Sunday, May 09, 2010

Aussie Encounter


I can’t believe I’m a full two days behind on posting.  I guess I’ve been busy!  The condo search is at pretty much a standstill so I decided to just turn off my brain and enjoy a few days stress-free.  I am up island at my Mom’s now anyway, so even if I want to see something I won’t be back in Victoria until Tuesday night. 

<<rewind to Friday>>

Continued my love affair with a Cafe Fantastico latte


And Fol Epi pain au chocolate


It was a gorgeous day!


Back story:  My ex-boyfriend and I travelled Europe in 2002.  We did one of those Trafalgar bus tours where we hit 9 countries in 14 days.  During our trip we became buddies with an Australian mother and son, Julie and Michael…and spent pretty much our entire trip hanging out with them.  I have kept in contact with Julie since then…and now Michael too because of Facebook.  One day I shall visit Oz and have a place to stay!  :)

Anyway…so Julie messaged me about a week ago to let me know she and her hubby were coming to Canada on vacation and would be in Victoria for only two nights.  Conveniently I was actually there!  So she called me when they arrived in town and we met for lunch!


Quick visit and catch-up, but how fun!!  They are now off for a trip to Whistler and then an Alaskan cruise…and then a trip out East to Niagra Falls and such. 

We ate at Sam’s Deli…a popular lunch spot on Government Street in Victoria where they make sandwiches fresh to order.  I ordered a turkey sammich on whole wheat with havarti and lotsa veggies and it was fan-freaking-tastic!  Enjoyed with an iced tea…and I only managed to eat half.

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After I left Julie and Shane to wander the waterfront and take in the beautiful sights of downtown Victoria, I wandered off to do some shopping.  Stopped at Roger’s Chocolates for some treats and enjoyed a tiny peanut butter truffle right there on the spot.  :)


When I left the mall to walk back to Tiffaney’s I grabbed an Iced Soy Latte from Starbucks…refreshing and refuelling…


What a freaking gorgeous day!  Just confirmed in my mind that I’ve made the right decision in choosing to move back to Victoria…and that I need to find a place that is within walking distance to a few of my favourite places.  I can walk for miles with shopping bags if I like where I am and where I’m going!! :)

For the evening we were off to our favourite pub to visit with good friends, have a few drinks, and cheer on our beloved Vancouver Canucks.  Unfortunately this may have been the Canucks worst game all season, but we still managed to have a good time and enjoy ourselves!!

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Sadly, our bar no longer carries Strongbow (seriously, we may have to find a new bar people!!) so I created a modified Crown Float from Rock Creek Cider with a Guinness float.  Not perfect, but it did the trick.


x maybe 4?  hehehehe. 

We also had shootersBottle Caps to be precise.  So tasty!  um, and dangerous.  If you’ve never had one…do it!!


And food…Tiff, Jill and I shared the Eight Layer Dip and some Onion Rings.  I intended to order more food, but well…um, I didn’t.  Thankfully my head wasn’t mad at me in the morning!

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Tiff and I headed home around midnight like good little girls.  Drank some water and snacked on some Cheetos and then slept solidly…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I apologize for the lack of healthy balance lately.  You all know that I’m already planning the return to the track when I get home right?  In the meantime, enjoy my indulgences…haha…pleeease!!

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Jenny said...

Looks like you are having a great time! I loved victoria so much when I was there!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Time out with friends! Thats just the best!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Having a fabulous time with friends? Nothing healthier than that! :)

Kim said...

Man! What gorgeous pics! Makes me want to come see it all in person!

Mikey said...

Wow, I'm shocked that they no longer have strongbow! I may never go back! :(