life lately (on the hill)

Itching to see 200 photos of mountains with a some cute kids mixed in? Here’s life lately. In February we travelled across to the country to spend a late Christmas holiday with our family from another country. Mike’s parents came as well and we enjoyed a five glorious days skiing  at Whistler with some Vancouver sightseeing to bookend the adventure.

Day 1

With the time-change, I was wide -awake at 5:00 am and went out for a run around Stanley Park. Not the smartest thing to do alone in a big city, but it was a bucket-list item … It was really dark (which is why these pics are so grainy) and also why I thought the statue in the water was a real person. img_0153 img_0150img_0155After breakfast we met up with Mike’s brother and his family and went back to Stanley Park to the see the totem poles and visit the Vancouver Aquarium.img_0158In daylight, she looks a lot less real.img_0169Joel, David, Evan and Celeste:img_0162img_0160 img_0178As a devote DANGER BAY fan, I was excited to see where Dr. Robert’s worked:img_0171 Sting Ray touch tank:img_0176 img_0174 img_0173 img_0172Afterwards, we took a bus to Whistler and made it in time to see the fire show.img_0183img_0181

Day 2

The kids went to ski school for the first three days and had a blast.img_0188… And here are the mountain photos – I mostly skied alone on the first day.img_0190 img_0191 img_0192 img_0194 img_0197 img_0199 img_0200 img_0205At the end of the day, I rode the peak-to-peak – the gondola that takes you on a +4km  ride from Whistler to Blackcomb mountain:img_0205c img_0205d img_0206 img_0207

Day 3

I skied with my father-in-law. He was incredibly patient (with my skiing and photo taking) and I convinced him to ride a t-bar up to Blackcomb Glacier… then we hiked up a hill just to snap some more pics.img_0208 img_0209 img_0210 img_0215 img_0216 Carl and me on the top:img_0217 img_0218 img_0219 img_0226Lunch with the Ackermans:img_0213Whistler village has totem poles too.img_0227img_0230img_0231Terrible photo (sorry) but it’s the only one I have of Jeff and Allie. It was great to see them again!img_0242

Day 4

It was rainy at the bottom and wet snow at the top so I only skied in the morning. img_0245 img_0248But I enjoyed the mitten warmers in the bathroom at one of the hill-top restaurants:img_0249 img_0250 img_0251 img_0252 img_0253After lunch, I roamed around the village and grabbed a coffee.img_0256

Day 5

We got in line super early for the first-tracks breakfast at the top of the hill. Steve, Celeste and Rachel on one side:img_0257 And me and Pauline on the other:img_0258 David and Evan own the podium:img_0259 img_0260 After breakfast we attempted to all ski down together… which did not happen. Turns out, families that ski together, don’t stay together. img_0264 Half of us headed over to Blackcomb for the rest of the day:img_0267 Back on the peak-to-peak, this time with Mike, Evan and David.img_0269

Day 6

Our last ski day at Whistler – it was great to see how much the kids improved with just 3 days at ski school. They’re so much better than me, and brave! img_0273 The best part about skiing:img_0276 img_0277 img_0278

Day 7

Our last bit of time with the family before they travelled back to England. Joel is already taller than me… and I am guessing Evan will be too the next time we meet…img_0280 img_0281 img_0286 The village rink and playground:img_0287 img_0291 img_0292 Cousin time is the best time:img_0293 img_0294 img_0296

Day 8

Back in Vancouver, we explored the city and rode the mini taxi boats to Granville Island.img_0301img_0308img_0309img_0312img_0311David thought I was taking a picture of him but obviously, I was taking pictures of the palm trees:img_0313We had lunch with Nelson and his lovely family – Nelson and I met in University and it’s been years since we’ve seen each other – what a treat!img_0314img_0315img_0316Earl’s in Yaletown:img_0305 And finally, hockey night to wrap up the holiday.img_0326 img_0327 img_0332psst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomegimg_0298

where in the world

Got the travel bug? Looking for something a little more exciting than a snow globe or postcard?

My parents are going to Germany and they’ll be passing through the Black Forest. The first things I said when I heard this was, DO NOT bring me home a cuckoo clock! Turns out they had no intention to do so however, I had to make it clear that one day, I will go to the Black Forest and pick out the most perfect, be it slightly ridiculous, cuckoo clock. It’s on my bucket list!

This conversation got me thinking about the sub-sections on my bucket list (yes, my bucket list is categorized) and I realized I have two distinct travel categories:

  • Places I want to visit (Maui, Italy, Amsterdam, India, South American, to name a few)
  • Souvenirs from places around the world

Souvenirs from places may seem like and odd category however hear me out, they’re the most perfect way to remember a holiday. Sure, I can get a cuckoo clock anywhere but one from Germany would be so much more special. Same goes for a beautiful rug or a new blanket. I often bring home prints (posters), tea towels or Christmas ornaments, which are all great but below are the things that I’m holding out for when I hopefully make it to these places one day.

Germany : The Black Forest : A cuckoo clock

Germany is a country both Mike and I really want to visit so it’s made both categories. He wants to go to Oktoberfest, I’d like to run the Berlin Marathon but mostly, I have always wanted to go to the Black Forest and get a Cuckoo Clock!

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Morocco : Marrakech : A wedding blanket / rugs! / pillows

Editing down what I’d want from Morocco would be my biggest problem. That, and figuring out how to transport several 8 x 10 rugs home. I think a wedding blanket would be more practical. Toss in some pillows and a pouf too please!

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New Zealand : Something warm & fuzzy

Ideally I’d like a sheep but, I’ll take a nice wool blanket. My Dad worked in New Zealand when I was little and he brought back Maori dolls which were pretty fantastic. Sheep are my very favourite animal and I may loose my mind with excitement over there.

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Russia : Matryoshka doll (nesting doll)

Ignoring the cold temps, Russia is a place I’d love to visit. Holy architecture! I’ve always loved Matryoshka dolls and remember playing with a friend’s set when we were kids. Now that I think about it, we were likely not supposed to be playing with them, but I digress. They’re so beautiful and I love the colours. My bookshelf needs this.

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Switzerland : A Swatch (and throw in some chocolate)

I have been to Switzerland and I already have a few too many Swatches but I think they’re the most perfect souvenir for anyone planning to travel there – something that will always remind you of a good time. hah! (I’d also like a St Bernard)

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We’re heading out west next month for an Ackerman Family Ski Holiday and the one thing I hope to NOT bring home is a cast.

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Let me know what’s on your souvenir bucket list? And let me know what’s the best souvenir you brought home. I am very curious!

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