around-the-worldscreen-shot-2017-01-09-at-11-51-46-pmMy hometown is Edmonton, Canada, but throughout the past years I have been fortunate enough to have been able to call several other places around the world “my home.” All of these cities hold a very special place in my heart, which is why I truly believe that home will always be where the heart is… ❤

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(1) JAKARTA, INDONESIA

  • Lived here from Feb 2015- August 2015 (6 months)
  • Capital city of Indonesia.
  • There are about 10 million people living in Jakarta, and over 23 million live in neighbouring districts surrounding the city. This makes Jakarta the 11th largest city in the world!
  • Located on the Indonesian Island of Java.
  • Indonesia has around 18 000 islands, making it the largest archipelago in the world!

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(2) VANCOUVER, CANADA

  • Lived here from September 2014- January 2015 (5 months)
  • Third largest city in Canada!
  • Location of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
  • Has three mountains, Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour!
  • Many movies are filmed here, giving this city the nickname, “Hollywood North!”

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(3) KÖLN, GERMANY

  • Lived here from September 2013- June 2014 (9 months) + visited in May/June 2016
  • Fourth largest city in Germany with a population of just over 1 million people.
  • Known as “The City of Churches,” with 12 large Roman churches located within the medieval city walls.
  • It is home to a museum dedicated entirely to chocolate!
  • The Köln Karneval is one of the biggest street festivals in Europe. In Cologne, the carnival season officially starts on November 11 at 11 minutes past 11am!
  • Köln has it’s own special beer, called “Kölsch.”

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(4) ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND

  • Lived here temporarily from January 2014- April 2015 (5 months) + visited in May/June 2016
  • Second most expensive city in the world to live in ( via. CNN 2016).
  • Largest city population in Switzerland of over 390,000.
  • Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansch.
  • Famous for it’s mountains, banks, cheese, watches, and of course, chocolate!

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9 comments on “

  1. Claudia Taylor

    Cologne sounds like a really cool place to visit. The chocolate museum and carnival season sound like must sees!

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  2. Jewal Kylo

    Your photographs are very good, ‘so happy this adventure is all you hoped it would be & more!

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  3. Hello Jackie! I will be doing the au pair thing in Köln at the end of January and your blog is really motivating 😀 I have yet to solve a language class problmen could you recommend any German school for au pairs in Köln? Danke aus Mexiko!

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    • Haha, thank you! 😛 The below link is a language school in Köln where lots of my other Au Pair friends are enrolled (called VHS)… I’ve heard great things about it, and I for sure recommend checking it out! 🙂

      http://www.stadt-koeln.de/5/volkshochschule/

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      • Danke! Ich habe das gesehen 😀 I’ll probably sign up there for my second month in Köln! Thanks again and good luck! Hope to meet you one day 😀

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      • Yes it would be so awesome to meet you! I’ll be back from Switzerland in March! So maybe sometime then 🙂 you can also add me on facebook if you want, Facebook.com/jackie.taylor

        xx

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  4. Betty Taylor

    Hi Jackie….Thanks for sending such an interesting blog. What an exciting life you have ! Looking forward to hearing more. Lots of love. Grandma

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  5. WowvJakarta :O Very crowded city there.

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  6. Alba R.

    Love your website jackie! Sending wishes to you from Spain ❤

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