​So just as I was ready to give up and go home everything just fell into place here. I decided to stick it out actually, the harder times of traveling alone and when I did, everything good just happened to me. I could move in earlier to the flat in Kits and I got the most lovely roomate (Brita) and her lovely dog Koda. I live right in the middle of my dream area and I realised I am in my dream area, in my dream city, in my dream country. I cannot even imagine how wonderful this area will be in summer cause I love it even in winter. We got an amazing flat, it´s so cosy and it´s got two huge balconies, one of them overlooking the mountains. It´s quiet here and I slept SO GOOD last night. I woke up this morning and went on the balcony to watch the snow on the mountain tops. Britas parents live in Whistler so we are going there soon to snowboard. It´s everything I ever dreamt of hah. Sorry for the excitement but I am very happy now. I am pretty bad at hiding my emotions in general haha. I was gonna go to Whistler with Brita all weekend for a wine festival but I have to work :(. Oh well, next time. Over and out, I´m going to rest and enjoy my life right now hah plus I got work tomorrow morning. Will take some more photos of this area and show you, hopefully the sun will be out more this weekend :).

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Hardships & Heartbeats pretty much sums up living abroad. It is a 24/7 challenge and everyone who has done it knows exactly what I am talking about. The first month is the honeymoon phase, everything is so glittery and lovely and the excitement is full on 200 %. Everything is so beautiful and especially coming to this city was like WOW WOW how can a city be this pretty?? It was really a dream coming here. Then reality hits you SMACK in the face! You start working, winter comes, people leave and all of a sudden you have a daily, routine life here. That´s when you start questioning why you are here. The ones that truly understand where you are coming from are people I´ve met who have done the same journey like me. They all say, stick it out, it hurts and it aches but stick it out. Even a guy at the coffee shop this morning came up to me (as I spilt my coffee) and he started out with "It happens to me all the time" and then we started talking. He was from South Africa and he came her 1,5 year ago and we had a long chat about it all. Another awesome guy who also came here 1,5 year ago got me in this community of hikers, photographers, writers and explorers today so that´d be awesome if I stay. Traveling is one emotional roller-coaster of WOW, WAH, A-AMAZING, heartbeats from living your dream but also a shit load of challenges and hardships. What I learnt is you keep only the good people onboard your journey cause that makes it a whole lot easier!. Enough of the rose-colored glasses in life. Btw, the photos are from yesterday in beautiful Kitsilano where I went to Swedish brand Fjällräven who just recently entered the North American market. 

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Decisions decisions!! Kitsilano in my heart! Ok, this is the area I am supposed to be moving to and when I got an apartment there I was SO happy. Before coming to Vancouver this is the area I wanted to move to. The first photo I ever saw of Vancouver was from Kitsilano. It´s an area with stunning mountain views, a big park or parks I don´t know, beautiful beach etc.. Ok honestly, like everything I ever pictured in my life of the perfect place to live, it´s Kitsilano. I can fully see myself there with a dog or two or three and to live there. You honestly need a dog when living in Kitsilano because everyone has one and you might also consider always carrying a yoga mat under your arm and buying some organic groceries. Honestly it´s me, well apart from the yoga which I have tried and just cannot seem to get into. I still prefer the gym. I like my organic groceries though hah and I love pets. This area has really good cafés, restaurants and shopping too. Hence why people want to live there (not as many tourists find their way there. tho). Best thing of all, it´s not in downtown but you can see downtown from it. My apartment is right in the middle of Kits, on the corner of York and Yew which is like THE perfect place. I think I am scared of liking it's too much here and I'd stay forever.

