Vancouver 2013, Part 3: Stripped and Teased

Ha! Did that title get your attention?? Mom and Dad, if you read this, don’t worry, I was neither stripped or teased. It’s a little play on words which will make more sense later…

But first, let me tell you about the great time I had Saturday. Saturday was definitely my most jam-packed day of good times since I got here. Sarah, Louise and I had all day to venture around the city and show off its beauty to the newly arrived Aussie. We even walked to Stanley Park and rented bikes!

On the walk there we were all laughing at how nervous we were about riding bicycles. Could you believe it? I practically grew up on my bicycle, yet it’s been years since I’ve ridden one. Louise was even joking about her being able to ride a motorcycle yet she was scared about falling off a “push bike”. Three grown women in our mid-to-late twenties and we’re scared of bike riding. Bloody hilarious.

The bike rental shop that we went to was right outside of the park, so with helmets on and purses in our cute little bicycle baskets, we started our journey on the bike trail and were on our way. The only mishap we had was at the very beginning. I was in the lead and all of a sudden I heard a shriek from behind — Sarah had somehow rode off the bike path and nearly fell over. Her bike’s steering was a bit funky so I offered her my pink cruiser as a trade. After swapping we realized that each other’s bike was better suited to us, so we were good to go.

It didn’t take us very long to reach the iconic totem poles of Stanley Park. We had to stop for some photos:


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The bike trail was around eight kilometers in total, so once we were done we started walking back to our area with wobbly legs. I honestly think I might go back and do another solo ride, but this time with a different bike. I’m in the market for a new bike as I’ll be moving to downtown Toronto soon, so I need to do some test rides to figure out what would be best for downtown commuting. I’m a bit bike obsessed though, so it’s more fun and less of a chore.

I had to eventually part ways with my Aussie girls as they were going to a Canucks game and I had to get ready for a show. After a random meeting on Granville Island during my last visit and keeping in touch in the months in between, I finally had the chance to see my buddy Andrew’s band Pardon My Striptease (get the “stripped and teased” reference now? Teehee).

Turns out my trip was unintentionally but perfectly timed to see these guys while they were in town. They’re based out of Chilliwack, so for them to be in Vancouver at the same time as me created an opportunity that I couldn’t miss.

I met up with the boys a few hours before the show and got to sit in while they did sound check. They played at Joe’s Apartment, which is literally a two minute walk away from the Samesun. Andrew, Adam, Erron, Brendan and Dylan put on such a good show I decided to not only write about it here, but also for the music magazine I write for, The Scene Magazine (keep an eye out for the review which should be posted within the next few days).

In the meanwhile I decided to share some pictures from the show and also a short clip to give you an idea of what Pardon My Striptease sounds like:




My days in Vancouver since have been pretty tame, so Saturday has become a benchmark of my time here. I definitely went to bed that night as a very happy girl 😉


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