Portland

Over new year we decided to get away from the busy Vancouver live and spend a few days in the USA. The plan was to drive down to Portland, spent 2 nights there and then drive back up alongside the coast to get all the spectactular views.

Day 1

The trip strated with a huge lineup at the border, w...

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Winter 2015/16 in British Columbia

When I arrived in Vancouver two years ago a common question I would get was "What kind of wintersports do you do?" or even just "Do you ski or snowboard?". At first I found it funny that everyone is supposed to do some kind of wintersport around here, but when the winter actually came around I quick...

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Hong Kong

This is the final part of our Asia trip series. It was time to get busy again after having some relaxing days with JJ's parents. We only had 3 nights to spent in Hong Kong, so any plans to see everything were doomed from the beginning.

Day 1

First suprise when we arrived at the hostel (which was...

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Japan - Tokyo

This will be the first post of our Asia series spanning Tokyo, Kyoto, China (Hangzhou / Shanghai) and Hong Kong. The trip took three weeks in total with the first week spent in Japan, then one and a half weeks in China and a last few days in Honk Kong before flying back to Vancouver.

The trip came...

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Japan - Kyoto

After seeing a lot of the mondern and busy side of Japan we were happy to go to Kyoto and slow everything down a bit. One thing many people warning about when visiting the city is overloading the itinary with temple-visits. The big risk is to be too busy with getting around and then not having the o...

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China - Shanghai

This is a shorter post from our two-night stay in Shanghai. JJ's Uncle (father of Susan, if you read the previous blog post from Hangzhou) was also at the family gathering and was nice enough to offer us a ride back to Shanghai and a bed in the apartment of his family.

Since we didn't have much ti...

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China - Hangzhou

I was more than exited about visiting JJ's home town Hangzhou after hearing so many good things about it. It is often referred to as Shanghai's backyard thanks to its location less than 180 kilometers southwest of the country's largest city. Marco Polo once called it the "finest and most splendid ci...

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Japan - Toys & Gadgets

This is a collection of toys and gadgets we saw on our travels through Japan. They don't really fit in the other articles, but it felt wrong not showing them. Hope you enjoy!

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Luxurious Kelowna

Our second trip to Kelowna, this time with our friends from the Alpha group. Our plan was to have a mix of biking on the Kettle Valley Railway and wine tasking at some wineries (it's Kelowna after all). I called this post Luxurios because we booked a great house four our stay through Airbnb. It's...

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Long weekend in Kelowna

Kelowna is a middle sized town (population of 180k) a 4 hour drive East of Vancouver. It is located in the Okanage Valley next to the big Okanagen Lake. The hot weather in the valley makes the area a good spot to grow grapes for wine and the lake offers great views and opportuneties for some water...

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