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Granted, this month hasn’t been full of as many adventures. But I have had to work to make money for future explorations, you know? However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t had a lot of fun in the Vancouver sun. Summer in this city is pure fun and excitement — trust me on this one.
Well, I got a job at Starbucks for starters, yeehaa! And to celebrate fellow expat Kate and I went over to North Vancouver to check out an incredibly cheap summer surf wear sale. I didn’t exactly pack for summer when I departed Australia, so being able to pick up 2 shorts, a vest and a dress for $30 was fantastic. My Canadian friend told me about I Love Sample Sales, which is how I found out about this sale. It’s definitely worthwhile if you’re a professional bargain hunter like myself.
While in North Van we couldn’t resist having a bite to eat or two at the North Shore Green Markets.
When we returned downtown, we walked to the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel to witness the candlelight vigil being held in memory of Glee actor, Cory Monteith. I didn’t realise just how much he meant to so many people across the globe.
On the weekend we attended the Illuminaires Festival at night and the Food Cart Fest by day.
Between my first week of work, I still made the journey down to English Bay for the Celebration of Lights. This is a firework spectacular. There are three rounds over three nights in one week. The UK was first and they did a pretty good show. However, Canada was next and they blew the UK out of the water. I loved the different fireworks they incorporated into their performance. Thailand ended the celebration, but Canada was the clear winner for me.
I also had my first s’mores experience. For a chocolate addict like myself, I was in heaven. I will definitely be giving them another go once winter sets in.
Kate and I had the pleasure of watching the Pride Parade. It was 2.5 hours of non-stop music, dance, rainbows, freebies and celebrations. For me, it was wonderful to see so many people supporting the LGBT community in Vancouver.
I got my first Canadian pay at the beginning of the week, which was exciting. I felt like I had finally “made it”. On Saturday I spent the morning with a new Meetup group called Vancouver Girlfriends at the Pie Shoppe in Chinatown. Once again, I tried the chocolate and pecan pie. One word: heavenly. That night I farewelled some friends who were moving back to Australia. I had only known them for two months but we had some great adventures together and they made me feel welcome and at home in this new city. Best of luck Fifi!
Next month will see more work = more money = more adventures! I also hope the sun stays around for a little while longer. In between updates, ensure you like me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date. I promise pretty-ful photos and great posts.