Some more snippets from Tofino. I had the best time up there. It's always so relaxing - quiet and simple in the best way. No internet, no makeup, no shoes for most of the day. Just long walks barefoot in the sand, hikes in old growth forests, taking cat naps in the sun, lots of reading, fresh food from the ocean and the garden, and spending the hours after sunset playing cards with my dad. Mark's brother Ben and his fiance Julie were visiting from Copenhagen so we met up with them and Mark's dad Michael and made some cedar smoked salmon on the most "rustic" grill. Michael arrived in Copenhagen the other day for Ben and Julie's wedding this weekend and brought us all cedar planks he had made himself after getting introduced to it in Tofino. So cute! We also made a stop at another favourite food spot, the TacoFino truck. There are actually tons of great places to eat in Tofino, maybe I'll make a mini guide sometime soon.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
While I was back home in July, my dad and I took a little road trip to Tofino. We have been going there for family vacations since I can remember and it's still my favourite spot in the world. Fog, moss, cedar bark, seaweed, sand, driftwood - the textures and colours of home.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Being home last month was exactly what I needed. It's always such a breath of fresh air being there and it warms my heart. This July was everything summer should be: lots and lots of beach walks, salty water and lake days, picnics in the park, backyard barbecues, beach bonfires with whiskey and s'more making, star gazing, boats, ice cream at the drive in, lots of iced coffee dates, farmer market stands, forest hikes and spending time with some of my favourite people and little people in the world. I wasn't so good at bringing my camera out with me everyday but I do have some photos to show of other adventures. For now, Instagram works for bringing out the dreaminess of these days.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The last little bits of our last day in Amsterdam: morning mint tea ritual, charming red shutters, lovely black on black display at the Rijksmuseum, Dutch pancake lunch, saying goodbye to all the plants at our apartment rental, a sweet older man on the train to the airport (one of Mark's photographic specialities). It was a pretty great trip, all in all.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sooo, no more promises about regular posting. I've started school and it's already pretty nutty. Mark and I also skipped town to do some last minute camping in Sweden so I'm already behind on my work. But! I have so many photos to show you. I hope y'all like travel photos, because there are going to be a lot. Let's go back to Amsterdam first, shall we?
This day Mark was such a doll and pretty much let me drag him around to do a bunch of my favourite things. First stop was Katten Kabinet - that's right, an entire museum of cat artwork housed in an old mansion. And it gets better/more hilarious: the museum is dedicated to the founder's cat, J.P. Morgan, who is memorialized in numerous artworks including a thick stack of dollar bills with his portrait on them (!). There are also cats living in the museum. Art historian/crazy cat lady/quirky museum lover dream come true. After this we walked into the old town to go for afternoon tea at Gartine (as recommended by my lovely pal Kala) which was also pretty dreamy. The owners grow a lot of their own food and serve a rustic tea in a place that looks like it's out of an old still life painting. From there we stopped at FOAM, the photography museum, which had a great exhibition on documentary photography. I would definitely recommend a visit there if you are in Amsterdam! And last but not least, some catspotting from our walking around town.
Monday, August 6, 2012
I am home in Copenhagen after being back in my other Canadian home for a month. It always feels a bit hard going back and forth but I'm slowly settling back into my life here. It doesn't exactly make it easier that it's another grey rainy day as opposed to the gorgeous lake weather that BC is having. At least I got lots of that last month. Being home was exactly what I needed, and I feel (almost) ready to start another final round of Danish classes and a pre-architecture course. Hopefully by the end of these next six months I'll be all ready to apply for architecture school, after what will be two and a half years of being here and working away and learning Danish. It doesn't seem all that much closer but I have to remind myself of how far I've come. It's been tough at times, but I've decided to stop throwing myself pity parties and to just enjoy being here despite all the challenges. It's definitely not home yet, but it's starting to feel a tiny bit more like it. And after taking break from blogging after a patchy few months before that, I'm excited to start getting back to a somewhat more regular posting schedule. I was having some qualms about blogging, some of them I'm mentioned here. It can feel silly and self indulgent but I like having a place to document and share my life. And I've missed my bloggy friends, sorry for being so MIA pals. I hope summer is treating you all well.
Photo above of my somewhat teary ferry ride from Vancouver Island to the airport.