My Hope for Change

By - January 20, 2009 (Updated: November 27, 2014)

I’m sitting in a hotel room in San Mateo, California. I’ve just finished watching President Obama’s inauguration. It’s the first presidential inauguration I’ve ever bothered watching and I must say I was very moved by the President’s speech.

As a Canadian I can’t help but be at least interested in what happens in the United States politically. My country is greatly influenced by the goings on of our neighbours to the south. This was the first time however that I was riveted to the TV, in the same way that I know many of my friends back in Canada and in Europe were tuned to theirs. I know that it’s not just because I’m currently in the United States and spent last evening with American friends.

There is so much hope around the world that you can almost feel it in the air – hope for change, hope that this hugely powerful and influential nation will step up and begin to set a good example for the rest of the world.

I didn’t know that I would ever see an African-American President in my life-time but I know that I will remember this day. And I hope when I look back on this day years from now, I will be able to see it as the beginning of a global shift toward change, acceptance and peace.

Too lighten the mood a bit, I have to share this video sent by my friend Amy. Good-bye Mr. Bush… don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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