Instead of basking in the sun on a beach somewhere or hitting the slopes to shred some gnar this reading break, I decided to stick around Vancouver to spend some time volunteering within the community. Here’s what my experience was like participating in CSL this year.
I just got back from a trip to the Aquarium! This is a great place to go as a way to get off of campus and see some of the city of Vancouver. The bus ride takes you down Granville street (through downtown) where you make a transfer and head to Stanley Park. The Park itself is also a great day trip, which I made a post about at the beginning of the year.
The entrance pass costs about 18 dollars for students, and gets you in to see a variety of marine mammals, invertebrates, fish, reptiles and amphibians,as well as extra activities that may be planned for the day. The particular exhibit they have on right now is all about aquatic light, bioluminescence, and features a lot of glowing fishes! Not to mention, you get to see adorable otters, sea lions, and beluga whales. Good times!
Check out their website at http://www.vanaqua.org/
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I have mentioned before about the clubs at UBC. Last week at Club Days, which is an event in the Student Union Building (SUB) during the third or fourth week where all the UBC clubs come out and have booths for sign-up and information, I joined the Varsity Outdoor Club.
The VOC is one of the more expensive clubs to join, running at 35$ for an annual membership (some other clubs are around 5 or 10 dollars). But that membership gets you access to any events or activities that are organized by the VOC throughout the year, plus free gear rental if you need it. So it is really a good deal.
The VOC has a club website that’s used to organize trips/rides for most events. As a sort of last-minute decision, I signed up and bought a ticket for Longhike, which is an annual trip (not really a hike) slash party that’ll draw upwards of 150 members, student or alumni (yeah, did I mention you can be an alumni VOC member? That’s one other neat thing about the club) this weekend.
It is a day to learn rock climbing skills, anywhere from absolute beginner to experienced climbers, and is taught by other members of the VOC. I wasn’t really sure what it was all about when I signed up, but I had a ride space and the gear I needed, so there were no reasons not to go. I admit, leaving the weekend before midterms is maybe not such a smart idea in your first year, but it’s a choice I made consciously. It’s been 4 weeks already! I needed a break from the mundane.
Well Longhike was exactly the distraction I needed. Continue reading