One of the many benefits of studying and actually living in a multicultural and multiethnic country such as Canada is the opportunity to encounter many different kinds of people coming from different parts of the world and gain new perspective and unique cultural experiences distinct from your own.
Just a quick blog update I wrote before I start juggling my time again between school and work on the next four days! Last Friday, I attended the International Student Gala held at Royal King Palace, Surrey. A special event hosted by Douglas College where Indians from various colleges and universities in Vancouver gather together to socialize and have fun. It was a dear friend of mine at work aka my unbiological sister from India who invited me to come with her in the party, I said yes with no hesitations at all! Well, who cares if I am the only non-Punjabi in the party, and if the only Punjabi word that I speak is Aja? All I know is that it is one of the rare opportunities for me to be somehow immersed with the rich culture of India while I am here in Canada. I just hit two birds in one stone eey! If you're also a traveler at heart you'd understand the excitement that I felt – It's the simple things like this that makes the journey.
Navjot, dressed me up like I am one of them. She lend me one of her suits and we did our make-up and hair together! It was my first time wearing a traditional Indian clothing and I felt like a real princess joining the other royalties in their best dress all throughout the party! I never thought I'll be ticking this off first from my long-list of bucket list right before I even set foot in India to see the Taj Mahal! Not very long from now, my next blog post will be like "Nav and I take over India" haha
The party is fun-filled with performances, food and dancing! yes! dancing! and when I say dancing? You begin the party with dancing and you end it up with dancing. No excuse for the Punjabis! They are unstoppable in the dance floor and I am not even exaggerating! I couldn't even remember the last time I woke up after a party with so much body pain because of too much dancing. Normally, I just wake up with aching feet because of wearing sky high heels to fit in with the rest of the crowd. This one is different and I enjoyed it a lot that I didn't have time to update my social media! Here's another check to my 2016 resolutions! – To just live in the moment! All thanks to Nav and her friends for teaching me how to groove to Indian music! They are all so nice and welcoming!
I am not sure what it is about Punjabis, but they sure know how to party!
With love, Czarina