Black Diamond, Alberta (September 2018)
“By all means, go out into the world and explore. Kiss strangers, kiss friends. Fall in and out of love until your hands and heart are libraries of all the people they have touched. Before long we learn, right down to our bones, that some people are hostels and others are homes.”
– Beau Taplin
Skookum Music Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia (September 2018)
“I travel because I need to. …Because my wild, adventurous spirit can’t live according to the ‘norm’. I travel to regroup, to reinvent myself. To be the best me I can be. To find joy in the ordinary and peace in exploring. I travel to just be.”
Shambhala Music Festival, Salmo, British Columbia (August 2018)
“Who you are right now is the culimination of years of editing and becoming. And you’re not done yet. No, not even close. You have more and more to become.”
– Liz Milani
Sicamous, British Columbia (July 2018)
“The earth has music for those who will listen.”
Albas Falls Provincial Park, Shuswap Area (October 2017)
“A storm was coming, but that is not what she felt. It was an adventure on the wind and it shivered down her spine.”
Willow Point, Victoria, British Columbia (September 2017)
“I like people who get excited about the change of seasons, the sound of an ocean, watching a sunset, the smell of rain and a starry night.”
– Brooke Hampton
Photo Credit: Katie Kershaw Photography
Bass Coast Music & Arts Festival, Merritt, British Columbia (July 2017)
“Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.”
– Robin S. Sharma
PinkPop Music Festival (Landgraaf, The Netherlands, June 2016)
“I believe in music the way that some people believe in fairy tales.”
Street Art By Hero De Janeiro (Spuistraat, Amsterdam, 2016)
When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out.
Carve your name into those shining stars.
He said, “Go venture far beyond these shores.
Don’t forsake this life of yours.
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are.”
One day my father – he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
When I was just a kid I heard him say,
“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”
– The Nights By Avicii
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Mediterranean Dinner (Breda, The Netherlands, September 2015)
The term ‘sunday funday’ rang true today, as after a relaxing morning, I joined my friend at a festival in Valkenberg Park. The entire park was transformed with a “grassroots” kind of atmosphere. The layout, stage design, and co-creation based artwork. This was the second day of the festival. Last night as I was coming home from the train station, I saw many boats in the canal as a form of a parade. It was quite dark out and the boats were illuminated with colourful lights and energetic people dancing to a different beat upon each boat. There were hundreds of people wrapped around the canals watching, dancing, and participating in the fun. Today, I had a chance to walk around the festival grounds and listen to a variety of music. Most of the music was in the Dutch dialect, but I enjoyed an energetic punk rock band call The Deaf. They are a self proclaimed speed beat band from Den Hague and were a lot of fun! There was another stage themed after the board game Candy Land with DJs playing electronic dance music and another stage in the centre of the park with more of a low key rock kind of groove. I heard from a friend that were was a silent disco party the night before as well. Maja and I tried a delicious treat called Poffertjes, which is like a small pancake with icing sugar and butter on it – YUM!
Later on, I joined many friends in the lounge of our building to cook a large, and very delicious, Mediterranean dinner. It was really lovely to spend time with friends, cooking (and dancing) in the communal kitchen together.
Breda, The Netherlands (September 2015)
Well, I was told that the HBO Intro Festival would be great, but it certainly exceeded all of my expectations! For one night, the City of Breda and collective sponsors, host an annual open air music festival for all of the new (and returning) students during the first week of classes. There were four stages scattered throughout the centre with a variety of promotional businesses, food from local restaurants, and open bars. And the best part was that the entrance was completely free! Alcohol was flowing freely and guests were allowed to bring in their own drinks provided they put it in plastic containers at the security gates. The stages all closed by 23:00, as guests normally go to nearby clubs to continue the party. The festival even hosted five different after parties at popular clubs like De Boulevard, Proost, and Coyote Bar.
It was so much fun to listen to the awesome music and watch thousands of people having an incredible experience. I was lucky enough to meet a new friend who rents a flat above the Main Stage. The view from up there was incredible! I was thrilled to see the festival from awesome heights and sit in the window frame high above the action. During the last fifteen minutes of performances at the Main Stage, the famous DJ Hardwell made an appearance and everyone went absolutely wild! On my way home, I caught a few minutes of a video mapping project being projected upon Kasteel Van Breda. I must say, it is incredible to see so much arts, culture, and social experiences always available in such a beautiful city. I’m falling in love with Breda!