Friday, 30 September 2011


Oh and P.S. … I joined the gym!!! YEY go me! Now I can eat as many marbelous cookies as I want… Aslong as I actually attend the gym and don’t be one of those girls that sits there lifting a 1kg weight whilst sat on their blackberry. Wouldn’t put it past me – But I AM determined. We will see how long it lasts, I need twinny here to keep me motivated, followed by a trip to M&S to reward us with plenty of percy pigs.

..Just about recovered

So after my short and to the point last post about the wonderful mountain that is Grouse, I woke up the following day being shocked at the lack of pain I felt. I was expecting my legs to be in agony but for some unknown reason it felt as if the previous day I had just stayed in bed all day long. None the less, I am so proud, shocked,amazed, relieved and happy that I did the grouse grind, as painful as it was the view was completely worth it and I definitely want to return if not just for the Beaver Tail (Delicious cinnamon churro/pastry thing) but to be able to look down on a city that is fast becoming my favourite city in the world and be reminded of how small we all really are. As ridiculous as it sounds it was humbling, to be reminded that the world is such a huge place, so big I don’t think I will ever comprehend it. It made me appreciate my time here so much more. In order to make the most of any opportunity you must throw yourself into everything and do things that at first seem out of your comfort zone, believe me, it will be worth it.
Last night me and the girls went to see Kings of Leon perform at Rogers arena. I hummmed along to the majority of their songs (I was sure I knew far more than I actually did) but they were still incredible. Sounded exactly the same if not better than their recordings. They were just so freaking cool, and as much as I was devastated to find out the lead singer is married to a Victoria Secret model (I don’t think I have enough time to take on my plan of changing his mind and making him leave her for me, yep, JUST the lack of time that stops this from happening, that’s all!!) the fact his brother Jared is equally as gorgeous made me forget all about the other one hahaha!
The weekend is coming and that means one thing, time to get absolutely soaked (most likely as the weather forecast is not looking positive) sat in a boat with 7 other people attempting to win a race. How un-Holly does this sound?! I know I’m encouraging everyone to do stuff out of their comfort zone but a race in a canoe, with the possibility of torrential rain is definitely not me and I am pretty sure I said yes to this because I was not completely sober at the time. I am still hoping for a freak accident that puts a stop to the whole thing. Oh and another thing, one of our genius team members decided to call ourselves the ‘Incredible Dolphins’. I think this Saturday I am going back to pre-school for 24 hours and pretending I am 5 again. What happened to ‘a year abroad will make you grow up so fast’. No mum, if anything, the opposite!
On a lighter note, I am becoming obsessed with pancakes, especially the banana and chocolate variety. Canadians may not really appreciate the true value of Haribo (ONE flavour does not count, especially when its cola bottles-WHERE ARE THE TANGFASTICS???) but they most definitely know how to make breakfast a sweet affair, eggs and pancakes, why did us english folk never think of putting these two together?
Thanksgiving is next weekend here so a few of us are contemplating a trip to Seattle as I need to visit Elena asap and save her from the 10 frat guys she has chose to live with (genius or mad idea I am still yet to decide) as well as stuff my face with whatever you are meant to on Thanksgiving?! Any clues as I feel that yorkshire puddings won’t be on the menu and I am missing them far too much!!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

3000ft towards my death

I would love to write more right now than I intend to however today’s goings on can only physically allow me to type this….
THE GROUSE GRIND ALMOST KILLED ME, not exaggerating/being a drama queen…it very nearly did. Unless you have a death wish or are just generally a lot fitter than me, DONT do it.
The view at the top however, did make up for a lot. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Marbelous Cookies

Just a quick one, couldn’t help but share the taste sensation that is banana and chocolate chip muffins and marbelous cookies from the blue chip cookie shop at UBC. If you come to Vancouver for anything it has to be for these! They are amazing and delicious and mouth watering and fantastical….all rolled into one. If they don’t bring you to this amazing city I do not know what will!!!
The pictures do not do it enough justice but seriously guys, you’re life isn’t complete without these (as well as the 15c wings, of course)..maybe instead of constantly talking about food I should venture to the gym-for $25 a term and a huge helping of hot guys apparently, I seem to be making the wrong choice.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Long Overdue

