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Month: August 2017

Vancouver Walks – Buntzen Lake and Diez Vistas 

Vancouver Walks – Buntzen Lake and Diez Vistas 

This walk is perfect! You hike around Buntzen lake, climb a small mountain that has some gorgeous views (the Diez Vistas). Then swim in the lake before an easy hike back to the car park. Marc was working, so rather than relax at home I signed up for a walk with some lovely people from Vancouver’s massive hiking community, Wanderung. You can see a map of the route we followed here. This is my second Wanderung hike, you can read…

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Japanese Festivals: Honen Matsuri (the Penis Festival)

Japanese Festivals: Honen Matsuri (the Penis Festival)

I’ve mentioned before how much I loooove visiting Japanese festivals. If you’re interested there are other posts about traditional festivals in Nara here. The Hounen Matsuri (豊年祭) or Penis festival, in Aichi, is one of the most fun events I ever attended in Japan. It was such a giggle! It is actually a fertility festival, so it’s not about worshipping willies. And it is held on the 15th of March every year. We attended back in 2008, when the event…

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Vancouver Walks – Bowen Island and Mount Gardner

Vancouver Walks – Bowen Island and Mount Gardner

We started the weekend by waking up at ridiculous o’clock to catch a bus, and then a ferry out to the beautiful Bowen Island. Our plan was pretty simple; Explore some of the island and climb Mount Gardner. Bowen Island is only about 20 minutes away on a ferry from Horseshoe Bay. And Horseshoe Bay is only a 40 minute speedy-bus ride from central Vancouver. So it is an incredibly accessible place to visit by public transport once you’ve worked…

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