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What To See And Do In Vancouver

By on November 16, 2016

So,  in case you didn’t know, I actually just took a little trip up to Vancouver. Vancouver it’s a Canadian city and it’s a real gem. Lately, Vancouver keeps being listed on collections of the best cities in the world, and now that I visited it is totally easy to see why. Vancouver has the best of the American Pacific Northwest, combined with the best things about Canada and their values. It’s like nowhere else I’ve ever been, except I guess it’s a little bit like Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco but it is also way different. It’s hard to describe. However, what’s not hard to describe is the best things that I did when I was in the city that made me the most satisfied. So, in case you’re ever planning on heading over to the Canadian West Coast Capital, here are some tips and hints that will help you enjoy your trip.

  1. Nature. Vancouver is one of those amazing cities that has all sorts of natural elements. Well, I guess I shouldn’t say “one of those cities” because quite frankly I’ve never experienced another city like Vancouver in this way. In the same day you can climb a mountain, go to the beach, and take a walk in the rain forest. If you’re there in the winter, there is amazing skiing that you can do as well, and places to go skating. This is totally unique and it is one of the most Charming things about Vancouver, because it is a super Urban City that gives you the natural wonders that most cities deprive you of.

  1. Food. The food is absolutely incredible. Especially the sushi. I think that it has a lot to do with the amount of people from the continent of Asia, but there are all sorts of amazing Cuisine options. Like I said though, the sushi is very inexpensive and very high quality, it’s about as good as I’ve ever gotten on this continent!

  1. Consider buying real estate. Okay okay hear me out, maybe this is just me, but when I really fell in love with this city like this– I feel I would gently consider investing in a piece of property. I called a Vancouver Realtor about this, and explain that I was only a potential buyer, but he was super nice about it and decided to show me some properties that were in the price range that I quoted. Mostly, he showed me Burnaby condos for sale. Burnaby is right beside Vancouver, it is also a big city, and it is connected to Vancouver with all sorts of public transit and things. It’s basically the same city, but it actually has some features that are better than the city itself. You may also want to check out Coal Harbour condos for sale which might suit your interests.

 

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Bookish Musings #5

By on February 10, 2012

Bookish Musings is a meme that addresses random bookish topics that are on my mind.
Have your own musings? Leave a link in the comments.

harry potter & the deathly hallows part 2

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.” It’s hard to believe that the end has come and gone, but what an end it was. Like the crazy fan I am, I went to the midnight premiere with my sister, our best friend, and her mum. We waited in line for three and a half hours in order to get a good seat (we ended up first in line for our showing!)! It was absolutely and completely worth it. Walking out of the theatre afterward, I was unsure how I felt about the film. It was just so big and huge that it was hard to process, not to mention the fact that it was about two-thirty in the morning. Anyhow I had a hard time focusing and creating any cohesive thoughts about it, so I decided to wait until I saw it a second time before writing out how I felt.

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Breaking Beautiful Blog Tour – Character This or That

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Today, I am welcoming Andrew of Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf, to give his answers to a list of this or that pairings!

Night or Day: Night. I’m kind of a night owl. I get my best work/thinking done long after my mom thinks I should be asleep.

 

 

 

Rain or Snow: I’m going to have to go with rain. Have you ever tried to maneuver a wheelchair in the snow?

Winter or Summer: SUMMER.  ALL THE WAY. I don’t like to be cold or wet and as I said, getting around is lots easier when the weather is nice. Besides, when it’s warm outside I have an excuse to take off my shirt and show off my amazing abs.  J

Movie or TV: TV. It’s just easier. I can stay home, have the snacks I want. Have Caitlyn curled up on the couch next to me. Pretty much anything I want to watch will eventually be on TV right?

School or Work: School. I could learn forever. Maybe I’ll be a professional student, or a professor.  Going to work all the time and dealing with real life kind of scares me.

Dogs or Cats: Dogs. Allie has this really annoying cat that gets hair everywhere and makes me sneeze. Also, it likes to wrap itself around my legs and trip me or get under the wheels of my chair. If I told Mom I know she’d get rid of it, but Allie loves the stupid thing. We’ve never had a dog so I don’t really know that they’d be better, but I’m pretty sure I’d rather have a dog.

