Today, 30 years ago on April 8th, 1990 Ryan White passed away. Today, he would have been 48 years old. I have always been an advocate for people with HIV/AIDS. I learned about Ryan when I was in high school. Ryan White contracted HIV through contaminated blood transfusions for hemophilia. He was the poster child during a time that many people didn't know what HIV/AIDS was as a disease. He spoke out against all adversaries. Ryan was forced out of school many times. He did "The Fight to Go to School." So much ignorance occurred such as thinking it could be passed through casual contact. Ryan became a national spokesman. Many famous people such as Michael Jackson, befriended Ryan in a time that nobody wanted to be near him. Having people of high status led the way in showing that this disease is not transmitted just by shaking someone's hand, giving somebody a kiss or giving somebody a kiss. Ryan didn't stay quiet about his disease, he helped inform all of us that this disease can affect anyone, not just certain groups of people. This disease doesn't discriminate your gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. We all need to bond together to find a cure and stop the hatred. The Ryan White Act was created in 1990 to help people who have been diagnosed with this disease. Today the battle continues against HIV. We must remember those who fought to help educate us. RIP Ryan White.
My first year of teaching has taken a turn that I was least expecting. At the time of this writing, I am living through a pandemic, COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
I am so excited to become a teacher down the road and spread my global awareness to my future students. Teachers are so needed to help build the next generation of students who will lead the way to a better future. Living in the world that we live in today, it is needed to learn another language, to love cultures and to love those people who are different from us. All this has me so stoked! Pondering
Lately, I’ve been thinking about my future. I’ve been asking myself, “what can I do to become more than just an ordinary teacher?” I definitely want to be more well-rounded as a person. I’m not the type of person who is satisfied settling for one thing. I’ve been becoming the person who really wants to try new things and hope to see where such road takes me? Even though I should have minored in it at least, I still feel like I can be successful learning new skills. I want to start a new journey this summer in learning new skills. I want to leave my comfort zone and just do me? So what exactly am I doing? 3 things
I decided that I want to learn and continue learning 3 things: learn the skills to graphic design, continue HTML/CSS & other programming languages and learn to make a simple app. This is something I’ve always wanted to do for a while but was scared to start. I have received inspiration from people around me. This is gives me hope that even though I am only a beginner. Mastering all of these skills will take more than a summer. I have accepted this.
I also plan on being able to continuously read a book at all times. Knowledge will help me sooth the savage beast from driving me crazy. I want to be able to grow the mind and soul in ways I haven’t felt in a longtime.
Overall, I want this to be my summer to help me grow, to enlighten me and overall, to help me become a better person. I won’t just limit myself to the items mentioned above. I’m going to try all sorts of things. How I go about this will be all up to me. My attitude toward things will decide how bad or great my outcome will be. I know that things will be positive. I will face obstacles but I will overcome them. What matters is that I tried something new this summer.
I want to thank you for all of your support. I hope to be able to share my adventure as I go. Even though I am hoping to grow this summer, I want to let you know that you will also grow this summer. You and I will find the right path for a bright future.
Being away from home these last few months have been great. I enjoy the freedoms, living independently and eating good food whenever I want. Life has treated me good here. Until more recently, a certain stage of being away finally starts. Lately, homesickness has really started to kick in. I've really started to miss my friends, family and things I really took for granted back home. It really is bad when I am craving my mom's homemade food. (Mexican Food.) Midterms and all the studying is really killing my vibe at this point of the semester. My program is not your typical study abroad program that you go away for 3 months (not to mention that it doesn't even apply to your major) on a semi vacation. I actually have to try real hard as my french studies here in Strasbourg France will help me graduate next year. Enough bashing.
With all this, one just feels that they are slowly losing control. Sure I am enjoying myself out here in France but still there is this emptiness of something that I have been away from for far too long. Hopefully, I hope some sort of enlightenment will come bring me back to life. Then It hit me, I would see my friends in just a few weeks. I honestly couldn't believe in such short time I would be right in front of them.
So I would be meeting up my good friend Sammy and soon-to-be friend Mitch. They have never been to Europe before, so I figured why not show them around Paris, a city that I know decently and use my French to get to Point A to Point B and of course with the help of good ol' Google Maps.
Paris- Weekend 1
These guys had a hell of a time getting to Paris during the 24 hours before arrival. I'll let them explain that one.
So I picked the guys up from Charles De Gaulle Aiport. I still feel bad on making you guys wait for me. :/ I ran up to my dude Sammy and gave him a bro hug! It has been way to long since I have seen that dude! I also got to meet Mitch and got to know him more through out the weekend. Cool Dude! So I showed them around Paris. To be honest, Paris is beautiful with history written all around. As with any major city, Paris is no exception,it is dirty and smelly. I really hope that the guys did not have too high of hopes for the "City of Love." Paris is overrated in my opinion but why not take advantage of leaving Strasbourg for a few days.
So we went to various monuments such as The Louvre, Arc of Triumph, Versailles and so much more. Many of the places were breath taking. The Eiffel Tour is always a good place to scope out as well as walking along the Seine River. Getting around Paris is no piece of cake but we managed. Never have I ever gone up so many round staircases. Climbing the Cathedral of Notre Dame was such a struggle. Whenever you are in Europe, walking is really the way to get around.
Night life in Paris is pretty popping! We went to a few clubs in the Grand Boulevard District! This district did not disappoint. I wish we could have checked out a few other ones. One of my favorite places was the Irish Pub. Music, dancing, girls and drinks. Man was that a fun night!
We ate some good food throughout Paris. The guys had their first legit French Croissants and baguette sandwich. It's totally acceptable to have a sandwich on you at all times. I also had them try one of my favorites, a kebab sandwich. Man are they delicious! Sammy had actual ramen noodles for the first time ever! Overall we pretty much stuffed our faces all weekend.
Bruxelles- Weekend 2
Ah Bruxelles!! The place known for its deliciouos fries and waffles. You have no idea how much I stuffed my face this weekend. Just writing this post makes my mouth water. Was eating all this food this worth it? You bet it was!! When I arrived in Bruxelles, it was gloomy and misting. Not the way I wanted to start the weekend. The weather stayed the same all weekend. That did not stop the fun.
We checked out many popular attractions throughout the city. There was so much we saw, I started to lose my mind a bit. One of the coolest places I saw was a "World Shop." They had souvenirs and artsy things from all around the world. I was so intrigued with the place that I ended up buying a few things from there.
The other purpose of coming to Bruxelles was to meet up with our friend Kellie and Sammy's brother, Louis. It was good to see some other friends from back home. I missed those two! Kellie is just a keeper, to keep a long story short. These two are actually on Spring Break right now. I am so jealous of you guys spending your holiday in Malta! I hope you enjoy every second of it!
Bruxelles treated everyone well!
These last few weekends have been pretty awesome! It was good to see a few friends from back home. I couldn't of asked for a better time. Traveling becomes more exciting when you are hanging out with people you know and love. I can't wait for the next adventure with them! So, is it sprangggg breakkk yet? I wish!