What's more responsible and appropriate in third year than to take a spontaneous day trip to Canada?
I know it's extremely late to be posting this since it's now FEBRUARY! What!? But since the days are still chilly and frosty I thought I'd talk about how lucky I was this December to accompany my dearest mother to Vancouver for a day!
When we got there at about 1am UK time, we headed straight out for cocktails and a walk round the town! The next morning after a restless short, 4 hour sleep (jet lag and all that!) we were up early and headed out by 7. We headed first straight to Canada Place on the airport shuttle and stumbled upon the Pan Pacific Christmas Wish breakfast held by the fire fighters raising money and a record breaking number of presents to donate to children! I thought this was such a wonderful idea and it was so festive and pretty packed!
We went and watched the sunrise and got some lovely photos of the gorgeous mountains covered in a blanket of snow - beautiful!
Jumper - Sainsbury's
Leggings - River Island
Boots - New Look
Hat - Rip Curl
We then took a wander all the way from Canada Place over to Stanley Park along the coast and went for a mini wander through. Stanley Park is probably the main attraction - 405-hectares of a gorgeous forest. The weather was perfect - bloody freezing but so sunny and crisp, that the views and experience was lush!
We then headed over to Granville Island - a teeny little section of Vancouver, where we strolled through the lovely market, filled with pretty much anything you could think of! From soups and burgers to bakes and fruit, jewelry to flowers, purses to paintings!
Finally we headed out on our trek to the Royal Botanical Gardens, which was quite a bit further out of downtown than we realised *awkward face*
We walked through downtown Vancouver and out to the snowy suburbs up the hill and kept going all the way down to West 37th. Of course it was worth it! The snow was imaculate. Blanketed the ground and decorated the trees, the gardens were simply beautiful.
I aimed to head there when it was dark as a light event was being held, however we got there a bit earlier and by then we were too tired to wait. So we headed for a walk round the gardens and they were all decorated with gorgeous lights and the some festive decorations!
Definitely a 21st birthday of dreams! Canada is stunning and I can safely say that the common Canadian stereotype that they're all really really nice is very much true. They are complete babes! It was probably the only place where everyone was genuinely happy and so friendly and helpful and it definitely added to the wonderful experience!
So Thank You Vancouver - I can't wait to return!