the thousand islands

October 08, 2014

If I had to be adopted into any of family, it would be the Bergen's. I admire them so much. Beyond being kind, welcoming, low maintenance and easy going, they are full of light, positivity and life experiences. Being around them is a treat. They also love it (tolerate it) when I take their photo.

It was nearing the end of summer when I visited Miina's cottage. I arrived with a lemon loaf and a batch of my favourite cookies. The "cottage" is actually a long and narrow houseboat perched in the St Lawrence River. It is huge and has many bedrooms, which is why they used to run it as a B&B. It was built in another era, the first decade of the 1900s. As you walk from the front to the back, you notice the tilt in the floor from the way it is permanently docked. It feels a bit awkward, unless of course you have known the place your entire life. I think it is a fascinating and special place. My trip was refreshing and needed. It rained a lot, intensely, which I loved. We heard some of the wildest thunder. I was treated to delicious and simple vegetarian meals. We watched Gossip Girl and reminisced about Copenhagen. A lot. We woke up at noon everyday. We (excluding me) bathed in the river. We planned a trip to Hawaii using dial-up internet. In typical Lana style, I had more conversations with Miina's zen-ed out father than with her.Also - if you haven't noticed, I finally have a domain and proper (beautiful!) portfolio! Super stoked. See it at

dance it off

September 24, 2014

"The most important thing is to not let yourself get impatient." Reiko said. "That is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it's ready to come undone. You have to figure it's going to be a long process and that you'll work on things slowly, one at a time. Do you think you can do that?" Haruki Murakami

I am an emotional wreck these days. Grad school is scary as hell, and hard as hell. Some days I feel like an impostor. I miss Copenhagen, I miss my friends, I miss my life there. I am not afraid to admit these things to people, and I am not afraid to share them here either, because I know I will get through this and come out stronger than ever. I will not let my fire go out. Anyways, to bring these pictures into context: one of the only things that gets me through these days is dancing - in the kitchen, in my bedroom, on the dancefloor. As long as I am dancing, I know, deep down, everything will be okay. Dancing, this, this, and this are everything to me right now.
(photos are of the lovely Fallon).

the bruce peninsula

September 13, 2014

This summer I did a lot of things. I think I wanted to keep myself busy not only because I was jobless, but also to tame the anxiety of grad school and to help me cope with not being in the Cope.

It was so fun to go camping with some of my oldest friends for a weekend. Caitlin basically lives in the outdoors, so she was our team leader. We hiked the Bruce Peninsula, swam in the Bay (at least, the brave ones did), and stared into the blue where the water meets the sky. At camp, it was all about cards against humanity, eating like kings, keeping the campfire roaring, and seeking shelter from the rain.


August 25, 2014

Today I am home alone. I woke up late, brewed a pot of coffee, threw open the windows to the late summer breeze and got into the last section of On The Road. Am I the only person in the world who isn't in love with this novel? Albeit the occasional blow me away quote, I just can not relate to the characters. Either way, reading is a form of escape for us all. September is almost here and every year this month has marked the start of the new year. Always September, never January. I can't help but to feel nostalgic in late August. There is an undeveloped disposable camera on my desk, probably a few years old now, and I am trying to build up the courage to take it into Blacks. My mind is travelling back to many things these days... This past year has been just c r a z y. I am looking back on it in order to stop seeing it all as a dream. I have lived through so much this year. I lived in the city of my dreams, I met lots of new people, I lost my best friend and my oldest friend moved away to the other end of the country, I stayed up until sunrise often, I finally started a medication that I have been fearing for years, I stopped being afraid of dairy. I came back home and I felt different. I still feel different. I see things differently. Things that used to matter to me don't anymore. Things I never knew about a year ago are the centre of my universe. Perspective, friends, that is what travel is for. I have grown, I know I have, and I am so grateful to have had this year. I am starting grad school in just a week and when I start to feel anxious, I repeat to myself: onwards & upwards.

The trip to Chicago was last minute and not at all planned. Merely two weeks after I got home from Europe, Dani called me to ask if I wanted to come to Chicago with her. She had won a MUCH Music contest for Lollapalooza (with festival tickets, hotel & airfare included!) for her and a friend.

Lollapalooza was fantastic - we just let loose and danced and partied for three days straight. We didn't see a single bad set! The Head and the Heart has so much heart. We finally saw Manchester Orchestra. Lorde is actually a goddess who is way too cool. Flume blew me away and has been everything to me since. Calvin Harris, Foster the People, and RAC were dance parties. Skrillex won me over, although I think his music is a bit intense unless live, when he gave a speech about how important music festivals are - they bring people together, music brings people together effortlessly, letting loose and having fun is necessary. Then he closed with "scream if you want to stay forever young" before dropping his last track. It was such a great vibe, and everyone was loitering around the park after. Someone even asked us if we were depressed that it was over, haha.

Although the festival occupied most of our time, we did carve out some time for a little bit of exploring. I loved Chicago, and can't wait to go back and eat my way through it! See here for a list of what we saw/ate.

cows in the fog

August 19, 2014

Sometimes you have to tell your friends to pull over immediately because you have to take photos of something seemingly silly - like cows - but then it ends up being so. worth. it. Fortunately my friends call me "lens" and they understand.

We went camping last weekend on the Bruce Peninsula and picked up some serious autumn vibes. It is hard to believe that the above photos were taken in mid-August! Although I was not mentally prepared to spend three consecutive days in my wool hat, blunnies and raincoat, we had such a good time.

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