Last weekend in BC

To celebrate my last weekend in Vancouver, I left. Haha I ended up in Whistler with three of my fave people, Jay, Ka Lei & Kieran.

We hired an apartment (no small feat when it’s a long weekend and you’re booking last minute) in the village for Saturday and Sunday night – yay for Family Day stat holiday – and took the beast down Saturday.

Such a gorgeous drive from Vancouver to Whistler, I spent most of my time taking photos.

Apartment was lovely, with a fire and hot tub, even though we never used the hot tub it was nice to know it was there. Ka Lei couldn’t be convinced to hop in nude.

Saturday and Sunday were gorgeous days, clear blue skies. We just hung out in the village drinking warm beverages and looking around. Apart from Sunday. We stayed in bed all day almost after a massive night on Saturday.

My friend Sunny and his wife, Carol ended up being in town Saturday night. I should know this means it will be a big night! We met them for dinner at The Mix in the village – great place for cocktails and then went on to Ric’s Bar & Grill for dinner.

We shared dip, oysters and Caesar salad then I chose the 6oz filet with a lobster tail cooked rare mmm amazing.

Next up, Barefoot Bistro, or rather the ice bar next to it. We were given massive coats to put on for the freezing temperature in the room, which probably matched the temperature outside and had vodka tasting. I was half cut by this stage and evidently we were all being a ruckus, not listening and taking a bunch of photos, as intoxicated people do. Only thing was old mate, the one running the tasting got pretty upset about it all. I did three of the shots and left the fourth, that’s enough straight vodka for me!

Buffalo Bills was fun as always, lots of dancing. We partied on until it shut then grabbed a pizza at Fat Tony’s – heaven in a box. Well in my intoxicated state it was anyway!

Sunday we spent mainly in bed around about 3pm. We all needed to relax. We then discovered Pure Bread on a walk around the village – amazing!

We had a delicious platter at home and had a few drinks. The cards came out and suddenly it was 11pm! Such a good night.

Ka Lei broke out in some crazy rash, she was probably just allergic to losing! Just kidding Ka Lei, I know you’ll read this haha.

Monday was a public holiday. We checked out & wandered around the village, it was snowing heavily and watching the snow flakes fall was gorgeous.

We just wandered from store to store, grabbing hot drinks. Started with a chai latte and finishing with a mulled wine.

Lunch was a bit of a disaster, the places we chose weren’t open so we decided to eat in Squamish (which I have taken to calling Sasquatch) but due to heavy snowfall, treacherous road conditions and an ill, Jay we went straight through.

The drive back was a contrast to the way there. The gorgeous green and blue traded in for a beautiful blanket of white.

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Four months in

Four months in!

To celebrate four months in Canada I headed up to Whistler with my good friends Tahlia, Michelle and Scotty.

Snow has recently been falling upon the mountains and I’m starting to get really excited about seeing a decent amount of snow up on the tips. I will be super excited come the time it snows in the village. I don’t love the cold but I love the idea of snow capped buildings and trees, not to mention log fires, warm apple cider, snuggly clothes and attempting to learn to ski and snowboard. Eeeeeeep!

Even compared to just a few weeks back it’s beautiful to see how the seasons have change the landscape in Whistler. The leaves are the most predominant change – turning to the gorgeous rustic orange, red and brown hues.

We stopped at The Warehouse for lunch. I wouldn’t go back there. It may only be $7 or so a meal but we waited a good hour and they mixed up all four of our meals. I had The Works burger and I felt ill for ages afterwards. It’s much more fattier than I’d normally eat I guess.

We wandered around the village just taking in the sights and stopping in random stores – mainly ones that involved chocolate so I could get my fix.

There were heaps of cross country bike riders out – it’s awesome to watch. They take the gondola up with their bikes then ride down the mountain in all its muddy glory. I would love to give it a go but I fear I would break my wrist or something silly.

On the way home we stopped at a few lookout points along the way. It’s a stunning drive and the Canadian landscape still fascinates me.

The pic of me below jumping in the air is probably my favourite. Two seconds after that pic I fell straight on my butt. It was hilarious – wish someone got a picture of that!

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Whistler Weekend

Carso, Phillip and I headed up to Whistler last weekend for the first ever Whistler Beer Festival and to check the place out as we hadn’t been before.

We arrived Friday arvo and checked onto our hotel, The Crystal Lodge. Right in the heart of the village, definitely recommend it if you need somewhere to crash. After a quick wander around the village, I was starving. So when I saw a sign that said 12 oysters for $12 I was dragging Carso and Phillip over in no time! Three dozen oysters, a cider each and poor service at Araxi and we were off. We bar hopped for a bit and when my flatmate and his friend Mike arrived we all headed to Ric’s Bar and Grill for steak and cocktails. Can’t beat that place.

Knowing we had a big day ahead we retired to bed early after dinner.

Beer Fest day!! We were all super excited. After breakfast we headed over to the North Village and settled in at The Warehouse for some ciders/ beers in the sun. They have a great bar where you can sit outside.

Finally the first ever Whistler Beer Festival gates opened, and the huge line started moving in. $35 got you entry, a little souvenir glass, 5 x $1.50 drink tokens and a $10 food voucher – really good if you ask me. There were over 30 local breweries, who would fill your tiny wee mug for just $1.50. It was fantastic. Well organised, spent the day drinking beer and basking in the sun with friends. My only advice to the organisers would be – more shade, and to space the breweries out a little more, it was quite crowded at times. I also think some long communal tables wouldn’t go astray either.

After the festival we sauntered off back to the hotel to relax in the hot tub. Which was too hot if you asked me. I spent my time alternating between the hot tub and the pool but I’m sure it would be lovely with the snow falling around you.

Sushi Village for dinner. Not sure if it was all the beer but YUM! I over-ate but was happy and full.

Stumbled to Buffalo Bills for some crazy dancing and people watching.

Sunday I was up at around 11 and felt pretty good. We checked out and I got my Starbucks fix – bagel with cream cheese and a double choc chip frappacino with extra choc sauce.

Meeting up with my roomie and his mate we ventured out to Lost Lake for some sightseeing. Quaint little lake, you can walk around it in about 20mins – my exercise for the entire weekend! The rain started just as we reached the car and by the time we were on the road it was hitting hard. I haven’t seen heavy rain like that for a while.

Awesome weekend – can’t wait to get back there!

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