All posts tagged: travel

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 …

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 …

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 …