Photo of the Day: Rogers Cup Tennis, Toronto, Canada

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Federer waits to return a serve from Lopez at the Rogers Cup Tennis semi-finals in Toronto in 2014

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One More Reason to Travel (as if you needed one)

From Tuesday, July 29th’s Academica Top Ten, a daily publication of information and trends in post-secondary education:

Multicultural engagement found to be predictor of career success  

A growing body of evidence suggests that travel abroad can have myriad benefits, including enhanced career prospects. One study, led by French researcher William W Maddux, found that spending time in multicultural environments can help improve creativity as individuals are forced to adapt to a culturally diverse environment. It is believed that spending time abroad can help improve “cultural intelligence,” which is an increasingly valuable skill in a globalized setting. Another longitudinal study that Maddux performed with MBA students enrolled in a 10-month international program found that “multicultural engagement” was a predictor of subsequent career success. The research found that it was not simply enough to be exposed to a multicultural environment; those individuals who were psychologically engaged with these environments were more likely to reap the tangible professional benefits of traveling abroad. Ottawa Citizen

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Photo of the Day: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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View of the Parliament Buildings of Our Nation’s Capital under threatening skies from Gatineau (Hull) Quebec

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Hair Loss and Customs Lineups

 

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Our baby backpack was easy on the back, but sometimes hard on the head! Here at uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa

We loved our baby backpack. Once our son was hardy enough to sit upright in it, we took it everywhere with us. He was happy with his bird’s eye perch, we were happy to have him safely contained, and everyone was happy with the extra paid of hands the backpack afforded, especially when travelling. Especially when travelling with the gear that comes with bringing your young child with you.

There was one detriment, though, that no one could have foreseen. My son had easy access to his father when he wished to express the myriad of angst-related emotions experienced by toddlers on a regular basis.

More specifically, he chose to pull his father’s hair when he was overtired, irritated, or otherwise ‘over’ whatever kind of situation he found himself in.

After one overnight flight to London, we landed in Heathrow. Everyone was tired and feeling just a little cranky, especially when we saw the throngs of fellow travelers chock-a-block in the customs lineup ahead of us. With an inward sigh, we joined the queue.

Our son decided that he had had enough.

From his spot in the backpack, he started to fuss. His fussing turned into louder protests. And then, out of frustration, he started to pull his dad’s hair to express his annoyance at being kept in this backpack, after being contained on an airplane for many hours, when all he wanted was to sleep. Or to run around. Or both. Maybe.

Mortified, we tried to quiet him. We couldn’t let him down into the lineup, packed like sardines as we were as we inched towards the front of the line.

And then, the unthinkable happened.

We got bumped. To the front of the line.

A customs officer approached us. He said “sir, I fear that you will end up bald if we do not get you through this line.” He ushered us to the front, to our great relief (and the relief of our fellow captives passengers, to be sure).

Two minutes later, we were through customs and into the baggage area, where our son could run around a bit, finally unencumbered by the seemingly endless patience required for international travel.

We were a little sad when our son was finally too big to travel in the backpack. It was one of the best investments in gear we made as parents.

 

 

 

 

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Photo of the Day: New York, New York

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Taking a stroll through Central Park

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Tiananmen Square Today

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A guard silently watches the crowds at Tiananmen Square’s nightly flag lowering ceremony

Standing in the spot of the protests that happened 25 years ago, was a powerful experience when we visited China this past summer.

Our story here on the CBC NL website shares our thoughts on power and paranoia in both ancient and modern-day China.

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Photo of the Day: Praia da Rocha, Portugal

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Building a sand castle on the pristine beach in the glorious Algarve

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