Stepping out of the Orlando International Airport, one would think that the traveller would be exhausted and weary. After an all-nighter caused by excitement for the wonderful opportunity ahead, I was ready to begin my temporary life in Orlando, Florida. Canadian spring weather of 2012 lacked the heat I yearned for in the southern United States. A feeling of home washed over me as the cab driver and I discussed and analyzed the Francophone cultures of France, Canada, and Haiti, and how they are all related.
Moving into my place of residence involved new friends from cities and schools with which I was familiar, furthering the notion that Ottawa and Florida aren’t so far. The world feels very small when people are friendly and know one another’s home-cities.
After some laborious unpacking, my sister, who I accompanied on this trip and incredible work experience, decided to take me shopping at the “Premium Outlets” of Orlando. As a recovering shopaholic, I saw my favorite shoes on major sales; Manolo Blahniks made famous by Sex and the City and Michael Kors bags for next to nothing. Even the Wal-Mart had the cheapest yoghurt I had ever known. In addition to excellent shopping and, yes, that includes groceries, the architecture is surprisingly phenomenal. It is reminiscent of a European paradise, with hacienda-style buildings and even Neoclassical architecture.
I could immediately tell that I was going to like my new city.
- Written by: Kristen Cochrane*
*Kristen Cochrane is a current participant on a Summer Program in the US. We are delighted to have Kristen as an Yummy Jobs Ambassador and we welcome you to look for her great guest blogs throughout this Summer!
Kristen Cochrane- A Sunny Day in Orlando