Update on the Whistler Life

What a hectic last couple of weeks I have had! Although the days at work can drag, the weeks here are flying by. It was two months yesterday since I left New Zealand, and it has gone so quickly. Every single night here there is something to do, and every time I am feeling responsible and have an early night I feel like I am missing out. I really need to get over that- it is really not helping my bank account or my weight! I feel like I have gained weight here already, with all the yum food and drinks.

Last week my friend Pascale came over from Montreal, it was so exciting having my very first visitor! We met on Contiki in Europe last year, so having poutine in a warm pub wearing layers of clothes was very different from a year ago where we were eating tapas in Spain or relaxing on the beaches of Nice. unfortunately she could only stay one night in Whistler before she went back to Vancouver, but we tried to fit in a little bit of sightseeing and a big night out within that time!

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Then the next night my friend Amanda and I got to go into the city to watch a Canucks game. Best Canadian experience yet! We got our tickets through Club Shred (the kind of social committee at Whistler Blackcomb) for only $55 including the return bus trip to Vancouver. The tickets alone were worth $90 each! We also chose the perfect game to go to- Canucks FINALLY won and the atmosphere was amazing! It was the first ice hockey game I have actually watched, when I see it on TV I find it too hard to concentrate so normally give up pretty quick. Watching a live game though definitely made me a fan! The fights, the hotdogs and popcorn, the wild crowd…. love it.

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This week I went out with some of the girls from work to Mongolie Grill- continuously voted Whistler’s top restaurant. We got a 50% off voucher which is how we could afford it, because I swear it must be Whistler’s most expensive restaurant. You get to fill a bowl with all the veggies/meats/sauces etc you like and then the chefs stirfry it on a massive stone grill for you. The whole night you get unlimited free rice and also a free miso soup. I had enough food to take home and last me two lunches, so definitely worth my money! The restaurant was so great, it was nice to go out for a fancy dinner after a couple of months just of pub meals.

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It has been an expensive couple of weeks, but I have no regrets on the money I’ve spent. Although for the next few weeks I think I will be sticking with the cheap pub meals or my microwave meals!

Ciao for now 🙂

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10 Inexpensive Gifts for Travellers

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1. Cath Kidston Mini Dot Luggage Tag

Super cute wee stocking filler! All of the Cath Kidston travel range on ASOS is really pretty, I love all of the products and they are all really well prices!

Price: NZD $10.76 (USD8.90, GBP5.00)

Purchase at: http://www.asos.com (free shipping worldwide!)

Kikki-K Leather Travel Wallet Kikki-K Leather Travel Wallet

2. Kikki-K Leather Travel Wallet

A little more pricey for a ticket wallet but it is leather so will last for years on end! Perfect way to keep all your important documents organized, especially for your bigger trips.

Price: NZD $99.00 (USD79.95, GBP51.60)

Purchase at: http://www.kikki-k.com

Fly Fly Away Travel Journal Fly Fly Away Travel Journal

3. Fly Fly Away Travel Journals

Cotton On always have awesome travel journals. These two are in stock right now but they continuously change. They also stock travel wallets/neck pillows etc.

Price: NZD $30.00 (USD24.95, GBP15.50)

Purchase at: http://shop.cottonon.com/typoshop

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4. Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2014

Perfect idea for someone who is constantly wanting to explore new countries/cities and is open to venturing out to sometimes less touristy places! Also a great coffee table read.

Price: NZD $12.25 (USD10.29, GB6.39)

Purchase at: http://www.bookdepository.com (free shipping worldwide!)

Lifeproof Phone Case Lifeproof Phone Case

5. Lifeproof Phone Case

Dustproof/Shockproof/Waterproof/Snowproof. Pretty much Travellerproof. Mine is going to be getting a lot of use this season at Whistler! Available for iPhones, iPads and Samesung Galaxy’s.

Price: from NZD $89.00 (USD 79.99, GBP 49.00)

Purchase from: http://www.lifeproof.com (also available from any major electronics retailers)

Whos Hoot? Laundry Bag Where It's Atlas Laundry Bag

6. Who’s Hoot Laundry Bag/ Where It’s Atlas Laundry Bag

Smaller size laundry bag which is a perfect size for carrying around in your suitcase whilst traveling.

Price: NZD $11.99-15.50 (USD9.99-12.99, GBP6.20-8.00)

Purchase at: http://www.modcloth.com

Zip & Flip Penguin Travel Pillow

7. Zip & Flip Penguin Travel Pillow

A neck pillow which converts into a cuddle buddy! Pretty cute, right?! Need I say more??

