Hi, I’m Larissa.
In 2013 I studied abroad in Sweden. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in Canada in 2014, I decided to move to Europe without a specific plan of where I wanted to live. After splitting time between Germany and Denmark, I’m currently settled in London, UK. I don’t have any recipes or DIY tips to share regularly, but I do like to write. Sometimes I write about places I’ve been and things I’ve seen, and sometimes I write deeper, more vulnerable posts about my struggles abroad in order to feel better and hopefully help others going through a similar situation. Join me on my adventures as I try and find steady work while crossing off items on my bucket list.
Why “Riding the Pine”?
When coming up with my blog name, I struggled to find an identity to capture in a quirky word or phrase. I grew up German-Canadian and have spent a lot of time travelling to other places and immersing myself in even more cultures. While I do associate with some places more than others, I don’t want to define myself by just one of them. I really wanted to use one of the clever dessert puns I came up with when naming one of my Pinterest boards, but since this isn’t a food blog none of them really worked. Well, except for “Gone with the Wine”, but it turns out everyone on every blogging platform has already used that as a username even if it isn’t the name of their blog. Harrumph.
Finally, I thought of something that I’ve loved and appreciated no matter where I am in the world: hockey. (Or ice hockey as the rest of the non-Canadian world calls it.) The Hockey Writers define riding the pine as
when a player spends the entire game sitting in the bench, and not getting any playing time. Usually reserved for benders and dusters
At a point in my life where I’m not living how I imagined I would as an adult, I live far away from my friends, and I’m feeling low after attaining university high, this feels perfectly suited to me. Oh yeah, and when it comes to playing hockey, I am most certainly a duster.
Some of my social media accounts are linked on my site, and most of them are hidden and require follow requests. This is because blogging is not my full-time job. I’m still an average person trying to find (and keep) work in an age where anything you say online can and will be used against you. While I only post on my blog things that I am okay with sharing publicly, some of my social media posts are not reflective of my work in a professional setting and I’d prefer not to have everything seen by a potential future employer. However, I generally accept follow requests even from people I don’t know, so don’t hesitate to request a follow if you’re interested.