15 Things I Learned from my Vacation *with pictures!*

I’m back home now (as a manner of speaking) so I should get back to my regular blog posting shortly. But just before all is back to normal, I thought I should share all the things I learned from my 2 weeks of backpacking around British Columbia. Of course, I learned some interesting things. Such as what to do when you fall out of the boat while white water rafting, why you shouldn’t swim under trees in rivers and the stages of mountain pine beetle infestations. Nothing, however, is more valuable than the life lessons cast upon you while hiking around in the wilderness (and urban wilderness), carrying your own weight on your back. These life lessons, I share with you. Some pictures included.

1 – I am skilled at charming the following: 2 year olds, cats, dogs and llamas (this actually isn’t a very good picture, the photographer wouldn’t wait long enough to take them)

2 – When meeting up with guildies who live on the other side of the country, all of the following will occur:
– I will get a rash on my face from the climate change (yay makeup)
– My new eye makeup remover will make my eyes red and puffy
– I will knock over a table
– I will spill coffee all over myself
So much for trying to not be a stereotypical geeky chick.

3 – Wetsuits never fit. Most of the time they’ll be too small, but every now and again they’ll be a dozen sizes too big. Big wetsuits are easier to put on, but you’ll freeze to death in them.

4 – Nothing forges a bond with a group of Japanese teenagers quite like jumping off a cliff into a Canadian river in the first week of May. Regardless of language, cultural and age boundaries, those who freeze together, stick together.

5 – I have no idea what animal this is, but apparently they cross the road a lot in the Shuswap area.

6 – Quick Dry clothes are the greatest invention in history. Anyone who argues has never been caught by a rain storm followed by a hail storm while mountain biking around the Okanagan.

7 – If you injure yourself during your trip, it will invariably be a part of your body you’re not allowed to complain about.

8 – The Auberdine docks were inspired by the docks in Chase.

Which one of these goes to Stormwind again?

9 – Ashenvale also exists IRL

10 – When traveling alone, avoid reading novels that contain a love story, especially ones with good sex scenes. Especially if you’re staying in the same hostel as 3492384723 super hot german guys. If the frustration doesn’t kill you, it will cause you to go insane.

11- When visiting your Asians friends in Richmond, expect them to bring you to bubble tea…and have you read Japanese fashion magazines…and convince you to eat Spicy Pig’s Ear (which is apparently literally ears from a pig). (Also nevermind the really unflattering picture, this was taken pretty late at night)

12- Stores in Vancouver sell cream that whitens your skin. Why the heck anyone would want do that is beyond me, but apparently it sells very well. I’ll pass tyvm, gimme some bronzer.

13 – Bridges make great picture taking locations. Please admire this view of Vancouver as seen from the Burrard bridge.

14 – Sea Monster Sushi destroys hunger and is delicious for you.

15 – No matter how hard I try to avoid being a typical tourist, sometimes I break down and take pictures next to touristy objects such as the Gastown steamclock. Especially if it means showing off my new sandals. OMG LOOK AT MY NEW SANDALS.

Thus ends my adventures of wearing the same 3 outfits, arguing with bus drivers and complaining about the weather (sidenote: despite all the QQ from locals about how Vancouver gets nothing but rain, Vancouver was the place that gave me the best weather. I EVEN MANAGED TO WEAR A DRESS ONE DAY!)

And now, back to our regular programming.

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12 Comments on “15 Things I Learned from my Vacation *with pictures!*”

  1. Will Says:

    I’m glad you made it back safe and sound, and I hope that your vacation was for the most part enjoyable. :)

    1: I dunno; I’d say you’ve kinda charmed me, what with my sticking around here for as long as I have. ;)

    2: There are WoW friends that I have whom I’d like to meet in person so badly that I really wouldn’t care how I looked if it meant being able to shake their hand or give them a hug.

    3: I guarantee that regardless of the size of the wetsuit, I would look hideous in it.

    6: I won’t argue, but I have never been caught by a rain storm followed by a hail storm while mountain biking around the Okanagan.

