• Scientoons by Armin Mortazavi
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    Scientoons are my new favorite thing!

    One of the coolest regular events I attended while in Vancouver was Nerd Nite, where self-confessed ‘nerds’ share their projects and stories. On my first Nerd Nite, I learned about Scientoons – cartoons about science. Although younger audiences are just as important as older ones, I feel like they are often left out when it comes to our science communication efforts. Cartoons are a great way to spark kids’ interest in science, and can make learning much more appealing to them. They’re a great way of breaking down potential generational barriers, as well as bringing out the inner kid in older audiences too. I immediately fell in love with the…

  • Campfire

    This is supposed to be hard

    In a few hours, I will be boarding a plane to leave Vancouver and make my way to Chiang Mai, Thailand. I got six months of traveling through Southeast Asia ahead of me. But it’s a bittersweet feeling. To be honest, it’s more bitter than sweet right now. I see that as a very positive thing though. I fell in love here, with the city. Even on my bad days here, I still felt extremely lucky to call this place my new home. I walked along the Seawall, watched the waves crash, looked at the mountains, and thought to myself “This is it. This is what I’ve been looking for.”…

  • Let's talk about drugs.
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    Time for a new perspective

    Before I start, I know some of you will not wholly agree with what I have to say, and that’s perfectly fine. Comment on this post and give counter-arguments if you wish, because what I’m writing here is about getting a conversation started, and inviting other perspectives in. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. That is if you keep away from Downtown Eastside, which is like nothing I have ever seen before. This area has a very high population of marginalized people – the homeless, drug addicts, and the mentally or physically ill. When compared to the rest of Vancouver, the area shows a…

  • Lighthouse Park
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    It’s not just rainbows & butterflies

    When I started this blog, I told myself that this will not fall into the category of “glossed over versions of reality.” I think there is enough of that out there, and it is not really helping anyone. Instead I want to be completely honest. Today, I want to share what it is like to move to the other side of the world with anxiety and while recovering from an eating disorder. I will not describe any details, as I do not want to trigger anyone. To be clear, this is just my personal experience, and does not apply to everyone out there. If you would like to share your experiences…

  • YVR x BER
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    Vancouver x Berlin

    Last weekend marked my “one month in Vancouver” milestone, which made me think about how this city is different from my home city of Berlin. First, I should say I absolutely love Berlin. For me, it is the greatest city in the world. It is really hard to compete with that. However, I could not stay in Berlin anymore because, although I love the city with all my heart, I needed a break from its people. Berliners are rude, unfriendly, grumpy, always in a rush, and complain a lot (not all of them obviously, there are amazing people as well). As I have gone through a lot of personal changes…