Price: NZD $34.50 (USD29.00, GBP17.80)

Purchase from: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com

Off Track Planet's Travel Guide for the Young Sexy and BrokeOff Track Planet's Travel Guide for the Young Sexy and Broke

8. Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young Sexy and Broke

This book is pretty much a first time travellers bible. It’s quirky, inspirational, and an easy read. Some of the chapters titles are “Why you should try fried bugs” and “The best places to party until dawn”. In other words perfect for any 18-23 year old who is heading off on their big O.E.

Price: NZD $17.14 (USD14.40, GBP8.95)

Purchase at: http://www.bookdepository.com (free shipping worldwide!)

Wild Adventures Photo AlbumWild Adventures Photo Album

9. Wild Adventures Photo Album

Sadly, as Instagram and Facebook slowly take over the world photo albums are slowly dying out. Keep the tradition going and get one of these cute photo albums- looking at physical photos holds something much more exciting that flicking through a Facebook album anyway!

Price: NZD $18.40 (USD16.00 GBP9.50)

Purchase from: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com

Billabong Drifter Weekender Bag Billabong Drifter Weekender Bag

10. Billabong Drifter Weekender Bag

Billabong always have really cool Weekender Bags, and I love this one for it’s vibrant colours. These bags are really durable as well so even if they are bumped around trains/cars/planes these should last a really long time!

Price: NZD $100.00 (USD84.00, GBP52.00)

Purchase from: http://www.billabong.com

Throwback Thursday- Roaming Around Rome

Today’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to one of the most amazing cities in the world- Rome, Italy. It’s pretty much too beautiful for words- which is why I have chosen it for today’s Throwback! I am WAY too tired from the night before to write much but wanted to stick to my Throwback Thursday’s for longer than just one week!

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Ciao for now!

A Whistler Halloween

3 Days later and I can now say I am fully recovered from Halloween! The red fake blood has FINALLY come off my face (four showers and a bunch of make-up wipes later…) and caught up with sleep in time my first full work week now that training has finished.

Canadian Halloween was so incredible. I have never been a big Halloween fan and living in New Zealand it just isn’t a big deal. We may get a couple of trick or treaters each year and there will be one or two clubs in town having Halloween parties, but over here it just goes off!

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I was a bit disappointed I couldn’t make it out to Vancouver the weekend before for the big Halloween parties in the city, but Whistler definitely made up for it! My first Halloween tradition was pumpkin carving, which I was so excited about since we can’t do that back home (our pumpkins are quite different to the ones over here). I wasn’t very good at it, and we spent the first 10 minutes trying to empty the pumpkin with our hands not realizing we needed spoons. Given that it was my first pumpkin though I was pretty proud of him, even though he did look way too cheerful to be a Halloween pumpkin.

A couple of nights after we went to an awesome haunted house- Hawthorne Manor: Meet the Hawthornes. It well exceeded my expectations the whole house was done up incredibly! From a Zombie dining room, to a murder scene in a nursery, to the zombie chasing us with a chainsaw… I had never screamed so much in my life! It was their second year doing it and I really hope they continue to do so. It was really popular and just a $5 donation to go through. Before 7:30pm they make it “child appropriate” so its good for all ages! Just maybe not anyone with phobias of clowns…IMG_2727

On Halloween night we went out to Tapley’s Farm, which is a neighborhood which all the houses go all out in decorating for the Trick or Treaters. These houses were incredible- graveyards, ghosts, coffins, a Breaking Bad meth lab… it was just like on the movies! All the kids from Whistler were dressed up in their adorable outfits trick or treating, while we just took photos, drunk hot cranberry juice and walked around in awe. The evening finished off with a fireworks display, and we headed back to staff housing where the grown-up fun began!

I dressed up as a vampire, not very original but with limited money + limited suitcase space I couldn’t really go for the whole amazing creative costume thing. We had pre-drinks in one of the common rooms at Glacier staff housing, then headed to Garf’s who were hosting an awesome Halloween party. Because it was a pretty cold night, no-one really wore any skanky Halloween costumes which was a refreshing change! Going to love this about the Whistler nightlife- jeans and a hoodie on a night out saves a lot of hassle.

I love how Halloween over here isn’t just one day- we had the whole week to experience it all! Next year Halloween back in New Zealand just won’t be the same… I definitely need to come back to do another Canadian or American Halloween 🙂

Ciao for Now!

 

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