How to celebrate Christmas as a backpacker

It’s so hard to get into the Christmas Spirit abroad! We have snow which is great, but still the Christmas feeling isn’t on top here in Calgary. Of course, you can pay a visit to Zoolights, go to Christmas concerts or other events – but that will cost you quite much! Celebrating Christmas as a…

By Amanda 23 December, 2018 6

Zoolights in Calgary- the complete guide for your visit

I didn’t plan to go to Zoolights in Calgary for different reasons, but everyone I met including our landlord and my co-workers told me it’s a must during winter – and it was indeed amazing! There are some things I wish we’d know before we went so we could have planned our visit better, since…

By Amanda 17 December, 2018 8

Celebrating Lucia in Calgary

You’ve probably already noticed that I love traditions. One of the Christmas traditions in Sweden is celebrating Lucia on the 13th of December. For all the Swedes in Canada thinking they will have to make their own Lucia at home, don’t worry! I thought I would miss it this year as well, but to my…

By Amanda 13 December, 2018 4

YES – I’ve found a job in Calgary!

I did it! I’ve found a job in Calgary! During the last week I’ve been to three different job interviews, for two part-time jobs and one full-time job in Calgary. All interviews went well but in the end the choice was easy – of course, I took the full-time job. I’ve already worked my first…

By Amanda 8 December, 2018 4

Finding an apartment in Calgary

Finally! We’re in Calgary and we’ve accomplished number one on our short list of things we need to fix to be able to live here (1. Finding an apartment in Calgary, 2. Finding jobs in Calgary)  – we’ve got an apartment! It went much easier than we thought and we’ve already moved in. And it’s…

By Amanda 5 December, 2018 0

The 1st of December away from home

Today is the 1st of December. Only for about 20 more minutes, Mountain Standard Time. I’ve been looking forward to this day, although it has been somewhat mixed together with a tiny bit of a feeling I think can be something close to regret. The 1st of December means starting to count down to Christmas.…

By Amanda 2 December, 2018 4

5 things to do in Edmonton

Here we are, in Edmonton – the capital of Alberta. By first glance it feels like Edmonton’s rival Calgary might be a more fun city to visit, but we thought we’d give Edmonton a chance – and we haven’t regret it after spending three days here! Since the weather might not be the best (I…

By Amanda 30 November, 2018 0

What you need to know before taking the train in Canada

This is a follow-up to my latest post about travelling across Canada. So, you have read it and now you have decided to take the train instead of the plane? Great, you have a big adventure ahead of you! But there are a few things you need to know if you will be taking the train…

By Amanda 27 November, 2018 2

Crossing Canada – by plane or by train?

Canada is huge. It’s the second largest country in the world. If you need to go from one side to the other, you really only have two-three options: Taking the train, going by car or going by plane. If you read my latest post, you already know what option we chose. We’ve been in Saskatoon…

By Amanda 22 November, 2018 22

Winnipeg in one day – itinerary

When Fredrik and I travelled by train across Canada, we gave ourselves plenty of days to visit Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba – because we could! However, we quickly realized that all the things and places we wanted to see in Winnipeg are really close to each other. I personally love travelling slow, but I…

By Amanda 16 November, 2018 2