July was a month full of exciting changes! It was busy. It was emotional. But most importantly, it was incredible! Saying goodbye to friends and family is always tough but doing it with my best friend by my side made it all a bit easier. We started a new chapter of our lives this month. Leaving your comfort zone is scary and exciting at the same time.
To travel is to live and we embarked on a new adventure this month!
~ Enjoying the Okanagan summer before moving abroad ~
In July 2017…
I spent Canada Day long weekend with friends soaking up the sunshine at a stunning log cabin on Mabel Lake. It was the perfect weekend getaway before the final week of packing, selling stuff and getting ready for our big move started. The weekend made me realize just how incredibly blessed I am to be surrounded by so many amazing, kind-hearted people.
At the same time I was feeling emotional because I knew that in less than two weeks I’d be leaving all this behind. I’ve been working hard at living in the moment though, so I simply cherished every single minute of this beautiful life I get to live!
~ Life really is better at the lake! ~
The day finally arrived and we were saying our final goodbyes and leaving for the airport! You can read about my carry-on essentials for long flights here.
It was a strange feeling not knowing exactly when we’d be coming back.
During our last couple of weeks in Canada we definitely had some mixed feelings about why we were doing this. Why were we leaving such a beautiful place behind? Of course I knew that these kind of thougths were completely normal and all part of the process. Nonetheless, it was overwhelming at times.
~ Saying goodbye to Canada at Kelowna International Airport ~
Highlights Of The Month
A stopover in Iceland was definitely the highlight of this adventurous month. Iceland was never on the top of my bucket list for places to visit but boy am I glad we did! I fell in love with this country’s rugged beauty the moment we drove from the airport to the Blue Lagoon. During our 5 day roadtrip in Iceland we saw towering waterfalls, explored the colourful capital city of Reykjavik and hiked along the base of glaciers and across lava fields. One of my favourite activities was soaking in the natural hot springs which exist all over the country. You can read about some of the ones we visited in in my post 4 Incredible Hot Springs To Visit In Iceland!
~ Black Sand Beach near Vik, Iceland ~
I’m going to be straight up here and tell you that moving abroad is no walk in the park. Since our arrival in Switzerland we have mostly been getting organized and figuring out our life here. This includes finding a place to live, finding work for me, registering with the government, getting health insurance, etc. All this has been stressful and hard on our relationship. And if you read my blog post where I talk about my immigration story, you’ll also understand why this move has been a roller coaster of emotions for me.
But like with all things in life, if it were easy then everyone would do it. I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge! Great things never came from comfort zones anyways.
I'm just not ready to stop posting about Iceland's unreal landscape! Our time here was incredible and we saw so much in a short amount of time! I definitely want to come back to explore the rest of this amazing place! What are your favourite things to see in Iceland?! waterfalls ✅ glaciers ✅ volcanos ✅ ocean ✅ lava fields ✅geysirs ✅ // 📸 taken at Skogafoss Waterfall, South Iceland #travellife #icelandtrip #stayandwander
What I’m Loving
After a couple weeks of not training, Florian and I were both itching to start working out again. We joined a new CrossFit gym here in Switzerland and the place is amazing! The atmosphere is fun and the people are super friendly at CrossFit Zueri Oberland. Fitness has always been a big part of my life. It helps me stay balanced and happy. I’m so glad we found a new place to train and I’m excited to see where it takes us!
What I’m Reading
I’m currently reading The Wild Truth which is Carine McCandless’ account of the real reasons why her brother, Christopher McCandless, walked into the Alaskan wilderness where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus.
I’ve always been fascinated with Jon Krakauer’s famous book Into The Wild which was later turned into a movie by the same name. Reading The Wild Truth has shed light on some lingering questions about why Chris did what he did. Carine discusses their childhood growing up in a highly dysfunctional family, her experience with domestic violence and her resilience and beloved connection to her brother.
It is an eye-opening story about survival and sets the record straight about a story that has touched thousands of readers.
~Happiness is only real when shared. ~
This is one of my favourite quotes of all time from Chris McCandless.
July was adventurous but I’m ready to feel more at home in Switzerland this month. Welcome to August 2017!
This is the month to…
- cozy up to a late night bonfire
- lose your to-do list
- pay it forward
- put your phone down
- serve dessert first
- watch a film alfresco
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