Sorry that it has taken me so long to update this, but it has been the busiest week, so please forgive me! :) It will be worth it for everything I will fill you in on….
The weather has been INCREDIBLE ever since I got here, and I am pretty sure it isn’t going to last much longer so I need to make the most of it. Last week I enjoyed my first ever Pit night, and don’t let the name fool you (as glamorous as it sounds) – it was no less than hilariousssss, even after having to wait 2 hours to get in due to the ridiculous que. Luckily we were kept entertained by an outdoor terrace with plenty of alcohol and eventually made it downstairs.. It’s pretty impressive for a uni club, despite throwing a strop the first time I was there saying people act like they’ve never heard music before ha…Still thought Canadians got a bit too giddy at the sound of Avicii or Guetta but was fun all the same :)..
I had my first basketball game on Thursday. People went seriously all out for this, blue blue blue everywhere and the chant that always reminds me of Bring It On ‘’Lets go defence!!!’’ did not stop. Cheerleaders were in attendance but I have decided against joining the team as although they’re outfits were no less than amazing, I’m not sure I have enough ‘pep’ and cheeriness to do it justice. Maybe next term when the Canadian mentality has rubbed off on me a little more. All I need next is to find myself a quarterback boyfriend pahaha.
Thursday, Becky and I went with a few of the other sorority girls to a party downtown hosted by one of the frats. The ‘party bus’ there wasn’t as cliché as it sounds, an all ‘Canadian’ school bus turned into a strobe lit, alcohol induced party was way more fun than you would originally think. We went to the club Caprice on Granville and after being there an hour our night had suddenly become like a scene from White Chicks. A dance off between the sororities was pretty cringe but no less entertaining (videos will be posted on Facebook asap, following on from Becky’s drunken Megabite incident…& sorry mum & pops, maybe I will show you these at a later date-if you’re lucky ha).
Friday – there was a welcome back BBQ and although everything I seem to talk about on here seems so twee and childish, it really is surprising us. It was a pretty big festival involving plenty of DJ’s, (Humans being one who were pretty cool, although one dressed with what looked like a tea towel on his head-whatever the music was good!!) hundreds of students, plenty of beer (this seems to be all everyone drinks here) and tons of hot guys. Apologies for being so blunt (family) but Canadian guys know how to look after themselves, that’s all I am saying!! Friends – COME AND VISIT!!!!
So the past week has been nothing but fun and although classes have started, I have Fridays off so long weekends to travel the US and Canada will be occurring on a regular basis. I lost my camera – to which I am still baffled as to how it happened but as you can see I replaced it quick enough and the mourning period is over. Think I lasted about a day without it and those who know me realise that is a pretty long time…. I did try but there are a trillion and one moments here I NEED to capture.
Pit tonight again, then attempting the Grouse Grind this weekend which is a 3000 feet hike but the view at the top is nothing short of jaw dropping and I am desperate to see it. If you don’t hear from me after this for a while the hike either killed me off or I am nursing a pair of very dead legs. Becky and I aim to have Gisele’s bum in no time…

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Exactly Like You See In The Movies…

So last night I experienced my first Frat party, and it was no less crazy than you see in American Pie. Exactly the same if anything, maybe better. Complete with keg stands, togas, beer pong and a million and one red cups. The que to get in to Sigma Khi was ridiculous, thankfully a new fraternity ‘brother’ wanted to show off his power and got us in straight away. If not I am pretty sure we would have still been there now. The frat house was turned into a nightclub whilst outside the guys just seemed to be incessantly chatting up girl after girl. Canadians friendliness is meant in every sense of the word. They’re not shy ha!
So now I am as always recently, shattered, but nothing another day at the beach wont solve. 27 degrees today and I am taking full advantage as I have a feeling by the time I return, Manchester will not have changed, and the most exciting thing people can do on a sunny day is sit outside at Dukes.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

“Totes Magoats”

Okay, so I am not quite sure where to start this. WOW would be a good way I think. Pretty sure this is going to be the way my blog will always start until I land back on English soil. Last night I experienced my first night out in Vancouver complete with Pre gaming, involving plenty of King Cups or Ring of Fire to us english folk,and is the reason for my deathly hangover right now. (In the words of Shep RIP HOL!) Pretty sure that set the tone for the rest of the night. We headed into town on the Skytrain and ended up back at my new favourite place, Warehouse. Everything on the menu is $4.95 and on Wednesdays you can help yourself to as many wings as you like for 15c each! Its ridiculously amazing food too!!!… Pretty sure I will be there every single day of the week, not just Wednesdays! Ended up drinking copious amounts of Nerd flavoured cocktails singing at the top of our lungs to Don’t Stop Believing and probably irritating the rest of the ‘punters’ but the DJ encouraged us, and I think we’d sipped too many cocktails to care. Moved onto Republic where the popular ‘Sonreal’ was performing. Yep, I think you know all his top hits, Blast Off and Clap 4 Me….Honestly none of us had a clue who he was but again we’d all had enough drinks to make us believe Jay Z was performing(Video to follow if I can figure out how to upload it-I bet you all can’t wait!!!)
308576_10150362179141756_636581755_9938229_145564_nThe night ended up with us all in Megabites (another one of my new fav late night food establishments – if you hadn’t noticed there is a recurring food theme going on-think I need to sort that out or I’ll be coming home 20 stone heavier-what the heck were in Canada eh?!) pizzas were thrown, ranch sauce ended up as my foundation and the majority of it ended up on my dress rather than in my mouth. But it was fun none the less.

So basically my first night out in Vancouver was HILARIOUS & MESSY(in every sense of the word) and I cant wait to do it all over again, probably tonight. Maybe I will take it easy and rest up for the fraternity toga party on Saturday. What can I say I am having a HORRIBLE time.
Missing home of course but there is so much here to do I am trying not to let it get to me. If the past few days have been a clue to how this year is going to be then I am definitely set to having the most eye opening, amazing year ever. (I will stop mentioning how good it is, I promise).. Apart from the going out, a little work has to be done I guess but by the looks of things its going to be much more rewarding than home. The whole mentality here is different…to everything! Positivity EVERYWHERE and I love this. The English could learn a little. Not mentioning how ridiculously friendly everyone is. I don’t understand how anyone couldn’t like it.
So I am pretty happy right now and I don’t see many signs of it changing. Sorry for the gushy-ness…but this place deserves it.
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