Canada Journal Entry: #3

So, I may have stopped journalling…

I know that it’s been three weeks since my return to the states, and I have been gone since the second day of my trip to Canada, but I am back! Finally, I have gathered up the courage to write this blog post. I know that writing a couple of words on a website is not particularly a hard task, but writing this feels like its really the end of the trip. It feels so final putting my experiences down in writing because I honestly do not want it to end. I fell head over heels for Vancouver, and honestly feel like I have to go back as soon as possible. I did not think that I would love Canada nearly as much as I do. I can truthfully say that the two weeks that I was there hold so many amazing memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

OK, lets dive into this! We left off on our exploration in the rain.After this, our adventures took off because we finally had a car to move around in. We visited the most beautiful places and had some fantastic food along the way. One of the first places we visited was horseshoe bay. Honestly, this place was breathtaking I have never seen a bay as beautiful as this. I can not describe its beauty, so I will just insert a picture for you all to see.

We had so much fun just wandering around and driving through the streets because it’s so beautiful. At one point we actually stopped the car in the middle of the road just to capture the beauty in front of us. The person that was waiting at the bus stop probably tougher we were ridiculous tourists and its right,  we were always pulling over throughout the entire trip just to take photos.

Another place that stood out was Squamish Sea to sky gondolas I had a bit of a freakout but the view was worth the ride. There is also a hike up, but I don’t think we would have made it up before dark or just in general…I don’t know if I would choose to ride the gondola again because I have a terrible fear of heights, but I am glad that I did. Once at the top there is a sky deck that overlooks the mountains and water below. At the bottom, there is a short, And I will repeat it for further emphasis, SHORT walk to Shannon falls which is the only waterfall I have seen up close and frankly a stunning waterfall in general. It was not too crowded and made for some beautiful images.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the Capilano suspension bridge park. And for any of you who are college students, they give a student discount whoop whoop !!! And if you look at the receipt, there are more coupons for other places like Grouse Mountain in the bottom. Hello, savings! I didn’t even mind crossing the bridges or doing the cliff walk because it was something I wanted to do and visually it was incredible. I remember walking across the part of the cliff walk that is entirely suspended in the air and asking my sister to take pictures as we walked. A man who was on his own asked for a picture and took 10-15 minutes just to take one picture holding up the entire line behind me.Surprisingly it wasn’t nearly as frightening as I had initially thought it would be. One thing I would recommend if any of you are interested in visiting the bridge park it to go as soon as the park opens on a weekday because it gets super crowded. I don’t know about you guys, but I know that I didn’t feel safe crossing the largest bridge with a hundred other people I’d much rather pass with 20 people or less…just in case.

We actually did end up visiting whistler but got there too late to do anything. One thing I would recommend if you are visiting in the summer and want to visit Whistler is to make sure that your vacation travel dates do not line up with the Pemberton music festival because traffic is an absolute nightmare. The drive from out Airbnb in Vancouver to Whistler was supposed to be approximately an hour, and instead, it took us four hours!!! Let me just say I was not a happy camper.

Lastly, I wanted to talk about the only hike we ended up doing on our entire trip other than the little walk up to Shannon falls which were Underwood park in North Vancouver. We did the “easy” and part of the intermediate trail which in the end totaled up to eleven miles!! We didn’t plan well for this and had to hurry to make it back by sunset, but it was overall a fun experience and a great hike with beautiful scenery and some neat little finds along the way.

OK, I think that I will leave it there for the Vancouver journal. We did so much more than this, but these are a couple of the highlights of the trip that is definitely worth checking out.

Until next time



Canada: Journal Entry #2

Oh how sexy this city is!

Getting up at three in the morning, not so great, however arriving in this beautiful place makes up for everything. My first day in Vancouver was a bit of a fail, but not a complete waste of a day. I spent most of the day sleeping but let’s not talk about that. Let’s chat about what we did that was interesting!

