From Vancouver

Conquering the Chief


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The reason I spontaneously wanted to have my precious vacation time in Vancouver. Nothing beats standing at the top of a mountain surrounded by breathtaking views after pushing your body to the limit to get there. I can’t decide wether the hike to the top of the Chief was harder than when I did Huangshan in China. Nevertheless, this mountain was definitely difficult since I was in pain for a whole week. As the sign reads at the beginning of the trail, which I missed and only saw after getting back down: This is not a walk in the park.

And how true that is. Halfway up is fairly ok, steep roads and many stairs. But it’s when you reach the part of the mountain that requires you to actually climb with your whole body is when you know it’s getting tough. Tough as in pulling yourself up with ladders and chains, following rugged trails that seem to lead you into the forest, having to grab onto trees and rocks or anything to keep you balanced, when getting back down is as difficult as getting up the mountain. That’s what the Chief is, but it was entirely worth it. I took my time, refused any help, and made it to the top.

There really is this overwhelming sense of euphoria when you reach the top of a mountain, and that was the highlight of my trip.

Vancouver Art Gallery


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Vancouver Art Gallery • 750 Hornby Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7




If you enjoy museums, even in the slightest, then you’ll enjoy the Vancouver Art Gallery. I spent a whole rainy afternoon exploring the different exhibitions. I was lucky though, because I found the current exhibitions to be really interesting. First there was the Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life which explored the symbol of the hotel in contemporary life. A whole floor was dedicated to Art Spiegelman who created Maus. And then finally, a real time art performance, the carving of a large scale aboriginal wood sculpture by James Hart: The Dance Screen (The Scream Too).

Visiting the art gallery made me realize that I should take advantage of the museums offered back in Montreal.