Interview: Adriana Sinke

Adriana is a beautiful person I follow on Instagram. I love her captures and wish we could have coffee & tea, have overcast adventures while meeting forest dwellers and watch Audrey Hepburn films. Although she is not a photographer, her documents suggest other wise. All photos came from her  instagram at http://instagram.com/adrianasinke

Hello my name is :
Adriana and I am a wife, an explorer, and a dreamer. I love making the most of every spare moment! I married my best friend Adam three years ago. This has been my proudest accomplishment and biggest adventure to date. I love reading, being outdoors, spending hours in cafes, and listening to music. I am currently working as an accounting assistant for a small non-profit association. I have my BA in environment, resources, and development (basically geography). I absolutely love what I went to university for and would love to work in my field someday. I am considering pursuing a masters degree!

Congrats on being a Instagram-Suggested User, what do you love about photography+documenting?

Thank you! Being selected for the suggested user list was so unexpected. I am by no means a professional photographer so I felt truly honored to have been recognized in this way! I use instagram as a way to share my adventures and beauty I see in everyday life. What I love most about it is the community. Each little snapshot that people post of instagram gives a glimpse into their life and who they are. I love meeting new people and making new friends and I find that instagram is an excellent way to connect with people from around the world! I have made many friends through the app (some I have even had the pleasure of meeting in real life). I have not only gained a new hobby, but also gained irreplaceable friends, pen pals, and unimaginable inspiration. To me, documenting means capturing special moments in my life. I love documenting life through photography (whether it be through iPhone photography, film, or dslr). I love that we can document these special and beautiful moments and hold them as physical memories forever
What inspires you?
 I find inspiration in my surroundings (people, places, things). I live in an incredibly beautiful part of the country and have to do little more than look out my window to be inspired. I would say I am most inspired by nature; the mountains, the ocean, plants, wildlife, etc. I could spend endless hours outside enjoying the beauty of this world. I try to find beauty in all facets of life. Something as simple as enjoying a cup of tea while reading a good book in the comfrot of my own home can be beautiful and inspiring. People are also such an inspiration to me. I love listening to people’s stories, and find constant inspiration through others!

What are your vices?

  I work a typical Monday-Friday 9-5 type of job so my husband and I like to enjoy our weekends to the fullest. I spend a lot of time (and money) on coffee. I love going to cafes to read a book or catch up with friends. I could spend the better part of my weekend in a cafe. Cafes and coffee aside, I really love food. If I didn’t make myself a very clear budget I would spend the majority of my paycheque on food! There are so may amazing restaurents in Vancouver so we never lack for an amazing place to eat, unfortunately this gets expensive!

I love to explore, my favorite places are:
I like to think of myself as an explorer/adventurer! It is my dream the travel the entire world someday. That being said, I try not to forget about all the incredible places to explore that are close to home. Some of my favorite places in the world are:

Turkey – we went here for our honeymoon so it has a lot of sentimental value! That aside, I think Turkey is an incredible country with so much to do and see. Unfortunately many people don’t really think of Turkey as a vacation destination. We travelled the whole country and I cannot possibly say enough good things about the people, the culture, the sites, and the food!!

Lighthouse Park – I love spending my weekends here. It is easy to find a quiet and private place right by the ocean. We bring snacks, blankets, and books and have the perfect time!

The West Coast – we drove from Portland to Cannon Beach and then up the entire coast back to Vancouver last summer. It was an incredible and beautiful trip, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

My Aunt/Uncle’s cottage – My family owns a small cabin on the Sunshine Coast in BC. It is so beautiful there and I always have an amazing time whenever we visit. It is the most beautiful and peaceful cabin!

5 Things that Heal me:
Laughter – I am a happy person (most of the time!) and I love to laugh. If I am feeling down I try to find someone or something that will make me laugh and my mood immediately improves. I believe there is true healing in happiness and laughter.
Family – My family is the most important thing in my life. Both my husband and I are truly blessed to have such incredible families. We moved from Ontario to BC about a year and a half ago leaving our family behind. I miss them everyday, but if I am every feeling like I need a pick-me-up I know they are only a phone call away. All our family members are so encouraging and supportive, they are truly our best friends. It is a wonderful feeling to know that no matter how long you have gone without talking, your family is always there and always loves you.
Music – I believe that music is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It has a way of evoking emotions like nothing else. I can find music I love for every mood I am in. I also love the nostalgia that music creates. There are certain songs or certain artists that cause vivid memories to come rushing back to me, it is truly powerful!
Literature – I love a good book. There is nothing I find more relaxing than curling up with a good cup of tea and an amazing book. I imagine things very vividly so I think this is why I enjoy reading so much.
Nature – I feel most calm and at peace when I am outdoors. I feel so uplifted and calm when I am outdoors, away from the bussiness of city life, away from the noise and the stress. There is nothing more calming than relaxing by the ocean and listening to the sound of the waves crashing!

Favorite records & films : 

Iron & Wine Sigur Ros, The National, Band of Horses, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Bon Iver, Fruit Bats 
 Some of my favorite films include Amelie, The Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, Moonrise Kingdom (pretty much anything Wes Anderson), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Miss Sunshine, Stranger than Ficton.

I live in:

Vancouver, BC, Canada and Vancouver has so many excellent cafes, restaurents, and attractions. My favorite cafes in the city are: Matchstick, Nelson the Seagull, Revolver, JJ Bean, and Prado. 
My favorite restuarnets are: Toshi (for sushi), Peaceful Restaurent (for the most amazing Chinese noodles), Blue Water Cafe (for a fancy date), Stephos (for good, cheap Greek), and the Olive and Anchor (in Horseshoe Bay, for a good food and the best burger I have ever had!). My favorite shop in Vancouver is Old Faithful Shop, they carry high quality and beautiful items for home.

Books I love : 

Some of my favorite books are; 
East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 
anything by Margaret Atwood (but especially The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassian)
1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I could go on all day!

In 5 years I want to :

Own a cafe! My husband and I have plans to move the the US and start a cafe with two of our very dear friends. The plan is already in the works, they’ve bought a space already, we need to work out some minor details! It is my dream to work for myself and own a cafe, I am so excited for this chapter of my life. In five years time I will also (hopefully) have done a lot more travelling. By that time I hope to have travelled most of Europe and Asia! We are headed to Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark at the end of summer this year so that will knock a couple off my list. In 5 years I also expect that Adam and I will have started a family!!

One piece of advice: Follow your dreams no matter how big they seem and live without regret! Be passionate and live boldly!

One thought on “Interview: Adriana Sinke

  1. I love this interview, she is one of my favorite users. again, very inspiring, and thank you so much for sharing. i am very happy i found you blog, so many inspirational interviews.

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