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Capilano: the west coast rainforest in my backyard!

Following the Travel Blog Exchange in June, I made use of my generous media pass, courtesy of Tourism Vancouver, to be a sight-seer in my own city and check out some of the best that Metro Vancouver has to offer.  Capilano Suspension Bridge, dangling 70 metres above Capilano River, is always impressive, lush and majestic so I was very happy to have another wander around this beautiful, rain-forested park.  In addition to the amazing suspension bridge, Capilano park boasts the not-for-the-faint-of-heart Cliffwalk as well as the much-loved Treetops Adventure!

Unbeknownst to me, BC residents can enjoy unlimited admission to Capilano Suspension Bridge for one full year for the same price as a one day admission!  Yearly membership costs only $32.95 plus HST.  BC resident membership includes:

    * Unlimited admission to Capilano Suspension Bridge for one full year
    * 10% off at the attraction’s Trading Post Gift Shop
    * 10% off food and beverage at Canyon Cafe, Loggers’ Grill and Bridge House Restaurant
    * 15% off admission for all accompanying guests when you return for your second visit
    * Access to special attraction events throughout the year, including Harvest Festival, Canyon Lights and Canada Day.

Check out the Cap Bridge website here for more details!

Belated but Blogged: Canada Day in Steveston

Ok it really is July 11th and I’m only blogging about Canada Day just now.  Oops… but it was such a great day that I can’t let it go unblogged about!  My brother and I decide to take our visiting parents to the annual Steveston Salmon Festival on Canada Day.  It was a beautiful day starting with a tour of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, followed by sunshine, endless crowds of happy Canadians, cupcakes and finally fresh-barbequed salmon!

Vancouver: Cool Conference City

The last 6 weeks saw me taking in conference after conference after conference here in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Needless to say I met a lot of people and learned a few things along the way.

Northern Voice (#nv11) kicked off my conference tour in the lovely, light and linear Life Sciences Centre at the University of British Columbia. This is where the local blogging scene comes together each spring to share, teach and discuss all the elements of personal blogging and social media. My very good friend, Alison Wonderland, made the trip from Medicine Hat and summed up her conference experience here.

A couple weeks later I found myself attending the NAFSA 2011 (#nafsa11) conference at the state-of-the-art, super-green and very pleasant Vancouver Convention Centre. The annual NAFSA conference is a gathering of nearly 9,000 international education professionals from all over the world. An international exhibition accompanied by seminars, workshops and countless receptions (and a few hockey games!), NAFSA aims to help schools and agents form partnerships and share ideas on the future of the industry, professional development, international student recruitment and services, visa issues and all things education related.

Finally I wrapped up my conferencing, again at the Vancouver Convention Centre, this time with the international Travel Blog Exchange (#tbex). This rounded out my conference education and networking nicely especially as I consider myself a travel photoblogger. TBEX was a wonderful meeting of like-minded people, sharing the love of travel, writing and photography (and a again a few more hockey games). The absolute highlight for me was hearing the sage Journeywoman, Evelyn Hannon, speak. She reminded all of us to stay true to ourselves and that traveling can be a wonderful healer of heartache and a catalyst for a brilliant, adventurous future.

my iphoneography

My iphone is definitely my go-to camera in a pinch but it’s become more than just that, it’s become a creative tool which challenges my eye and rarely disappoints! Visit my iphoneography on flickr for more shots!

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Another Place & Time: Arizona Monastery

This winter I visited my parents in Casa Grande, Arizona. They took me one sunny afternoon to visit St Anthony’s Monastery where Greek Orthodox monks work and pray. The desert grounds are dotted with palm trees, olive groves and orange trees; almost like Italy (or Greece, I guess!) but actually America.

The sky was very blue that day and the sun strong, which made for nice contrast in these black and white images.

arizona monastery

arizona monastery

Small town Italian streets & I love yellow!

I have a small iphone series that I shot one afternoon with a few hours to spend in Casamassima, a small town in the south of Italy. To see more of this series, which I will be adding to, visit my set on flickr.

more casamassima by just_jeanette
more casamassima by just_jeanette

Un Posto al Sole

Almost every day was a place in the sun in Italy last month. Ok, ok there were a few days of rain but there were still plenty of beautiful picture-taking days.

As usual, I was packing my Brownie Hawkeye, which has clearly become one of my most beloved cameras. Here are my 2 favourite Brownie shots from Italy.

Giovinazzo seaside

Nuns in Trani, Italy

You can see more of my Brownie Hawkeye shots here and here.

Shanghai Morning

Ni hao! I woke up early on my last day in Shanghai and shot a roll of film with my very trusty Brownie Hawkeye Flash using Kodak Portra 800 film. The lens is still flipped and I’m still loving it! See below what Shanghai seniors are up to early in the morning! ☼

good morning, shanghai
good morning, shanghai
good morning, shanghai
good morning, shanghai

See more Brownie Hawkeye here!

Welcome to Shanghai!

I spent the last few days in Shanghai, China for the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) Workshop. It was a very busy and very festive few days in China with a warm welcome from the hosting school, Mandarin House. I was particularly taken by the traditional Chinese Lion Dance; I love the heavy drumming and the happy dancing of the lions!

The video might seem a bit long and I’m no videographer so bear with me; it does get a little more interesting around the 3:05 mark. I hope that you can catch the same enthusiasm that I did being there!

For Japan ♥

For the first time in a long while (ever?), I’ve decided to let readers in on my job. Some of you might know, I work in marketing at a private language school; the student-base is all international, college-age students and I’m fortunate enough to travel to many places for work.

Over the years I have met many thousands of international students and an impressive portion of them Japanese. I have traveled to Japan countless times, have Japanese friends, colleagues, students, former roommates. For these reasons I feel especially saddened by and concerned about the challenges presented to the Japanese people since March 11th’s earthquake and tsunami. I’ve dedicated my yoga practice (!) each day this week to Japan; sending all my prayers to those students & their families, my friends & colleagues across the pacific. ♥

On that note, I have to say I’m so impressed by the rallying of the teachers, staff and students in the school to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross. Today the students had a lunch-hour auction and second-hand sale. Students bought Vancouver Giants tickets, used snowboards, books, games, clothes. I’m really proud of everyone’s effort and spirit.

Please take some time to consider donating to the Japanese Red Cross and also check out the good work Google Crisis Response is doing.

Finally, it seems fitting to share a few photos I took in Japan.

ueno park

Coming of Age Day

tokyo skyline

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