Our desire to travel, wander cities, explore beaches and eat really amazing food had us booking tickets to explore these incredible places.
Starting 2014 in Brasil I was captivated by the magical sunsets.
Every evening the city would quite down as the birds were cheerping, people were out for walks or running, and families sat outside drinking Chimarrão. I remember my mother-in-law was always excited to share her photos with me, we would go through them agree on a favourite, and we would repeat it all over again the next night. Seeing as I still have a lot of Portuguese to learn, I felt we were bonding over our love of photography and the awe-inspiring beauty of mother nature.
With every kilometre we drove through Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, I saw the most beautiful places I had ever seen. I was in love. With the ocean and mountains along the horizon, it is was easy to enjoy the sunsets. I tried to slow down and take in the moment by thinking about my blessed life, my loved ones near and far, and honestly just how beautiful the world is when you have a chance to explore it. My husband and I fondly refer to it now as the nothing but blue skies road trip.
It’s been a bumpy transition as expected, but life in Toronto has been filled with new beginnings, backyard barbecues, finally getting the courage to bike in this city, Germany winning the World Cup, and a few beers at Bellwoods.
ONE : Roadtrip through Santa Catarina, Brasil #livingthedream
Snow has always been apart of my life especially when I was a kid growing up in Calgary. I loved it then but eventually I started to hate the lack of sun, windchill, and snow storms. Like all teenager girls I would day dream about spending weeks by the ocean and with a ridiculously good looking man. So not only do I have the ridiculously good looking man, but one who took my dreams and turned them into reality! We spent three weeks driving along the coast under blue skies with either Jack Johnson, Eric Clapton or Jorge Ben on replay. I still pinch myself to make sure it’s real because I will always think back to those weeks and smile.
THREE : Last minute weekend in Florianopolis!
My husband and I were surprised by a friend’s invitation to spend a weekend in Florianopolis. Every Brazilian I have met has told me that Floripa is an island I need to visit because I would fall in love with the beaches and hippie lifestyle. We had no idea just how amazing the experience would be from trying to being addicted to Acai, seeing Jorge Ben play live at a beach concert, taking a boat to a waterfall and eating the best shrimp ever with amazing friends! I cannot wait to go back to see more of the island and live solely off of Acai and shrimp for a week!
FOUR : Crossing Rio de Janeiro off my list
The trip to Rio marked the first time we both visited Rio, our first trip with couples, and the first time my husband and I flew together. I realize this doesn’t seem like a big deal except for the fact that we both flew to Brasil and Canada separately on two different trips! It was long overdue and as you can see it’s also a big deal for Taylor. While we were there we biked around the city (which was totally overwhleming but really fun), tanned at Ipanema and Copacabana, walked up Escadaria Selarón in Lapa, went to Sugar Loaf Mountain and drank and ate better than I ever expected.
FIVE : Moving to Toronto
I mean, do I really have to explain why I think this one is awesome?
SIX : Watching Germany win the World Cup!
I’ll be honest, after the Brasil vs. Germany game my house was a bit tense so I didn’t celebrate much when my husband was around. But for me the win was a celebration I had waited for since elementary when I bought my first German flag (as seen in the picture) because I thought Michael Ballack was cute.
SEVEN : Seeing Kings of Leon live!
Since 2008 when Kings of Leon released “Only by the Night”, my sister and I have replayed this album at least 1,678,544,124 times and talked just as much about seeing them perform live. Finally this summer it happened and it was unreal! Check out this link to read more about our experience.
EIGHT : Best Bachelorette party for the best Bride I know
It was an epic night with a great group of ladies that was only out done a week later at the amazing wedding!
TEN : Freezing my toes at the Santa Claus Parade to watch my little sister’s excitement when the Dora and Santa Claus floats drove by.
ELEVEN : Girl Night’s Out which reminded me how fun it is to dress up and dance!
FOURTEEN : The best Christmas I can remember in years!!
I loved everything from my grumpy-looking husband, to the delicious Polish feast, surprise gifts, laughter, and my mom being more inappropriate than any of us playing Cards Against Humanity. It was nice to be a kid for a few days and not think about what I was going to eat or when the food would be ready. Is it strange that I’m already excited about next Christmas?
I am the second half of the Kollektive, happily married, living in Toronto, university graduate and looking for work. Holla!
I have always used photography to express my point of view and document my life, surroundings, and blessings. Earlier this year I travelled to the South of Brasil with my husband for 3 months. In between barbecue induced food comas, late nights, and surreal shorelines I was able to live one of my dreams and cross it off my bucket list! I have always wanted to run away from winter and have my toes in the sand as I explore dozens of beaches like an artistic hippie day dreams of doing.