About

DanielleG
(Photo by Rachel de Joode)

Hi, my name is Danielle. My closest and oldest friends call me Danie, but my family doesn’t like it. I’m 30 years old, and I live in Berlin, Germany, but I hail from Canada. I grew up in a West Coast town called Campbell River*. It’s situated on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (it’s not called Victoria Island, though I hear that a lot). It’s a great place for hiking and skiing, which will always be passions of mine, but I’m also a city girl, so after I graduated high school I moved to Victoria* to attend Univeristy of Victoria and study creative writing. I loved living in Victoria and still consider it my home, and I value my time in the writing program, but after a year I decided I should follow my heart and pursue music. I moved to Nanaimo* (famous for the Nanaimo Bar) to learn to sing jazz.

DanielleAsMarlene
(Photo by Raul Gallo-Gau)

In October 2005, I headed off to Berlin, Germany, as I had always wanted to live in Europe. My mom was born in Germany (though she grew up in Victoria) so the capitol city seemed to be a great place to start. I fell in love with the city and here I am!
I’ve been a sort of Jill of All Trades in Berlin. I just finished studying Marketing at Royal Holloway (I did a distance program, because I wanted to study at a UK university, but didn’t want to actually move there and leave Berlin!) and I’ve done writing and proofreading work, seamstressing, retail, and even a couple of stints as an extra.

Danielle2
(In Athens, Greece)

My interests are varied. I love music, writing, books, TV (it’s gotten much better over the past few years!), making clothes, cooking, travelling and gardening. I’m a passionate person, and I’m often drawn in by politics. Issues close to my heart are feminism, sustainability, business, economics and immigration. I appear rather preppy on the outside but I’m also a closet fantasy buff and steampunk fan.

DanielleLifejacket
(Getting ready for a boat tour on a visit back home in Campbell River)

Other noteworthy facts about me: I’ve worked as an extra and I appear as a blur in a black car in the beginning of Final Destination II and a blur in the background of a Becks ad that ran on MTV in 2011. Most of the music I listen to now somehow stemmed from the Beatles in some way, shape or form…basically, if I could draw a diagram of the evolution of my musical interests, the Beatles would be in the centre. I live with a cat named Petzi; I guess you’d call him ‘my’ cat, but it’s more like he lives here and I feed him sometimes…like a typical cat he likes to take over the space. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan, but I haven’t made it yet.

DanielleAsAudrey

*These places are linked because a lot of people don’t really know where they are!

Imprint:
Danielle Griffin
daniellegriffinblog@googlemail.com

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