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Travelogue Honolulu, Hawaii: Ocean Therapy

The last two weeks of my time in Vancouver have been a whirlwind of adventures. Everyday I felt like I had somewhere to be, someone to see. It was amazing and exhausting in the best way possible. After returning from a short trip to Whistler my body decided it wasn’t happy with me. I found myself in a lot of pain the day before I was leaving for a family vacation to Hawaii. I was supposed to say goodbye to a handful of friends at a gathering but my body literally wound’t let me. I was stubborn and thought I could push past the uncomfortable pain, but I’m thankful that I was taken to the hospital to have my body checked out. It was abdominal and stomach pain that could have been appendicitis, but thankfully wasn’t – it was just as it started, unexplainable abdominal and stomach pain. It was a good reminder that health is the most important thing and to be mindful of my body signals. Despite missing out on some goodbyes, it made for …

Travelogue Tofino: Sun, Surf and Everything in Between

Tofino is a gem of the Pacific Northwest. It amazes me that this this costal tiny town can boast everything from forest to sandy beaches. The town has impressive beer, food, and coffee too! I was STOKED to surf. Tofino is on the west coast of Vancouver Island, which makes it perfect for surfing all year round, too. (Our group rented gear from Wya Surf – highly recommend it for slightly cheaper gear and great service, they were really laid back with our rental return times and accommodating of our large group) We drove to Long Beach, a place that’s rightly named for its seemingly endless, white sandy beach. It’s a popular place for locals and also a great place for spotting whales because they make their migration every spring and fall. Being in a full wetsuit and booties were new for me. I’ve surfed several times in Hawaii but that the water was warm enough that whatever bathing suit you were wearing was plenty. I had mentally prepared myself for being freezing, but surprisingly I was completely ok. …

Travelogue Tofino: Getting to the Island

Over beers with friends, a half joking, half dreaming “let’s go to Tofino to surf” became a reality. A couple days later we were planning for a mini-getaway from Vancouver to the “island” (Vancouver Island). The spontaneity of an adventure makes it all the more exciting! It was one car and six people travelling together. We woke up at 4:30 in the morning and drove to the Horseshoe Bay terminal bound for Nanaimo. Since the ferry is packed in the morning, we had to arrive an hour early before departure to guarantee a spot. The ferry ride is a lovely experience! There is something very calming about being in the middle of the ocean and moving away from the city shoreline. We had a hearty breakfast on the ferry (naturally overpriced), but tasty none the less. After arriving in Nainamo we were bound for Port Alberni. On the way I was told by a friend to stop by Goats On The Roof, and as the name states, there were goats on the roof! The next ‘along the way’ stop was Cathedral …

On life, work, and change in Vancouver

Hi! Hello from sunny & (now) summery Vancouver. The rain seems to have finally called quits, and I’m happy to have the sunshine stick around. My tomato and cucumber plants are grateful for the sunshine too! If anyone is at all curious as to what I’ve been up to in my first two months on the west coast, this compilation of photos and words is for you! Yay! These last two months have mostly been centred around adjusting to work, sorting through paperwork for my masters, playing the ukulele, and small adventures here and there. I’ve also been volunteering for Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. This has been an exciting way to meet to new people and learn about B.C.’s great parks, oceans and ecosystems. The aim of the organization is to advocate for and protect the wilderness! Essentially what I’m passionate about too – keep the wild, wild! (on most days) it’s been nice not having a car! I’ve been taking the bus everywhere and walking. I still find myself still starting out at the mountains and realizing that I’m …