My Writing Process

Back when I was doing my Vancouver travel series, I wrote a post called The 10 Best Things About Vancouver. The final post has nice headings, brief written explanations, and multiple photo galleries. The prewrite version? Well. Here it is: an inside look into my writing and thought processes. 1. The architecture. Urban decay, blah. 2.…

5 Strange Things That Happened To Me In Vancouver

Vancouver has a unique feeling of both excitement and relaxation, but every so often it’s also quite strange. Here are the 5 strangest things that happened to me in British Columbia’s largest city: 1. Nobody asked how long I’d be staying in Canada. I was extremely nervous on my way in to Canada. I’ve never driven…

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Stanley Park

Stanley Park, a behemoth covering 1,000 acres of land next to downtown Vancouver, is nothing short of impressive. Beside its enormity, it also boasts dozens of natural landmarks and manmade attractions, which satisfy both outdoorsy and culture-seeking people. The park is surrounded by about 10 kilometers (roughly 6 miles) of the Vancouver Seawall that separate the forest…

Museum of Vancouver

Between the extravagant exterior and the highly official-sounding name, I imagined the Museum of Vancouver to be as extensive as The Museum of the City of New York or even The British Museum. But the MOV turned out to be more humble than I expected. I wasn’t disappointed, per se, and in fact I quite enjoyed it, but…

Industry + Art: Granville Island

It’s a well-known photography tip that scheduling shoots around sunrise and sunset will often yield gorgeous soft light, and yet most people neglect the first hours of the day because they’re so early. Waking up with the sun, especially during summer months, feels wrong. The streets are deserted, all the shops are closed, and suddenly each breath and click…

Why Walking Tours Are a Traveler’s Best Friend

For me, no trip is complete without a walking tour. Here’s why: It orients you. Especially if you do the tour early in your trip, it establishes some sense of direction in an unfamiliar place, which will be immensely helpful when you inevitably take a wrong turn later. It introduces you to people. Tours are made up…

Above Vancouver: Queen Elizabeth Park

I already gave you the ten best things about Vancouver, but I’m adding another: the city’s skyline. And where better to see it than from above? Queen Elizabeth Park is a gorgeous place to spend a quiet morning enjoying greenery and scenery. The park is filled with walking trails (some paved, some not), so it’s…