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Be A Tourist In Your Own Town!

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I came across these great deals from tourism Vancouver and thought it was too great to not share.  Right now from  May 3rd to 29th all B.C. residents are invited to be tourists in their own city by taking advantage of over 30,000 free tickets to participating attractions!

Vancouver is such an amazing city that thousands of tourists come to enjoy each year. But so many of these places we as locals, have yet to experience.  Why go out, spend money and travel to another city when Vancouver ranks on the top places to live each year.  Best of all with all these diverse and amazing attractions they are giving locals the option to download 2 free tickets each day!   This month is the chance to play tourist in your own city – enjoy all the beautiful things Vancouver has to offer

Participating attractions include:

  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
  • Bloedel Floral Conservatory
  • Britannia Mine Museum
  • Burnaby Village Museum
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
  • Greater Vancouver Zoo
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
  • Harbour Cruises & Events
  • Hell’s Gate Airtram
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
  • Maplewood Farm
  • Minter Gardens
  • Powerhouse at Stave Falls
  • Roedde House Museum
  • Science World at Telus World of Science
  • Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours
  • Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • UBC Botanical Garden
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Vancouver Police Museum

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May 9, 2011 at 5:05 am

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My first Canucks game

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   What is Canada’s favorite sport? Hockey! It’s what we are known for. Canadians created the official sport and continue to play it as our most popular game. Canada even beat the USA at this years Olympics 🙂
    It’s surprising to say that I have never been to the Canucks game before. I enjoy watching hockey games on tv and have watched many in my life. I even watched a practice game of the Canucks a while back, but no game in GM place/Rogers arena.  It’s probably due to the time in 1994 when the Canucks lost the Stanley cup.  I was a bit disappointed to say the least 🙂  I did see my first hockey game this year back in February Canada versus Swizerland for the Olympics. Canada won of course and it was awesome!
      Yesterday I watched the Vancouver Canucks play against the Carolina Hurricanes. It was a good game, lots of shots of net and many goals.  The Canucks played really well, and Carolina not so much.  It ended up being 5-1! We had a blast and I’m glad to say that now I’ve officially seen my first Canucks game.  It’s much more exciting live, as I’m sure most everyone knows already.  Well, it’s better late then never. Good Game.

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October 19, 2010 at 7:46 am

Outlet shopping

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Yesterday I went down to the Seattle premium outlets for some shopping. It’s been about 6 months since I’ve gone, so I was likely due. To visit the outlets from Vancouver it’s a quick trip. I find the border line-up much smaller on Mondays. I waited about 20min on the way down & 15min for the return.  Then the drive to the outlets is about 1.5 hours.  So it’s an easy daytrip from Vancouver.

I went to the mini outlet in Burlington, where I took a break at Starbucks. Happily I found my friend Leaha working!! I was soooo excited to see her again after about 3 months at least.  So great that I selected the correct location & the shift schedule worked out perfectly.  It was great seeing you again. Hopefully you’ll take more trips to visit hint hint 🙂

We continued the drive another 30min, to the larger Tualip outlets. There’s hundreds of stores to visit with basically something for everyone. There was surprisingly many people at the outlets for a Monday, but it was probably due to the summer.  I bought a nice pair of shoes from Kenneth Cole & my sis found some at Nine West. I unfortunately couldn’t find my suit at Benetton; I guess I’ll have to wait to buy on til fall/winter.  At least I found some nice body wash & hand cream at Crabtree & Evelyn. 

Returning back to Vancouver, it’s always nice to stop at Bellisfair for a full shopping extravaganza.  I went to Hollister, and some other stores that I find are nicer in the States.  It was a great shopping trip. What made it even better was after the short border crossing. I explained I spent $50 & my sis $80.. and they didn’t make us pay Taxes!!  I was really expecting to pay, so I’m happy I didn’t.  Great trip; i’ll need to make sure to go visit more often.

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September 1, 2010 at 9:51 am

White Water Rafting

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Looking for some adventure thrills? White Water Rafting is a challenging recreational activity which has become popular around the mid-1970s. There are several places to go close by, and it’s a worth while experience. I went about a month ago but apparently couldn’t get enough, so I went back today with my family & friends to get a stronger adventure thrill with the canyon.

As I mentioned in my previous post I wanted to go on the canyon; but due to some miscommunication end up on the classic. Although the classic is a lot of fun, the canyon has class 3 to 4+ rapids which are for the more adventurous. The higher the class the stronger the rapids and the more maneuvering the needs to be done. It was well worth coming back to Chilliwack River Rafting to come do the canyon. This time for our mini excursion we did some cliff jumping. I liked rafting at the canyon more then the classic as it was more of a challenge, but I still think my favorite is White Water Kayaking.

