Monthly Archives: January 2012

San Francisco – the SOHO of the West?

I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of taking trips to the U.S. – taking vacation time to visit the U.S. is something I rarely do.  I don’t know if it is the fact that I feel like it is too “close to home” being Canadian..or that I am looking for the culture shock that sometimes is lacking in English-speaking familiarity.   Either way, this was my first trip to San Francisco – a mere 2 hour flight from Vancouver…and boy, was I impressed.

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Miami – It’s not the cheesy, tacky place that you think it is!….Or is it?

4 girls and 4 nights in South Beach.  We were excited.  It was one of my friend’s 30th birthday so we decided to make a trip out of it.  Miami is actually super annoyingly far from Vancouver – it takes about 8 hours to get there – and that’s just flying time!  You could fly to Amsterdam in the same time!  But, no, we were set on Miami.  I had been to Miami before (in 2007) and I managed to convince my friends to give it a go.  “It’s not the cheesy, tacky place that you think it is!  It’s cool and low-key.” I promised my friends.  I knew this because I had been before… but that time it was with my boyfriend visiting his sister.  We didn’t have to plan a thing – his sister took care of everything and we had a great time.   This trip, however, was different. Continue reading

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Adventures in Seoul, Korea

“Asia is so awesome!” shouted one of my best friends who is half German and half Taiwanese.  I’d heard that before but Asia is so vast that I am always confused by that statement.  Asia does not just include China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam – which is what people where I live (Vancouver) seem to think.  Asia includes India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Tajikistan, etc. So many different cultures and different places to explore in such a vast area – where do you start exploring? Continue reading

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