Seattle/Canada PT 2: Beautiful British Columbia

Next up in the Seattle/Canada adventure: Victoria! Thursday we took a clipper, and arrived in Canada approximately three hours later. Corina and I were lucky enough to sit down next to a really cute old couple and got to talk to them the entire way there. We had a wonderful conversation about...well, everything really. By the end of it, the older woman gave each of us a piece of paper with their phone number and names on it, telling us that if we ever came back to the area, we'd have to look her up and she'd take us out to lunch. How cool is that? 
Wandering around the dock area has made me realize how much I miss living near water. If anything, this trip has made me determined to end up somewhere along the coast in the future. After settling into our hotel room, the group headed out to get a tour of the Parliament building, where history came alive with the actors! 
I think what impressed me the most about Victoria is the gorgeous architecture around every corner. For one, there's the Parliament building, but right across the street is The Empress, a castle-like hotel where you can get afternoon tea (for $50 though, so yeah). The next day, Corina and I decided to hit up the Royal BC Museum, where they had a new exhibit on Vikings! It was definitely fascinating.
We walked down the streets and popped into whatever caught our fancy, and one of these places was a coffee shop that did latte art. Naturally, that meant we had to get photos. We also tried gelato for the first time, which was a messy experience since it melted far faster than we anticipated. Haha, I had gelato splatters on my shoes and dripping down my fingers. Thank goodness the public restrooms were nearby!
We did a lot of walking around the water, and on our return trip to the hotel, I heard live music coming from the docks. I all but dragged Corina down to the tent where it was coming from, and we paused when we saw the security guard manning the entrance. There was drinking past the booth, but then it hit us.
We're both legal drinking age in Canada!
We whipped out our two forms of ID and went in. They had a jive band up on the little stage, and just past the tent was a sitting area on the dock. It was a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere and I'd be lying if I said we didn't try the punch...haha, but we planned to go out later that night, so it was just a sample.
So later that night, at the tender age of 20, I stepped into my first pub. I'm not sure what your opinions may be on drinking, but my view on it is that as long as you stay smart, know your limit, and go with a good friend or two, it's not a bad thing.
They had live music, booths lining the walls, and a great big square in the middle where the bar was located. Corina and I snagged two stools and settled in for a fun night. The other half of our group had gone to the "hottest dance club in town," but we preferred the more laidback atmosphere of Darcy's Pub. My one regret is not saying yes to a guy who tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to dance. Ah well, there will (hopefully) be more offers in the future! 
We remained smart throughout the night, and while we got free drinks from a guy, we knew when it was time to leave. After paying the tab, we snuck out the back and giggled the whole walk back to our hotel. It was a night for the memory bank - as was the next night! Haha, because the following night we made friends with a local Canadian who was an absolute hoot. I still regret not getting a photo with him or his number, because we spent probably the better part of the night yelling into each other's ears (live bands are loud, eh?), cracking jokes, and faking each other's accents. By the end of the night, we parted ways as friends, though I'm sure we'll never see him again. 
The memories made from this entire trip are priceless, and I'm so grateful I got to go! It seems like most summers I've been stuck in my tiny town, doing nothing but work. However, this summer will be different! I've garnered a fair amount of friends that are willing to get out and do things together, so that makes doing events affordable. I can hardly wait!

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Mili said...

Victoria sounds like a blast! And that little old lady was sooo sweet. The architecture is beautiful, as is the dock.


Lily Fang said...

Linda!! It's been much too long since we've talked. I've enjoyed keeping up with all your adventures via instagram though. This trip sounds like an incredible experience--I think traveling is always a perspective changer. Flying, for one, makes me realize how small we are, and awesome people like the couple you met make us realize how the world is full of intriguing people and interesting stories. Here's hoping you can meet up once more!

As for all your other adventures, all those concerts must have been unforgettable. Ellie Goulding is a gem and I know how much you like Imagine Dragons. I was also super excited to see Ingrid Michaelson featured as one of your music mondays--I'm in love with her song One Night Town!

Well I can't touch upon every little detail I noticed, so I'll try to highlight my favorites. For one, I totally agree with you that you should get to know a guy first. Interestingly enough, I actually don't find people attractive until I know them--if there's a hot guy around, one of my friends has to point him out first before I notice haha. Anyways, glad to hear your job is going well and that you've had many meaningful conversations, especially with that inspiring professor. Also, you'll have to tell me how you liked The Other Woman because I'd really like to see it after hearing my friend rave about how funny it was!

