August 4, 2018

We were keen for some warmth and sunshine for our annual March Spring break so we headed to Hawaii for some relaxation and down time!  The first few days turned out to be a little rainy and cool but after that the sun came out and gave us exactly what we were looking for!  I am not usually a big beach swimmer but I must say the temperature of the water on Waikiki Beach was pretty amazing!  Sadly I only realised this on the last few days!  

We stayed at the beautiful Moana Surfrider right in the middle of Waikiki – definitely amongst all the action so if you are looking for seclusion and quite this is not the place for you!  

During our 10 day stay we hired a car for a day and took a drive around the beautiful island, stopping for coconut shrimp and shaved ice and visited the famous surf beaches of the north shore!  We also took a great tour to Pearl Harbour to learn the history of the very famous bombing of this area during world war 2.

Enjoy our photos from a fun 10 days away!

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May 24, 2018

We have completed embraced the skiing life while living here in Canada and while I am still very much a basic green run skier (aka the easiest slope you can find!!) we have had the opportunity to visit and ski in Whistler on three different weekends over the winter.  We also were able to catch up with many Aussie visitors during our weekends in the snow which was loads of fun!  

The conditions have been completely different every weekend – from so much snow we didn’t know what to do with it to beautiful blue skies and icy slopes!  No matter what the conditions though being outside in the fresh air getting some exercise is just the best way to spend your days!

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May 14, 2018

We celebrated our first Christmas in Canada at the beautiful ski resort of Silverstar which is located around 400 km east of Vancouver.  It really was a magical place to spend our first white Christmas away from home and while the temperatures were FREEZING (most days it was down to -25 while we were skiing) it was one of the best holidays we have had!  This also happened to be our first skiing holiday as we only took up skiing since moving to Canada so the experience was one to cherish!  If you are looking to travel to Canada to ski I would definitely recommend going to Silverstar where the crowds are much smaller than the more known resorts like Whistler and cost to ski is much less.  It really was ski up to most chair lifts and straight on and as you can see from the photos at the end of the post some of the runs at times I had all to myself!  We cant wait to go back again next winter break!  

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May 11, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely long weekend in Seattle with a few of our friends from Vancouver in November.  In true Seattle fashion the weather was a little rainy and cool but nothing that stopped us from getting out and enjoying this great city.  We visited Pike Place to see them throwing fish, wandered the markets, visited the gum wall, ferried out to Bainbridge Island for a lovely lunch, spied the space needle, drank coffee in the original Starbucks store and of course did some shopping!  Such a fun city to visit – no doubt we will be back during our time here in Vancouver as it is only a 2 hour drive!

 

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April 8, 2018

Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October and such a lovely tradition that we couldn’t wait to take part in.  It turns out that the Canadian tradition has different beginnings from the US version and it marks the beginning of the harvest season in this part of the world.  

We were lucky enough to spend our first thanksgiving in Whistler with 20 Australia friends who live in Vancouver.  We stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau where they go all out with pumpkin carving and a special dinner to celebrate the occasion.  It really was the perfect way to enjoy this celebration, give thanks and enjoy the beginning of the magical Fall season in Canada.

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