After traveling across Europe and Latin America, Ed Sheeran has brought his massively successful Divide Tour to North America. The down-to-earth and in-demand English singer-songwriter performed a sold-out concert at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on July 28th. With a setlist full of his hits from the last six years of his astronomical career, the folk-pop star proved without a doubt that he is still at the top of his A game.
After dazzling Europe this past spring, Bruno Mars brought his 24K Magic World Tour to Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada on July 26th for the first of two sold-out arena concerts. The consummate performer never ceases to blow audiences away with his live performance offerings—be it at the Super Bowl half-time show or during awards ceremonies—and his concerts are no exception as he engages his audiences in a full-on dance party.
Queen + Adam Lambert are back in action and ready to rock cities across the United States and Canada all summer long. Once again, original members Brian May and Roger Taylor are joined by American singer (of American Idol fame) Adam Lambert to perform two hours’ worth of the iconic British band’s greatest hits. I first saw Queen + Adam Lambert in Vancouver during their first summer tour together in 2014. In the three years since that show, they have been travelling the globe extensively, performing to audiences in sold-out venues worldwide. The Queen + Adam Lambert extravaganza is an epic nostalgia trip for long-time fans as well as a great experience for both newer and younger fans witnessing Queen live for the very first time, both instances of which were true for the Canadian Queen fans at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on July 2nd.
I originally planned to publish this blog post on the eve of whenever I happened to start the next exciting chapter of my life. It was to be a cause for celebration after a long and hard battle won. Now that my original deadline has passed and said chapter still remains in the draft stage, I had to re-evaluate what I was going to do with this post.
Recently, I poured out all of my fears and frustrations after facing a devastating setback. I felt so inspired by the outpouring of encouragement, support, and love I received from friends in response. When I am surrounded by darkness, my friends are always there to help me see the light, and I am truly blessed to have them in my life.
One friend brought something to mind which I found to be perspective shifting. The way we measure success tends to be limited to whenever we reach significant Facebook-worthy life events. Landing the promotion, getting married, starting a family… all the landmark milestones you share on your timeline and watch as the likes pour in. But why don’t we treat our moments of personal growth with the same regard and value? How have you transformed from the person you were ten years ago to the person you are today? What challenges did you overcome through hard work and dedication? How has the way you see the world evolved and expanded? Let’s not forget to measure our success by how much we’ve achieved and how far we’ve come along the way to hitting those milestones.
2017 has been filled with ups and downs, triumphs and heartbreaks, accomplishments and disappointments. Every goal unreached tests my ability to get up, persevere, and move forward in the face of hard blows. This whole idea of growing through what you go through in life is what keeps me moving along this obstacle course and moving on toward the next big thing. I realized I don’t need to wait until I’ve reached that big milestone to share what I have learned over the past year, because my success story has already begun. So, here goes….
The way to discover Venice is to go without any agenda and get completely lost. As you try to navigate your way to the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, you will traverse across bridges and canals and spontaneously find quaint restaurants, quirky shops, holy churches, and hoards of visitors and Venetians alike. While walking is one half of the experience of exploring the floating city, the other half is to be seen on water through the only mode of transportation around the roadless island—boats, from vaporetto (ferry) to taxi acquei (water taxis), and yes, even a once-in-a-lifetime gondola ride.
Beyond Venice’s enclosed group of 118 islands are even more islands to uncover within the Venetian Lagoon, most notable among them are Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
Here are a selection of photographs from the four Venetian islands.