Note To Self

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Mount Peter, Kamloops, British Columbia (October 2017)

“I am going to be that girl who wakes up with purpose and intent. I am going to be that girl who shows up and never gives up. That girl who believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it.”
– Unknown

That’s Why We Dare

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Mount Paul, Kamloops, British Columbia (September 2017)

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains, or swim in oceans – because we can. We have some impulse in us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we dare to paint, why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.”
– Maya Angelou

Why Do You Go Away?

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Friendly Cove, British Columbia, Canada (August 2016)

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
– Terry Pratehelt

Video Blog – August 2016

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Well everyone, I have returned to Kamloops, British Columbia and I have begun my last year of university to complete my double degree in Tourism Management at Thompson Rivers University. This will be my last video blog for a while, as the most excitement I will have over the next few months will be drinking coffee, hiking in the Thompson Okanagan, late night study sessions, and catching up with friends and family. The past month was filled with a mix of emotions, exciting adventures, and fantastic memories. It began by celebrating a dear friend’s birthday in a small village of the Netherlands, and ended by hiking through Cape Scott Provincial Park, along with an exploration of Vancouver Island all the way from the bottom to the top. All I can say, is thank you dear world, for the beautiful memories. It’s already time for a new adventure!

And That My Dear, Changes Everything

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands (August 2016)

“I urge you to travel. As far and as much as possible. Work ridiculous shifts to save your money. Go without the latest IPhone. Throw yourself out of your comfort zone. Find out how other people live and realize that the world is much bigger than the town that you live in. And when you come home, home may still be the same. Yes, you may have to go back to your same old job. But something in your mind will have changed. And that my dear, changes everything.”
– Unknown

Video Blog – July 2016

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July was an incredible month filled with amazing memories and smiles shared with friends. I graduated from NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. I cycled to Belgium, and to the highest point in The Netherlands, where I was able to stand in three countries at one time. I spent many afternoons and evenings in Valkenburg Park, by the beach, or at free electronic dance parties in the city. I attended the largest dance music festival in the world, Tomorrowland; where I felt free, inspired, and united along with 100,000 rave lovers. Among other things, I have also been saying goodbye to friends as they are slowly heading home for the summer or relocating for new endeavours. I am returning to Canada in a few short weeks, though rest assured, I will enjoy every moment to the fullest.

Take Me Back To Tomorrowland

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Tomorrowland 2016 (Boom, Belgium)

Yesterday is the past. Today is a gift. Tomorrow is a mystery. 

It has only been one and a half days since I left one of the largest electronic dance music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland. I am already keen to go back to next year as this past weekend was one of the best experiences I have ever had IN MY WHOLE LIFE. There are so many amazing things to say about this festival, and as a festival geek, I was absolutely blown away by the excellent organization and incredibly detailed experiences in every single aspect. I met lots of great people from all around the world. I danced for at least thirteen hours a day, for three days straight. I saw the sun come up over Dreamville on the last night of the festival. I enjoyed so many sets by artists that I have listened to all my life, and enjoyed new-to-me artists as well. This weekend was filled with nothing but good vibes! It was a dream come true to go to Tomorrowland. One of those bucket list moments. And to think, I almost sold my ticket and didn’t go… This is a perfect example that you have just got to jump in with both feet.

Be All There

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Grote Kerk, Breda, The Netherlands (July 2016)

“Wherever you are, be all there.”
– Jim Elliot

I have been fascinated by the beautiful church of Breda since I first saw it. It is stunning at all times of day and night. It stands proudly in the bright sun and even on gloomy, cloud filled days. I can even see from the window of my flat which is a treat. Today, I finally climbed to the top of the tower of Grote Kerk. I have been meaning to do this for many months, and I was waiting for the perfect day; though with a lack of time and a lack of sunny afternoons, now proved to be a good as time as any.

The tower is 320 feet in height and it is the fifth tallest church tower of the Netherlands. It was built in the late-gothic style as a church and city tower between 1468 and 1509. The main purposes of the tower in this time were to indicate special moments and events for the church through bell ringing, indicate the time, and give alarm in times of fire and war to citizens of the area. There are 287 steps up to the look out point. In clear weather, one can see as far as Antwerp and Rotterdam.

