20 Questions with Ariane Colenbrander

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20 Questions with Ariane Colenbrander

Originally a graphic designer, Ariane Colenbrander’s career has taken her all around the world. Before settling in Vancouver and launching the Vancouverscape blog, Ariane lived in San Francisco and then Amsterdam. It was while travelling in Jordan that she met her husband, and in 2004, the pair made the move to British Columbia. It was after the 2010 Olympic Games that Ariane dove head-first into the local social media community, finding her voice among other bloggers and creators. Since then she has successfully grown her blog and features a diverse range of content including travel, dining, local events, photography, and more. Apart from blogging, Ariane is also a traveler, wife, Tweeter, foodie, copywriter, graphic designer, nature lover, and creative director.

1. What are you really excited about these days?

More travel writing – living the dream!

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2. What was the last picture you took on your phone?

This morning, at a media event with Ford Canada atop Grouse Mountain.

3. Making yourself accessible through social media and blogging opens the door to admiration but also criticism. How do you handle criticism?

So far, I’ve been lucky to have avoided some of the haters. I don’t bait them with a response. They’re only out there lashing out as a means of frustration, in my honest opinion.

4. What is your bottom line, number one, golden rule when it comes to blogging?

Quality over quantity.

5. Everyone has a spirit animal. What’s yours and why?

Bear. Just because I hibernate when temperatures drop below 0C (and my love of salmon – here in BC we’re spoiled with fresh seafood).

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6. The Breakfast Club featured a rebel, a princess, a brainiac, an outcast, and a jock. Who were you in high school?

Aside from the jock, probably at bit of each. I was never in a clique; as a result, I had a wide variety of friends that fell into all those categories!

7. If I gave you $50,000 to start a business, what would you start?

I’m not too sure yet, but it would involve snorkeling and underwater photography. Yeah, those two. And someplace with aquamarine-blue water and golden sunsets.

8. What’s your all-time favourite jam from the ‘80s or ‘90s?

The hardest question of all! Bowie’s “Boys Keep Swinging” and “Fashion,” The Cars’ “Bye Bye Love,” and The Smiths’ “Sheila Take a Bow.”

9. Blogging can ebb and flow for a lot of people. Where do you see your blog in 2021?

Hopefully still relevant with the times. Micro-blogging has become such a big part of the social media scene and there’s always the next big “thing.” If and when everything else fades from the scene, and provided the internet sticks around, there will always be my blog.

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10. If I was a highly-skilled bartender, what drink would you ask me to make for you right now?

A bellini. Simple and classic.

11. It’s now 2:00 a.m. and I’ve served you half a dozen of those. Where are you going for your greasy food fix?

That’s way past my bedtime!

12. In Vancouver, what’s the one restaurant that no one has heard of but everyone should eat at?

Given the amount of foodies and food writers out there, it’s hard to imagine any place left undiscovered. I can, however, recommend Salade de Fruits in Kits. Not many people know about it because it’s kinda tucked away, off busy Granville Street.

13. What’s the biggest misconception people have about you in real life?

That I’m always out at events.

14. If you could star as any character in the remake of any movie, which famous role would you reprise?

There are many, but I suppose Carrie Fisher in the original Star Wars would be at the top of the list. Or go back to my little self and star as Drew Barrymore’s Gertie in E.T.

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15. If you could learn a new skill, language, or hobby, what would it be?

Final Cut Pro, power user level.

16. Who are you most proud of?

Honestly? Me, for pursuing the two most amazing careers ever (graphic design and writing) – and knowing just the right time to transition from one to the other.

17. Who is (or was) the single most influential person in your life?

My father. Sadly, he’s no longer with us but I’d like to imagine that his ingenuity and passion for seeing the world have been instilled in me. I know he’d be proud to see how far my site – and life – has come!

18. I’m throwing a dinner party next weekend. You’re invited and can bring three others with you (dead or alive). Who should I set the table for?

Steve Buscemi, Casey Neistat, John Cusack… and can we add Christopher Walken?

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19. What’s the one question you wish someone would ask you?

When are you off to Japan?

20. When are you off to Japan?

Hopefully this year.

Meet Ariane Colenbrander:
Blog: Vancouverscape
Facebook: /Vancouverscape
Twitter: @ vancouverscape
Instagram: @ vancouverscape
Snapchat: vancouverscape

All photos are provided courtesy of Ariane Colenbrander.

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