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Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com ✈ Canadian obsessed w/ Europe, awkward jokes & corgis 💌 [email protected] 📍Munich Click here for the good stuff ⤵️ https://happytowander.com/
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happytowander

@happytowander

Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
This spiral staircase winds and twists all around, but eventually ends up nowhere. If that’s not a great description for your 20s, I don’t know what is 🤷🏻‍♀️
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Anywayssss, is it weirdly warm where you are right now too?! I’ve spent the past few days frolicking around Munich, sundresses and all, soaking in every last golden day of sunshine before hibernation mode. With every crunchy leaf, every Biergarten beer & every basic azzzz Instagram photo, I’m feeling the creativity & productivity creep back in. I’ve been tapping away at my keyboard like an early 2010s cat gif and I’m really excited to roll out some new helpful content soon! Any specific posts you’d like me to write? 🤔 let me know!
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This spiral staircase winds and twists all around, but eventually ends up nowhere. if that’s not a great description for your 20s, i don’t know what is 🤷🏻‍♀️
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anywayssss, is it weirdly warm where you are right now too?! i’ve spent the past few days frolicking around munich, sundresses and all, soaking in every last golden day of sunshine before hibernation mode. with every crunchy leaf, every biergarten beer & every basic azzzz instagram photo, i’m feeling the creativity & productivity creep back in. i’ve been tapping away at my keyboard like an early 2010s cat gif and i’m really excited to roll out some new helpful content soon! any specific posts you’d like me to write? 🤔 let me know!
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📸 @wanderingchocobo
happytowander

@happytowander

Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
Munich’s cool I guess because I can hop on a tram right outside my house and end up at a palace 🤷🏻‍♀️👑 I’ll be spending way more time in Munich over the next few months & putting a pause on the constant travel. Do you guys want to see more photos from around here? 🥨🍻 #Munich
109 1,171 6 days ago
Munich’s cool i guess because i can hop on a tram right outside my house and end up at a palace 🤷🏻‍♀️👑 i’ll be spending way more time in munich over the next few months & putting a pause on the constant travel. do you guys want to see more photos from around here? 🥨🍻 #munich
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Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
It’s Canadian Thanksgiving! And while it’s cringily cliched, I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for. Here’s mine. 👇🏻
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I’m thankful for two equally beautiful places to call home, one that fills my lungs with fresh mountain air, and another that fills my life w/ beer, carbs & poor decisions 🥨🍻🇩🇪
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I’m thankful for the privilege to see the world & call it work 🌏
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Most of all, I’m thankful for friends & family who don’t bat an eyelash when I take off for months, but stuff me with hugs & sushi as soon as I return, as if no time has passed at all. And that includes YOU GUYS, for patiently standing by while I goofed around at Oktoberfest, AKA 2.5 weeks of random disappearances and blurry Stories. Heh. I’m back now... more responsible content coming soon 😂
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I try to practice gratitude daily, and not just on one day of the year where it plays a supporting role to turkey & potatoes. That said, it’s nice to take a moment to reflect. This is one #DoItForTheGram I can get behind! Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends. May your day be filled with gratuitous carbs and food comas 🙌🏼 #Thanksgiving #GottaBeSoppyOnceAYear #FightMe
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It’s canadian thanksgiving! and while it’s cringily cliched, i’d love to hear what you’re thankful for. here’s mine. 👇🏻
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i’m thankful for two equally beautiful places to call home, one that fills my lungs with fresh mountain air, and another that fills my life w/ beer, carbs & poor decisions 🥨🍻🇩🇪
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i’m thankful for the privilege to see the world & call it work 🌏
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most of all, i’m thankful for friends & family who don’t bat an eyelash when i take off for months, but stuff me with hugs & sushi as soon as i return, as if no time has passed at all. and that includes you guys, for patiently standing by while i goofed around at oktoberfest, aka 2.5 weeks of random disappearances and blurry stories. heh. i’m back now... more responsible content coming soon 😂
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i try to practice gratitude daily, and not just on one day of the year where it plays a supporting role to turkey & potatoes. that said, it’s nice to take a moment to reflect. this is one #doitforthegram i can get behind! happy thanksgiving to all my canadian friends. may your day be filled with gratuitous carbs and food comas 🙌🏼 #thanksgiving #gottabesoppyonceayear #fightme
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@happytowander

Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
Finally put my beer down long enough to edit some shots from my recent trip w/ @visit_luxembourg for you guys 😂 Have you ever been? #sponsored
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I love visiting microcountries like Luxembourg because they always catch me by surprise 🇱🇺 While Luxembourg is tiny (it’s even smaller than Rhode Island, the smallest US state), it’s one of the richest, safest and cleanest countries in the world. Over 160,000 people commute in EVERY day from neighbours France, Belgium and Germany, and people here are scarily good at languages, speaking minimum 3 each, usually 4 or 5. My taxi driver from the airport spoke SEVEN, which he effortlessly switched through during our short ten minute ride. My visit here was brief, but well-timed. Take a look at these colours & try not to have a pumpkin spice heart attack ;)
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Who wants to see more pics from this beautiful country? 😵😵😵 #VisitLuxembourg
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Finally put my beer down long enough to edit some shots from my recent trip w/ @visit_luxembourg for you guys 😂 have you ever been? #sponsored ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
i love visiting microcountries like luxembourg because they always catch me by surprise 🇱🇺 while luxembourg is tiny (it’s even smaller than rhode island, the smallest us state), it’s one of the richest, safest and cleanest countries in the world. over 160,000 people commute in every day from neighbours france, belgium and germany, and people here are scarily good at languages, speaking minimum 3 each, usually 4 or 5. my taxi driver from the airport spoke seven, which he effortlessly switched through during our short ten minute ride. my visit here was brief, but well-timed. take a look at these colours & try not to have a pumpkin spice heart attack ;)
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who wants to see more pics from this beautiful country? 😵😵😵 #visitluxembourg
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Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
Eat a pretzel, never fret-zel 🥨 Have no fear, drink a beer 🍻😎 Double tap if you like my rap. #Poet #Oktoberfest
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Can I tell you a random story about why I love beer? Let’s rewind to 2015 when I was working my first travel-based job. I was interning as a photographer/writer on board European river cruises, and I still remember one evening when I walked up to the on-board bar and ordered a beer. Two (male) co-workers of mine sat there stunned, asking in exasperated French accents “euhhh are you sure you do not want wine? Or a cocktail? Women do not drink beer.” As the bartender slid my beer over to me, I basically chugged that whole thing in front of them, smiled cutely, and scooted off on my merry way.
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Since then, every sip of beer tastes like an ice cold “screw you” to condescending dudebros around the world who think they can tell me what to do 🤷🏻‍♀️ whether that’s to “smile more” or answer their thirsty DMs before the name calling begins. SO, cheers to doing whatever the heck you want, and saying tschüss (bye) to the rest 🍻💃🏻 Are ya with me? ;)
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Eat a pretzel, never fret-zel 🥨 have no fear, drink a beer 🍻😎 double tap if you like my rap. #poet #oktoberfest ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
can i tell you a random story about why i love beer? let’s rewind to 2015 when i was working my first travel-based job. i was interning as a photographer/writer on board european river cruises, and i still remember one evening when i walked up to the on-board bar and ordered a beer. two (male) co-workers of mine sat there stunned, asking in exasperated french accents “euhhh are you sure you do not want wine? or a cocktail? women do not drink beer.” as the bartender slid my beer over to me, i basically chugged that whole thing in front of them, smiled cutely, and scooted off on my merry way.
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since then, every sip of beer tastes like an ice cold “screw you” to condescending dudebros around the world who think they can tell me what to do 🤷🏻‍♀️ whether that’s to “smile more” or answer their thirsty dms before the name calling begins. so, cheers to doing whatever the heck you want, and saying tschüss (bye) to the rest 🍻💃🏻 are ya with me? ;)
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Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
Prost to 3 straight days at Oktoberfest & trying to keep my life together 😂🍻 I may be typing this caption in an exhausted daze but I always have a goofy smile on my face during these 2.5 weeks of the year. Why? Because Oktoberfest is nothing short of magic. Think dozens of themed tents, delicious beers by the liter, endless fairground rides & millions of people from around the world in search of a good time. It’s way more than just a beer festival - it’s the happiest place on Earth (no shade to Disney).
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I meaaaan... Was the lineup to the ladies room legit the German Hunger Games? Sure 😵 but at the end of the day, when you’re dancing on a bench, belting out Sweet Caroline alongside thousands of strangers-turned-BFFs, you can’t be too mad at anything.
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Oktoberfest is delightfully messy & a tiny bit gross, but I assure you: it is 50 shades of greatness you need to experience at least once in your lifetime. 🙌🏼🍻 So, who wants to join me next year? ;) #Oktoberfest #WiesnToParty
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Prost to 3 straight days at oktoberfest & trying to keep my life together 😂🍻 i may be typing this caption in an exhausted daze but i always have a goofy smile on my face during these 2.5 weeks of the year. why? because oktoberfest is nothing short of magic. think dozens of themed tents, delicious beers by the liter, endless fairground rides & millions of people from around the world in search of a good time. it’s way more than just a beer festival - it’s the happiest place on earth (no shade to disney).
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i meaaaan... was the lineup to the ladies room legit the german hunger games? sure 😵 but at the end of the day, when you’re dancing on a bench, belting out sweet caroline alongside thousands of strangers-turned-bffs, you can’t be too mad at anything.
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oktoberfest is delightfully messy & a tiny bit gross, but i assure you: it is 50 shades of greatness you need to experience at least once in your lifetime. 🙌🏼🍻 so, who wants to join me next year? ;) #oktoberfest #wiesntoparty ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
The most wonderful time of the year 🥨🥨🍻 Got any questions about Oktoberfest? Leave me a comment! I’ll be going this year wayyy more times than I think my body can handle, so let me know what you’d like to see in Stories ;)
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PS: What do you think of my custom Travel-themed dirndl from Erika @raredirndl? I have four of these now but this one is by far my fave! #Oktoberfest #Wiesn
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The most wonderful time of the year 🥨🥨🍻 got any questions about oktoberfest? leave me a comment! i’ll be going this year wayyy more times than i think my body can handle, so let me know what you’d like to see in stories ;)
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ps: what do you think of my custom travel-themed dirndl from erika @raredirndl? i have four of these now but this one is by far my fave! #oktoberfest #wiesn
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@happytowander

Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
[Ad] Have any of you guys named your camera, or am I a total weirdo?
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Some of you might know I (very creatively) call my @sonyalpha Alphie. I spend more time with my camera than I do most people, so I figured naming him was appropriate. This is a dorky fact I don’t normally disclose to strangers, but when I went to Vancouver’s new @henryscamera a few weeks back, it was the 1st time ever someone ASKED for my camera’s name... I realized quickly the staff there were my people. They also helped me agonize over a new lens, which resulted in my latest toy: a new 50mm prime lens (which was used to shoot this Raincouver moment) ☔️
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For my fellow Vancouver photo dorks, @henryscamera has been in the biz for over 100 years and they’re opening their 1st BC store officially on Saturday, Sept 29. Doors open at 10am & there are gift cards + giveaways involved. If you’re interested in photography, definitely stop by. They’re totally unpretentious & helpful! #henrys_partner #henrysBC #ad
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[ad] have any of you guys named your camera, or am i a total weirdo?
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some of you might know i (very creatively) call my @sonyalpha alphie. i spend more time with my camera than i do most people, so i figured naming him was appropriate. this is a dorky fact i don’t normally disclose to strangers, but when i went to vancouver’s new @henryscamera a few weeks back, it was the 1st time ever someone asked for my camera’s name... i realized quickly the staff there were my people. they also helped me agonize over a new lens, which resulted in my latest toy: a new 50mm prime lens (which was used to shoot this raincouver moment) ☔️
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for my fellow vancouver photo dorks, @henryscamera has been in the biz for over 100 years and they’re opening their 1st bc store officially on saturday, sept 29. doors open at 10am & there are gift cards + giveaways involved. if you’re interested in photography, definitely stop by. they’re totally unpretentious & helpful! #henrys_partner #henrysbc #ad
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Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
Craving an autumny escape in Europe soon... any recommendations for epic Fall destinations? Here’s my fave from last year. [Tap to bring the Dolomites alive] 🍁🍂💛🧡 #Dolomites
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Craving an autumny escape in europe soon... any recommendations for epic fall destinations? here’s my fave from last year. [tap to bring the dolomites alive] 🍁🍂💛🧡 #dolomites
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Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
[Ad] Does anyone else fear the technical side of photography?
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I always have 🙋🏻‍♀️ Sure, I love the artistic parts (framing, editing, etc.) but as soon as things get techy, I’m a terrified, lost puppy. This is why I’ve never actively shopped for gear, much less in-person (in fear of embarassing myself). This changed a few weeks ago when I got to check out the soft opening of Vancouver’s new @henryscamera! The staff were SO nice and non-judgey, even when I spent two hours nervously pacing around the store/asking dumb questions...
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I described the kind of photos I wanted to take (“creamy dreamy water pics” - very technical 😂) & they told me exactly what I needed to get: a Neutral Density filter, which blocks out light & allows you to leave your shutter open longer, creating dreamy skies & water like this! It was also conveniently 50% off 📸
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Anyways, Vancouver friends: @HenrysCamera is celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, Sept 29! Doors open at 10am & I’ve been told giveaways, gift cards & more will be involved? I might just have to fly back myself 🙃 #Henrys_Partner #HenrysBC #ad
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[ad] does anyone else fear the technical side of photography?
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i always have 🙋🏻‍♀️ sure, i love the artistic parts (framing, editing, etc.) but as soon as things get techy, i’m a terrified, lost puppy. this is why i’ve never actively shopped for gear, much less in-person (in fear of embarassing myself). this changed a few weeks ago when i got to check out the soft opening of vancouver’s new @henryscamera ! the staff were so nice and non-judgey, even when i spent two hours nervously pacing around the store/asking dumb questions...
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i described the kind of photos i wanted to take (“creamy dreamy water pics” - very technical 😂) & they told me exactly what i needed to get: a neutral density filter, which blocks out light & allows you to leave your shutter open longer, creating dreamy skies & water like this! it was also conveniently 50% off 📸
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anyways, vancouver friends: @henryscamera is celebrating their grand opening on saturday, sept 29! doors open at 10am & i’ve been told giveaways, gift cards & more will be involved? i might just have to fly back myself 🙃 #henrys_partner #henrysbc #ad
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@happytowander

Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
👇🏻 What did you get up to this weekend? Tell me in emojis!
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I’m back in Europe & spent my weekend in 🇱🇺. Check out my Stories for a peek at what I did in a country w/ such pricey housing, over 160,000 people commute in for work everyday 💸
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Throwing it back to this fiery sunset in Vancouver. This is going to sound lame, but I sometimes think I have a 6th sense for sunsets. I can look at the sky that day & instinctively feel when it’s gonna be a good one. Sure, it’s a completely useless superpower buuuut hey it’s good for the gram! 🙃
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👇🏻 what did you get up to this weekend? tell me in emojis!
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i’m back in europe & spent my weekend in 🇱🇺. check out my stories for a peek at what i did in a country w/ such pricey housing, over 160,000 people commute in for work everyday 💸
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throwing it back to this fiery sunset in vancouver. this is going to sound lame, but i sometimes think i have a 6th sense for sunsets. i can look at the sky that day & instinctively feel when it’s gonna be a good one. sure, it’s a completely useless superpower buuuut hey it’s good for the gram! 🙃
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Christina 🇨🇦 happytowander.com
Can you remember your first travel experience?
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I have the memory of a goldfish, so it’s a no from me, BUT one of my most vivid childhood memories comes from this very spot. The very first time I saw Lake Louise, I was a 10 year old frumpkin who rocked pink denim and Superstore overalls. I still remember being prodded awake after passing out in the car during a 10 hour road trip, and being dragged to this view. It was literally so gorgeous that my mind couldn’t compute the colour. I had no idea what I was looking at. That marked the first time I saw something so beautiful, I was straight-up confused.
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A few weeks later, on the 1st day of school, we were tasked with the (super tough and important) task of journaling what we did that summer. Without hesitation, I drew out these pristine mountains and this sparkling lake, with the caption “BEAUTIFUL VIEW” because I had no idea what else to call it. I was not a bright child 😂
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Who would’ve thought that frumpy pink denim girl would one day grow up to capture & describe “beautiful views” for a living? I’d like to think I’ve gotten better at it, but feel free to knock me down a couple pegs if you disagree! 🤪 Lake Louise & Banff will always hold a special place in my heart because of this soppy story, and well, it also looks like this, so....... 🙌🏼🇨🇦💖
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Can you remember your first travel experience?
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i have the memory of a goldfish, so it’s a no from me, but one of my most vivid childhood memories comes from this very spot. the very first time i saw lake louise, i was a 10 year old frumpkin who rocked pink denim and superstore overalls. i still remember being prodded awake after passing out in the car during a 10 hour road trip, and being dragged to this view. it was literally so gorgeous that my mind couldn’t compute the colour. i had no idea what i was looking at. that marked the first time i saw something so beautiful, i was straight-up confused.
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a few weeks later, on the 1st day of school, we were tasked with the (super tough and important) task of journaling what we did that summer. without hesitation, i drew out these pristine mountains and this sparkling lake, with the caption “beautiful view” because i had no idea what else to call it. i was not a bright child 😂
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who would’ve thought that frumpy pink denim girl would one day grow up to capture & describe “beautiful views” for a living? i’d like to think i’ve gotten better at it, but feel free to knock me down a couple pegs if you disagree! 🤪 lake louise & banff will always hold a special place in my heart because of this soppy story, and well, it also looks like this, so....... 🙌🏼🇨🇦💖