Party or Solitude: Solitude (or one or two friends). It’s not that I don’t like being around people, it’s just that the bigger the crowd, the more likelihood that there’ll be someone there who’ll stare at me or make fun of me or is just generally be a jerk. Besides, it’s hard to get around in a big group. (Do I say that a lot, well, mobility is kind of a big issue with me.) I have a few close friends, we get each other. We have each other’s backs. That’s the way I like it.

Truth or Lie: Depends on how much trouble I’ll get in. J Naw, truth. Usually I’m a pretty straight forward guy. Telling lies is a good way to make yourself miserable.

Love & Lost or Never to Love: Love and lost. Even if things don’t work out with Caitlyn I wouldn’t ever want to miss out on that experience.

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Bookish Musings #6

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Bookish Musings is a meme that addresses random bookish topics that are on my mind.
Have your own musings? Leave a link in the comments.

Giveaways!!

We all love giveaways, no? Personally I love not only entering giveaways, but also hosting them. Giving books away is almost as thrilling as winning books. Everyone goes about entering/hosting giveaways in different ways. Sooo…this is a post that is exploring how I feel about various ways of entering and I am also seeking your opinions.

1. How to enter

Comments: Some people have people enter for giveaways via comments on a post, on average I do not mind this system. However when it is required to make multiple comments for any extra entries I think it gets to be a little bit crazy.
Google Forms: Personally, I prefer this option above the rest. It’s just the easiest, cleanest looking choice. I do really like these, very simple both to create and to fill-out.

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Review: Kiss the Morning Star

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Title: Kiss the Morning Star

Author: Elissa Janine Hoole

 

The summer after high-school graduation, a year after her mother’s tragic death, Anna has no plans – beyond her need to put a lot of miles between herself and the past.  With forever friend Kat, a battered copy of Kerouac’s DHARMA BUMS, and a car with a dodgy oil filter, the girls set out on an epic road trip across the USA.  Maybe somewhere along the way they’ll prove or disprove the existence of God. Maybe they’ll even get laid . . .
It’s a journey both outward and inward. Through the Badlands and encounters with predatory men and buffalo. A crazy bus ride to Mexico with a bunch of hymn-singing missionaries. Facing death, naked in the forest with an enraged grizzly bear . . . Gradually, Anna realizes that this is a voyage of discovery into her own self, her own silent pain – and into the tangled history that she and Kat share. What is love? What is sexual identity? And how do you find a way forward into a new future – a way to declare openly and without fear all that lies within you?

 

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Guest Post – Jolene Perry – “Authors That Inspire Me”

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I don’t know how anyone could NOT love John Green. His writing is quirky, simple, and every few pages I want to highlight something. He has a great way of really delving into these sub-cultures – boarding school, teens with cancer, gifted kids – that just feels effortless and awesome.
Sarah Ockler is another author I just adore. She’s said that she writes slow and agonizes over phrasing and words, and it shows. The whole opening of Twenty Boy Summer just GETS me. The kiss under the willow tree in Fixing Delilah makes me swoon, and my heart races with the girl on skates in Bittersweet.
Laurie Halse Anderson. Speak and Wintergirls are two of my favorite ever reads. SO intense. And highlighted EVERYWHERE.
Courtney Summers is an author that I don’t think gets nearly enough recognition. She’s absolutely incredible in her writing style. LOVE. HER.
Jandy Nelson – who so far has one book to her name – The Sky is Everywhere, but it made me want to write poetry again (there are poems scattered throughout).
Elizabeth Scott is who I read when I need something FUN, and I hope to write that romantic tension as well as she does. The Unwritten Rule and Something, Maybe are my favs of hers.
Stephanie Perkins’ books are just outrageously fun. I LOVE them. LOVE her. And will read everything she writes.
I know that as soon as I hit send on this, I’ll cringe, knowing there are others I should have included, but thanks for the chance to be on your blog today!
~ Jolene

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The Challenges

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It’s that time of year again. All over the blogosphere sign-ups are popping up for new reading challenges beginning in 2012. So far I have only signed up for two, although there is a third I am considering.

#1. The Debut Author Challenge 2012- The Story Siren

It was this challenge that began by foray into book blogging, and it introduced me to so many new fantastic authors/books. Of course I am going to do it again!

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