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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 20th 2021

Early Morning tour - English Bay English Bay is the body of water where the shores of Vancouver meet the Pacific Ocean and that is where Patrick’s tour ‘Guide’s Choice’ commenced. It was 7am and very few people about but plenty of gulls on the pebbly beach. The Stanley Park Seawall, a popular running and biking route, runs along the east side of the beach. The Silvia Hotel is an ideal place to enjoy a cocktail & watch the sunset. Virginia creeper is the ivy-like plant that covers more than half of the property. The plant is a trademark feature of the hotel and a well known landmark in the city. In 1975 the City designated the Sylvia a heritage building, ensuring its survival for many years to come. We saw an amusing sculpture ‘A-maze-ing Laughter’ ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 20th 2021

Road Trip to Vancouver Part 1 - Squamish. Squamish calls itself the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”, today Finn joined his dad as we strolled around this pretty town. They town had recently been the location for a Christmas movie which is why we saw snow and Christmas trees laying around. The community garden looked well looked after. The Stawamus Chief, officially Stawamus Chief Mountain (often referred to as simply The Chief, is a granite dome located adjacent to the town. It towers over 700 m above the waters of Howe Sound nearby. It is often claimed to be the “second largest granite monolith in the world”. The indigenous people from this area, consider the Chief to be a place of spiritual significance. The great cleft in the mountain’s cliff-face in Squamish legend is a mark ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver July 10th 2021

Grouse Mountain Grouse Mountain is located on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples: the Squamish, Musqueaum, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Rising 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) above Vancouver. The Mountain was named by the first recorded hikers to reach the summit in October 1894. The hardy group of hikers slogged through snow, scrambled over rock and up through the dense forest. Along the way, they hunted a Blue Grouse and honoured the plentiful game bird by calling the Peak "Grouse Mountain". In 1949 the world's first double chairlift was built, replacing a two to three hour hike from the base of the mountain. The first chairlift for The Cut was built in 1951 and, for the first time, skiers and visitors could reach the mountain in a two-stage trip. Patrick had taken the Grouse Grind ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver July 9th 2021

Vancouver Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada, our tour started overlooking Burrard Inlet with sea planes landing and taking off. The inlet separates the City of Vancouver and the rest of the Burrard Peninsula. Vancouver is often called The Crystal or Glass reflecting the dominant steel-and-glass architecture of the city's downtown. Canada Place was originally built as the Canadian pavilion for the Expo ’86 world’s fair & is now part of Vancouver’s main convention centre. Designed in the form of a giant sailing ship which I well remember as 20 years ago we sailed from Vancouver to Alaska. No cruise ships in the port today. During Vancouver’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010 there were two Olympic torch cauldrons in the city, including the one by the Convention Centre. I guess that’s w... read more


After sitting at home for nearly a year, I realized I could be working from nearly anywhere, given I was close to the same time zone as home. I had also been learning about digital nomads over the past year. The more I thought about doing something in-between, the more I liked the idea. Given my job, I couldn't be a full-time digital nomad. There are things in my career that still need to be face to face, but perhaps I could pull this off for a month a quarter, with the first week being a holiday and the next three being remote work. Given the lockdowns, I knew my first location would have to be in Canada, so why not Vancouver in the spring!?! I knew Vancouver would be well ahead of Edmonton when it ... read more
English Bay from West Point Grey
English Bay on a sunny day
Olympic Park

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver April 12th 2021

We had visited Vancouver some years back on a tour which included a cruise along Inside Passage and at the end we spent several days in Vancouver, so this heygo tour brought back memories of the time we walked from our hotel to Stanley Park. Stanley Park was created in 1888 and is the oldest park in the city of Vancouver, spanning 1,000-acres, it’s the third largest public park in North America and today with Moises it was only possible to discover just part of this wonderful area. The 28 km Seaside Greenway is an uninterrupted pathway, including the Stanley Park Seawall which we walked along during our tour with magnificent views across the water to the city. What everyone wanted to see was the famous totem poles and Moises ended the tour in front of ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver » Kitsilano January 2nd 2021

The first trip I ever took was at four years of age, on foot, alone. It took a long time for them to realize I was gone, but this was the fifties when kids were put out like laundry, tossed about by the wind, then brought in again. Like any journey, it began with the first step, but after that I had to wing it. My arithmetic skills were simply not up to the task. Instead, I concentrated on my feet marching along the sidewalk in black Maryjanes. One. Two. Three. Four. I remember the trudge as if it happened yesterday. There was a busy intersection, broad as the mighty Mississippi, and a large grassy field with a playground. The jungle gym shimmered in the sun and I was tempted to stop at the swings. On ... read more
Hallowe'en 2020
Chanukah 2020
Old Sweetie/May 2020.

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 18th 2020

US borders to Mexico and Canada are closed until at least September 21. The borders have been closed since March 18. We are relatively fortunate here in the US to have not one, but two international borders. Both Canada and Mexico present entirely different border crossings. Those of you in Asia, Europe, or Africa may not realize the differences. The border crossing from Southern California into Mexico is relatively easy. It can be done on foot, since it is best to leave your car on the US side. Once past immigration, just take a cab into Mexico, usually Tijuana or the airport. Coming back can be a hassle, particularly during shift changes and rush hour. Avoid the early morning and late evening rush caused by people who commute daily to and from Mexico to the US. ... read more
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Crossing by auto

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver » North Vancouver February 28th 2020

“You are a fool!”my father said as a matter of fact while I packed my luggage. On the other hand, my mother stood in the doorway looking concern and distraught at my decision to travel to Vancouver. “Why don’t you think it through hon?” she sounded skeptical with hope but we both knew I had made up my mind. “Ma, I need to do this” and with that as my final say I kissed her temple and memorized her warm hug and as for my father, I didn't spare a second glance scared that his glare would change my mind. Sometimes in life, you have to make decisions that may be either good or bad, but that's not the concern…what matters most is the conviction of that decision. I have ... read more
Arriving Vancouver

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver January 17th 2020

I would love to report that we woke up early and refreshed, ready to hit the town for our last day in Vancouver, however that would be a lie. We didn’t set alarms and so accidentally slept in until about 12pm. I fully blame the fact that we’re staying in a basement, and the fact that Vancouver is very dark itself at the moment, so it says nice and dark and comfy down here. Anyway, we did eventually leave at about 1pm, and we headed straight to Frenchie’s for lunch (allegedly home of the best poutine in Vancouver). One thing we have learnt this past week is that while there’s a chance of regretting it if we both get a meal, it’s very unlikely to regret only getting one. So we shared a veggie poutine (I ... read more




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