Canada 150: Cross-country train trip in July 2017!

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I am a lucky holder of the equivalent-to-a-Willy-Wonka-golden-ticket VIA Rail 150 Youth Pass! Last week, VIA Rail announced a special promotion for Canada’s 150th birthday – unlimited train travel for $150 in July if you’re 12-25 years old*. For context, a 3-zone month bus pass in just Vancouver is almost $200, so I jumped at this deal!

Chaos broke out, their website crashed, people were on VIA Rail’s phone lines for hours, and at the end of 36 hours, over 4,000 Canadian youths will be embarking on a train adventure this summer (and I’m one of them -screams-)!

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Thoughts on Canadian stereotypes

Today’s daily prompt: Culture

I am a proud Canadian and have been living in Vancouver for over eighteen years.

I love Vancouver and BC for its beautiful mountains and lakes- perfect for hikes in the summer and boarding in the winter. I also love all the great food we have (Vancouver has awesome sushi), but I think the greatest thing I love about Vancouver, BC, and Canada is that everyone is so accepting of different cultures. Essentially, we are just nicer.

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108 years of waiting.

Today’s Daily Prompt: Base

When I first saw this prompt, I thought of the Chicago Cubs winning the world series this year.

I don’t follow baseball – didn’t even know what sport the cubs play (don’t hit me please cubs fans) – but the internet made such a big deal that I had to learn more. Apparently, the cubs haven’t won a major title since 1908… that’s 108 years1.

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“What was it called again? Poo-tine?”

This week’s moment spotlight occurred during my 3-day ski trip to Whistler. My friends and I met some Australian folks when we were soaking in the hot tub at the hotel.

It’s always cool to talk to people from different countries because you realize how different life can be. What is considered normal to you can be strange, hilarious, or amazing to someone else.

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Vancouver Happy Hour Rankings 6-10

Since my first co-op two years ago, I’ve been addicted to happy hours. To me, it really is a time of happiness when work is done and I get to see my friends.

To make it onto my top 10 list, the happy hour menu must include food/appetizers. I find it more important than the drinks (just give me a beer and I’m happy). Here are rankings 10 to 6:

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Instagram Story: Summer 2015

A recap of a great summer compiled of hikes, happy hours, work, runs, and photography. Read or see more about each one:

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

I went up to Burnaby mountain on Thursday, August 13 at around 1:00 am to watch the Perseid meteor shower. I didn’t think I would end up going because I had work the next morning and I was already in pajamas, but I’m really glad that I did!

I ended up lying on the grass and just looking up at the sky – an activity I haven’t done since my high school days. We saw a couple of cool ones, leaving orange and white streaks in a black sky. The longer I stared at the stars, the more they started to look like they were moving and vibrating. Lying there, I felt so insignificant and the universe so vast.

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Food: Dineout 2015

January wasn’t exactly the fitness-loving month for me because of Vancouver’s Dineout 2015. Dineout is a dining festival with over 250 participating restaurants in Vancouver. You can choose from a selection of $18, $28, or $38 menus, all of them featuring a 3-course meal. It’s a good excuse to try some of the fanciest restaurants in Vancouver or just a good reason to meet up with your friends and catch up. This year, I tried dine-out at 4 restaurants.

Miku Restaurant (01.16.)

Appetizer: ZEN- a selection of Aburi specialty items served in our traditional Japanese hinoki wood box
Main: Miku Signature Sushi
Dessert: Manjari Chocolate-Orange Cream

Comments: Delicious, large variety of different tasting sushi… not filling. Make sure you have plans to eat before or after if you don’t want to wake up hungry in the middle of the night.

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