Hardships & Heartbeats pretty much sums up living abroad. It is a 24/7 challenge and everyone who has done it knows exactly what I am talking about. The first month is the honeymoon phase, everything is so glittery and lovely and the excitement is full on 200 %. Everything is so beautiful and especially coming to this city was like WOW WOW how can a city be this pretty?? It was really a dream coming here. Then reality hits you SMACK in the face! You start working, winter comes, people leave and all of a sudden you have a daily, routine life here. That´s when you start questioning why you are here. The ones that truly understand where you are coming from are people I´ve met who have done the same journey like me. They all say, stick it out, it hurts and it aches but stick it out. Even a guy at the coffee shop this morning came up to me (as I spilt my coffee) and he started out with "It happens to me all the time" and then we started talking. He was from South Africa and he came her 1,5 year ago and we had a long chat about it all. Another awesome guy who also came here 1,5 year ago got me in this community of hikers, photographers, writers and explorers today so that´d be awesome if I stay. Traveling is one emotional roller-coaster of WOW, WAH, A-AMAZING, heartbeats from living your dream but also a shit load of challenges and hardships. What I learnt is you keep only the good people onboard your journey cause that makes it a whole lot easier!. Enough of the rose-colored glasses in life. Btw, the photos are from yesterday in beautiful Kitsilano where I went to Swedish brand Fjällräven who just recently entered the North American market.