I’m back!

IMG_3577So it’s been a bit of a while since I tapped my keyboard for this “blog”. But here I am!

Life has been full of adventures since I left Europe again in search of unconventional living and freedom of the hills.

After selling my soul for the corporate world one last time in Luxembourg, I saved up enough to make a move again. This time to cross the Atlantic for a country that was raved a lot about in New Zealand- Canada. Where the mountains are higher and the wilderness wilder.

I actually had no clue where to go to Canada. Which is kinda silly, cause it’s you know- the second biggest country in the world. All I knew was- I wanted to be in the mountains. So West Coast, Best Coat it was, baby.

But the pressure I felt in Europe from the loved ones “to get my shit together”, made me ditch my initial plan to buy a van and become a dirtbag. So I decided to look for a job from Latvia and I succeeded. Promising myself the dirtbag life as a reward later.

It was really a lazy way to find a home base for the duration of my working holiday visa. And in all fairness, I too was craving for some stability and just getting better at something for a bit.

I will always love travelling, but there are things you sacrifice when vagabonding a bit too long. And travelling too has diminishing returns.

So I ended up in the Canadian mecca for climbing. A town named Squamish and sometimes claimed to be the “adventure capital” of the country.

It has nothing to do with the vibe of Queenstown in New Zealand. For that kind of travel other young backpackers, especially ozzies pass by Squamish to reach the famous skiing town of Whistler, just 40 minutes away. Most don’t even stop for a coffee in Squamish.

But this town is a gem that is being discovered by the nearby outdoorsy Vancouverites, internationals and other Canadians quickly. Squamish has seen rapid growth for better or worse. And there are no signs that’s gonna stop any time soon.

Fresh from Europe, Squamish was not a love-at-first sight for me though. I like old and beautiful architecture, and the huge Mcdonalds in the middle of this stretched out town, really put me off. But I came for an adventure in the New World. And of course eventually Squamish revealed it’s hippy side to me.

So I’m here for almost 2 years now. I’ve barley seen the rest of the country and I’m always reluctant to leave this town. So untypical of me.

I’ve become a multi-pitch TRAD climber here. I’ve done backcountry skiing. I’ve tried kiteboarding and I’ve rappelled down waterfalls. I’m high on life here, without the use of my luggage.

My backyard is my most favourite playground now. I’m in love with the place and its people for the first time since a very long time. And my itchy feet seem to be ok with that.  At least for now.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of a Cultural Exchange

I was 17. I had a stable group of friends back home. I was in love. And my family finally moved into a house. Life promised to be pretty stable from now on. Until I heard that a couple of girls from school were planning an exchange year in Chile and France.

The idea started growing in my head. I was already pretty sure I would leave Latvia as soon as I’d finish school. And not because of the bad economy or the weather. Although of course, that matters. But mainly because I was curious.

So when I heard that I could do it even earlier, the game was on.

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Kā neceļot apkārt Āzijai vai 6 ‘gudrības’ ko esmu izvilkusi no ilgtermiņa ceļošanas

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Kad ar draudzeni nolēmā braukt uz Dienvid- Austrum Āziju, mums likās ka parakstījāmies uz vienu no lielākajiem dzīves piedzīvojumiem.

Āzija asociējās ar netīrību, nedrošību un iedomājos kā kaut ko- ne no šīs zemes.

Bet mūsdienu pasaule ir tik globalizēta, ka nekas no pareģotā protams nepiepildījās.

Backpacker’i bij uz katra stūra. Lonely planet skati pilni ar tūristiem. Neskaitot Javas salu Indonēzijā, steiku un kartupeļus varēja atrast bez jebkādas piepūles.

Lai gan nebijām gluži arī super party-hard meitenes, kas nevarēja vien sagaidīt kad nokļūs līdz full-moon party’jam Taizemē, mēs būtībā ceļojām tik pat akli kā citi backpackeri. No hosteļa uz hosteli, darot vienu un to pašu ko simtiem citu tūristu. Man gan nav nekas pret tiešām skaistām, tūristīgām vietām. Bet lūk ko es darītu citādāk ja man būtu iespēja.

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Kā apceļot pus-Austrāliju par mazāk kā $1000

oi0010041Jaunzēlandē es nestrādāju lai iekrātu. Es nostrādāju varbūt kādus 8 mēnešus no gada un tas puslīdz sedza manus izdevumus tur pavadīto laiku (12 meneši).

Tomēr pirms doties atpakaļ uz Eiropu, es protams ļoti gribēju pieturēt Austrālijā. Un man bij palikuši vēl pāris tūkstoši iekrāti Eiropā, mīnus biļete atpakaļ ceļam. Apmēram mēnesi es pabiju Tazmānijā, kur es woof’oju un līdz ar to netērēju naudu (vairāk par to uzrakstīšu nākamreiz). Bet galvu reibinoš ceļojums bij noteikti roadtrip’s no Melburnes uz Perth’i.

Mani ļoti interesēja Austrālijas Dienvid-Rietum krasts. Es gribēju redzēt vairāk Austrāliju pirms emigranti sabūvēja daudzstāvu mājas okeān krastā un nogalināja koraļrīfu. Līdz ar to, ar draugu Melburnē nopirkām mašīnu par nieka $300, bet pietiekami lielu lai sagulētu, nolaižot aizmugurējos sēdekļus. Austrālijā apdrošināšana nav vajadzīga. Līz ar to piedzīvojums varēja sākties.

