Monday, 3 September 2012

Vancouver Is Awesome



My family and I just got back from our summer holiday. We went to Vancouver. Vancouver, by the way, is a FREAKING LONG WAY from the UK. It's about 7500km (a fun 'technical problem' with the 'blade system' meant that we were treated to the information channel on the plane for half an hour before take-off, so I became well acquainted with the statistics).

Aside from being a long way from home though, Vancouver is also a very cool place to visit, and here's why.

1. It has an aquarium which somehow manages to care (like really, actually, properly care) about conservation projects without ramming it down your throat every two minutes or guilt-tripping you into making donations and immediately turning vegan.

2. It has a museum which has such a high percentage of its artefacts actually on display, and not hidden away in storage, that it's practically impossible to see them all (you can take a look at them online if you're worried about missing something, though).

3. It is beautiful. Just amazingly, stunningly, effortlessly beautiful. Rather like me, actually.

4. The wildlife is way cooler than anything we have here in the UK. Don't get me wrong, I love badgers and hedgehogs as much as the next person, but you're not going to convince me that this...



...is anywhere near as cool as this...



5. It has English chocolate but better versions of it. Cadbury's is pretty much the yummiest chocolate around (that's non-debatable by the way) but while on holiday we discovered that the Vancouverites ... Vancouverans ... Vancouverish ... Canadians get even more interesting versions of it than we do. Like pretzel and peanut butter. Whoever thought of that combination should just retire immediately. There's no way they can better that one.

How about you? How was your summer? Did you visit any cool, new places?

7 comments:

  1. Enjoyed seeing Vancouver through your eyes. We did not travel this summer. I am planning a trip to Michigan soon and hope to see some pretty fall colors.

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    1. Fall/Autumn may well be my favourite season because of the colours it produces.

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  3. LOL Your wolf and cougar sign made me laugh... We live in Seattle (about two hours south of Vancouver). My girlfriend and I frequently take our kids hiking at Mt Rainier, and they always give you this brochure when you enter the park on the different ways to respond if you come upon a bear or mountain lion. But we can never remember which is which! If we ever run into a wild animal, we will be so dead!

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    1. I don't think we would do any better - we stopped to take a photo of the cougar sign, but did we take much notice of the 'what to do if you see a cougar' instructions?

      Nope.

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  4. Vancouver sounds nice. I love your sign picture, though that might be a little unnerving to see. We haven't been on vacation yet; we've been waiting for cooler weather since my husband hates the heat.

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    1. Hate the heat, eh? Come to England!

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