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In Transit: Greenland – Belgium – Spain

I said a heartfelt goodbye to Greenland at the end of August (which is already several weeks ago). The handful of roads in Ilulissat was becoming very familiar, the sounds of howling dogs, the silence in the early morning, the smell of fish (everywhere)… I felt acquainted to the place. And with those feelings of familiarity came diverging yearnings to remain in comfort and readiness to dive into change, yet again (two roads diverged and I took the one less travelled by, and that made all the difference). Only in looking back, I am able to fully comprehend the uniqueness of my opportunity to live in Greenland. Going to Ilulissat was perceived by my friends and family as travelling to another ‘world’, and in a way it was. For me, it was natural landscapes uncomparable to any other I’ve seen before. When people ask me about my experience I share the less talked about realities of Arctic living like challenges in terms of costs and remoteness. It would be concealing the truth if I didn’t …

sLOVEnia: a new city, a new home

A new year, a new city, and a new home! If you’re thinking “I can’t keep up, you’re always moving…” I know, I feel the same way – my life is characterized by the lack of permanence to a place – but I cannot think of a better life for myself (at this point of my life). When I first arrived in Ljubljana, at the beginning of February, I was still recovering from my injury so I didn’t get a chance to explore the city. The only place I visited in the first 1.5 weeks were the 3 hospitals. When I was trying to get to somewhere new in the city, I would actually orient myself with the locations of the hospitals, “oh your home is down the street from where I get my rabies vaccination!” I have to be honest, that when I first arrived I was quite sad. Both physically and mentally, I felt drained and I didn’t feel like I had the capacity to fully process my new environment. The temperature change was also …

Travelogue Asia 2017: Milano, Italy

HERE’S THE START OF A VERY EXCITING JOURNEY! In October 2016, one month after arriving in Denmark for school. I was walking outside to the picnic benches outside our dormitory to have my lunch. At the table, I noticed that two of my friends were already sitting at the table ferociously discussing something – curious, I questioned what they were looking at or working on… turns out (but to no surprise) they were looking at airfare deals. After all, we study tourism and we’re in the business of loving to travel. Even more curious I probed and questioned – where, how much, when! Turns out it was one of the ‘around the world tickets’ that was discovered on Secret Flying, which is a perfect site if you (a) have loads of time or (b) loads of money. I don’t have either, but from time-to-time there’s a ticket that’s affordable, or of such good value it’s hard to say ‘no’, and sometimes it happens that one of those tickets happen to align with the month you have …

Travelogue Athens, Greece

As some of you may or may not know, I went to Greece last week on New Years eve. Here’s a blog post! I spent an incredible 10 days at home before flying to Athens. It was short, but so needed. After finishing my semester in Denmark, all I wanted to do was rest my head on a familiar pillow and be in the company of my family and friends. I also missed the mountains and it was a joy to be back in nature. But if you know me, I can’t sit still and a new year meant a new adventure! My flight from Vancouver to Athens was long. It was also December 29/30 and I was anxious to be in Athens with my friends. First it was a flight from Vancouver to Calgary. I had to do some quick shuffling between domestic and international airports before taking my second flight from Calgary to London. I had to take a third flight from London to Athens. But… of course, my last flight was delayed. The airport was …