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My Fortress of Solitude (aka Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron)

Apparently Superman has a second home in Vancouver! I’m told that this place was completely packed out for the Olympic Ceremonies and it’s easy to see why. At night, when lit up, not only would the Cauldron be a beautiful sight but apparently it produced a significant amount of heat that chased away the winter chill. You can see a photo of the Cauldron lit up for the Closing Ceremony here.

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Where to eat in Victoria, BC

Staying with my foodie friends Kelly and Wil in Victoria was awesome because we visited some great restaurants and they gave me tips on where to go during the day when they were at work. The result was that I ate out in Victoria more than any other city I’ve been to recently. Here are some of the highlights:

Floyd’s Diner
Kel and Wil recommended that I visit this place for breakfast. The menu was extensive and I was not feeling experimental so I went for the McFloydfin which consisted of an English muffin, egg, ham, tomato, chipotle mayo and cheddar cheese served with potatoes. At $7.95 it was a great deal, filled me up and was very tasty. But what was best about this place? The service. It was flawless and super friendly.

Floyds

ReBar Modern Food
Where do you go in Victoria when you are craving a light, tasty salad? To ReBar! I had a salad made with quinoa, rice, greens and avocado and yes, it’s simple, but it was delicious and made me feel good. Accompanied with a fresh carrot, ginger and apple juice, it went down a treat.

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
On my second to last night the three of us headed to Spinnakers with the intention of just having a couple of beers with dinner. Instead, we tasted pretty much the entire beer menu! For my main I chose the BC Noodle Bowl (steamed rice noodles, locally produced tofu, seasonal vegetables in a thai style tamarind sauce topped with pea shoots with a side of peanut sauce). Kel and I felt it was necessary to get dessert too, so we each selected five chocolate truffles to be paired with even more beer. Our idea of a perfect Wednesday night 🙂

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Holding a tarantula in Victoria, BC

One of the goals I set myself for the year was to hold a spider, and preferably a tarantula. I’m no arachnophobe but spiders generally do scare me so I thought this would be a suitable goal to set. But I never would have guessed that this would happen in Victoria, BC! Wandering through the city I chanced upon the Victoria Bug Zoo, which looked as if it was mostly for children, but I went inside to check it out anyway. “Do you have tarantulas?” I enquired. “Yes, we do!” replied the cheery girl at reception. “Can I hold it?” I responded. “You can hold whatever the guides are talking about, sure!” 

PERFECT!

So there I was, inside the Bug Zoo watching the guide talking about a hairy, black tarantula. “Who wants to hold it?” I didn’t answer with my voice, but I did extend my hand. I was a little nervous but it all went away as soon as I had the little thing in my hand. It was furry, soft and dare I say it, adorable. So I’ve achieved my goal but now I want a tarantula for a pet.

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