave it to the last minute, and I really mean it.

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2. Save your appetite for the Deep-dish Pizza. We ordered two smalls for four people, but still more than enough after having one slice each.

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3. ALWAYS BRING EXTRA LONG-SLEEVES. Especially if you’re traveling to Chicago in April. The weather forecast told us that it will be 15~20 degree. But there is a reason that Chicago is called “a city of wind”. The temperature was way lower than we expected, and my sickness kind of got worse by walking around the city.

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By the end of the trip, all of us were exhausted. But it also left us with good memories that we can all talk about 4 or 5 years later.

Lastly, I just wan to say thank you to my friends, Takashi, Mayumi and Masa, who took good care of me when I was ill (they brought me back bananas which were my only food that I could eat for 3 days, medicine and also Gatorade), and lots of fun memories.

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Hope you guys liked the pictures!

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Yu