Another chapter closing – OurWarwick

Another chapter closing

Meredith Whiting | Global Sustainable Development and Sociology Contact Meredith

Hello! It’s the end of May and the end of my travels out west in Canada, after a 5 day journey on the train once again. My year abroad was about much more than just studying – as you’ve probably experienced from my previous posts – through experiences that I couldn’t get at Warwick and in different cultures.

I set a challenge for myself to travel as sustainably as I can whilst in Canada, to offset some of the emissions that are released during the flights I’ve taken. Between the train, buses, and other public transport systems around Toronto, Vancouver, and Banff, it’s been pretty successful! (And can’t forget the walking). Not only this but I’ve chosen to stay in hostels that are aware of the impact that they’ll make on the environment, and use solar power and local resources to reduce this. 

It’s not just been travel sustainably but also eat sustainably this month! I’ve made a point of visiting restaurants and markets with local food with a sustainable background which has been both eye opening and delicious.

Travelling across the whole of Canada has been a dream (even if it took a while to get there – all part of the enjoyment!). I cannot recommend travelling enough to anyone doing a year abroad or internship abroad; especially if you choose to go as low impact as possible. Whether with friends or solo, the entire month has been filled with laughter, joy, and so many new experiences from bungee jumping and whale watching, to gallery visits and beach days, and everything in between.

One of the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit

I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting a great group of people from anywhere between Australia to Holland and further afield, all the way down to people who attended Queen’s. Hearing everyone’s life stories and getting to go through these experiences together have by far been some of the best parts of this month and it was so sad to leave everyone earlier today. It’s been a theme throughout the trip of meeting amazing people and having to say goodbye so soon, but the memories will for sure stay much longer and social media has made things a lot easier! 

Our little train crew on the way back, exploring for the hour we had in Winnipeg

For now, it’s a short trip to Niagara falls before going back to Kingston for the remainder of my time here. It’ll be bittersweet to leave but I can’t wait to go back for final year with a new energy, and more plans to see Canada again! Expect a final roundup of the year once I’m back at a laptop – I’ve been working off my phone for the past month but there will be plenty coming for sure!

Meredith Whiting | Global Sustainable Development and Sociology Contact Meredith

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