Back at Finches and Accepting 2014

So I’m back at Finch’s Tea & Coffee House on a Friday avo, enjoying my hot & spicy apple cider and soup. And I can’t barely believe it’s 2014. February 2014 at that. Where did 2013 go?? Or January at least??

New Year in Finches
A relaxing friday avo . . 

First and foremost, I’m just going to be honest. I’ve been a bit MIA recently and I probably won’t be posting as often this year (though I’ll still be aiming for once a week atleast). As much as I’ve been enjoying blogging and reading other people’s blogs, I’ve found a full time job! It’s in my field, is looking like a challenging and rewarding position and is super exciting! The only downside is I’ll have less spare time.

Sunrise in Vancouver
Sun rise in Vancouver, it’s still enough to stop me in my tracks.

In addition to finding a job, another milestone that I’m quickly approaching is 6 months in Vancouver. That’s half a year and almost two full seasons. Although the city is definitely becoming familiar to me and has started feeling like home, it still easily takes my breath away. Vancouver is such a beautiful, vibrant place. I feel incredibly lucky to call it my home.

So here’s to an exciting 2014 in Vancouver. I hope you’re all as excited as I am!

It’s Snowed!

It’s been a pretty exciting week for me. I’ve changed jobs, got tickets to the Vancouver John Butler Trio concert in Feb (woohoo!!) and it officially snowed on Monday! Real snow!

Snow!

What is it about  snow that always turns me into a little kid? Maybe it’s the surprise. I never actually expect it to snow, it’s not normal for me yet. It’s like walking into a Christmas movie. Doing errands that morning I had this big, irrepressible smile on my face. I had really come to Canada.

Snow!

And I know, I know, that wasn’t real Canadian snow. People have been telling me all week. That was light, a little wet and only lasted a day or two. There are a million places in Canada with better snow than that. Probably places like Yellowknife, which at the moment has an air temperature of -38C, but when you factor in the wind chill feels like -48C.

-48C

That’s not a temperature in my books. That’s the inside of a freezer. If I was surprised by a little snow in Vancouver, I am definitely not ready for real Canada winter snow or temperatures. I might need to ease into that.

Yellowknife Temp

Sadly now the snow is all gone and all that’s left are my photos and excited facebook posts. But if you’re in Vancouver I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. And if you didn’t, here’s my favourite John Butler Trio song to make up for it (Feb 16th people, tickets on sale now and the first show’s already sold out!).

Hello Snow!

It’s finally here! The lifts are open, puffy jackets are being pulled out of storage and thighs are being psyched for days of hard work .The ski season has started!

Whistler
Oh Canada . . 

Last weekend I finally got to go snowboarding at Whistler. I missed the 2013 Australian ski season entirely, so it’s been over a year since my board’s had a workout. I was pretty nervous at the start, but once I’d thrown myself down a run or two it all came flooding back. Nothing’s more fun than flying down a mountain on your board (or skis if you’re a skier, the debate rages on).

Whistler
The snow’s finally arrived!

It’s pretty early in the season and my Canadian friends told me it will definitely get better. Only a few runs were open, they complained, so it was really busy. And the snow coverage wasn’t that great. But don’t worry, they’d reassure me, this is nothing. Wait a few weeks and then you’ll see what Whistler is really about.

Mt Hotham
You think that’s patchy snow? This is patchy snow – Mt Hotham’s 2013 season opening
Photo Credit: News.com.au

As an Australian though, I thought it was pretty bloody amazing already. Yeah not all the runs are open so it was busy, but I’ve seen worse. And some of the runs further down the mountain had patchy coverage. It was still nothing compared to a bad day back home (check out this article and video if you want to see really patchy runs).

Whistler
Back on my board

So as far as I’m concerned if last weekend wasn’t impressive, what I’ve got to look forward to is going to be brilliant! Bring on the snow!

No More Empanadas

It’s was a sad day today on Denman St when I realised that the House of Empanadas was closed.

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The House of Empanadas on Denman is over

The sign on the door says ‘closed for renovations’, but I peaked through the paper and the layout has changed. It’s no longer the House of Empanadas. I love Vietnamese as much as the next girl, but this was the only place in the West End I knew of that made dulce de leche empanadas. I hadn’t even gotten to try their tres leche cake yet. It’s a sad, sad day.

Does anyone know if they’re just moving? Otherwise, does anyone know any good Latin dessert places in Downtown Vancouver?

Hot Tip For Airports

Another day, another trip to an airport. As much as I love travelling, I’m ready to be back in Vancouver. It’s time to keep my feet on the ground and enjoy winter in Canada.

Airports and endless escalators
Airports and escalators, the two go hand in hand

Hot tip for hanging out in airports; don’t wonder out of the secure area looking for junior mints. Just because you can leave through one door, doesn’t mean you can come back in.

If you do leave, you’ll have to travel all the way back to start and go through security all over again. Which can take over an hour. Junior mints are great, but not worth the stress.

Halloween Is A Great Holiday

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Halloween is a fantastic holiday. I love the costumes, the lollies and watching fireworks out my window (right now!). I love how many people are out and about on the street, dressed to the hilt and having fun. So I thought I’d share some of my halloween moments with you.

House Decorations
Back home no one decorates their house for halloween. No one. Let alone dresses up themselves, sits in front of their house and entertains children.

Back home if you were a child going trick or treating, you’d be lucky to find a home that actually had lollies. And not just crackers and apples. Like my house did for so many disappointed kids.

Tonight I walked past a man who’s head fell off his shoulders. Scared the crap out of me. Then, for my trouble, he gave me some candy. Awsome fun.

Haunted House
Haunted House Fun

I then walked past a charity haunted house/freak show. They had a bunch of people dressed up, acting out things, as well as displays (see below). For my donation they also offered me as much candy as I wanted. More fun!

Mummy
A new resident I presume . . 

Jack-o-lanterns
I don’t think I’d ever seen a real jack-o-lantern before coming to Canada. How much fun are they! I didn’t realise people actually made them, that’s so much effort! Below are some that I’ve seen around.

Pumpkin Fun
Happy Jack-o-lantern
Pumpkin Fun
Fiery Jack-o-lantern
Pumpkin Fun
And the classic Angry Jack-o-lantern

I also saw an Ironman jack-o-lantern, but it was too far away to take a clear photo of.

I’ve put this photo up before, but they’re my favourite jack-o-lanterns so it’s going up again.
Halloween
A Jack-o-lantern Family

😀

Happy Halloween Everyone!!