I went to Bowen Island for a couple of days with two friends. It’s really close to Vancouver.
I felt stressed these past weeks and wanted a break from city life. Prior to the trip, I had not been on an overnight trip in several years and did not hike in a really long time. I am a homebody but it was relaxing and refreshing to be in nature. I felt peaceful.
I think that when you’re on the island, you are on an “island timezone.” What I mean by this is that there’s no rush and there’s not much need to check your phone. I wonder why I check my phone a lot more in the city- perhaps because a lot of people have the ‘need to be productive’ mindset?
The view from the ferry.
The view from the top.
I would say that the highlight of the trip was stargazing. There is only one street light on the island. I had never seen so many stars before. They looked so big and I could see them clearly.
The lighthouse and volcanic rocks.
I got my friends to watch The Untamed with me after our hikes. They became really invested in it, which was great. Hehehe.
I went to Victoria, BC again. Last time I went to Craigdarroch Castle, Chinatown and Miniature Museum. This time I went to the Parliament Buildings (only outside) and Butchart Gardens.
on the ferry
The Parliament Buildings are really big.
close-up of the Parliament
The Butchart Gardens are quite big as well. I took photos of my favourite flowers. I must have missed the lilies because I don’t think I saw them…
taken at the rose garden
Phone camera pictures:
The gardens are definitely my favourite place in Victoria.
Victoria Part 1 – Craigdarroch Castle/Chinatown/Ferry [HERE]
Victoria Part 2 – Miniature Museum [HERE]
I went to Grouse Mountain, also known as the Peak of Vancouver. I’ve been there when I was younger, but it’s my first time back as an adult.
before the skyride
The chairlift was probably the funnest part for me, and we saw a big bear while sitting on it. The view of Vancouver was pretty – the land surrounding the water bodies in the second photo is the city.
These are unedited photos I took at Miniature World in Victoria. Miniature World is a museum where everything is tiny. There were so many displays and admission is $16 for adults. For point of reference… imagine the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan.
The details are incredible. Every display contains so much – it’s hard to capture everything in just one photo.
Day versus night at the circus. Some displays turn dark and they have cool lights.
I went on a trip to Victoria with the crew. I took these photos with my camera (not phone camera) so these photos are not edited, except for the last one.
I wanted to post a photo of this beautiful piano but unfortunately the picture I took is blurry. 😦
Chinatown in Victoria is tiny! A lot of shops aren’t run by Asian people either but the lanterns look nice. I regret not buying a No Face plush keychain (from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away). TT_TT There was a Totoro one too. I do think that Totoro is cuter but I like No Face more.
Part 2 will be on Miniature World. I have a lot more photos for that which is why there are two parts.