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I’m going to try and do #blogmas this year!

This blog is barely a month old and I have been trying to pace myself with my blog posts as I didn’t want to get burnt out like I did with my last blog. By doing #blogmas I’m pushing myself to be more creative with my content and to hopefully give you some travel tips and ideas for Christmas presents.

#Blogmas is 25 days of Holiday and Christmas countdown posts. So starting tomorrow until December 25, I’ll have a new blog post every day, so make sure to come back and read them.

I love Christmas. My favorite time of the year is when the Christmas lights go up along Downtown (anywhere) and you’re walking around with the twinkle lights sparkling, holding hot chocolate or apple cider and enjoying the festivities. Below is a picture I took in Salt Lake City last Christmas before I went ice skating (where I proceeded to fall on my a million times).

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(Salt Lake City, 2017 iPhone X, edited with VSCO)

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Vancouver Day Trip

Last Monday was my friend Chelsea’s birthday so some friends and I decided to go to Vancouver, B.C. for the day. From Seattle it’s about 2.5 hours driving time. It’s a really pretty scenic drive and we made a road trip playlist for the drive. I posted our playlist below.¬† This was Andy, Louie and Chelsea’s first time in Vancouver and Canada (Louie had a layover in Toronto, but never left the airport so that doesn’t count).

Make sure before you arrive in Canada that your cell phone has a plan to include Canadian cell service or you may be charged for it. Additionally, make sure your debit or credit card doesn’t charge you foreign transaction fees for being in Canada (ridiculous, but it’s true. WellsFargo charged me for being in Canada a few years ago and I learned my lesson).

Our first stop was Granville Island. If you’ve never been to Granville Island, plan to give yourself a few hours to explore. Parking is a bit tough, so you have to be patient, but it is free for the first three hours. Once you are parked, everything is walkable.

In Granville Island, there a building called the Public Market, outside are two seating areas where local artists will play music. This is a fun area to relax and listen to some low-key jams. Inside the Public Market is a hodgepodge of restaurant stalls, produce stalls and other goodies. There are other artisan craft and local stores that are fun to browse through. If you are trying to find a unique gift to give someone, Granville Island is a great place to go.

Our second stop was a dim sum restaurant called The Peaceful Restaurant. The restaurant is only about a mile from Granville Island. This restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, which is why I choose it. It is very reasonably priced and your typical Chinese restaurant with the plastic chairs, plastic bench and cups. It was clean and we got seats right away. We ordered:

  • Xia-Long Bao
  • Vegetable Steamed Dumplings,
  • Spicy Dumplings,
  • Pan-Fried Dumplings
  • Green Onion Flatbread

Including tip, it was $40.44 USD.

Our next stop was Bubble Tea and we went to ShareATea which is about a few blocks from the restaurant. This was place hopping and had a good selection of bubble tea. I ordered the Mango Green Tea with Lychee Jelly.

We did a drive through of Stanley Park. At this point, it was pretty dark so we couldn’t actually walk it, but it was a great see regardless.

Our two final stops where places I wanted to go and dragged them along (although they were kind enough to say they wanted to go also). I took them to a Japanese store called Daiso. It has two-stories and you can get a lot of home goods and random knick-knacks for cheap ($2-$10 CA range). It was a fun stop that we spent over an hour looking through all their goods.

The last stop before our drive home was a store called Real Canadian Superstore. This place was really fun and I equate it to a Walmart but classier and smells better. Here we picked up some food you can only get in Canada (like Aero Chocolate bar, Canadian version of Smarties and Old Dutch Chips BBQ Style).

After this we were back on the road and headed to Seattle (it was around 9pm at this point). Most of the ride back was Chelsea and I rapping to Hamilton while Lou slept and Andy was slightly bemused over our rap singing. We’ve decided we’re going to make these road trips a semi-regular thing and we’ve begun to plan our next trip.

What are some of the best day trips that you’ve been on? Let me know!

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(Taken on iPhone X, edited with VSCO)

 

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Some musings of a Flight Attendant

Hi there, thanks for reading my blog and hope you enjoy it. Feel free to leave a comment or email me if you have any questions you want me to answer or any topics you want me to talk about.

One thing I’m often asked “how is life as a flight attendant” and it’s a really hard question to answer. Like any jobs, there are pros and cons, but I love my job.

What I love about my job is the flexibility. I can work as much or as little as I want. This year has been a pretty chaotic and stressful year. The beginning of the year my grandmother passed away and that was a devastating blow that affected me more than I thought. I ended up taking a lot of time off. Additionally, I love the ability to take off time to travel. Early this February I went to Madrid last minute because my friend happened to be there on the same days that I have off. That was an exciting last minute trip that I feel grateful I had the opportunity to take. There are times when I want to be home, but I’m flying for four days instead.

What is the most frustrating part of my job is the behavior of the passengers on the plane. For the most part, a majority of passengers are nice, respectful and listen, but there are always a handful that just make you want to bang your head against the wall.

One thing I would like to point out is 99% of everything we do or say is based on safety. We don’t ask you to put your tray table up and seat backs forward to be annoying. We do it because landing and takeoff are when plane accidents happen. If we have to evacuate the plane, we want to be able to ensure you are able to get off the plane. It’s a lot harder to get out of your seat if your tray table is down and the seat in front of you is laying on your lap. The other 1% is telling you we don’t have Pepsi.

A confession I have is sometimes I really admire other flight attendants who have told me they met their significant other on the plane. I often wonder how that went down. Did the flight attendant slip their number subtly? Did the passenger come up and give them their number? How did they connect? Was it love at first sight? These are important questions! On a side note, I’ve actually had two passengers give me their numbers.

The first time was my very second flight ever and I was saying goodbye to the passengers as they deplaned and he gave me a piece of paper that had his number on it. I didn’t text him back, I felt awkward.

The second time we had landed was when I was flying to Cuba. I had been working first class and he was a first class passenger who literally slept the whole entire flight. Once again, as I was saying goodbye he got up and said he enjoyed the flight and wanted my number. As we were in Cuba, and I didn’t have any cell reception, I didn’t get any of his messages until I landed back in the United States. Needless to say, that didn’t go anywhere.

Are there any questions you have for a flight attendant? Or a really cute/funny story about how you met your significant other?

These are two pictures I took in Cuba on a Fujifilm XT-10 and edited on VSCO.

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