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16.07.13
Maleeha

Hello everyone. I'm back. And I finally got hit by inspiration. And now I've started to get a little excited because I'm blogging. And I have so much to tell. And the sun is shining. And there are 13 mangoes sitting by the window ripening in the sun. And I feel super duper relaxed.

Yes, hello again. Wow it's been such a long while since I last properly sat down and blogged from my own computer, sitting on my own bench and typing away at my own keyboard. I don't really know where to start so I'm just going to begin and jump around everything that I have done in the past month and hope it makes sense.

Vancouver was amazing. Absolutely freaking amazing. And I miss it so much. Most of all I miss my mountains and the fresh air which, yes I know, I won't stop talking about, but was just perfect to me. The sky would be so blue and sun would be shining and Vancity is honestly so so beautiful. I took a pic as soon as the plane took off from YVR bit.ly/10Wj8jI and I took a pic as soon as we landed at Gatwick London bit.ly/12DsYUl and you can probably see why I really didn't want to be back in London. I've finally come to realise how polluted and grey London really is and in the car journey home from the aiport, all I could think about was how much I wanted to be back in Canada. That is until I stepped inside my home and opened the doors to my kitchen and stared longingly at all my junk food, sat down on my throne of a toilet and relieved myself in peace for the first time in forever, and sat down to watch British TV.

But anyway. The wedding was so much fun. I say the wedding but the whole wedding experience actually consisted of 5 different events on 5 different days. Meaning 5 different outfit, 5 different shoes, 5 sets of jewellery, you get the idea. I knew you guys wanted pics of the wedding, but I don't really want to post pictures of myself online, so I'm afraid you'll have to do without. You can however have a pic of my mendhi that my cousin did for me and looked super amazing bit.ly/1bFsDIE. The colour came out really great and I can still, very, very faintly see it on my hands right now, three weeks on. But just the events themselves were so much fun. Me and my cousins became pretty good friends with the photographer and I can't wait for the official photos to come because I remember us all messing around and having fun and the camera guy would always be in the background, so I wonder how those turned out... I was from the groom's side of the family and I was meeting the bride for the first time and she is really nice and she looked gorgeous all dressed up in the wedding outfits! I would go on more about the wedding but most of it wouldn't make sense unless you were there so let's just say it was a riot.

In terms of sight seeing, one day we drove along the Sea to Sky Highway bit.ly/13eI6vv (not my pic) and it was just the most beautiful scenic drive. Highway 99 went all the way to the Whistler Mountains and although we didn't go all the way to the mountains, what we did see was just breathtaking. I took a lot of pics on that day, some of which can be seen at hijabikebabi.tumblr.com/tagged/vancouver_2013 but most of them were taken from inside the car so they're not the best of shots. Plus I was so busy just watching the view because honestly, the view was so much better seeing it through my own eyes rather than a camera lens. The rocks were fascinating. There were just all these huge cliffs with the most beautiful textures and shapes and colours, and I just wanted to reach out and touch them. Oh and the most amazing thing of all was that occasionally you would see the most magnificent waterfalls hidden amongst the rocks and trees that were so tall and the water would be flowing down so fast, but you would only catch a glimpse before it was swallowed up by the foliage again. We also stopped off in this cute little town called Squamish which had some really nice little shops with cool aboriginal art works and gifts. But seeing the mountains up close was seriously one of the highlights of the trip.

My brother went to Canada last year and came back having fallen in love with Tim Horton's Ice-Capps. He, to this day, sits in his room and every now and then you'll here him yearning for an ice-capp. They were his life. So, despite not being a coffee lover, I was very excited to go to Timmy's. Oh my dear lord. The ice-capp wasn't very amazing. But the French Vanilla coffee. Mmmm. Hot damn. I hate coffee. Bu this was something next level and I'm craving it. I'm craving it so bad. I wanted to have one last drink at the airport, but I forced myself not to for fear of having to use aeroplane toilets .-. So yeah, people always go on about summer flings and crushes, Tim Horton's was mine. Truth.

Speaking of food, oh sweet potatoes the food I ate. No words. To describe some of the cooking I experienced. My cousin found out that I don't really go to restaurants. And by that I mean like I've been to 1 restaurant maybe plus Pizza Hut. Idk, restaurants isn't really a thing for my family. But anyway, once he discovered this shocking truth, he made it his goal to give me the ultimate food experience. So we were always eating out and trying new stuff. Vancouver is right on the West Coast so they have a surplus of sea food and I made he most of it. I tried shrimp for the first time, turns out you're not supposed to eat the tail .-. I also had lots of tasty prawns and tries sushi for the first time and loved it! Chopsticks are still a skill I have yet to master though... But my favourite restaurant we went to was this Chinese Restaurant and not only was the chicken the best chicken I have ever eaten, but, THE CHINESE WAITERS SPOKE URDU. I'm sorry, but this just amazed me. I have never seen a Chinese person speak Urdu and not even that but everyone's Urdu was better than mine and this probably isn't such a huge deal but it was for me ;D There were also dinner parties almost every night after the wedding because everyone was inviting the bride and groom over so basically lots of free food for me :D

I also became addicted to ice cream over in Vancouver. There was a Baskin Robbins literally on the corner of the street of where I was staying so we would be chilling there every day. Also, Canadians are so freaking lucky. I couldn't stop eating this Haagen Dazs hazelnut ice cream that we don't get here in the UK D: But nope, the best ice cream of all was this one that we had in this quaint little shop in Steveston bit.ly/18iTx6W (not my pic). Steveston is this little harbour where you can buy fresh fish and there are lots of really cute little shops and restaurants along the water front and here I had the best coconut gelato ice cream in a waffle cone that I have ever had. Ohmygod that ice cream. For real I have never tasted ice cream as good as that. And I probably never will D':

Idk if I'm actually doing my trip any justice because I just keep talking about great food and stuff, but everything else that I did was fun because of the people I was with and the conversations, etc. So basically, to sum it all up, Vancouver is a beautiful, beautiful city that you should definitely visit because I had such a great time there and I'm hoping to go back at some point in the future. You'll most likely keep hearing little stories and things in future blogs, but that is it for now.

Also, shout out to @frenchkitty and her amazing tumblr for a lot of these pics and for giving me the inspiration to make this set :D Also thank you to everyone who remembered me while I was away. I read all your comments and messages on my phone but couldn't reply so I guess I will get to that now. I shall get round to making everyone sets soon... :D

Oh and I'm kinda late, but RAMADAN MUBARAK EVERYONE!! Hope everyone's Ramadan is going really well, can't wait till Eid!

That's all for now, hopefully I will be on more frequently now that summer is properly here and I have access to a computer. Have a fab Tuesday everyone!
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