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July 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

So much has changed

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     Hey guys. Sorry I haven’t been writing much since I came back from my travels. I’ve actually done quite a bit in the last… 8 months now 🙂 wow 8 months already!!!
    So what have I been up to since I’ve been back? Well I had some welcome back parites, hung out with a lot of friends. Applied for jobs, and got one back at the bank. I had my friend Sara from Italy stay with me for 3 months. Showed her around Vancouver with all the cool things to see & do. Then my pregnant sister & her husband moved in for 2 months while they renovated their new condo. Just when my one sister left, my other sister and nephew came to visit from Israel for Christmas. We had so much fun together, and played lots of games. We went snowboarding, skating, went to the bright lights, and so much more.
      By early February things were back to normal ath my place. But then I was was  gearing up for the Olympics… and what fun did I have! So much to see and do. I kept a detailed journal but didn’t manage to write about it while happening as I stayed up too late each night. I even got sick a couple days probably from the lack of sleep. It was well worth it though!!
     After the Olympics left I started studying & passed my Financial Planning I course 🙂 Now I have my Certificate to Financial Service Advice. 
     This past month my other sister moved back to Canada and we’ve hung out and had some fun. We went to Seattle, and then California this past May which I will still update on. 
     These past 2 weeks my brother-in-law has come to Canada to stay as well. So it’s a full house again, but it’s good to have lots of family.  So much has changed in these 8 months. I guess if I ever say that I haven’t been up to much… it’s probably as I can’t remember everything I do 🙂 It’s good to be busy. Life is short, so much to do and so much to see.

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July 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm

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Olympic highlights

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I had so much fun at the Olympics this past February and meant to blog about all my adventures but didn’t have enough time.   It’s almost hard to believe it’s been 4 months now.  Looking back at it, I can remember some great times. 

I woke up early one of the days for instance, and waited with 5 friends to do the Zipline!!! It was usually a 5-6 hour line up but it only took 3.5 hours as we got there early in the morning. It wasn’t bad waiting though with our breakfast. We made some new friends and just chatted and waited in excitement for the drop.  It was probably only 30 seconds but it was such a thrill to go over Robson square and definitely an experience.

I visited the Vancouver Art Gallery and the exhibit of body mechanics by Leonardo da Vinci. It was very detailed and amazing but comparable to all the beautiful art pieces I saw last year not as spectacular. The top of the museum had BC Pavillion with many interactive games.

I went to my first hockey game! It was Women’s hockey Canada versus Switzerland. The crowd and atmosphere was amazing and in the end Canada won 10 vs 1. 🙂

I went down to Livecity Yaletown  some nights and saw Matisyahu and Sam Roberts. Both were amazing shows. Going during the day was much easier to get into places like the Coke pavilion which was one of my favorite interactive sites, very impressive. So many concerts, people in the streets and action happening. There was many clubs open and tourists and olympians around; I even ran into some guys from the Finland team.

I went to the Russian House in Science world, which had a lot of things but wasn’t too impressive.
I also visited the Italian House at the Roundhouse. There wasn’t too much there, but I managed to get a free cappuccino with my friend and it was excellent!
Later I went to the Bell ice-cube which was neat and even visited the cauldron with the flame one of the days. Too bad they have that horrible fence.

I took the beautiful street train to Granville Island and saw a bit of the francophone village & Swiss house. I even went to the German House for some beer. The Quebec house, and the Ontario house were pretty easy to get in and had some good music and televisions to watch the games. 
The Commodore opened for some free showings and was really on top of it. There were so many people just relaxed and having great times.  So much fun to see and do. People were everywhere.

I saw the Speed Skating short track at the PNE. It was really exciting, so much life in the crowd.  Canada even won silver in the short track relay skating 🙂 It was so awesome, the crowd was wild!  Definetely another memorable experience 🙂

One of the nights a bunch of us went to O-Zone in Richmond and only waited 10 minutes to get in!  It was probably my favorite house during the olympics. Lots of dutch people, lots of space, lots of music, dancing and smiles.  Beer, and food was everywhere and we saw one of the olympic silver medalists for Amsterdam too.

After many grand days & nights there was the epic Men’s Gold medal hockey game Canada Versus the USA.  Wow was that ever tense.  I went with a bunch of friends to Moxies early in the morning and waited for some seats and saw the fantastic game. We all cheered and screamed and went wild when Canada Won Gold!! The place went wild, cheering in the streets, everyone was so happy, victory at last. We went down to Robson & Granville and literally couldn’t move as there was too many people there.

As the ceremonies closed Canada won 24 medals.. 14 Gold, 7 Silver, and 5 Bronze Medals.  I guess we meant what we said. Own the Podium!!  We won the most Gold medals out of all the countries, and apparently it was the first time we ever won gold on canadian soil.  So crazy!!! GO CANADA GO!!!  Such a wonderful experience, well worth the wait. I definetely miss all the tourists, free events, and joy we had in Vancouver during those 2 weeks.  It felt like I was traveling again 🙂

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June 30, 2010 at 9:07 am

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Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies

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  The Opening ceremonies of the winter Olympics have began!  It started February 12, 2010 and will go until Feb 28th, 2010!!  The broadcasting started 6pm Pacific time, where unfortunately I was still at work.  I finnished up about an hour in and headed home to get ready to go downtown.

I was happy that although I missed a lot of the live streaming of the opening ceremonies; I was fortunate to be able to see the dress rehearsal of the opening ceremonies.  It was a lot of fun to see all the visual effects on the screens and just be there. I enjoyed the dancing and singing!  It was really cool how the skiers & snowboarders were flying in the air.  I think my favorite parts would have to be the giant polar bear or the snowboarder who unexpectedly slides down.   It was so much fun to watch and be part of.  Going down to Robson square was awesome as well. Seeing the ceremonies on the large screen with hundreds of people.

After the games I went along Granville street along with thousands of other people.  I heard O Canada sung several times and took lots of random pictures.  I even managed to get into Pop Opera for a bit and then headed back out to the streets! What a wonderful start to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics!!

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February 20, 2010 at 11:59 am