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Shopping in Gastown

The neighbourhoods of Vancouver are as vast and diverse as the city’s landscape. One of my own personal favourites has always been the historic area called Gastown. Known for its famous Steam Clock, Gastown is the oldest neighbourhood in the city and is the picture-perfect collection of old buildings and cobblestone streets.

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The other day I was in Forever 21 and as I left, the change room associate said, “Just so you know, we open at 6am on Friday”. I gave her a puzzled look, responded “Thanks?” and walked away thinking “Why would Forever 21 be opening so early on Friday?”

It took a while but then dawned on me; Black Friday – apparently has become a big thing in Canada. I hoped it would never come to this.

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I’m happy to say that I have very fond (and mildly fuzzy) memories of my last trip to Las Vegas.

I went with my girlfriends at the tender age of 21 and had the time of my life. We drank, danced, ate till our hearts content and shopped like we had never used a VISA before. We skipped lines, wore short dresses with 5-inch heels, and one of us may or may not have ended up in one of the Venetian fountains; but that story is for another time…

It truly was the quintessential girls trip and has had me wanting to go back ever since.

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I distinctly remember growing up in our household we were not allowed to bring out the Christmas decorations until after December 7th… my little brother’s birthday.

My mom would try her best to hide the Sears Wishbook (Canadian 90’s kids – you know what I’m talking about) from us and forbid decorations (with the exception of outdoor Christmas lights) until my brother had blown out the candles on his birthday cake.

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