    9: That’s beautiful.

    10: I can probably count on one hand the number of books that I’ve read that had explicit sex scenes in them. And they were all kind of gratuitous, so I can’t say if they were “good” or not. Also, I did not know that over half of the world’s population was German males. Learn something new every day, I guess. ;)

    11: Unflattering picture my butt; you’re quite lovely. Unflattering pictures of ME, however, are the norm.

    13: That too is quite the view.

    14: I’ll take their word for it. I doubt that I will ever possess the intestinal or testicular fortitude to sample sushi.

    15: It would be inevitable that I’d take pictures of tourist-y things, too, so don’t feel too weird about it. And yes, the sandals are lovely. :p

    I look forward to reading your regular posts again. Did you miss my comments even a teensy little bit? ;)

    • Ophelie Says:

      I have missed your comments, but when I don’t write posts, I’m not in a position to complain about missing comments.

      2 – I always try really hard to make a relatively good impressions. And I fail miserably every time. But at least I try.

      10- If you haven’t figured out by now that I tend to exaggerate when I’m joking around… ;D I was finishing up Jaqueline Carey’s Kushiel series during the first part of the trip. It is a really good series.

      14- You can get vegetarian sushi, or sushi with cooked fish (which doesn’t help if you just don’t like fish).

      15- Yay someone likes the sandals!

  2. Hempia Says:

    Oh Em Gee! I love the sandals! We are happy to have you back with us too. :D

  3. puggingpally Says:

    It’s a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bighorn_Sheep

    I’m surprised you didn’t see any! They’re all the heck over the road from about 20 km out of Golden, sometimes the traffic has to stop there is so many of them.

    What do you do when you fall out of the boat while white water rafting? :O

    • Ophelie Says:

      Never seen one before in my life! That’s so weird.

      If you fall out of the boat, you grab onto the rope on the side so your buddy can pull you back in. If you’re too far from the boat, they’ll toss you a rope and you grab it. If you’ve lost the boat, you swim legs first to the side of the river and find a safe spot to climb out. Avoid trees in the water at all cost.

  4. puggingpally Says:

    There *are* so many of them. Gosh, grammar fail. I blame morning.

    • Ophelie Says:

      I was quite fond of it myself. I had trouble giving it back. (Other than the trouble taking it off because my hands were too frozen.)

  5. pndrev Says:

    2 – That is just Murphy calling. ;)

    6 – I once got caught in the open field in a hailstorm. While riding my racing bike. I wish I had known about those clothes back then…

    8/9 – Travel Europe sometime, you’ll find Stormwind and pretty much any castle or stronghold from over here. :)

    10 – On behalf of my fellow German males, I’ll accept that as a collective compliment.

    12 – Pale skin gives you lots of geek streetcred, though. ;)

    On weather: Funny, I had the same experience with London years ago. Best weather in ages, never even a cloud for two weeks. :D

    • Ophelie Says:

      10- It is a compliment! (And a life lesson I forgot to post was actually that it’s apparently normal behaviour in Vancouver to ask women off the street if they’re German. I got stopped and asked that more than once. Which I thought was really weird.)

      12- But I try to not look geeky! Except when I went to see the Video Games Live concert. I was so damn proud of being a geek that night!

      As for London, I hope that I have your luck if I ever visit London!

  6. Skip Cocoa Says:

    OMG, new sandals! Strappy. Me likes.

    You’re such a travel bug. It always amazes me. I’m glad you had such a good time. Also, stop hurting yourself. Resale value and all of that. Especially those parts…

    • Ophelie Says:

      You know, the whole time, I kept remembering our trip to San Francisco and how nice it was to split the bag carrying with a big strong guy! One day when we’re old and out of school and stuff, you should totally come along with me again.

      I need to catch you online soon, I have so much exciting stuff to tell you!

      Also no worries about my expensive parts losing resale value, injuries were very insignificant. I just really like complaining about injuries.


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