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North America » United States » Alaska » Inside Passage August 11th 2016

Thursday. August 11th, 2016 Day 9: Inside Passage, Alaska – Shipping away! On this day at sea, we took advantage of the many activities on board the ship. We witnessed a culinary show in the Culinary Arts Center, experienced our first live art auction, and watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for movie night. At the culinary show with Chef Estovas, we learned to make salmon tartar and salmon with shimp scampi. That’s a lot of Salmon! During the Art Auction, Renata won a painting and Spa treatment. Lucky her! To end off the night we watched the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We heard bad reviews for the film and we would have to agree. The film was all over the place with no real reason for Batman to despise Superman. Oh ... read more
Culinary Class
Culinary Class

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 Day 8: Vancouver, British Columbia - All aboard... The next morning, during breakfast I found out that our Mom was worried and frantically calling everyone the night before to see if Renata and I came back from the party. She did not even bother to check our room. She only realized, we were sound asleep when my uncle heard me coughing in the night. Oh! The joys of going on vacation with your parents! Today is the beginning of our Alaskan cruise. With our bags pact, we made our way to the Vancouver Waterfront to board our cruise ship, the Holland American Volendam. After going through customs and getting our luggage checked in, a couple of us headed to a nearby Japa Dog stand that my brother, Brennan discovered on our way ... read more

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 Day 7: Vancouver, British Columbia - This Bridge is making me dizzy! Today, my sister, Renata and I decided to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a 140 meter long suspension bridge that crosses the Capilano River. Definitely, not for those afraid of heights! When we first arrived at Capilano we were greeting by a large collection of totem poles including a longhouse and a welcome totem pole. We learned about its unique history by taking a history tour. Did you know that Capilano is the anglicized name of Kai’palano, which means “beautiful river”? Kia’palano, was also the name of a great Squamish Chief who lived in the area during the early 1800s. After the history tour it was time to cross the bridge. As the bridge ... read more
At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Monday, August 8th, 2016 Day 6: Vancouver, British Columbia - It's time to Grind! Today we are off to burn off the calories from the two days of stuffing ourselves with food from the wedding and the family picnic. We are going to attempt the Grouse Grind! The Grouse Grind is “Nature’s version” of the stair master. With a length of 2.9 kilometers, an elevation gain of 853 metres, and a total of 2, 830 stairs, this trail is a challenge in itself. It was an exhausting hike and at times I thought it would never end. When we finally reached the finish line we were rewarded with an incredible view of Vancouver from the top of Grouse Mountain. After grabbing a quick bite to eat we headed off to explore. We first came across a ... read more
The Grouse Grind
We finished the Grouse Grind
Grouse Mountain

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Delta August 7th 2016

Sunday, August 7th, 2016 Day 5: Delta, British Columbia - Where is this picnic? I was sent an email months in advance to hold today's date for a picnic with the extended family. However, my family was not given the specific location of where the picnic was. We were told that it would be at Boundary Bay, which is an enormous area in Delta, BC. When we finally learned the exact location of the picnic, Centennial beach, it was approaching late afternoon. My parents decided there was no point in going. However, since we were not doing anything, a few of us decided to go anyway. When we arrived most of the food was gone so we ate the leftovers. It was too cold to go in the water at the beach, so Renata and I ... read more
Centennial Beach
Mansions at Centennial Beach

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Surrey August 6th 2016

Saturday, August 6th, 2016 Day 4: Surrey, British Columbia - The wedding! Here comes the Bride! My family were the first guests to arrive at the church in Burnaby an hour and a half before the wedding. We had more than enough time to put out the pew bows, get my Mom some coffee, and find our seats. It was a beautiful ceremony with the Goan priest joking about marriage being similar to a phone contract; it is just more difficult to get out of it. Back in Surrey, I found a place where I could get my nails done quickly before the reception. I also had enough time to buy a necklace and earrings to match my dress! Then it was off to the receptions. We heard some eloquent and heartfelt speeches and saw a ... read more
Wedding Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Burnaby, BC
The Bride and Groom
Wedding Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Burnaby, BC

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 5th 2016

Friday, August 5th, 2016 Day 3: Vancouver, British Columbia: Finding a friend, glamorous gardens, and fresh fish! Today, Renata and I are incredibly excited to meet our friend Stephanie in downtown, Vancouver. It has been over 15 years since we've last seen each other. To get to Vancouver from our accommodation in Surrey, we needed to drive 10-minute to Surrey Central station plus take a 45 min train ride. Our accommodation was definitely not in an ideal location! We met Steph for lunch at a sushi restaurant in the mall near her workplace. We decided to eat outside, which was probably not a good idea because we were swarmed by bees. It's so weird! There is a bee shortage in Toronto but it seemed like there were more than enough bees to annoy us in Vancouver. ... read more
VanDusen Gardens
VanDusen Gardens
VanDusen Gardens

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Surrey August 4th 2016

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 Day 2: Surrey, British Columbia - The bow making fiasco! As part of the extended family of the groom, my family was given various tasks associated with the wedding. My younger brother, Brennan, was a groomsman, my sister, Renata, a reader and I, the pew bow designer. Months before the wedding it was decided that my Aunt would get all the supplies and all I would have to do is make the pew bows. My Aunt could not find the coral ribbon required for the bows so she bought orange ribbon instead, thinking it would suffice. I assumed that Petrina, the bride knew about the dilemma and approved the orange ribbon my Aunt selected. As the wedding day approached my sister sent her a picture of an example bow that I made. ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver » YVR August 3rd 2016

Day 1: Toronto, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia- The Adventure begins! The day has final arrived. After a year of planning my cousin, Ryan and his fiancé, Petrina, are getting married! My whole family is flying to Vancouver to celebrate the upcoming nuptials. Following the wedding, my family and a few relatives are heading on a weeklong cruise to the land of the midnight sun, Alaska. I can't wait! We arrived in Vancouver late Wednesday evening and took a taxi to our AirBnB accommodation in Surrey, BC. Although incredibly spacious, our accommodation was inconveniently located. Therefore, tomorrow, my family is going to rent a car to take us around.... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto November 10th 2015

When researching about Spain and Barcelona in particular I was a little worried about the amount of pickpocketing that occurs in the city. I heard stories from people that I know getting pickpocketed while on business and vacation in Barcelona. However, I did not feel unsafe during my whole time in the city. As long as you keep your personal belonging in front of you, you won’t have any problems. My favourite part of the trip was the part where my sister and I planned together. It was not that I did not enjoy the Contiki trip. But by traveling on our own we saw a lot more of the cities and were closer to the city center. So here are the top 5 things that I enjoyed about Contiki 1. Meeting fellow travellers 2. The ... read more

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