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I think I could spend hours and hours online just looking at nice pictures and growing my imagination through inspiration.

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One of my favorite months of the year is finally here. I can hardly believe it myself, how time flies by so fast. I have already been in Toronto for 6 months! Its actually crazy haha. I love December for so many reasons, such as:
1. I get off from school and get to have 2-3 weeks of Christmas/winter break.
2. The cozy vibes and pretty lights.
3. Snow ... hopefully.
4. Julkalendern! (This Swedish thing)
5. Christmas and New Years Eve of course.

And so much more. I'm typically a Christmas and anything that has the slightest thing to do with Christmas hater before December comes along. I simply just do not believe in celebrating the holidays before the holiday month is actually here. In other words I think its way to early in November. However now that December is finally here, I'm all for it.

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So, as most of you already know, fika is a Swedish concept and only really exists in Sweden. Since I'm on my exchange year in Toronto right now, I haven't had fika for about 6 months and I' craving it so much haha. I have obviously been out to cafes and had cookies and etc but I miss "real" fika. I know it sounds stupid but thats the truth and thats how I feel. So as desperate as I am, I googled "fika in Toronto" and this place called the Fika Cafe came up. It looked super cute and they are inspired by Sweden and Scandinavia. Eventually, I ended up going there to satisfy my fika needs, but unfortunately they didn't reach up to my high expectations. Their hot chocolate was absolutely delicious though so I definitely recommend that, but they didn't make the traditional fika pastries that we have in Sweden so it pretty much just felt like any other cafe in the city lol. Oh well ... at least I'll be going back for hot chocolate.

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Hey guys! I'm actually so sick right now. I have no energy and my voice is totally gone. I know its no excuse but that is why I haven't been posting because to be honest, I haven't really been up to it. You guys probably wouldn't want me to post anyway because my life is super super boring when I'm sick lol. Anyway I recently went to this book signing with Annie Leibovitz at the Indigo book store on Bloor and Bay. For those of you who don't know who Annie Leibovitz is, she is a super famous portrait photographer who is extremely talented in what she does. If you were one of the first 200 people to buy her new book of portraits, which I was, you received wristband to attend her book signing and event later that evening, where she also talked about her book and answered some questions from the audience. It was amazing and what she said was really interesting about some of the stories behind her portraits. If it wasn't for my mom's great interest interest in her work, I probably wouldn't have attended this once in a life time opportunity. Thanks Mom!

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Last weekend when the girls and I were at Tabatha’s cottage for her birthday, Tabatha took us to a gorgeous trail in the forest which led to a whole valley of crescents. We imagined ourselves as professional climbers and explorers and explored the valley through, over and under crescent by crescent. It was so much fun and so beautiful. It was a long time ago I did some actual exploring and climbing in a forest since I live downtown and I don’t have easy access to one like I do in Sweden. It was absolutely AMAZING to walk/crawl through the crescents … It was as if I was a child again.

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Taryn, Apoline, Hana, Tabatha and Keyana

The gorgeous Taryn

Hana as her inner professional climber

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Hi guys! Here are lots and lots of pics from this weekend that was spent at Tabatha’s cottage about 2-3 hours North of Toronto. It was so Nice and relaxing to have a weekend to get away from reality in the busy city. We went to her cottage to celebrate her birthday with evenings in the hot tub, morning swims in the freezing lake, late night movies and of course s’mores by the fire. It was absolutely amazing. Thank you for having us Tabatha!

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So, for English class we had an assignment to read Life of Pi. I’ve seen the movie, I know the story and I really liked the idea but the funny thing is that I never got around to read the actual book. Trust me, I’ve been planning to for a long time, but it just never happened. Anyway, back to the point. I finished reading it like 3 minutes ago AND I loved it. Even though I already knew the story from the movie, I still found myself surprised from what I was reading. There are actually very few books that evoke this reaction within me when I’ve already seen the movie before. I definitely didn’t expect the book to be that good because it was an English assignment and we all know how most of us feel about assigned English books haha. If you haven’t read it yet, READ IT!

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Yesterday we went for a little road trip and drove up to the gorgeous town of Elora. We started the day off by parking the car and then we explored the town corner by corner. After a while of exploring we decided to satisfy our stomachs by eating lunch. I had a delicious salad and chicken wrap. Yum. We then made our way over to "hike" the beautiful and famous Elora Gorge. The path through the forest to get there was amazing, the view over the gorge was breathtaking and down in the gorge was absolutely magnificent. It was so nice to take this trip for two reasons. ONE: living in a big city takes its toll, even if its unnoticeable, but it does. Being constantly surrounded by police sirens and hundreds of people is fun and exciting, but not relaxing! TWO: I actually can't quite recall the last time I visited and experienced nature in the same way.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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I'll Be Missing You

I can't be the only one who loves old family photos, right?

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