Japa dog restaurant


Japa Dog is an institution here. Ed has been telling me about them for ages. They started as a little stall selling japanese inspired hot dogs and they now have a few around vancouver and a restaurant. Although its so tiny its not really a restaurant.

Anyway, we went along to give it a try.

I got the love meat one and ed got the… seaweed one. It was a little strange hahaha.

Dessert!!!

Mine = a choc coated banana in a long donut roll with cream hahaha. weird but quite good.

And we also went bike riding around Stanley Park. Although I dont have any bike shots to share.

But yes, it was a fun day.

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The seawall and the raccoon.

So today one of my dreams came true, but that story will have to wait for a little bit.
Today started with an unexpected text message from a friend of a friend, Ed. It turned out that we were both free today (and the sun was out), so he offered to meet me at waterfront station and show me around. I happily agreed – you can learn a lot about a place through talking with the people who live there.

We started the officialness at the site of the Olympic Cauldron.

I was surprised to see it still there, apparently they are keeping it there for good and will light it for special events. As far as I know we didnt get to keep the ones in Sydney or Melbourne – am I wrong?? Anyway, it was a beautiful area.

It was interesting talking to Ed, he has been a background actor for quite a while now and he has lots of cool stories. He has even been in Stargate – thats the ultimate for me! Haha. I might get into background work too, it seems to be something that’ll be interesting and as I have a few contacts I think I’ll use them.

Here’s Ed poking the new leggo orca artwork at the waterfront.

So we decided to walk the whole seawall of Stanley Park. I reckon I ended up doing about 12km’s, which is pretty darn good! haha.

Next stop along the walk was the totem poles!! I was very impressed with how tall this one was.

Ok here is the dream coming true part. So we are walking along and then I see a squirrel and do my usual “SQUIRREL!”. And then we laugh at myself…and watch the squirrel run across the road. So the squirrel runs near this log and then I look over and see something on the log and I go to Ed “whats that on the log!”. He goes “what? nothing!” I have this instinct though and walk a bit closer and realise as the shape jumps off the log that IT IS A RACCOON!!! So I think I may have squealed a little. Hahaha. And then it ran off into the scrub. So we cross the road and go over to look if we can see it in the scrub and then it’s on the edge – about to completely disappear. Then Ed goes “come here little raccoon” and makes all these noises and the raccoon turns around and starts to head towards us. At this moment all of the ‘rabies! DANGER!’ signs come back into my head and I say “is it going to attack me?”. Ed says “no, but if it does we’ll go to the hospital.” SO then the little raccoon comes so close so so so close and I get these photos. Heeeee!!

Oh my gosh it was the most exciting thing ever hahaha. And so I got to cross another thing off my to do list! Wooo.
So after I calmed down we walked on a bit further and saw some more really pretty things.

It was a long walk, but it was great to see the whole of the seawall and just be out in the sunshine! I had a fun day. Thanks Ed!

If you want to check out his adventure blog click here.

Stanley Park and last nights view.

Yesterday I rocked this outfit.

I got comments about my tights, they were such a bargain at the sample sale for Sportsgirl where I used to work in Australia.

Last night on my way home I walked out of the shops and was greeted by this view. It’s one of those things that makes you stop and think “yeah, this is right for me.”

It was so unexpected too, but after walking into the crisp night air the lights were magical! They were in the cherry blossom trees and also the other trees had icicle lights that shot blue up and down them.

This morning we went to Stanley Park to make the most of the warm weather.

Unfortunately the windy sea air was freezing, so we didnt stay as long as we’d planned.

They’re really all about warning people about the raccoons eh? Rabies? Come on now. I dont want to pet one, just seeing one would be nice.

We got to see another side of the bridge, an the view was pretty awesome.

Then I took a moment to look up at the trees and take a photo of the tops of them. They were swaying about like boats in the harbour on a windy day. They seemed so content.

Next stop was the park, and I had a bit of a play on the swings. I didnt go too high, but just sitting there swaying reminded me of the walks I used to do in summer with Cat near work and the kiddy swings we found.

