in the highlands

31/08/2013 § 1 Comment

010_10 016_16013_13009_9 008_8 007_7 006_6 005_5 One of the most spectacular parts of the trip to Scotland was traveling through the Scottish Highlands on our way to Skye. Even though the weather was a bit grey, it was the exact atmosphere I had pictured in my mind when I thought of the Highlands, so I was pretty excited to be able to experience it this way. The scenery was breathtaking and I can safely say this is in my top 10 favourite places I’ve ever visited. Summer is almost at an end now and I’m so behind with getting photos developed. I hope I can share some pictures from my summer here in Canada soon.




20/01/2013 § 1 Comment

005_5 006_6 007_7 008_8 013_13 This summer my family came to visit me for my graduation and after we went on a 2.5 week trip to Germany. We spent the first few days in Berlin, then traveled south to Saxony [Freistaat Sachsen] and spent almost a week there before returning to Berlin. These photos were taken at the Bastei, near Kurort Rathen. The landscape here reminded me of one of my favourite paintings, Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer by the Romantic period painter Caspar David Friedrich. It was really beautiful up there.. I realized that since I moved to the Netherlands I find myself missing the mountains a lot. Overall the trip was great, plus I got some much needed German practice in. More photos to come soon!

landschaftspark duisburg-nord

07/08/2012 § 3 Comments

After our overnight stay in Brussels we packed up and headed to Köln. Although I didn’t get to see too much of the city, I really liked what I did see and we happened to find a pretty cool art festival/party going on in one of the neighbourhoods close by our hotel. The next day we headed to Duisburg to check out the Landschaftspark there. It was established in 1991 as a way to reuse the coal and steel production plant that had been abandoned there in the mid-1980s. The park was probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited. Even though it was pretty rainy we climbed all the way to the top of one of the biggest structures there and got an amazing view of the surrounding area. And the best part was we  discovered a huge climbing area and even a slide [last photo], which ended up being the funnest part of our trip.

More photos soon, I’m waiting on a roll from Berlin to be developed. Hope the summer is treating you well!

cold swedish winter

10/06/2012 § Leave a comment

 In February Leah and I went to visit our friend Rasmus in Sweden. We spent most of our time around Lund and Malmö, but Rasmus took us up north to his family’s summer house for a couple of days and it was amazing. We spent our time bundled up exploring the coastline, trying to smash ice with the biggest rocks we could find, cooking, baking, and even playing some music. There was even a bit of snow the next morning.

Sorry for the poor quality of these scans but it was the best I could do at the moment. I made a small road trip with some friends this past weekend to Brussels and Köln, so I will hopefully have more photos to share from that soon. Hope it’s more summery where you are than it is here in NL!

hoge veluwe park

18/09/2011 § 4 Comments

 I brought my Voigtländer with me when I went to the Hoge Veluwe National Park a couple weeks ago with Erica, Cem and my sister. It had been a while since I’d used it and I’m really glad I finally brought it out again.

The park was amazing. Can you believe that all these were taken in the same place? So many interesting landscapes.. and they have a really large art and sculpture museum [which we didn’t get around to seeing.. this time]. There are white bicycles you can use for free in the park and we definitely made use of them.. I think we cycled about 30km that day. Although it’s kind of a pain to get to without a car, we thought it was definitely worth it!


16/02/2011 § 4 Comments

Further East from the pier at Scheveningen there are a bunch of old bunkers from WWII in the dunes. They were fenced off but easy enough to get to if you really want. I’m kind of fascinated by old abandoned structures which is why I am super excited about my current studio project.

Speaking of which I had a totally draining 9 hours [gasp] of studio today. It’s not normally supposed to be that long but we had a guest who insisted on asking each of us about our project which took way too long. Although, my brain is overflowing with ideas for the site which is kind of exciting [compared to last semester].

I have some reading to do and diagrams to make tonight so I should get to it. I’m going on a mysterious adventure to Germany for 3 days on Friday.. should be interesting. I’ll take pictures and post more about it next week. Better get back to work!


27/04/2010 § Leave a comment

I was browsing through my photos earlier and found some more that I hadn’t got around to posting. The first two are of Freeway Park. I was really hoping the fountain would be running but it wasn’t. There were some people reading and relaxing on the big concrete blocks, it seemed like a really cool place to just chill in the middle of the city. The buildings in the last photo kind of made me a bit dizzy when I looked at them haha.

Anyways, I had a big first today. I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed and it was the first time I had ever been unconscious in my life. And I was reaaallllyyy nervous about it before hand [I tend to freak myself out about these things!]. But everything turned out really well and despite the wisdom teeth horror stories I had heard from others and read online things seem to be going quite well. I’m enjoying eating lots of soft comfort foods at least. I’m hoping to finish up a roll on my Olympus as soon as I can get out of the house again… which is hopefully soon!

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