iceland | the kex hostel

November 13, 2014

My first semester of grad school wraps up in one short month, and I am still in the mindset of "whaththeHELLhaveIdonetomyself." Everyday at school, I complain and complain. I guess I don't have to tell you how hard it is to force yourself to succeed in something that you do not enjoy. I have tried to channel the old Lana who truly enjoyed school - but it has been an unsuccessful attempt each time. She seems so far away.
Here are some photos from the kex hostel in Iceland from when I was there in April. I kept meaning to share these.

It was the hippest place I have ever slept. The hostel is upstairs, and the restaurant/bar is downstairs. The food is simply delicious and inspired.  The vibe is real good after dinner when locals and tourists alike hangout and drink beer. And, as you can see, the interior is quite special and the light is perfect all day long. They even had Mikkeller on tap, which made my day!Fallon and I stayed here before our road trip. On my last day, I sat in the restaurant to write postcards, write in my journal, look outside at the humble mountains across the street, and I ate the best fifteen dollar soup with bread and butter.


November 01, 2014

Love this chick, highly because she gets psyched to get creative with me whenever I ask her to take some photos just for fun.

August, Evergreen Brick Works.

the thousand islands

October 08, 2014

If I had to be adopted into any family, it would be the Bergen's. I admire them so much. Beyond being kind, welcoming, low maintenance and easy going, they are full of light, positivity and life experiences. Being around them is a treat. They also love it (tolerate it) when I take their photo.

It was nearing the end of summer when I visited Miina's cottage. I arrived with a lemon loaf and a batch of my favourite cookies. The "cottage" is actually a long and narrow houseboat perched in the St Lawrence River. It is huge and has many bedrooms, which is why they used to run it as a B&B. It was built in another era, the first decade of the 1900s. As you walk from the front to the back, you notice the tilt in the floor from the way it is permanently docked. It feels a bit awkward, unless of course you have known the place your entire life. I think it is a fascinating and special place. My trip was refreshing and needed. It rained a lot, intensely, which I loved. We heard some of the wildest thunder. I was treated to delicious and simple vegetarian meals. We watched Gossip Girl and reminisced about Copenhagen. A lot. We woke up at noon everyday. We (excluding me) bathed in the river. We planned a trip to Hawaii using dial-up internet. In typical Lana style, I had more conversations with Miina's zen-ed out father than with her.Also - if you haven't noticed, I finally have a domain and proper (beautiful!) portfolio! Super stoked. See it at

dance it off

September 24, 2014

"The most important thing is to not let yourself get impatient." Reiko said. "That is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it's ready to come undone. You have to figure it's going to be a long process and that you'll work on things slowly, one at a time. Do you think you can do that?" Haruki Murakami

I am an emotional wreck these days. Grad school is scary as hell, and hard as hell. Some days I feel like an impostor. I miss Copenhagen, I miss my friends, I miss my life there. I am not afraid to admit these things to people, and I am not afraid to share them here either, because I know I will get through this and come out stronger than ever. I will not let my fire go out. Anyways, to bring these pictures into context: one of the only things that gets me through these days is dancing - in the kitchen, in my bedroom, on the dancefloor. As long as I am dancing, I know, deep down, everything will be okay. Dancing, this, this, and this are everything to me right now.
(photos are of the lovely Fallon).

the bruce peninsula

September 13, 2014

This summer I did a lot of things. I think I wanted to keep myself busy not only because I was jobless, but also to tame the anxiety of grad school and to help me cope with not being in the Cope.

It was so fun to go camping with some of my oldest friends for a weekend. Caitlin basically lives in the outdoors, so she was our team leader. We hiked the Bruce Peninsula, swam in the Bay (at least, the brave ones did), and stared into the blue where the water meets the sky. At camp, it was all about cards against humanity, eating like kings, keeping the campfire roaring, and seeking shelter from the rain.

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