You’re Invited! – Europe 2012


Ladies and gentlemen!  It’s official – you may form one single line for your free tickets to come with me to Europe!  Well, free online tickets, anyways.  While I may not be that financially generous to bring you all on my trip physically – I thought being the budding journalist I am – I would blog my way though Europe at WinstonSih.com/Europe.

As I venture on my 10-day vacation, I’ll be driving through Frankfurt (Germany), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Paris (France), Luxembourg (Luxembourg), and the many cities in-between.  I’m flying out to Germany on Saturday March 10th, and coming back to the grind on Tuesday March 20th.

It is exactly nine days before the trip, and the thought of packing hasn’t even crossed my mind; so I have a feeling that I will be frantically running around in the days-coming as I prepare to venture out of the country.

I’ll be visiting some of the world’s most famous landmarks including the Manneken Pis, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Château de Versailles, and the Eiffel Tower.

Many of you don’t know, but I’m a self-proclaimed (and closeted) “foodie.”  I love eating, reading, smelling, watching, cooking, and anything that has to do with food; and I’m hoping that this will be an opportunity for me to explore the exquisite foods of Europe.

Je parle français aussi, et avec plusieurs années d’études à l’école, j’espère que je pourrai l’appliquer pendant ma visite.  Translation: I also speak French, and with the many years of French studies at school, I’m hoping that I am able to use it during my visit.

My goal with this vacation is to keep things minimal – as minimal as a technology journalist can get, anyway!  Throughout my daily blogs, I want to bring a taste of the varying cultures from the countries I’m visiting (i.e food and lifestyle); so I’ll bringing along my Canon 60D DSLR camera for capturing every moment, my iPad for blogging while I’m on the road, and my MacBook Pro for uploading photos and posts back at the hotel.  That’s it.

I can’t even remember the last time I went to sleep without my smartphone turned on, and for the duration of my vacation, I’m disconnecting my iPhone’s data and phone connectivity – leaving myself with only a phone card.  I’m hoping that my venture through Europe will be an  opportunity to “digitally cleanse” myself from social media; so I’ll be sharing my thoughts about my connection to technology abroad (or lack thereof).

Check back daily from March 10th to March 19th, as I will be posting daily blogs for you to follow.  If you have anything you’d like me to take pictures of or blog about, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

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About Winston Sih

Winston is currently the Digital Media Producer-Correspondent for City television stations across Canada, producing content for the network’s digital properties including Breakfast Television, Cityline, CityNews and Entertainment City. He is also an on-air correspondent for the network’s in-house productions where he can be seen reporting on the latest social news and trends.