A weekend in Vancouver.

You know one of those days where everything that can go wrong does?

Well it happened. Here goes.

Thursday I was prepared to leave for Vancouver that night.

Until I discovered you need a passport to go to Canada. Mine had expired. I sincerely thought a birth certificate/drivers license would do it.


Right now you're all wondering how I didn't realize this?

I really have no good excuse. I did see it on an old Canada government site that a BC/DL would work. Key word: OLD.

Somehow my boyfriend saved the day by scheduling me an emergency appointment with the gov passport agency.

I somehow got a passport in 3 hours. With a $60 rush fee. I was expecting a $500 rush fee. 

PLUS. The employees there were awesome!

This makes up for any bad experience I've ever had at the DMV. (You can't get a passport at the DMV. But both being government agencies you get the picture....)

Setbacks didn't stop there. A ton of little annoyances came up through out the rest of the day. But by the end, I was just glad I was with someone who works for solutions rather than complaints. At the end of the day we laughed and said Sept 29 will become a day that lives in infamy.

The rest of the trip was a blast! We explored most of the city, rode bikes, ate great food, tried some new beer, and relaxed.
 View from our hotel room.

Vancouver Port of Call. I really wanted to rock a Canadian tuxedo but I chickened out ;)

Steam clock in Gastown!

 Possibly my favorite picture!!

 Drinking a fuzzy navel at dinner

 This should come as no surprise. And no I didn't write the "p" in poo.

Bacon cheddar popcorn was amazing and not as greasy as I thought it would be.

Digital orca and I ;)

Biking around Stanley Park.

Bridge over English Bay

The Pacific Northwest is magically gloomy and gorgeous.

Have you ever been to Canada?


  1. I have never been! I hear its very pretty! :) Glad you got the passport figured out and that you had a wonderful trip!

  2. I have never been to Canada, but I do plan on visiting some relatives who are from there. How many days were you at Canada? Looks like you guys had tons of fun. =)

  3. Great pictures! Glad everything got sorted out with your passport!

  4. How you got a passport in three hours, I'll never know haha. SO glad it worked out! Vancouver looks sooo awesome. I've always wanted to go! I adore your outfit in those last couple pictures :) The digital orca is pretty cool! Is that the coliseum I see in one of those? Haha

  5. looks like so much fun! and i love your outfits girl :) :) i had no idea you could a passport that fast. crazy.

  6. Despite the setbacks, looks like y'all had a great time! I've always wanted to go to Canada.

  7. i've never been and now i want to go more than ever. but i don't know what you mean about DMV and bad experiences. it's always the most pleasant thing ever. actually, when i lived in cali i had the BEST DL picture ever in the history of mankind. i looked so stinkin cute it was ridic. anyway…i don't know why but travel and setbacks go hand in hand. so great that you were able to get the passport thing taken care of the same day!

  8. you guys look GREAT! so glad you had a good time :-)

    yeah i need a passport STAT! I have to get one and maybe i can "emergenc-ify" my need for it so i dont have to wait 2372 weeks haha good to know hollie, good to know!

    vancouver looks awesome...i think canada is one of those countries that people are all like yeah yea whatever...but seriously..its BEAUTIFUL! the places ive been there i have had the best time! And I wont tell you about how the reason I went when I was 19 was so I could drink in clubs :X But really...montreal, nova scotia, toronto..all amazing cities


  9. I'm so glad you got your passport!! I would have FREAKED - so glad your bf is calm in a crisis. I would have given up and been like "my life has ended!!!".

    I've always wanted to go to Vancouver... Even more so now!

  10. I've only been to a few parts of British Columbia, but I have to say, Vancouver is one of my favorite cities to visit. :] it's so beautiful!

  11. What a wonderful trip! Love the photos. I have always wanted to go to Vancouver!

  12. Oh my gosh that's so great you were able to get the passport. I mean could you imagine if you couldn't?! No vacation and a bummer of a day that's for sure. The pics are awesome!

    - Sarah

  13. Very cute photos - despite all the issues it seems like you two had a fabulous time :) I cannot believe that passport turnaround time - a miracle, seriously!

  14. I've been to Calgary and Toronto and loved them!! Sounds like you had a fab time!!! I'm so glad you were able to get past one icky day and continue to have a great time. I usually let one bad thing bring me down so I'm happy you didn't!

  15. Can ihave all of your outfits???? Adorable!!

  16. wow looks like such a great weekend I've never been to Vancouver.. I'd love to go someday!! xox

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  17. Ohhh no girl!! That totally sounds like something I would do though! I can not believe that you got a passport in 3 hours..thats crazy! So glad to hear the rest of the trip was a blast...and you actually made it there ;)

  18. One more comment...bacon and cheddar popcorn..really??? YUM

  19. I just went to Vancouver for my first time not that long ago! And got some of the same pictures you did :) Glad you were able to make it!!

  20. yay for your boyfriend! p.s. i do those types of things at my job too get people those emergency appts fyi. anyways so glad you were able to go and looks like you two had a great time. when will you be in huntington beach next? id love to do a blogger meet-up

  21. Hi Hollie! Would you like to do a button swap with me???

  22. LOVE the PNW! I'm from Washington state, so Vancouver is basically home as well (so much so that I developed--and LOVE--the Canadian "eh"). Just got directed to your blog via Ashlyn for #FF, and wanted to stop by to say hi. Newest follower! <3


  23. First of all, I love your cute boots! That's good that you were able to get your passport that fast! It looks like it was a really fun trip!


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