// BEAUTIFUL BRITISH COLUMBIA – VANCOUVER..

Howdy all,
It’s been a little while since I posted on here (really must work on that..!) but I’m back with another little travel post from my recent trip to VANCOUVER, CANADA!

It’s been a busy few months and amidst all the madness, I managed to book myself a one week trip to visit the gorgeous city of Vancouver for the Canada International Film Festival which was held over a weekend.
Now, Canada is pretty much my favourite country in the world. The people absolutely rock, the scenery is amazing, the food is good and the lifestyle is so comfortable… oh and not to mention the somewhat sexy accents… :P

So when I got the email that my film had been accepted into the festival, it was the PERFECT excuse to travel again to the country I’ve always felt connected to though I’ve not seen much of it.. yet…
I spent my week in Vancouver not only meeting some really amazing film makers at the film fest, but gallivanting around, making friends and exploring the city to get a feel of it all for future reference.
Here are some snaps from my week away in my home away from home..

// GETTING THERE

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// LAND OF THE MAPLE LEAF

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It was a little rainy but I loved walking around and seeing the scenery!

// CANADA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Here’s a link to the trailer of my film: https://vimeo.com/46663797

The Film Festival was awesome. Got to meet some lovely people from all parts of the world and made some great friendships. I really loved how the festival was very film maker focused, it meant that I got to actually talk to my peers and find out about their industries etc…
I’m so honored to have received the Royal Reel award for my film ‘Life through A Lens’. It was truly incredible being in such a beautiful city, so far from home and have had my work so well received and being there to accept the award was a wonderful experience. Thank you Canada International Film Festival.

// EXPLORING
  | GASTOWN

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I loved this area! So trendy, so Melbournian like, so cool. Had some great food and drinks down here with friends. <3

| YALETOWN

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I LOVE being in a city thats so hockey pro!! Even though the Canucks aren’t my team (NY Rangers fan through and through) it was great being in a place where I could discuss the NHL with friends who didn’t give me funny looks and actually knew what I was on about! it was great being able to walk into a bar and watch a game instead of being home and streaming it on my computer at 9am everyday back home… It was hilarious seeing people walking their dogs who had hockey jerseys on…!! I mean, this country loves hockey so much they even have it on their currency! Downright awesome if you ask me…

| EVENING STROLL

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// OLYMPIC VILLAGE

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// GRANVILLE ISLAND

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Walking around Granville Island was amazing! I felt like I was in one of the Twilight movies with the weather being overcast and the scenery..

Lucky for me I met an awesome fellow Aussie at the Film Festival who roamed around the island with me for 6 hours taking photos! Props to her I have some photos of myself in action which she snapped during our travels.

Additional Photo Credit: Angelique Papadelias

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We were so super tired by the end of it all that we went for some tea at the cutest tea shop in the markets. My choice, Liquorice Spice! It was incredible!!

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Smelt So good!!

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Thanks Angelique for the company, the conversations and the awesome photos!

// WHAT I ATE

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JAPDOG!!! WITH SPICY CHIPS!!! MOST AMAZING HOT DOG I HAVE EVER EATEN!!!

They also have ice cream in a donut bun! I just had to give it a go.. Green Tea was a winner..and trust me, its not a disgusting as it looks.

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Watching the hockey at the Loose Moose..imageimage

And then I just HAD to try and find some Poutine… we don’t have it in Oz so I had to make the most of it whilst I was in Canada. Fritz was recommended to me and my god was it the best!

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// STANLEY PARK

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// CHERRY BLOSSOMS
And finally, my photoblog of the trip wouldnt be complete without all the beautiful cherry blossoms I encountered along the way!

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Found a lucky coin in amongst the beautiful pink petal covered ground!

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Seeing the city covered in pink like that was like walking in a wonderland for an entire week… it was wonderful!

I truly had the most amazing time in Vancouver. Canadians and Australians are very similar, only they have better accents…. and they’re much nicer… :P

I met some super awesome people over there, I did not spend one entire day by myself which was rad… it was really  lovely having company and making new friends. Thank you to those of you who took the time out to catch up with me, those of you who i met and showed me around or shared a drink with me, and those at the festival who reminded me of why i love doing what i do.

I was really lucky to have had company the entire week I was there and be able to learn about the city as though I myself was living as a local.

I felt very comfortable walking around.. heck, I know all the streets better than I do my own at home! I’m serious…. so if I ever did live in this gorgeous city one day its comforting to know I won’t be alone, I have a lot of friends in and around the city and having had such a wonderful experience there, I already feel like its my home away from home…

Until next time..

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Much love, El

x

p.s. the new love of my life…

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