Peggy’s Cove

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It’s already been one whole month since I live here in Canada. The time is flying by so fast, it’s unbelievable. Even though I miss my friends, the life here feels so normal now & I don’t feel homesick at all. This experience has actually shown me that I am more grown-up and independent than I ever would have thought, and that I am ready to move away from Austria (as soon as I get my Bachelor haha).

I feel as if I have already learned so so much here – especially about myself and what I really want in life. Moreover, I finally have the time here to actually work on myself and the person I want to be, which I am really grateful for.

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All the memories and experiences I made here have taught me something, and I am looking forward to experiencing even more and going on new adventures here! … Like the little roadtrip we took to Peggy’s Cove last weekend.

Peggy’s Cove was lovely. The houses looked so cute, and walking around the big rocks by the lighthouse was incredible. The view from there was mesmorizing – dozens of rocks, the Atlantic ocean … I could sit there all day and just watch the waves as they crash into the waterfront!

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After some time, the sun even came out which made the whole place brighten up. This place was exactly what I imagined when I thought of Halifax when choosing my destination for the exchange semester – and I don’t regret it at all! I will never forget this day and this little adventure with our international group here.

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What are your thought on an exchange semester & moving to another country? I’d be really interested to know!

Also, I hope you enjoyed this post & my pictures!

Love, Christine

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Fall Fashion Essentials 2017

Since I didn’t really have the time to go shopping myself yet here in Halifax, I scrolled through different online shops and found some pieces that I just have to get for this autumn. So, in today’s post I want to show you the things that I found and instantly fell in love with! I think the colors are a great fit for this season and that some of the pieces would look really good together.

Light Blue Sweater

 

As it is getting colder outside – especially here in Canada, I just need a cozy sweater to keep me warm.. And this one from H&M seems perfect for that! I love the light blue color, which will be great for winter time as well.

(If you click on the photos, it leads you to the exactly same piece in each online store.)

Statement Earrings

These earrings with faux pearls from Zara are simply beautiful. As you might know, I love big statement earrings, and especially the ones you can get at Zara at the moment look so so good. I chose these ones for this blog post because they look very chique and elegant with the pearls. Plus, they are a great match to the sweater above!

Faux Suede Trench Coat

This faux suede trench coat from Zara has a beautiful color and is great for layering, especially in autumn when it is sometimes really warm but then it gets super cold again within a few hours.

White Sneakers

You can never go wrong with white sneakers – they are a staple piece in my wardrobe! I really like these ones from H&M because they are all white, which sometimes can be hard to find in stores.

Blue Handbag

This handbag is by Matt & Nat, a company which offers bags made with organic ‚leather‘. I already have a backpack from this brand and the material feels really amazing! This handbag has the perfect size, it is not too small, but it is also not too big! Furthermore, the color is a perfect fit for all of the clothes I have showed you above.

Girlfriend Jeans

I believe, that every woman should get a pair of girlfriend jeans! There look super good on everyone I have seen so far, are comfy and there are so many ways you can style them. I want to invest in this pair of jeans from Reserved, because I love the classy touch the pearls give them with the combination of the ripped part of the jeans. You could wear a nice blouse with these to ‚edge‘ up your look, or you could pair them with a comfy sweater – there are endless possibilities!

Faux Suede Skort

This skort from Zara has a perfect color for autumn and would be perfect paired with the blue sweater above or the black blouse below. Wear them with black tights and boots, and you are ready for fall! Skorts like this one look elegant but are still convenient, because you can actually move in them.

Black Dotted Blouse

This blouse from Zara is just beautiful! The little dots and details make it extraordinary. You can match this with (nearly) all of the things above, or simply style it up with some jewellery. Underneath you could wear a bralette as the one below, then some jeans and sneakers & you are good to go!

Black Bralette

I  actually already own this exact bralette, but I wanted to put it on this list since it matches perfectly with the blouse I just showed you. This bralette by mint&berry is super comfy and looks really great – just like in the picture! I always wear it underneath see-through blouses and shirts & already have gotten many compliments on it. It is reasonably priced, so I would recommend it to anyone who looks for a bralette like this.

That’s it, those are my outfit ideas for this fall. I hope you have enjoyed this blogpost, I love creating things like this and brainstorming outfit ideas!

Love, Christine

 

First Week Abroad

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My first week at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax is officially done! It seems crazy when I think about all of the things that have happened in the past ten days I have been here. It was the first time flying alone, the first time on a different continent, the first time I used a washing machine by myself, the first time at Walmart, and so on.. There has been so much going on – so many new places, people, surroundings.. which is why I thought it was a good idea to write some of it down!

But let’s start at the beginning: All in all, it took me about 19 hours to get from Vienna to the airport Halifax. I had to transit two times (one time in Frankfurt and then again in Toronto), which I was very anxious of in the beginning, since I had never flown alone before! However, everything turned out fine in the end, I met super nice people and managed to carry my heavy luggage without any problems. I finally arrived at 12:34 a.m. in Halifax, where a woman who works at the university kindly picked me up.

The Mount (my university here) didn’t only pick us up, they also had so many events planned for us in the so-called orientation week. It was amazing! Even though it was stressful at some points (every day was loaded with activities), the events were so much fun. For instance, there was an inflatable parcour, a casino night, a show with the mentalist Wayne Hoffman, a ‚Glow Tight & Bright‘-party, etc.

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As you can see in the pictures above, we went bowling one evening where we even got to meet the university’s mascot Mounty. I was pretty bad at the game itself, but I enjoyed meeting the other international students from China, Nepal, France, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, India, Great Britain, Ghana, etc. The exchange students here are from all over the world, it’s incredible!

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This is the pond which is directly in front of the house I live in, it is such a lovely place! I am staying in one of the ‚Birches‘. Each one has room for 20 students to live in.

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Above, you can see the view from the campus. The university is up on a hill and next to the ocean, which is why we have an amazing view from up here! There are even deer living on campus & they don’t shy away from us humans, it is amazing.

 

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We have also already explored downtown Halifax! We have seen the Spring Garden and we were at the waterfront, which was so so nice. I have instantly fallen in love with this place, it is so lively but at the same time quiet and peaceful. Just being able to be by the sea at all times is amazing, I am so grateful for this!

Also, Canadians seem to be the nicest people ever! Everyone here is so welcoming and wants to help you all of the time.

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We also took the ferry to the city next to Halifax, Dartmouth. You can see Halifax and the bridge that connects both cities from there.

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The thought of living and studying here for the next 3 months just seems so crazy to me, I still can’t believe it! I am incredibly thankful that I have this opportunity and I will try to make as much of it as I can!

If you study abroad or have studied abroad, message me on Instagram or comment here! I love to hear stories of other people about their experiences and travel adventures.

See you soon!

Love, Christine