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VanDusen Gardens Double Date (Collab with travelorlabout!)

My friend and fellow blogger, Orla (from and the blog pod I belong to) and I have been talking about doing some collab stuff and I thought this time of year would be the perfect. She and her guy, Jack, are away from their families this year (as is The Brit), and I wanted to make sure they had some Christmas cheer. So we bundled up earlier in December to brave the drizzle and had a hygge double date at one of my favourite places to visit during the holiday season: VanDusen Gardens’ Festival of Lights (open until Jan 7 if you haven’t been yet!)


This wasn’t a great day for technology with my phone battery depleting while The Brit and I we out looking at murals, and Orla’s phone basically ate her photos. But between The Brit’s phone and Orla’s Nikon, we captured a nice evening out over some mulled wine and hot cocoa!

We live in a world now where we don’t really meet or communicate with people in the ‘traditional’ sense anymore. The Brit and I met on a dating site, and I have met several friends on Instagram, including Orla. Because of Facebook and What’sApp, I can connect with my friends all over the world, and see my best friend’s little girls grow up in Taiwan. But it’s nice to have human, in-person connection with people.

The Canadian and The Irish


Bokeh guinea pig for Orla’s Nikon learnings
The gorgeous Orla!
Me and my love


The Brit and Jack. You know they love you when they’ll take the picture or hold the purse and pink umbrella 😉
The annual Mary Poppins photo with the umbrella tree!


VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at 5151 Oak Street in Vancouver. Their Festival of Lights is on until January 7 so be sure to check it out, as well as some other holiday light venues that are still open!

Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season! Time to start setting goals for 2018!

“Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.”

~ Joseph Brodsky

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