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Growing

I watch my hair grow and I think about my growing. I look around and I think about Canada. I think about thinking.

Uncertainty in the middle of a bliss. Like a dream, my life rolls by. I have beautiful views. I meet inspiring people. I also feel inspired and inspiring. Inspired to live, and to let go of security. I compare my moments now with moments I had before. I think about writing and the goals I had established for my life. Everything feels so abstract and yet so enchanting. I’ve been seeing the word “wonderlust” a lot. I realize I’m living the moment in wonder. This fascinates yet scares me. But living in wonder is what they teach on self-help books right?

After all, everything is uncertain, life knows how to renew itself and destroy things we judged immutable. There is no mean to fight.

So I just surf with the ties. This powerful unknown energy will keep guiding our lives and showing unexpected ways to grow and develop as humans and as beings. For now, I’ll be contented in looking at life through a child’s eye. Everything is new and bright, and magic is happening all the time. My mind has no strength against my intense sense of presence.

So my hair will keep growing, and so will I. I have no idea what will be the external situations that will support my growing, but that doesn’t matter now.

And now is all that matters.

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As days pass by…

I can’t believe my time in Victoria has come and go by so quickly!

I had very intense two months in this absolutely enchanting city. I fell in love, and how couldn’t I when spring is blossoming everywhere…

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I embraced Victoria and was 100% honest when I called it home. I remember my first couple of weeks walking to and from school with my headphones in full volume. Feeling so grateful for having such a view of the flowering streets. I remember walking by myself through the most random places after school, quietly discovering the city and the many little magical details it has.

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I had time to stay by my own. Time to organize my thinking and to try to figure who I really am. Time to listen and reflect with Eckhart tolle’s audio books. Time to just be.

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Travelling alone it’s one of the most touching experiences someone can have. Even tough I didn’t know one single person before arriving in Canada, I don’t remember actually feeling lonely not even once.

I was so lucky to have the most awesome classmates.

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The most cool neighbors and flatmate someone can think of.

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And I can’t count the number of people I met in a few short months. After that first couple of weeks I engaged in a busy busy life. I joined a debate contest; received a very special visit of an old friend from my city in Brasil; ate delicious international food; fed snakes and other animals; and was busy trying to still be responsible.

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But so far I’m doing a good job.

I was one oh the survivors of Noah’s Ark. I swear the whole Vancouver was under water on my perception.

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Easy to guess my costume? I had an idea of a bird but no inspiration at all. We went to Value Village (also nicknamed costume inspiration paradise) and I found some perfect wings! I cut and knitted some colourful fabric pieces to it and was a bird! Love to fly.

There was one special week when I felt specially inspired. Any spare time on class would become a poem on my notebook. And my activities in classes became super fun.

Can you find the 13 different super powers in this butterfly?

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And most of all, during my time in Victoria, I learned a lot!

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Life is beauty!

The place of dreamlands

So I was here, living in Victoria for about two weeks and raving all about the city. How wonderful and perfect it is, and how everybody(especially canadians) i meet tell me they come to Victoria because it’s the best place in Canada (even tough i’m sure that there are thousand best places). I was amazed and surprised that I ended up in such a particular city, with so many of the things i consider important to have a healthy and conscious lifestyle.

And then I met Nelson…

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Nelson is one of the most impressive cities i’ve ever been. But we’ll talk about that in a while.

First, let me explain how I ended up in my dreamland:

So one day I was browsing through Couchsurfing like I always do and I saw this message of a girl who had just arrived in Victoria and was looking for people to hang up an get into adventures. Oh well, that’s exactly what I was looking for too!

And that was how I met Demetria

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My travel buddy and the responsible for all these amazing photos (I would never be able to do it).