As always, looking very hip and edgy. I'm liking the addition of more hats into your wardrobe. The new blog look is also very clean and cute! Glad to see you joined Influenster as well :)

Hope you can find some time to relax after that incredible trip!

Sam said...

Hi Linda, this looks like a dream of a trip, Victoria is so beautiful and to share all these amazing memories with your good friend must be even better! Thanks for your kind review on my last post, Happy Friday!

Toks said...

Oh my, it seems like you had the best time. It's good to hear you're planning more fun outings in the summer. Shall look forward to hearing all about your forthcoming adventures.
Great photos.

Milu Sosa said...

Beautiful pictures! It looks like you are having such a great time! Thanks for sharing :) I invite you to visit my blog and let me know if you would like to follow each other.


Rinako Camellia said...

So lovely photos! :)

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caffinatedlove said...

As usual, your photography is stunning. I especially liked the black-and-white ones you slipped in there. Makes the whole thing look like a giant, ridiculously attractive art portfolio. ;)

Also, never say never, missy! You COULD meet that guy again, if it's meant to be. Of course I'm such a creeper that I might even go back the next night to see if he's there again. But that's just me. Being all creepy.

I feel like i haven't seen any blogs in ages -- moving is really kicking my butt - but hopefully this weekend I'll get to blog and see more of your awesome outfits!


Hoda Katebi said...

Ahh it sounds like you had such a lovely time! I cannot wait for classes/finals to be over so I can finally start summer break, as well!

The old couple sound incredibly cute. That happened to me once on a plane ride back to Oklahoma--the husband was a retired pastor and we ended up talking about religion (about how similar Islam and Christianity is!) and we exchanged numbers and planned a dinner party! Haha it never happened but I think I still have their number, somewhere!

And ahh living next to the water is the best! I don't back at home, but I live next to Lake Michigan here in Chicago and one of my favorite things to do is go bike riding alongside the shore! It's the best! c;

All your photos are beautiful and getting me so excited for my summer! xx
(phew, sorry for the essay of a post!) c;

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Marlen said...

woah, $50 for tea?! rich people be crazy. and mmm those pictures of your gelato had me groaning, that looks so delicious. Though it's not so fun when it splatters all over your shoes, haha, true. i've been loving all the architecture and coast pictures- it's all so gorgeous there! and woot woot for being drinking age there ;)

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Alissa Gromova said...

Hello Linda!
amazing post and pictures, you make me dream with it :)
I like a lot your blog, found many inspiration and beauty! I invite you to visit mine and will be glad if we follow each other :)

alison*elle said...

Aww... you were in my neck of the woods (I live in Vancouver). I love short trips to Victoria - it's such a quaint little city. Looks like you got to experience a lot in the short time you were there!

xo, alison*elle

Love and Ace said...

Gorgeous shots! The trip looks amazing! xx Kat

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Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Fabulous post and photos, O My Gosh!!! I lived in Seattle for four years and didn't see half of what you have seen already. lol Wow!

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

how fun! Pretty envious of your trip! =D

Rossy K said...

What great photos to share. I bet you have a lot of fun!


Kim Alston said...

The architecture there is absolutely spectacular. Wow, so many beautiful sights Linda. Love your tshirt and that ice cream cone looks scrumptious!

By The Shore, Life + Style said...

Yay!!! SO glad you visited. BC's really something isn't it?! I feel so thankful to live here!! Looks like you enjoyed a truly amazing trip. Love these photos!! And a big yes, to being the legal drinking age! Which is making me feel officially old. Haha! Happiest weekend! xoxo

Mica T said...

Sounds like a really fun day! So great that you made so many friends along the way too - that's the best part of travel really, getting to experience new things and meet new people :)

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MITCH said...

the trip looked so fun! love the pictures that you took.
I hope I could visit Seattle and BC too some day.


Kati said...

Thanks for your kind words on my blog, they sweetened my day!
Oh man, your trip seems to have been packed with amazing things! I don't mind drinking at all as long as you know when it's time to stop! :-)

Have a great week,

Sam said...

I am entirely grateful for your visit....Have a splendid weekend!

Maiken said...

yay, part two! Victoria looks like such a gorgeous place and I would definitely love to visit if I only could! the architecture, museums, those cute little eateries, the overall vibe - all looks and sounds lovely! :) travelling sure is one of the coolest things!

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czarianonuevo said...

i really enjoyed reading this post and looking at the photos of your recent trip! you surely had a great time!

czarina :)

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