Nadine Bless

After finishing my studies I seized the opportunity to volunteer in Central America and made my way through Oceania, the best choice I could have made. For the years to come, life keeps being an endless journey and traveling an essential part of it.
  • Day22

    Canada: it was a pleasure!

    May 1, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    22 days
    4000 km
    From Seattle
    To Vancouver
    All the way through the Rocky Mountains
    To Vancouver Island
    While experiencing the West Canadian four seasons

    Next time, it will be the East, another thousands of km to go, getting to know more exciting people and there I will finally find the famous maple leaf 🍁Read more

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  • Day21

    Ucluelet/Pacific Rim National Park

    April 30, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    We stayed the night in Ucluelet. On the way back to Victoria we did the coastal Wild Pacific Trail (the lighthouse loop is highly recommended!), the Rainforest trail (big trees to hug!) and stopped at Long Beach (it really is long!).

    Until then I had almost forgotten that we are on an island and at the Pacific coast. Would have loved to jump into the water and try my best in surfing again, it has been a while since last time 🌊

    "Always focus on what you love and anything is possible!" There is nothing more to add to that.
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  • Day21

    Tofino: Cast Away

    April 30, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    The perfect scenery the day we got there after 3h driving - rain, fog, no view, almost no restaurants open at 9pm, restaurants that had open didn't have any free spaces, starving...

    Literally Cast Away 🏝🏐😵and there was no Wilson to accompany us unfortunately ... our sole rescue was Tony's pizza place (not very recommended though)

    In summer, Tofino is supposed to be a beautiful surfer town --> I will be back!
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  • Day20

    Vancouver Island: Victoria

    April 29, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    After a 2h ferry ride to Vancouver Island, we arrived in the city that istantly reminded me of the UK and prince and princess. Maybe not that surprising considering that Victoria is the capital of British Columbia where the Legislature Building shines brightly at night, the Labor Union gives speeches during the day and the Queen is still omnipresent.

    Additionally, Victoria is a small and cozy town where you can stroll along the harbour, watch sea planes take off and land, go shopping and for some drinks at night (if it's not too late, like after 2).
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  • Day18

    Vancouver: cycling around Stanley Park

    April 27, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Renting bikes was a pretty genius idea to go the 10km around Stanley Park and the waterfront. I fell in love with the house boat in blue. If it was't our last day in Vancouver, I would have loved to stay there for a while and go for run around the park every morning.

    Next time, I won't take photos while riding to avoid crashing my phone again 🤔Read more

  • Day17

    Day 12 and already back in the city

    April 26, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Being back in Vancouver means the end of our roadtrip, returning our car and getting used again to busy city life :/

    Uncommon for Vancouver however, the city welcomed us with perfect weather to do the free walking tour in the neighborhood of Gastown (named after that smart guy Gassy Jack who figured that back in pioneer times Whiskey was THE incentive in recruiting good workers).

    Also there are other exciting things to discover randomly: a clock that pretends to be fueled by steam, shops full of maple (syrup) even though I haven't seen any real maple trees in Canada yet and also some indications of who is especially appreciated and respected by the Canadians in Vancouver and who is not.

    In many occasions, you get reminded how "old" can be defined differently in other parts of the world. So at this point, it is essential to say, HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY, CANADA! 🇨🇦🥂🎉
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    Day 11: Hope, you didn't disappoint us!

    April 24, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Our next stop, tiny town Hope, rose high expectations considering its name. Actually, it exceeded them by far.

    It is located in a beautiful valley surrounded by green hills and a blue lake mirroring them in the sun. People were amazingly friendly and we had dinner in a local diner that offered crazy pies (we almost died afterwards so that we were happy to have walked there instead of using the car).

    Also special about the hills is that they built one of the first railway tracks and tunnels through them. They haven't been in use since the 60s but you can still walk through them. In the case they are still closed because of winter time you might also just climb over the fence ;)

    Ultimately I have to say, I'm a big fan of Hope in BC, Canada! 🍁
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  • Day14

    Day 10: stop in Kamloops

    April 23, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Recovering from the night before and enjoying the exquisite Canadian cuisine at Tim Hortens 🍩🍪🥐🍯🍔🥓🥞☕️😵

    And I figured, I dont like that we are heading to the west. It means we are going back to Vancouver what also means we are heading back home soon 🙊Turn East again?! 🔙

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    Day 9: Jasper National Park & Jasper

    April 23, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    Some pretty amazing things to see around here:
    - The five lakes (each frozen or unfrozen and in a different colour; and yes, they are cold!)
    - Athabasca falls (it totally demonstrates the power of water and nature)
    - Pretty crazy band to celebrate the end of the ski season (including dancing to country music and getting free drinks if you randomly start talking to people that prove to be the bar owner)
    - the Northern lights and my first shooting stars I have ever seen, so all my wishes gonna be fulfilled! 💫
    - While going for a run in town, I wondered if it is possible: An elk as a pet?! 🦌
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    Day 8: Icefields Parkway to Jasper

    April 22, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    The Icefield Parkway from Banff to Jasper alias Winter Wonderland leads you along multiple lakes, trails, glaciers and waterfalls, all hidden under snow. The road itself and its stunning views is the main attraction though. Thats actually how it is like to drive a BMW as if in a commercial 🏔🏎

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