Tofino, British Columbia.

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After having learnt my lesson in Thailand, I was determined to keep my travel schedule flexible and it definitely paid off. When I landed in Canada I hadn’t even heard of Tofino and so had absolutely no intention of visiting. However, the more hostels I stayed at the more buzz there was about Tofino and nearly everyone I met who had been there said that I had to go. Tofino is a 7 hour bus journey North West from Victoria, so I decided that after three days in Victoria, I would spend an additional three days on Vancouver Island in Tofino.

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Vancouver, British Columbia.

dsc00947Before I left for Canada, everyone told me how I have to go to Vancouver, “it’s a city close to nature! There’s nothing like it!” Well funnily enough, those of you who have been keeping up with my blog for a while will know that I don’t live too far away from Bristol, a city that is close to nature. So, I didn’t love Vancouver as much as I thought I would but I still really liked it, I know I’ve just contradicted myself hugely but I’m sure you get what I mean. I also loved Vancouver because of the people I met there, and I’m confident when I say that I think we’ll be friends forever. Anyway more on that later… Let me start from the beginning.

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Banff, Alberta.

I hope you’re sitting comfortably with a cup of tea and biscuit as this is going to be a long old post about one of my favourite places in Canada.

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After browsing Pinterest for hours on end, I compiled a mood board of destinations to visit whilst in Canada. One place frequented that board consistently and it was Banff. I dreamed of seeing Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, even of just being in the mountains.

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Life on the Ranch

dsc00186As I mentioned in my previous post, thanks to my severe lack of money drive and motivation for work, I decided to work for two weeks at Wild Horse Mountain Ranch so I could experience authentic Canadian life. I worked at a ranch located an hour East from Red Deer and two hours North from Calgary. Diane and Bear (the owners of the Ranch) own 180 acres of land, 4 dogs, 2 cats and 60 horses, with Summer camps on over the months of June through to August, it’s safe to say that they often need as much help as possible.

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HELLO CANADA!

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My poor long lost blog. How I have neglected you. All my empty promises to try harder to post more have been unsuccessful and a little thing called life keeps getting in the way… However, I am currently sat on a Greyhound bus, 6 hours into a 16 hour coach journey and I couldn’t think of a better time to write a post. I’m looking forward to catching you up on what I’ve been up to including my trips to Dublin, Poland, Germany, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and maybe I’ll even get round to finishing my posts on India and Bali from last year (oops). However, if you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t follow me you can follow me @stephaniezoerogers) you will know that I am currently in Canada!

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This Book Will Change The Way You Travel

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Have you ever stayed in a city for a couple of days and then left feeling ever so slightly guilty because you may have kinda rushed through it in order to stick to your jam packed itinerary? But then as you slowly roll away from the city, you think to yourself, ‘you know what? It’s okay, one day I’ll come back and visit properly and see everything.’ You then sit back in your comfy seat, let the guilt wash over and watch the city quickly fade into the distance. Out of sight out of mind, right? Then, as you finish making those vows to return, your mind turns over to the really important things, like, your next destination. Another place that you’ll be spending two or three nights in before quickly moving on.

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Venice, Italy

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After a short two and a half hour flight, Charlie and I arrived in Venice; the first of 10 cities we will be passing in our Eastern European adventure. Unfortunately, we only had 23 hours to explore and make the most of Venice so Charlie and I had no option but to hit the ground running. We went straight from the plane to a bus to exploring the winding streets of Venice.

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6 Months in a Nutshell

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It’s been three months but I’m finally back! My last assessment has been submitted and (assuming that I have passed)* I am well on the way to finishing my undergraduate degree. It seems slightly surreal to have so much free time after three years of continuous work. However, this leaves me with more time to work on this blog of which I have abandoned for the past year. I think I’m going to dedicate this first post on updating you all on what I’ve been up to this year so far. This year has already brought so many adventures and I’m so excited to catch you up and tell you what I’ve got planned for the rest of 2016.

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