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My Journey to fluency in 6 languages. Part 2

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So moving to another country and setting up your life so that you have no choice but to speak a new language, is a guaranteed way to become at least conversationally fluent.

To keep the language, you need to keep practicing. For example, staying in touch with your new made friends helps a lot. Although, they are forced to read your letters out loud, in order to understand what sounds you’ve tried to put into words like a coded spy message. Ups.

Make sure they are nice and patient people.

Writing in French still, doesn’t make sense to me. Neither does English, but in case of latter, I had a teacher who made me memorize everything from random texts to grammar for the longest 12 years of my life. Every day. Every year started with conjugating every possible verb out there. It is the worst possible way to learn a language and cannot be done when you’re relying on your motivation alone. School sucks.

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Ko ņemt līdzi uz Jaunzēlandi? Vai vispār ceļojot..

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NEKO.

Esmu izdzīvojusies pa septiņam valstīm, tā kā mans minimālisma muskulis laika gaitā ir riktīgi uztrennēts. Bet kā jau minēju, Jaunzēlande diemžēl nav tā lētākā valsts pasaulē un ir dažas lietas kuras es nožēloju ka neiegādājos iepriekš. Itsevišķi tāpēc ka tieši pirms tam biju Vjetnamā, kur varēju nopirkt NorthFace brenda lietas par smieklīgu cenu.  Deamn it.

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Ja tu brauc uz Jaunzēlandi ar mērķi emigrēt pa visam uz kādu pilsētu, vari tālāk nelasīt.

Ja tu brauc apceļot Jaunzēlandi, tad atkal jau, būtu grēks neizbaudīt mazās distances un pieejamību tik daudz dabas brīnumiem- vulkāni, ledāji, kalni, pludmales utt. Noteikti pasaulē ir vēl apburošaki skati, pat te pat Eiropā, bet tādēļ ka Jaunzēlande ir tik tālu un kaut kā ir jāattaisno garais lidojums- šie dabasskati liekas īpaši apburoši 🙂

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It was Love at First Sight

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Growing up I never had pets. Ok, that’s a lie. I had a couple of fishes that I either over-fed or forgot to feed. I forgot the cause of the death. Ok, I forgot to feed them. And an angry little parrot that I never managed to tame.

As so many kids, I always wanted a dog. I preferred and angry parrot to a cat. No cats! But a dog!? OMGSH PLZ. But since I can remember myself, my family always moved from one flat to another. And by the time my mum finally created something I could call my home, it was time for my first year abroad in Belgium. Followed by another 5 other countries I’ve resided in so far.

Yeaaaah, no space and love for animals in this luggage.

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Kā iekrāt Jaunzēlandē?

Godīgi sakot es nezinu vai tas ir  iespējams. Labi. Noteitki ir, bet man ļoooti patīk tērēt naudu, tā kā es drīzāk centīšos ieteikt kā galīgi nepalikt tukšā Jaunzēlandē!

Jaunzēlande ir ļoti dārga zeme. Tā ir tālākā vieta pasaulē no jebkurienes! Jā, Eiropa ar nav nemaz tik lēta. Bet kad es ieraudzīju vīna un siera cenas Jaunzēlandē, es gandrīz nopirku biļeti atpakaļ uz mājām.

Un tomēr, es satiku tik daudz ceļotājus, kas gandrīz visu gadu baudīja šo skaisto zemi nestrādājot! Kādā veidā?

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I tried to run away from people and then they came to the rescue in a heli

So I got a job in Arthur’s Pass. All I knew is that it was a village of 30 people with one random cafe and a bar. As well as the coldest, rainiest and highest settlement in New Zealand. Yeaaay.

I wasn’t sure if I made the right decision. Should I have stayed in Wanaka? Fight for a job with Vikki? Have a bit of a..social life?

Pff.I was tiiired. Tired of moving around. Tired of having the same travelers’ small talk. Which is basically people secretly measuring each other’s travel plans and past experiences, hiding the  fear-of-missing-out and justifying the decisions already taken. Myself included.

Or I just I enjoy solitude more than I dare to admit. Boom. There. Ok, I  said it. So off I went to the mountains!

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5 Lietas ko zināt meklējot darbu Jaunzēlandē

Ja nu es gribu palikt Jaunzēlandē pēc vīzas beigām?

Ir tāda iespēja. Kafejnīca,kurā strādāju ziemā, satiku vienu meiteni, kuru īpašnieki sponsorēja uz gadu. Strādājot kafejncīcas darbu Queenstown’ā, arī var tikt pie sponsora.

Bet to tu noteikti nedabūsi ar fermas darbu, kuru es šeit ļoti spēcīgi promotoj’u. Tas ir tīri sezonāls darbs. Tā kā ja ir domas par palikšanu noteikti prašņā apkārt un varbūt dodies uz vairāk apdzīvotu vietu. Tādā gadījumā man silts ieteikums būtu Wanaka. Tur noteikti ar ir pāris vietas, kur nosponserēs. Ļoti pieprasīti ir vienmēr chef’i, masāžisti un ja tu es medmāsa/brālis tevi satiks ar sarkano paklāju lidostā..

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