We are staying in a very hipster part of town, most of the shops and restaurants around are small businesses which I think is amazing. After we arrived, we were so hangry because the only thing I had eaten was a couple of Oreos and an orange juice. We immediately went on the hunt for a good meal, and we found it. Overwhelmed by all of the different choices we took quite a while to decide where to eat. Let me tell you all this one thing just to clue you in on who we are as a group; we are the most indecisive people EVER!!! So naturally, no one wanted to choose a place to eat. I was not going to have any of that, so I decided where we would go, Splitz Burgers.

File Jul 07, 10 57 33 PMI don’t know if we loved it because we were starving, but it is hands down one of the best burgers I have ever had.  I know what your all thinking “Jasmin you did not go all the way to Canada for a BURGER!!!”, But it is worth it. Even after walking around the neighborhood for a while I couldn’t stop being amazed by all of the greenery. In comparison to California, this is a vast difference and extremely beautiful.

File Jul 07, 10 26 18 PMJust walking to our home felt like a hike through the woods. I honestly have never visited a place as beautiful as Canada.And the public transportation is top notch. The buses run every 8-12 minutes unlike in the U.S. where the buses run once every hour. Unlike day number one which was a  bit of a lazy day, our second day was a more successful exploration day. On the second day, it rained the entire day, but I was semi-prepared with a windbreaker and umbrella. I say Semi-prepared because after walking around all day in the rain I was a Popsicle. Ir was freezing so I wish I would have worn something a bit warmer but I liked my outfit for the day.

I am so glad to have worn a windbreaker and not a coat, because I blended in with the locals rather than a tourist, although I am pretty sure that I looked like one with all of the random pictures I was taking!File Jul 07, 10 36 01 PMAlthough it was raining the entire day that did not put a damper on our activities. Exploring the city was ridiculously fun because of how visually appealing the city is. We have yet to explore farther out, but when we get a car we will explore some more!

Until next time,


Canada: Journal Entry #1

One Week Prior

Just seven more days until I am boarding a plane headed towards The Great White North: Canada. Seven short days that seem like forever. I have been packed for about… oh I don’t know… THE LAST TWO MONTHS!!! I’ve been waiting here like “jeez it’s about time I’ve only waited three centuries.” But the time is finally here for me to be checking off the last minute items. Now it is acceptable for me to talk about it every minute of the day, not like I haven’t been already. Everyone I know is probably secretly happy because in one week they get a break from my incessant Canada talk. Jokes on them, because I will be talking about this forever!

Okay, now that I’ve got that out there, let’s talk about the actual trip. I will be traveling up to British Columbia, more specifically Vancouver. Woohoo!!! Sorry I had to. It’s just that I am writing this with a grin from ear to ear, because of the excitement of finally traveling. I have not flown much in the past, but hopefully, this trip embarks us on a long list of adventures to come. By us, I mean myself my lovely sister (I only say this because you all do not know her yet), and two of my close cousins. This will be my first trip without “adult supervision.” Now, this does not mean that I’ll be going crazy, but it is exciting to travel without parents and genuinely have self-discovery as an individual.

We will be staying mostly in the Vancouver area but exploring the beauties that the Canadian wilderness has to offer. Now let’s clear something up. There is one thing I am dying to do, but I am terrified of heights, so all I can think about is: do I want to die to do this thing? That thing is seeing the beautiful suspension bridges, and I think that I will suck it up and do it. Maybe. These bridges are always so beautiful in photographs, and I don’t want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime because of a phobia.

On this trip, I also hope to find amazing little spots to eat or do some fun activity and hopefully share with you all. Now, I know that because I am a tourist that something that I find to be novelty and amazing might not be. I might be raving about this excellent little pizza joint in the middle of town when in reality it’s the Canadian Domino’s! Uhh duh, it’s good get with the program Jamin! Hopefully, you all excuse those little hiccups I’m sure that they are bound to happen, and I assure you there will be plenty of them.

These are my thoughts pre-Canada next time I update you will probably be the day before and the day of.

Until next time,