So Demetria is studying to be a baker in America (her country) and is taking a 6 months internship in an organic bakery here in Victoria. After I answered her message on the website we hung out a couple of times (including a CS reunion in which I played Settlers Of Catan for the first time, and won!). We both want to explore as much as we can, and we both could get some days off for easter holiday. So we put things together and engaged in an 11 hours road trip.484095_10151511145344712_114393488_nAs always in Victoria, the trip started in the ferry, in a beautiful sunrise.

We stopped in Vancouver to rest for the night and hung out with the Bat Cave. And on the next day we hit the road!

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves for a bit…

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As I knew I would, I fell in love with the countryside. From beautiful sunny skies, to snow until your eyes could see, the whole way was a bliss. And it just got better when we arrived. To have an idea, this was my morning view from the beautiful, old house where our host lives.

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We spent the next days wondering around that little village that is surrounded by a lake and a snowy mountain.

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Falling in love with the little city centre. With a good amount of commerce and restaurants to have variety but without too much consumerism(even tough they do have a walmart there). But the fact that the central groceries shops had everything to sell by buck (I mean, everything!) won me over. Nelson, I’m yours!

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We had a good balance of time in the city, time exploring the region, and time eating delicious food.

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Do you see my angry face? That’s what happens when we have to share half of a breakfast bun. But I think the energy of the Uno on the table helped.

We also had some really relaxing time at some hot springs. It felt really good! Specially the part when you get out of a 39*C pool and jump into a  6*C! The feeling of shivering is quite addictive.

And just behind the hot springs there was a hike that led us to a really old cemetery. Scary, but with all the snow was such a classy view. I admit i do love cemeteries.

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Another thing about Nelson is all the communities that are being formed around it. Demetria was really into that, so we visited a couple. Gaia Shifts was a place that i felt identified with. It’s a woman-based community and it felt like a comfortable atmosphere to spend more time looking inside myself while working for something with value. They are always in need of people to help the community grow, and you can live there if you help. It’s something i’m considering doing if no jobs comes around when it’s time. Afterwards, spending sometime with myself was my first goal when I came to Canada.

They also accept visitors to spend the night, and the money you pay to sleep and breakfast(30 bucks) is totally worth it to stay in this caravan:

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We arrived there at night and the fireplace was going on. So we made some tea and drank it while looking at this captivating night sky… No falling starts this time but the sky itself was a gift that i’m thankful for.

I had this great night of sleep full of dreams and was ready to make my way back to victoria on the other day. The view from the Caravan looked appealing to go out.

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It was a great first road trip around Canada. And thanks Demetria for helping making it so special!

I came back from Nelson wanting to live there forever. Like it usually happens when I visit small cities. The truth is that I’m passionate about them.  I think they have everything necessary to have a lifestyle with less waste, more outdoor time, and a more simple routine. A lifestyle that will allow me to be more connected with myself by being more connected with the environment around me.

However, I think the universe wants me in big cities. I always end up on them. And while I do love all the hectic life and all the opportunities, deep inside i’m always looking for the small city that will keep my heart forever. But I believe everything has its time… And it appears to me that my time is not right now, as I came back to my school and discovered that they changed their dates so my course it’s not happening in Victoria at the time that I need anymore(and no one had told me before!). So either I move to Vancouver or I’ll have to take some other kind of english-as-a-second-language classes(really? I’m a teacher!). So if that’s what the universe wants, let it be.

Bring me the full speed of Vancouver and let’s see how it goes!

Well, anyway I still have a few weeks in Victoria, and nothing is ordinary when you’re traveling. So wherever comes, it will be welcomed 🙂

 

 

 

Nice to meet you Victoria!

I don’t know how I ended up choosing this city. But to be honest, I’m in love!
Victoria in spring is a pretty enchanting lady.

IMG_20130325_081137First of all, it was not that easy to get into the city. I feel kinda of embarrassed, but I have a lot of stuff! I’m not good at traveling light.

So me and my huge backpack had to take a 20 min(full) bus, to get to a Sky train station, to go to another station, to take another bus to get to the ferry station!

