Tag Archives: Vancouver

#FriFotos: Earth Day

20 Apr

To be honest, I didn’t think I’d have enough material for this week’s Fri Fotos. I don’t work for a recognizable pro-environment company. I’m not one of those gung-ho enivronmental evangelists nor do I need to laud it over people’s heads. But I do what I can with what I’m aware of. (If that makes any grammatical sense whatsoever.)  My dad taught me to turn off the lights and he always used to chastise me about it and saving energy in that simple sense became a habit. Now when I see other people leave the lights on at unnecessary times, I get annoyed and always turn off the light. I recycle. I’m a good citizen. I won the environmental challenge in Grade 8. They even gave me a pretty certificate. Does this count?

But seriously, how in the h-e-to-double-hockey-sticks can I be a better traveler in that sense? Right now I don’t have the time to do a voluntourism type of vacation or take a few months to save the children in Africa. Sorry, not trying to sound sarcastic here but I would love to hear your tips. Here are a few photos I came up with.

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#FriFotos: Colourful/Colorful

30 Mar

Kids, it's not photoshopped! I could NOT get over the colour of the gorgeous ocean while taking the ferry from Athens to Mykonos. It's like this all over the Greek Isles and I highly recommend going!

Whoo Hoo! I’m co-hosting Fri Fotos today! It’s always fun to share my photos and see others interpretation of a theme. Plus, I love that this community–going strong for over a year–always gets so excited and creative each week for each theme. This one is no exception. It’s colourful (yes, there were many jokes about the Canadian spelling of this word) and it’s spring so hoping this will inspire some summer getaways or at least different vantage points. Here’s my take: Continue reading

#Fri Fotos: Best of 2011

23 Dec

2011 was a crazy year. Where did it go?! I had a few monumental trips this year, so here are a few photos. As for people I met this year, I think I’ll keep that a separate post, as there were so many wonderful people that I got to meet this year. Continue reading

CONTEST # TWO! My “AFAR” Prize with Passports With Purpose

30 Nov

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. You can win a 2 night stay here!

If you know me, you know I love a good contest. I do have a lucky streak and I’ve won a lot of contests: a bike, a trip to San Francisco, two nights at the Montelucia in Arizona (that I never got to use…), $1,000 certificate with Intrepid, etc. So when I heard about the travel blogger fundraiser Passports with Purpose to give away a prize of my choice to help build two libraries in Zambia with Room to Read, I jumped at the chance! I’ve won enough things. Now it’s my time to help you win something and give back to an amazing cause that’s close to all the things I value: education, children and travel.  I am so overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten from my sponsors and cannot thank them enough. And kids, they are top notch!

So what do you have the chance to win?! Well, I’m giving away two prizes: A “NEAR” Prize and an “AFAR” prize. Woot Woot!  This post is dedicated to my afar prize. *You have to enter on the Passports with Purpose website! 

My AFAR Prize is a Two Night Stay at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and the Tasting Menu for Two at the hotel restaurant, Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver, BC. Continue reading

Guest Post: Vancouver in Four Days

17 Aug

Kitsilano, Vancouver. Photo: nearafar

The lovely Emily from The Maiden Voyage went on her honeymoon to Seattle and Vancouver. She asked me for a few tips and my essay-ridden emails turned into a blog post for her readers.  You’ll see what I did when I went to Vancouver; where I ate; must-sees and must-not-sees. Hopefully, this will prove helpful to you if you are planning your trip there. Vancouver and Victoria are wonderful destinations. It’s places like this that make me proud to be Canadian.  Oh, and if you’re not please follow Emily’s blog. It’s all kinds of awesome!

The guest post link is HERE.

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Vancouver Foodie Wrap Up

21 Jun

I always like to research restaurants before I go to a new city, and sometimes the recommendations are great. This time, I realized I hardly used any of the recommendations given to me and was able to find a lot of quality eats by wandering around on my own.  The exploration leads to many a discovery.  Here’s the low-down on my finds. I’m hoping your stomachs will thank you next time you are in Vancouver.


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The Last Minute Vancouver Foodie Guide

7 Jun

If you know me, you know I love my food and I love getting suggestions from locals.  I’ll be in Vancouver this week for the annual travel blog exchange (also known as TBEX) and got some great recommendations.

There are quite a few Canadian bloggers who know their stuff so I’m linking to them and pointing out my favorites.

Why Go Canada is a great all-around guide to Canuck destinations.  There is a great guide on Cheap Eats in Vancouver.

Lindsay Young  (@lindsontheroad) of  This is How I Travel  has great recommendations. Lindsay, who now lives in Toronto, and I bonded over a love of travel and fashion at the Toronto Travel Tribe.   I’m excited to try her tips!

Kitsilano. Or Kits. Photo: Bill Casselman

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