I have been here in Vancouver for two weeks now (my goodness it feels like so much longer), and I feel like I’m only just stating to scratch the surface to find out whats underneath it all. I’m finding this journey a lot easier than I thought – which I think is due in a big part to the awesome homestay family I’m living with. They have been nothing but lovely, accomodating and supportive. They understand that sometimes I need to hide in my room and crawl back in my shell or go on adventures alone, but other times I love to have some company and explore with friendly faces. I’m a strange one, but thats half the fun!

Tomorrow should be an interesting day – I’m supposed to be meeting up with an old internet friend whom I first met on Napster about 9 years ago. Yeah, we go way back. Infact he is actually my oldest friend – in that he has known me for the longest. He’s actually younger than me. The last few years it’s been one of those friendships where every few months you send a “hi, how are you? Just checking you’re still alive” kind of email. In reality- though I feel like I know him well (as it’s been so long) theres a huge amount of stuff that I dont know. And he probably feels the same way. Should be fun! Hahaha.

Opening my eyes to Vancouver

Well after a long sleep I think I am almost cured of the jetlag! Now that I remembered what it’s called my brain must be working a little better I’d say hahaha. I got up late this morning and had to throw some clothes on and run downstairs to make the most of the free breakfast. Once I’d had my fill I came back up to my room to have a shower and get ready for my day. I hate to sound like a broken record here but – what a day it has been! haha.

I’d worked out that today I wanted to visit Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium and that if I hopped on a bus I should be able to get there from my hotel pretty easy. I was right!

I’m still getting over cars driving on the wrong side of the road! Haha. Not only that but the steering wheels are on the wrong side too.. I didnt realise that. The buses in Van run kinda like trams – connected to these wire lines ontop. It’s a little unusual but it seems to work well.
At the gate to the park I was greeted by these signs.


Hahaha! Thats exactly what I wanted to see! No ‘danger snakes’ or ‘beware spiders’ – but coyotes!! I didnt see any though – infact the only wild animals I saw were these.

Boy the park was pretty! So gorgeous!! But it was really cold today – almost as cold as it gets to in Melbourne’s winter. Not quite but almost. Infact I had to buy an umbrella as it was pouring down at one stage. More on that later.


I only saw a tiny fraction of the park, but I got some amazing photos. Oh and I asked a lovely Canadian man to take this one for me.


The trees are so alive and beautiful – I just wished I had a tripod to take some fashion shots!! I had to make do with some self shots instead.

Then next thing I knew I was out the front of the Aquarium.

I was hoping it’d cosy and warm – and they have this new exhibit of the tropics that features parrots that is really humid and had me feeling hot in no time.
But I had to venture outside to the pacific dolphin and beluga whale areas – and I got to watch both shows. I hadnt really seen any other dolphins up close except bottlenoses, so that was interesting!!

They were so fast through the water!! And they did these huge jumps that I didnt manage to catch on my camera.

The belugas were a lot fatter and slower but fun to watch too!

I got to see the jellyfish that were at the airport – ok not the exact same ones but they are the same species I am pretty sure. Love the lighting!

I thought the Aquarium was set out really well – it had descriptions and photos of the habitats above each exhibit.

So yeah, I had fun. Then outside it was pouring and I had to buy an umbrella. Luckily they had a lot of choices and I got to make a stylish decision.

Oh yes I did!! Looks a little bit like my one at home doesnt it? Well it is, except that this one is retractable and much smaller, and still heavy duty!! YAY!!! Do you like it??

I took it down to the sea wall and we looked out along the water, and watched people pass us by.

And then I took the bus home and was watching out the window when I saw something in the street a block before my stop. Me being me, naturally I got off and went to investigate.

I walked down until I came to the street and here is what I saw.


A film/tv set!!! Right near my hotel!! That is so Vancouver, and so very very cool!!

I’m excited to see my first hockey game tonight, should be lots of fun!!
If you’re in the crowd – be gentle.
GO CANUCKS!!!