Riding the Rails to Los Angeles (Part 1)

Always craving an escape from Vancouver, I recently decided at the very last minute to book a seat on the Coast Starlight and head to Los Angeles for some sunshine and to visit my friend Ben. According to Amtrak, the Coast Starlight route from Seattle to Los Angeles is "widely regarded as one of the most spectacular…

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Mayne Island Getaway

Sharing a cabin weekend away with your best friends is a quintessential Gulf Island experience. Mayne Island has charm, beauty and quiet - perfect for a low-key holiday trip to celebrate the New Year.   Note: Mayne Island is accessible from both Vancouver and Victoria via BC Ferries. Trips can take anywhere from 45 minutes to…

Doors Open Vancouver

Doors Open Vancouver (DOV) is a free and behind-the-scenes look at many of Vancouver's sites, buildings and services. It's a great opportunity to learn about how the City of Vancouver is run and experience some of the city's unique architecture, sustainable design, and cultural heritage. As a social media and photography volunteer, I spent a…

West End Farmers Market

I've always loved spending time at local markets, particularly farmers markets full of fresh and local produce. The markets are always a great opportunity to observe locals in a foreign city, and when visiting a market in my own city it is nice to interact with other members of the community. They help to shape and develop…

Colours + textures of Kew Gardens

Last year, I spent five months living just north of London from January until May. Last year also seemed to be a particularly cold winter for the southeast of England, and my wussy Pacific Northwest manner could not cope. On one of the coldest days in March, I took the train down to Richmond to meet my…