My back is strong, men!

The good part of having a backpack on your back? People talk to you 🙂 So I had this really cute 70 something years old asian lady talking to me for about half my way into the ferry station. She had the cutest laugh.

And i took the big boat to the beautiful island of Victoria!

After another 1h30min in the ferry, another bus and a taxi trip me and my backpack arrived in my new place, tired but saved.

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When i decided to come to Canada i knew i was coming to an expensive country. Every 1CAD costs me 2,14R$. That’s a lot of money. So i knew that in order to have a good lifestyle I would have to find a cheap accommodation.

I was very lucky. I put and add on craiglist and also on the sub-group on Couch Surfing. I talked a little bit about myself and asked for any cheap place, just for 3 months. I also suggested $350 as a monthly payment. That was about half the price normally listed on those websites. And waited for the best.

To my surprise I had about 10 answers! A lot of good and nice people. But Kevin’s answer was really cool, he wrote a lot about the place and we kept in touch since late january. I was really impressed at how beautiful the house is! Honestly, is the best in the street.

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I arrived there and there was nobody home. So a sweet gray cat came to greet me.

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Later on my flatmate explained that the house is actually from 1917. When all around this neighborhood was farmland, this was the big house on the farm. This made me love it even more. The universe is always finding me old houses.

So I spent the rest of the day unpacking and getting to know my new home. I have this sweet and comfy little room upstairs, and honestly I really love it. It’s like my own little space hidden from the rest of the house.

On the next day I woke up ready to do some exploring! I took the bus downtown and took a long walk in amazement around the waterfront. I had no destination, I was just walking and soaking up the kind energy of my new city. I saw all the tress blossoming and breathed the sweet fragrance they were expelling. I dreamed about having my own home boat…

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IMG_20130316_154149This is Rami. We met on the bus after the ferry the day before (the backpack working again). He was in Victoria for the weekend and looking for people to explore the city. Perfect match! We met right when I was getting tired of walking by my own, and he showed me what became my favorite part of the city: The beach!

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Those mountains by the water are actually Washington. Crazy, right?

I absolutely loved all the way that brings you into the beach. A lot of people walking with their dogs, and I had to be strong to not stop and pet each one of them. On the way to the beach you also pass by Cook St. My favorite street so far. If the city of my dreams would have a lot of stylish cafés, ethnic food and organic local stores, the city of my dreams is Cook St.

I finally surrender and tried my first Canadian Latte(I’m quite picky about lattes and found them to be too expensive here). It was perfect! Perfect amount of coffee and foam. Ahhh, it feels good!

Rami and I also tried some mexican food.IMG_20130316_160648I don’t remember if this was a fajita or a tortilla, anyway, it could be made vegan and was just $2,50. Score!

We ate and talked and came back to the beach to continue our walk and watch those brave people doing kitesurfing. It was sooo windy. I would never put myself with a kite into the water. But i guess i’m just too afraid.

IMG_20130316_154202It was a lovely afternoon and I truly pictured myself living here for a looong time. Getting a dog and walking it by dallas road while drinking some latte… Life is too full of options!

By the evening it was time to meet my flatmate’s friends. It was St Patrick’s Day, so i wore all the green clothes i had and we headed downtown to a club.

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Pretty nice place. I personally like the country space the best. I didn’t bring that many bras, so none of those are mine. But they had some funny things written on them.

They also had free peanuts! I left with my belly full.

My flatmate’s friends are such nice people. Everybody really friendly and smiley. I’m glad i found this house!

Well, this is such a long post! I guess traveling alone is making me inspired. My adventures in Victoria continued to grow, and my love for the city too. Time to focus on my studies now. Wish me good luck!

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Bat days…

My next days in Vancouver included some lazy, cozy mornings inside the cave.

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IMG_4885Look at my host’s jammies (they had a onesie party a few days before).

Super cute right?!

He is hands up because his crazy german oatmeal was a success.

