Vancouver

I spent three days in Vancouver, Canada, though most of my time was actually spent in surrounding parks like Lynn Canyon and Stanley Park – both of which are stunningly beautiful and a lovely place to go on a day’s visit or just to get some fresh air. I met some awesome people while at the hostel in Vancouver and hope I get to see them again when I loop back around to Europe after my long trip! Shout out to Madeleine and David!

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Lynn Canyon Park. Had a nice time out there with the hostel group in the snow and skidding the icy paths! (Yes, that is solid ice in the picture …)

“It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck. Do better.”

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Never stop learning about life: the good and the bad, the inspiring and the depressing. There is so much out there for us to discover, if only we are willing to take a step into the world.

When I started this trip, taking pictures was my way of documenting my travels and creating a visual addition to my blog for my readers to dream of and picture themselves in. But as I go further on, I learn more and more about photography and the beauty it offers, not just to me as a photographer, but to everyone alike. I’ll spend long hours of my free time reading up on new ways to photograph different scenes, people and landscapes. Taking a picture of absolutely everything along the way is not just a memory-catcher but also a way for me to practise and experiment with the equipment and learn further about my newfound hobby and passion.

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A strong person isn’t always strong. Sometimes, going far and beyond is a way of finding the strength to keep going on – because there is inspiration to be found everywhere in this world and searching for it is our way of mending our pains.

“A wise person knows there is something to be learned from everyone.”

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There are pictures that are so close to capturing the moment that you have to stare at them to believe what is truly being displayed. As I took this picture, all I could think of is the peaceful stroll we were taking in this park. The foreground is the peace, the crunching snow; further aback is the group of friends happily chatting away and entering the warm sunshine beyond the glades. Such scenes are what I look for. 

“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.”

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Let us, for once, marvel at the beauty nature has offered – rather than destroy it out of greed. 
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Even in the bitter cold, there will always be a way for light to shine through.

“Knowing when to walk away is Wisdom.

Being able to is Courage.

Walking away with your head held high is Dignity.”

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“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path of the best things that will ever happen to us.”

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Cuteness overload. I wish this hadn’t been in an aquarium – one day I’ll photograph one of these cute little things in the wild.

 

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If it’s too much for you, there’s always a quiet place waiting for you to dream and calm down – especially in the middle of nowhere. 
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“Go for as long as you can. Then go a bit further too.”

“And the salt in my wounds isn’t burning anymore like it used to. It’s not that I don’t feel the pain, it’s that I’m not afraid of hurting anymore.”

 

All the best.

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