One last day in Iceland – Reykjavík – Iceland Road Trip Day 8

Final day in Iceland and a day to explore Reykjavík. We started our day visiting the famous Hallgrímskirja. It was of course distinctive from the outside but I found the inside quite beautiful as well. It had the same graceful simplicity we had seen throughout much of the architecture and interior design of Iceland. There was also a beautiful organ at the back wall. Wish we could have been there for a concert – it would have been so interesting to hear the acoustics.

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Puffins, Jökulsárlón, Langoustine, and Svínafellsjökull – Iceland Road Trip Day 6

What a day! We headed out of Seyðisfjorður with plans to go to Höfn but decided to take a right at the intersection to Egilsstaðir to head to Borgarfjörður instead. Since we didn’t make it to Skalanes to see the puffins, we thought we’d try our luck in Borgarfjörður. So another windy, snow-squalled trip filled later, we arrived.
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New in town: My First Impressions of Vancouver

I moved to Vancouver in late summer last year. New places can be exciting and isolating as you find your pace in the rhythm of a new city. This short video captures some of those first few weeks and months of discovery.

There’s a feeling of home starting to creep in but there’s still a palpable foreignness. Having lived across Canada, I sometimes feel like an unofficial cultural ambassador. There are obvious differences in landscapes, languages, and cultural diversity across the country but there are also social subtleties that take a little more time to understand. I haven’t quite been able to put into words some of the moments here in Vancouver that catch me off guard so I’ll start by letting these images do the talking. Continue reading

Vancouver: Uncovering the Secrets of a New Home

I moved to Vancouver in late summer last year. New places can be exciting and isolating as you find your pace in the rhythm of a new city. However, if you keep your heart open, even just a little, the secrets that make a city great slowly reveal themselves.

This short video captures those first few weeks of discovery, the first few weeks of finding myself within a new home. The music played by pianist Sanaz Sotoudeh was recorded at the public concert at the Vancouver Facade Fest 2015.

Hope you enjoy TheTravelingUrbanite.com’s first video!

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Where in the world are we? – 50th postcard for Postcard Monday!

Happy New Year! Besides welcoming a new year, we have a bonus celebration today because this is the 50th postcard I’ve posted for Postcard Monday! I’m so grateful to all the wonderful friends and family who send me postcards from around the world and glad to have an audience to share them with. Today’s postcard may not look too specific but it is in my opinion one of the most mesmerizing places in the world. Answer revealed here next Monday!

Photo by Bob Herger