Paralympic Closing Ceremony-54

I’ve got so many fond memories of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games. Not only did the world come to Vancouver, but during that time, I decided to move my graphic design business aside and begin what would later become a full-time blogging career!

Olympic Line

During those early days of Vancouverscape (at the time, Ariane C Design, named after my design business), I set out to enjoy the Olympic games (having lived in Los Angeles during the 1984 Summer Games, there was no way I was going to miss out on another chance to be part of the fun). I still have an LA 1984 visor packed away with a bunch of Olympic pins mounted to it, as well as event tickets and other assorted memorabilia.

[Red Square, Moscow; 2017]

Getting the chance at a successful career in your lifetime is already a win on its own, but launching a second dream career that aligns with many of the same aspects of your current career is just the tastiest icing on the cake!

Oakley Escapade technical shirt
[April 2015, Vancouver]

I’m often asked how blogging compares to graphic design. They’re actually similar in many ways. While graphic design starts with concept then leads to design and production, blogging starts with brainstorming content, then writing and editing copy and photos. Both fields are creative, yet use different juices to get flowing.

San Juan-16
[December 2019, San Juan, Puerto Rico]

As I’ve designed for both print and web, I get the chance to bring that to the table as well with Vancouverscape. I still have a few graphic design clients, but these days, travel takes up a good portion of my billable hours, and to be fair, after a 20+ year career in design, I’d have it no other way. You see, all I ever wanted to do in life was to design and travel.

Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm-4
[March 2016, Kona, Hawaii]

10 years and 2,748 posts later, check out my very first post!

HOSCanada opening-23

I realize that many opportunities I get wouldn’t be possible without an audience, so with that, I’d like to raise a glass together with my readers, friends and followers in achieving this milestone and hope that this new decade brings happiness, good health and memorable moments to you all!

Birthday cake

Thanks for your support and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures, both at home and across the globe.


  • Comment by Harold — March 26, 2020 @ 2:53 pm

    Way to go! Here’s to another 10!

  • Comment by Stacey L — March 27, 2020 @ 10:52 am

    Huge congrats on the achievement!! Love your blog 🥰

  • Comment by Ginny R. — March 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am

    Congrats, Vancouverscape! I remember those fun days in Vancouver – seems like a million years away. Hope you’re doing all your can to stay well and we look forward to seeing more of your travel posts once we can all get out there again! 😄😄😄

  • Comment by Ariane Colenbrander — March 27, 2020 @ 11:03 am

    Thanks Harold! Hope you’re keeping well wherever you are in the world – life is definitely moving in strange directions.

  • Comment by Ariane Colenbrander — March 27, 2020 @ 11:03 am

    Why thank you! Let’s all hope for a healthy virus-free planet soon 😇

  • Comment by Ariane Colenbrander — March 27, 2020 @ 11:05 am

    Hi Ginny,

    Yes, we’re both hunkered down and getting on with our lives. Today was a challenge trying to grocery shop (I was home for 2 weeks in self-quarantine after returning from California earlier this month). It’s such a big change in 2 weeks. Looking forward to getting on a plane and seeing more of the world soon! Thanks for stopping by 😊

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