Archive for March, 2016

This Tuesday, I had plans to hang out on my day off with my coworker. Well, she bailed, and I found myself with 2 days and no plans. A TV show mentioned Vancouver, and I knew I wanted to go. Now. I got online to see if it was possible. I don’t drive, so I checked with greyhound, and yes, there was a bus that left in about 2 hours, and would arrive in Vancouver just in time for dinner. Hotels.com had good availability, and I found a nice place in the heart of downtown for under $100 USD.

Charlsea is the newest Maplelea girl. Her character is from BC, and my Charlsea doll has yet to take an adventure. My personal luggage was light, so I let Charlsea come along.

Here we are at the bus stop at home:
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We arrived at the greyhound station to a sad sight:

It was not quite 4:00 when I arrived for a 4:15 bus. I had paid for a ticket online, but I still needed to pick it up. I asked the bus driver for help, and he let me get on the bus to try to pick up my ticket at the next station. But he knew that our arrival would be close to the time that ticket office closes too. Yikes. I was a little stressed out for this leg of the journey, but we arrived on time, and I was able to get my tickets with little difficulty. So we were officially Vancouver-bound!


Riding a greyhound bus across an international border is pretty annoying. I had done it once before on the way home from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and thankfully we had fewer passengers this trip. All passengers have to get off the bus to talk to Customs/Border Patrol. It takes a pretty long time. We arrived in Vancouver about 30 minutes after scheduled.

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My dinner craving was for this super-yummy BBQ place in Gastown. I made the customs guy chuckle when I told him I was going to Canada to eat American-style BBQ, but it is really tasty. And it’s always fun to window shop in Gastown! Here’s Charlsea in front of the restaurant.

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I got a window seat at the restaurant, and enjoyed people watching and watching the moon come out. After dinner it was a short walk to our hotel. The hotel was far nicer than I required for a one-night stay. It had a small, but complete kitchen, and a separate sitting area. Here’s Charlsea basking on the king-sized bed under a fun photo of John and Yoko:

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In the morning we took a few moments to enjoy our lovely view (woohoo, corner room!)

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Sadly that’s the last bit of Vancouver that Charlsea was allowed to see. In true Vancouverness, it rained all day. I kept her in a plastic bag while I got yummy breakfast, a food truck lunch, and shopped for shoes and candy. But here she is back at the greyhound station:


I had a good trip, but I think Charlsea wants to go back when it’s not raining, or maybe to explore other areas around British Columbia. Hopefully we’ll be back soon!

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Dollhouse furniture! And it fits the American Girl mini dolls perfectly!


I love it because I lived on the human-sized version of that couch for 4 years, and I just bought that shelving unit to use for doll storage! The mini dolls don’t have too much that they need to store, but Maryellen kicked off her shoes to relax, then put them on the shelf. So adorable!

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