It’s been a hot while. But as I think you know, I’ve been away!
I returned last week from my little venture out to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. It was one of my high school best friends’ wedding, so a handful of my friends from home took the opportunity to celebrate our friend WHILST having a glorious west coast vacation. A not-bad deal if I do say so myself.
It was such a wonderful week. Gah. I think it was everything I was hoping it to be: relaxing, fun, rejuvenating. A surprisingly perfect balance of me/quiet time mixed with friend/social time. So much outdoors. So much hiking. I think I got in enough of my beloved nature to saturate me for at least the next little while.
So for this week’s Week in Review I’m
trying not to bombard you with a gazillion pictures reviewing my accomplishments from a week away well spent.
Last week I…
Linking up with Meg for Week In Review!
Got myself to Vancouver and immediately stretched my travel legs with a walk down to Granville Island
I walked every day, all day, everywhere I could
And spent as much time along the sea wall as possible
But still made sure to stop in plenty of parks to relax and get done some reading
Just a little reading of ‘The Tempest’ outside City Hall
I met one of my best friends from college and got acquainted with a multitude of local craft beers (BC = the best beer). I also tried my first beer “sour.” Basically kombucha!?
I took myself out of the city for a day of solo hiking in Lynn Canyon
Where I played around on a suspension bridge
And then got lost in a much more quiet area of the BC forest
Kat’s breakfast cookies provided some seriously good hiking fuel through my travels
I fell in love with JJ Bean coffee. And its muffins.
Rasberry Oatmeal Muffin + Coffee
I discovered The Gluten Free Epicurean and desperately wished they’d open a location in Toronto. Gluten intolerant or not… home to the country’s most beautiful and delicious baked goods.
Gluten free lemon blueberry cinnamon bun
I also ate the most delicious sushi of my life. Not kidding. That stuff covering the rolls? I have no idea but they tasted like hickory sticks.
After bidding adieu to beautiful Vancouver… I found myself on a little boat headed to Vancouver Island!
Where I treated myself to a Whole Foods picnic
And finished my play amongst the waves
I discovered the quaint beauty of downtown Victoria
And took many long walks exploring the harbor
I had my first experience staying in an Air B&B and found some fresh, local fixings to enjoy a couple relaxing breakfasts ‘in’
Sourdough, island eggs and fresh BC peaches. The best…
As per the suggestions of both Sarah and Juli, I took Dan to Union Pacific for breakfast where we shared a glorious candied bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich on sourdough and a fresh made cheese and chive scone. My favorite part was the quiet little outdoor patio. Mmmm.
Breakfast sandwiches and scones for the win
I explored the city by foot and walked out into the ocean thanks to Ogden Point
And continued on my hiking train. So much hiking!!
I climbed a freaking MOUNTAIN
…apparently rock climbing up 400 m in 2 km is quite the thing.
Actually…I climbed two mountains
I celebrated my friends’ wedding at a little cidery north of the city and “sampled” each of their homemade ciders. More than once….
I danced, drank, ate and celebrated with friends I rarely get to see
Attempting to be classy…
I ate at the infamous Red Fish Blue Fish and am pretty sure their tacones are one of the best things I have ever tasted
So, of course, I took Dan back and ate there a second time.
Only this time it was on our final night before heading home, and we just so happened to have a beautiful sunset to bid us adieu.
The most perfect way to cap off our wonderful time in beautiful BC
And it was wonderful. It’s been hard to come back to reality/working life after such a refreshing and relaxing time away. I was ready by the end of it, though. I was ready to get back to moving forward with my life and career. Maybe not back to the service industry, but we won’t talk about that one. Now if only I could find a way that my soul could stay amongst all the natural beauty and I could still be where I need to be for my career. But that’s what a little travel is for right? A slice of heaven thrown in to your life and remembered as a special time you long to return to.
So tell me,
I’ve been away – what’s been a hi-lite in your life lately?
When you travel do you like to walk everywhere or take transit?