Mt. Assiniboine: a gallery

Wow. Never have I had so much trouble sorting through photos. So many of the photos were of essentially the same thing,  but with slightly different angles, different lighting and different features meaning they all offered something different. Below is a selection of some of my favourite ones – if you click on the first…

Mt. Assiniboine: hiking in the Rockies

  When the suggestion of spending five nights in the Canadian wilderness was first mentioned, I dismissed it with barely a moment’s thought. Little did I know the seed had been planted in Andy’s mind and when he brought the idea up again a few months later, I bizarrely found myself agreeing provided that a)…

Ucluelet and Tofino: a magical weekend away!

I so desperately wanted to write this post as I was sitting at the wee table in the bay window of our Airbnb, overlooking Little Beach in Ucluelet, known by locals as Ukee. Our travel has been limited in the past few months due to ongoing restrictions in the province, so we had ambitious plans…

Camping in the snow

When I booked a tent pad back in April for Elfin Lakes at the end of June, never in a million years did I think we could be hiking in the snow. As the start of June came and went, it became very apparent that unless something drastic happened, we would certainly be hiking in…

Let’s get the ball rolling

Hello! Remember me? Yes, it has been a verrrrrry long time coming, but a lot has been happening here and finally I have found the motivation to start writing again. 2021 in Vancouver started pretty poorly: Covid-19 case numbers just kept on rising, despite the numerous prevention measures we supposedly had in place. April and…

Review: Kitchen Dada

This is one of those little known places in a big city, that once you visit once, you’re going to wonder why on earth it isn’t more locally famous. We found this spot (well actually, Andy did) as we were doing one of our scrolls on Google Maps, just looking at different areas around the…

Review: Nook

Oooooooh yes. One of Vancouver’s most beloved Italian spots, Nook actually has several restaurants around Vancouver. Ironically, the OG store is a teeny tiny restaurant around the corner from our house (you can see how its name originated) but it was never the West End restaurant that caught our eye. I think the pandemic caused…

How it feels to live abroad during a pandemic

December 2019: Holy smokes it felt good to touch down in Vancouver. Andy and I had been travelling for over 8 months, and ever since South America, it wasn’t exactly the smoothest ride. It was such a relief to arrive in a country where we could speak English, we had an actual apartment to sleep…

Vancouver’s local mountains

What better place to start for some local insight than by introducing Vancouver’s local mountains? Vancouver is one of the few cities I have been in the world where the city’s somewhat striking skyline is further graced by a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Enhance this vision by inserting a body of water in the foreground…

The Recollection Diaries: Dubai

My recollection Strongest memory: Catching the bus from near our hotel along the waterfront to the famous Burj Al Arab hotel (the one that looks like a giant sail). The scenery was unlike anything I’d ever ever seen before – every building was either wickedly flash or incredibly dilapidated, and the entire landscape was basically…