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Some good adventures with some amazing people.

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And just like this my first days of Canada and my times at the Bat Cave were gone. (I’ll be back!)

Time to find out where i’ll be leaving and studying for the next three months. And what Victoria has to show me…

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So see you soon.

Vancouver oh vancouver

One thing I adore about being a traveller is all the people you meet. Just the fact that you are away from home and don’t know anybody makes you much more open for what and who will appear in your day. Everybody is a potential friend, and they often become one. Even if it’s just for one day or a small chat in an airplane.

With all that people in the bat cave, it was pretty impossible not to find some travel buddies. So in my first day in Vancouver I had this guy as my guide:

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This is Niclas, a young german having his first big trip away from home in Canada. And his longboard.

With Niclas I discovered the beauty of downtown Vancouver. It seems silly, but I almost cried. It’s just so good to feel the atmosphere of a completely different country. I missed that so much. Walking on the streets with all those new faces. Seeing the little international restaurants and the waterfront… Oh Lord, thanks for making our planet such a beautiful one!

So we walked, and talked and shared our culture. He was such a pleasant company in that cold vancouver day.

After getting to know downtown in our feet it was time for some food. Oh yes, very good food.

IMG_4817Amazing vegetarian sushi, with a vegetarian california temaki and misso soup. And free tea. All for $6.95. That’s what I loooove about a first world country.

Talking about food, our next destination made me want to cry even more.

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The city market!

I wish you could read all those labels. So so many amazing foods.

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Things I had never seen before. Wanted to try every single one!

Look at these spices:

 

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Yum!

Niclas likes the apples

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I was a very very good girl and didn’t buy anything. No space on my backpack anyway. Apart from some of these:

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Had to try the local honey, right?! And of course they didn’t make it into my back pack…

I also tried something I was craving for; the famous and legitimate Maple Syrup. I’ve read all about it before, and now i’m finally at maple syrup’s territory. The guy selling it was so cute. Got some nice compliments from him and a good, big taste of what seems to be the best syrup in town. Yummy. And is good for you! This is definitely in my grocery shop list.

IMG_4873I’m loving the whole Canadian experience more and more by the minute. And my first day was just the way I wanted to be.

Thanks Niclas!

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Walking and flying

After 36 hours traveling, a total of 17 hours flying in 3 different airplanes and many hours wandering around in airports I arrived in Canada’s third largest city:

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I was pretty excited with the airport already, seeing all that native indian arts right after leaving the plane just confirmed my idea that the country I was arriving in is so cool to the point of maintaining it’s origins and showing it with pride. Or at least this is my first impression. I still had some good minutes waiting for the immigration to grant my visa, so I pretty much met and became instant friends with everybody on the immigration line. No bad time when I’m traveling.

After a couple of questions and showing my school’s acceptance letter to the lady on the counter, I had a study and working permit on hands. So let’s put it into good use!

The 36 hours traveling and all the fast food during this time didn’t affect my humor. I was still well rested and ready to meet the house and people I would be Couch Surfing with. For the website references I knew the house would be awesome, but it can always get better. So I left the airport lobby and together with my sweet korean driver we headed to the Bat Cave. And I was greeted by these guys:

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Seriously, could I have found a better place? I don’t think so.

Other than 6 people living in the house (two canadians, one mexican, one french, one australian and a german guy) there was about 8 couchsurfers from everywhere. No way to feel lonely when arriving in Canada.

Wandering why the name Bat Cave? Because of this guy:

IMG_4937Of course he is almost always busy trying to save the world. So we don’t see him much. Apart from when he takes a break and come asking for some love.

Other than Batman, the house has others inhabitants:

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And about Wess, he is just like one of us. But in a dog form.

This is the house where I will be experiencing Vancouver for the first 5 days.  An experience itself.

Off to a chinese market (you can call it chinese amusement food park if you’re like me) to find some cheap food.

Canada, I think I love you…