Ireland (Dublin & Galway), 2017

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I spent the first week of 2017 exploring Dublin, Ireland with my sister. Here are all the things we did:

  • Jan. 1st: We flew into Dublin from Glasgow, Scotland, on about 30 minutes of sleep. If you want to read about my ridiculous New Year’s Eve experience you can do so here… Needless to say, we didn’t do much for our first night in Dublin.
  • Jan. 2nd: We walked over to Kilmainham Gaol– which unfortunately was SOLD OUT FOR THE WHOLE WEEK, like HOW DO YOU SELL OUT A JAIL– but we got to take a look at their museum and see the main jail area, which softened the blow. We then walked around Phoenix Park, and wound up accidentally walking 12km in total that day…
  • Jan. 3rd: We spent the whole day looking at various museums downtown.
  • Jan. 4th: We woke up at 6am to hop on a day tour to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher– it was absurdly beautiful and probably my favourite thing we did while in Ireland. So much greenery, so gorgeous even with dreary weather, it reminded me of home in that way. It’s crazy to me that you can just drive across and see the entire country in a few hours.
  • Jan. 5th: We visited the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the Little Museum (an aptly-named small museum all about the history of Dublin).
  • Jan. 6th: For our last full day, we just wandered around aimlessly around the city and along the River Liffey, and checked out a couple museums.
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Scotland (Glasgow & Edinburgh), 2016

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From December 28th until January 1st, my sister and I were in Scotland. To be specific we were in Glasgow from the 28th to 31st, then we spent New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh at their world famous Hogmanay festival. Hogmanay is the Scottish NYE, and they like to go ham with the fireworks. Our night kind of went haywire, but before I get into that, here’s a rundown of the stuff we did:

  • Dec. 28: Meandered along the River Clyde to the People’s Palace, a museum about Glaswegian history.
  • Dec. 29: Went to the Glasgow Necropolis and felt very much like Hamlet (I have this thing with cemeteries… There’s a cemetery by my house that I spend a lot of time at), saw the medieval beauty of the Glasgow Cathedral, and went to the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art
  • Dec. 30: Wandered the University of Glasgow grounds (um… Hogwarts is that you?), went to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery
  • Dec. 31: Had a TIME AND A HALF at Edinburgh Hogmanay.
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London, 2016

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It’s 4:00AM on December 12th and I’ve just woken up after about 2 hours of sleep. I have a plane to catch at 6:45AM from Vancouver to Toronto, where I’ll have a 7 hour layover before hopping on a second flight, this time from Toronto to London, England. If everything goes according to plan, I won’t be home until mid-to-late March. London is just the first stop on the tour of Europe my sister and I are embarking on. It’s 4:00AM on December 12th and I am very, very, anxious. But time, relentless as ever, keeps moving. Soon enough It’s 10:00AM London time (2:00AM Vancouver time) and I’ve just landed at Gatwick Airport. Oh fuck. Holy shit. Here we go.

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Tofino, 2016

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Every November, my boyfriend’s family goes to Tofino to spend some quality time together. This year they were kind enough to take me along. This video documents the most Pacific Northwestern place I’ve ever been. Seriously, Tofino in November perfectly follows every stereotype anyone has ever had of the PNW.

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Victoria, 2016

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Over the Halloween weekend (or Halloweekend, if you will) my best friend and I went to Victoria. This seems to be a bit of a tradition for 18 year old Vancouverites whose friends go to the University of Victoria, because on the 5 hour journey there we bumped into tons of friends of ours who had the same idea.

By the time all my friends who are going to far away universities get back to Vancouver for their winter breaks, I’ll already be in Europe, so I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to see some of my favourite people before I disappear to the other side of the world for four months.

We were only there for a weekend, and it’s not like it was super far from home, but here are some of the photos I’d like to share of my nice lil crisp Autumn getaway:

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Shifting Auras

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On the first of August last year, my boyfriend and I had our auras photographed by Christina Lonsdale of Radiant Human. She’s Portland-based but her studio is made to travel and function all over the world. I’ve been following her work via her Instagram for around 3 years now and was super excited to have my portrait taken by her last year when she stopped by Vancouver, and then doubly excited when I saw she was making a return this week.

These are the photos we had taken last year:

It’s a nice combination of science and mysticism. Scientifically: your hands are placed on sensors that read your electromagnetic energy, and that information is translated into colour values then overlaid onto a picture of you to create really dreamy, ethereal portraits. Mystically: the colours that appear are interpreted by Christina as reflecting certain parts of your personality. Colours that appear in the top show your thoughts (and what you put into the world), the left shows your self, and the right shows your persona.

 

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A year ago, my aura was almost entirely red and purple, a colour combo Christina deemed “the creative hustler.” At the time, I was much more introverted and that shows in my portrait– my aura doesn’t extend even to the edge of the frame, because I mostly kept my energy to myself. The picture was taken before my senior year of high school began and before I started working in a restaurant and was forced to talk to strangers daily. Now I’ve been out of high school and working full-time for four months. I was so excited to see how my aura might’ve shifted as I have shifted.

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colour meaning breakdownorange: creative, confident, independent, collaborative, great people skills, loves a challenge | tan: detail oriented, cautious, logical, strategic, results driven, highly intelligent, works well with structure | purple: visionary, unconventional, nonjudgemental, playful, loves to be inspired and delight others | green: growth, goal oriented, determined, perfectionist, ambitious, self assertive, adaptable, long term awareness

I was not disappointed! Look at what I got yesterday!! So much more than just purple and red, and the colours reach the edge of the image because I’m not an awkward introverted little baby anymore. The green and orange make total sense to me since joining the workforce and discovering that– much to my surprise– I have workaholic tendencies. Not only did I think the interpretation was pretty spot on, but Christina actually remembered my boyfriend and I from when we went last year, which really made my day.

I would love to make this an annual occurrence and see how my energy changes over time・゚ *✧・゚・*

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