Personal travel is sometimes about taking initiative and taking risks.
As mentioned in my previous blog, I will be going to the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 next summer! I will be travelling alone for my trip to Recife, but will meet up with a friend in Recife for a couple of games (hopefully), before heading off to Rio de Janeiro for (hopefully) a quarterfinal game. Luck has already been on our side yesterday, when the World Cup groups were drawn, and our only confirmed ticket so far will be for the United States vs. Germany game on June 25th. We got incredibly lucky! I had a feeling we would end up watching a match featuring less prominent teams, but somehow we managed to get the Group of Death as Group G. Insanely lucky.
Checking off one item off my life’s bucket list: Watch the Brazilian national team play in person.
The first time I saw Brazil play was back in 2002. It was summer, and my dad was hooked on the TV, following every single game of World Cup 2002. I started watching with him, and before I knew it, I became a fan of the Brazilian national team and the magnificent maestro Kaka. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Brazilian national team came to Toronto to play Chile in a FIFA certified friendly. It was a very short trip. They arrived the evening before, and they left the night of the game. They only stayed one night. I wasn’t even planning to attend because the tickets were so expensive – even more expensive than actual World Cup 2014 tickets! – but the day before the game, I realized that I didn’t take this chance now, I may never see them play again. At least never in Toronto – hell, when I was a kid, I never imagined I would even be able to see them play in my home city of Toronto! – and probably not at least until my 30s. So I took this chance, bought a $62 ticket for the nosebleed sections and off I went.
Life is about taking the opportunities as they present themselves to you after all. If not now, then when?
It is a little embarrassing to say that my first overnight trip without my parents in over 10 years ends up being to a business conference at an university my parents always wanted me to attend, but it is what it is. I am proud and happy to represent Ryerson University, the Ted Rogers School of Management and the Ryerson Commerce Society at the 2013 Queen’s Women in Leadership conference.
I’ve owned my Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant for over three years now, and have been keeping an eye on Google Nexus 5 announcement updates for the past year. Yesterday, I purchased the new Google Nexus 5 in its first 22 minutes of being added onto Google Play Canada. (The version I bought, black 32GB, was sold out in 22 minutes! I am a lucky duck.) Today, I received email notifications that both the device and the accessories I bought have shipped! I am so excited! My Galaxy S Vibrant is just about broken and unusable, so to be able to finally own a fully functional smartphone just makes me absolutely ecstatic! YAY!