The views from the look out gallery were stunning. It was great to see my beautiful city of Breda from another angle. I’m still very in love with this quaint, Dutch town and I will be sad to say goodbye when the time comes.

(For those who may be wondering, it costs five euros for a guided tour to climb the tower. For more information, click here.)

Life Is A One Time Offer

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Netherlands-Belgium Border (July 2016)

“Life is a one time offer. Use it well.” 
– Unknown

This weekend, I was able to check another item off my bucket list! I cycled from my city to a small village in Belgium called Meers. The round trip was close to 40 kilometres and I completed this in just a few hours. Best of all, the weather has been finally looking up as it did not rain all afternoon.

Video Blog – June 2016

Inspiration, Study Abroad, Travel

Well, June has been another month of exciting adventures to say the least! A lot of miserable rain, incredible live music (such as Paul McCartney and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), numerous birthday celebrations, camping, getting lost a few times, and exploring new cities in the far south of Holland and Germany.

“Take me to the docks, there’s a ship without a name there,
And it is sailing to the middle of the sea.
The water there is deeper than anything you’ve ever seen…
Jump right in and swim until you’re free.

I will remember your face,
‘Cause I am still in love with that place.
But when the stars are the only things we share…
Will you be there?

Money came like rain to your hands while you were waiting,
For that cold long promise to appear.
People in the churches started singing above their hands,
They say, “My God is a good God and He cares”.

I’ve got a plan, I’ve got an atlas in my hands.
I’m gonna turn when I listen to the lessons I’ve learned.
I’ve got a plan, I’ve got an atlas in my hands.
I’m gonna turn when I listen to the lessons I’ve learned.”

Growth Happens In The Valleys

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Eygelshoven, The Netherlands (June 2016)

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” 
– Robin Sharma

Change is a beautiful thing. Really, it was a scary thing for me when I boarded a plane and moved to a country that I’ve never been to by myself last August. As my time is slowly winding down here, I can see such dramatic changes in who I am right now compared to who I was. It is a beautiful transformation to reflect upon. Now, not only am I totally content to not bathe for three days and go camping with people I’ve only just met… (see the post camping/music festival selfie from above), but I have learned how to love myself, make healthy choices in my lifestyle, find balance, look at everything from different points of view, and thrive in saying yes to new experiences. I’ve travelled, mostly alone, to ten different countries in the past ten months. I’ve seen beautiful works of art, both in museums and in the natural world, experienced many other cultures through food, language, art, landscapes, and mostly importantly, by meeting new people. When I first arrived in Amsterdam, I had never stayed in a hostel before. Looking back, I had no expectations on what was to come, but I am grateful for every moment and I wouldn’t change a single thing. Change, it’s a crazy, beautiful thing.

Find The Tiny, Hidden Gardens In Your Life

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Brussels, Belgium (May 2016)

“Let’s not travel to tick things off lists or collect half hearted semi treasures to be placed in dusty drawers in empty rooms. Rather, we’ll travel to find grounds and rooftops and tiny hidden parks, where we’ll sit and dismiss the pass time, spun in the city’s web until we have surrendered. Content to be spent and consumed. I need to feel a place while I am in it.”
– Victoria Erickson

The Travel Bug

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Mdina, Malta (May 2016)

“This is why once you’ve traveled for the first time all you want to do is leave again. They call it the travel bug, but really it’s the effort to return to a place where you are surrounded by people who speak the same language as you. Not English, or Spanish, or Mandarin, or Portuguese. But a language where others know what its like to leave. Change. Grow. Experience. Learn. Then go home again and feel more lost in your own hometown than you did in the most foreign place you visited. This is the hardest part about travelling, and its the very reason why we all run away again.” 
– The Purple Buddha Project

Video Blog – May 2016

Inspiration, Study Abroad, Travel

Instead of uploading photos and telling you about what I’ve been up to, I thought this time I would show you. In three minutes and forty two seconds, you will glimpse into a month of my adventures in Breda, Tilburg, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Den Hague, Kinderdijk, Gouda, Brussels, Sliema, Gozo, Valletta, Mdina, Rabat… and maybe a few other destinations.

“I had a dream so big and loud.
I jumped so high I touched the clouds.
I stretched my hands out to the sky.
We danced with monsters through the night.

I’m never going to look back. 
Whoa, I’m never going to give it up. 
No, please don’t wake me now.
This is going to be the best day of my life.”