JOURNEY

Where everything started - Vancouver

One year ago, I fulfilled my dream and spend 8 months in British Columbia, Canada. The trip changed quiet a few things in my life, the element which caused most of the changes is photography. I've taken photos for a couple of years now, but suddenly I developed a new love to my camera. This blog will be about my journey, lessons I've learned and the things I love to share. Hopefully I can influence a few people, to see the world a little bit different than before. 

Ready, Set...Go? 

I haven't had a real plan, except that I wanted to go skiing and learning a new language. It wasn't easy for me to leave everything behind, family, friends, girlfriend and my dog. Especially if you have to set up a new life, in a place which is known as a world class ski resort. I've read a couple of articles about how hard it would be to find an accommodation in Whistler. The fact, that I didn't know if I could find a nice little room for myself paired with no experience in managing life (setting up a bank account, signing contracts, looking for a serious job) made me afraid of leaving home. The new language wasn't a bonus as well. Somehow I managed it to overcome all those feelings and I finally sit on the plane.  

The first shot I took. (First lesson I've learned: Never take a 3rd row seat, it's not easy to take photos from there) 

The first shot I took. (First lesson I've learned: Never take a 3rd row seat, it's not easy to take photos from there) 

Vancouver

Pure happiness overcame me, as I realized that I could take a few photos of the skyline. 

Pure happiness overcame me, as I realized that I could take a few photos of the skyline. 

I was super amazed by the time we landed. Mountaintops covered in snow, an ocean and the skyline of Vancouver? Not bad at all for the first minutes of seeing British Columbia. My fear was immediately blown away by all those impressions. The city just waited for me to get explored. The weather was perfect, trees began to change their colours. Everything was screaming "Take pictures! Common take some photos!" and so did I. 

As you can see, we were quite lucky with the weather and it got even better during the evening. I've heard that Canada Place would be a good place to take a few pictures of the sunset. The timing was perfect as our travel group reached the place. I still can't believe how lucky we were.  

Fog of the Pacific Ocean started to flood into the bay of Vancouver. This scene was the trigger for my landscape photography addiction. The perfect lighting, the first time I saw ocean fog and everything else in that moment blew my mind. The decision of going to Canada went from fear to totally worth it. A life changing moment. I just wanted to see more of those nature happenings.

In the meantime, my group continued their walk while looking for some food. I was starving as well, but I just couldn't resist the beauty of nature so I stayed there for 30 more minutes, watching the scenery.  

 That was my first day in Vancouver. The fact that I would be able to do this kind of stuff for the next few months amazed me more and more, my head started to think a bit more differently than before that day. Hopefully the following images are speaking for them selves. Stay tuned for my next post. The journey will continue.