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This has been my neighbourhood for the past two months, pretty much since I got to the city. The area is called the West End of Downtown Vancouver Peninsula, neighboring my lovely Stanley Park and with beautiful beaches all along. It´s a popular area to stay and I was lucky to find a flat in this area when I moved here. Unfortunately more people (read including half of Asias population) realised it´s a pretty good area to live in too! If they are not here to take photos of the beautiful sunsets (!!) they are here to stay. It means English Bay has turned into one big construction site and they wake me up every morning making the foundation for high-rise buildings. For a small town kinda girl it´s doing my head iiiin.  All the love to English Bay though and I understand people want to live here but this little Swede who is very sensitive to noisy places is out of here. Soon :). How pretty is downtown here though? I mean it´s got water all around! Sorry for the low quality, out of focus pictures but as mentioned before my camera broke and my iPhone is old. Getting that fixed very soon. It wasn´t sunny today either but I wanted to show you how it can look like on a sunny day.

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I don´t know how many walks I´ve done in this park since I got here. For a small town, country girl like myself I was very happy to hear that Downtown Vancouver had a massive park with a seawall allowing you to walk along the water and next to the trees for kilometers. My flat is just next to the park and for two months now I´ve done my fair share of walks and running there to say the least. The sun was out yesterday and it was pretty pretty and much warmer than like a few days ago when it snowed? Today not so sunny but I like Stanley walks anyways cause it has a special glow on rainy days. I wish I had some better photos but my camera is broken and has been pretty much since I got here and my iphone camera is what it is. So bad. I will miss this park when moving soon but I am also happy to get out of downtown. 

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So I´ve been in the country about two months and I´ve already started one job, quit that one and started another one hah. H&M is where I work now and it´s in in downtown Vancouver in a mall called Pacific Centre. I´ve been doing office work back home for the past few years and I just wanted to get a break from that so here I am in Canada working in retail for a swedish company :). It´s funny when you are overseas how proud you become of your own country and just working for a swedish company makes you feel connected to home. Sweden is always with me in my heart though wherever I go. It´s where my people are <3.


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There is something magical about following your dreams. It all kind of comes into place, everything that has been and everything that´s happened before, there was a reason for it even if it sometimes is hard to see. If you are willing to listen to it, learn from it and know it´s guiding you, it takes you exactly to the place you are supposed to be at. It all depends on one thing though, to visualiase your dreams and chase after them. My one was to come here. I love my family so much it hurts to be away from them but this was an important step for me, to go after what I deeply desire and what my heart told me to do and listen to no one but myself for once in my life. It´s hard being sefish cause you feel like you are leaving people behind but in order to be there for everyone else I had to make myself the number one priority in my life. I don´t know how long this adventure will last for but I know I am at the exact right spot at the exact right time in my life and I trust my path. This is what I am supposed to be doing cause once you decide to things for you and not only do things that other people expect you do to, it will all make sense and fall into place. Just do you!

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Why Sea to Sky Dreams? Well that sentence means a lot to me. I have a strong obsession and love for the mountains haha as well as the ocean. I think being on top of a mountain or swimming in an ocean gives me the same feeling of freedom I´ve always needed in my life. The wilderness and the unknown also intrigues me and I´ve been wanting to to explore new oceans and new mountain tops my while life. It has already led me to a lot of beautiful places around the world. Everyday back home pretty much I´d be gazing out at the horizon wondering what´s out there, always watching the border between the sea and the sky. So coming here I had to cross the atlantic ocean and I`ve already done a few magical hikes. This photo is from The Chief, a mountain about 45 minute drive from Vancouver. The highway route here is called the "Sea-to-Sky Highway Route" and goes between two of my dream destinations - Vancouver and Whistler.

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So this was my first day in Vancouver, September 3rd 2017. I decided to apply for a Canadian work permit when i was in Sweden and follow my dream, to go live in Canada. I absolutely love the mountains and the ocean and it´s been a dream to once in my life live in a city which has both the mountains and the ocean so close. I gave up everything back home and I left for the unknown. I had never been to Canada. There are many cities in Canada but Vancouver was an easy choice. It´s right by the Pacific Ocean and it´s a city surrounded by mountains.  I can swim in the ocean in summer and I can ski 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver in winter. I am a happy girl. Vancouver hit me straight away with it´s beauty and it amazes be everyday how beautiful this city is. Best decision of my life.

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