Though her namesake is Queen Victoria, as a result of a still-unexplained mishap on the birth certificate she would officially come to be known as Vicky. Born in the then-British colony of Hong Kong for Canada before her first birthday. After spending her formative years in a Toronto suburb, she attended Ryerson University, graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism and specialization in the online stream.
In January 2008, she went on exchange to the Netherlands, thus finding a reason to begin a half-year trek around Europe and this blog. The self-discovery trip was the preferred way for university kids to “find themselves” (which was the style at the time.) After spending eight months in Toronto out of commission (and completing her degree) she applied for a job to teach English in France. While the French processed her paperwork, she unexpectedly won a scholarship to learn Mandarin in Taiwan in the summer of 2009. Beginning October 2009, Vicky will teach the children of Sélestat (a town of 20,000 outside of Strasbourg) how to speak the language of their historic foes.