All posts tagged: experience

I’m moving to Denmark, Slovenia & Spain!

Exactly a month ago I wrote a post saying I’m moving to the U.K. (ps the post no longer exists). So what in the world is this post about?! In an effort to make a long story, short – a series of circumstances and events, which I had no control over, made me realize that going to the U.K. was no longer a feasible option. “The only thing that is constant is change” Heraclitus I was left confused, hurt, and suddenly scared that the plan I had laid out was suddenly gone. I realized that (a) embracing change is hard, humans are such creatures of habit and I had such peace of mind knowing what I was doing come fall, that in the brief moment I didn’t – I felt an enormous weight on my shoulders, and (b) people who really support you, lend ears, good advice, encouragement, and go an extra step to help you in times of uncertainty. I took a chance to see if a unique joint-masters program based in Europe would accept me. Again, long story, …

Journey in Zhangjiajie: Knocking on Heaven’s Door

China’s vast and diverse territory endows the country with some of the most beautiful natural scenery on earth. In August of 2015 I was able to witness and be among the giants — the karst peaks that tower in Zhangjiajie. Between the peaks lie ravines, gorges, streams, pools, waterfalls, caves and natural bridges. This is a journey I will never forget. The awestruck feelings I experienced on this trip has compelled me to share this story. While travelling in Zhangjiajie I have gained a new appreciation for China’s unique sights, both natural and man made. This is the last post of my blogging mini-series (‘Travelogue: Journey in Zhangjiajie’). Thank you for reading along and giving me the opportunity to reflect and share my photos and stories. This is truly the joys of blogging! My roommate and I embarked on a memorable, “one of a life time”, “when we look back at this day, we’ll realize we did something quite crazy” kind of day. We knew our destination was Tianzi Mountains, a continuation of the beautiful pillars that we …

A Year of Work and Travelling, Now What?

As many know, I just returned home from a year of work (in Jasper, AB and Vancouver, BC) and a summer of travelling Europe (France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland). I also ended by summer with a family vacation to Hawaii. The last 16 months of work and travel was perfect. Working away from home taught me a lot about responsibility, money, and being independent. I learned what type of people I work best with and what type of leader I want to work for and aspire to be. I easily came to love the people I worked alongside – cherishing many as inspiration, mentors, and friends. I also grew to love the West Coast of Canada, falling in love with the lakes and mountains in Jasper and the balance of city and nature in Vancouver. Jasper, AB Vancouver, BC And of course, travelling Europe was such a joy it’s hard to put into words how incredible of an experience it was. I’ve never smiled so much doing such simple things like riding a train or eating cheese!! Being in Europe for …

Family in Alberta (pt.1)

Top of Whistler’s mountain via Jasper Tramway (third time up this mountain and every time it’s just as beautiful as the last) (Maligne Lake tour by boat) famous ‘Spirit Island’ Boat cruising on Maligne Lake Maligne Canyon Lake Beauvert (Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge) Bear Paw (tasty treats: pumpkin tart, white chocolate raspberry scone – personal favourite, and bear paw) Heli Helicopter tours In the air, overlooking the Rockies (Columbia Icefields in the far distance) My family made the a 4-5 hour plane journey from Toronto, Ontario to Jasper, Alberta to visit me last week! I’ve been somewhat home-sick these past few weeks and seeing them was the remedy I really needed. I don’t usually get home-sick, too be honest, I rarely miss the physical location of home, Toronto. But I did / still do miss the company of my friends and family.  I think I was more home-sick being here in Jasper, than I was in Tokyo last summer. Which is strange because I’m so much closer to home in Alberta, but maybe that’s also …