Reintroduced into Canadian Society

If you missed last month's update, find it here: "Bidding Farewell to Birmingham"

Our flight from Gatwick Airport to Vancouver International was on March 1st. We boarded our plane at 11am, and made our way to Calgary airport. We had a four hour layover before boarding our plane to Vancouver. We got into Vancouver at 7pm local time. We were travelling for 15 hours straight. What a very exhausting way to start off the month.

We put together a lovely reflection post on our last two years living abroad and put together a video of our selfies from our adventure. Read more: Looking Back On Our Two Years Living Abroad

After making a stop at grandmas house, we made our way to Vancouver city centre. We had to visit our best friend before making our way to Vancouver Island where we will spend a couple months.

We haven't been to Vancouver in a couple years so we decided to do some sight seeing while we were there. Vancouver also has a number of vegan restaurants so we checked a few of them out. Read more: "Returning to Vancouver BC"
After a few days in Vancouver we caught the ferry back to the Island. The ferry prices had increased $1 each since we last took it, two years ago. Shame on you BC ferries. 
One positive about being back in Canada, is that we have access to a car!
We recovered from our jetleg.. barely. And started making our way through our boxes in storage.. Why did we store so much junk?

My hair had been getting out of control. I went from regular colours and cuts every 5 weeks to full blown hippy. I hadn't had my hair done in two years. Salon prices in England were out of control. I just let my hair grow, and grow. This is the longest my hair has been since I was probably 7 years old.
Look better?
After getting my hair done, we went out with a couple friends to play music trivia. We lost, but we had a great time out.
For some reason since being home, it wont stop snowing. I don't even remember the last time it snowed here, especially in MARCH!! It is spring in two weeks and we are having regular snow falls. 
We were starting to feel a little down after coming to a full stop after such an incredible experience. Luckily for us we randomly got nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award and it brought up our spirits.

No matter where we are though, we always seem to find delicious food. We stopped by Noodle Box for a Peanut Sauce Noodle Bowl with Tofu. Note: Tofu costs extra!
 Then we made our way to Gateway to India for some delicious curries. We had Pakoras and Samosas to start. We had Vegetable coconut curry, Chana Masala, and Aloo Gobi. All of it was amazing. We had been craving some mouth watering curry for awhile now.
Continuing on with our regular blogger schedule, we shared a vegan guide to Amsterdam. Remember we share a new Vegan Guide the second Sunday of every month. Next month is Barcelona. Check back April 9th.

 We also made our way to Gina's Mexican Cafe after a morning of swimming, for some Veggie Burritos. (These you have to specify you want vegan, as it is not labelled on their menu)
We made it to our favourite grocery store which carries a large line of international food products. We checked out the British aisle today, and we found it all to be VERY expensive. Like Jammie Dodgers? Not for $2.79 you don't! They do however have some of the cheapest tofu and soy milk in town. We got a 4L jug of soy milk for 0.99 cents.  
We had heard good things about  Sushi Ryu, so we dropped in for lunch. We love a good bento box. We found the selection of sushi in England to be a bit disappointing other than Happy Maki!
Do you ever have that feeling like you are being watched? Here I am blogging away and what do I see when I look over! Lol, such an adorable kitty. He has free range of outside and the inside of the house, what does he do? Goes outside to stare at me through the window. Then who comes to help us minimise and restore our belongings? He is such a helpful cat.
This month we started a new series! Welcoming you into Wanderlust Vegans Kitchen! We will be providing you with simple, easy recipes every Friday for healthy meals on your travels. Our first recipe is 'Wanderlust Chickpea Salad Sandwiches' Go check that out and enjoy a delicious lunch. 
 For dinner one evening we decided to go out with the parents to Baby Salsa for some Mexican deliciousness. We had seen on the Vegans of Nanaimo facebook page that they were vegan friendly. They had vegan cheese that could make any vegetarian dish vegan! Hooray! We both went with the enchiladas and they were very tasty. We will definitely be heading back there to try their Nachos!
For our travel tips this month we shared our secrets. 'How we Visited NINETEEN Different Countries in Two Years'  (Remember to check back the third Sunday of every month for more travel tips from us.)

The sun started shinning in Nanaimo and like most people around here, we went for a lovely walk at Neck Point. The sun was very warm, but it was still quite windy at the waters edge.
With all this free time on our hands we have been able to sort out a lot of our belongings. We also read 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing' 
by Marie Kondō.
She has some very great points on ways to declutter your belongings. The biggest tip we got from her book was to declutter by category, not by location. A lot of this minimalism articles tell you to sort room by room. Marie suggests that you avoid this and sort by category. She wants you to gather all of a specific item (like Clothing) and put it all together in a pile than sort through it. I think this method is very beneficial. That way you can see all of a specific belongings all together. When you sort room by room, you often miss things, or end with two as you forgot you had it else where.

We took a lot from her book and got rid of a lot of stuff. We almost have all of our belongings down to fitting in a bedroom closet! #MinimalistGoals

With the relief of our belongings off our shoulders, we started to plan our next big adventure.

On the next Friday after we launched our new project "Wanderlust Vegans Kitchen". We released our second recipe. 'Wanderlust Smoked Tofu Wraps' So if you missed that, go grab some tofu and make yourself some delicious lunch.

During the last weekend of March, friends of ours that we met through Vegans of Victoria invited us to their place for some dinner. We had a great time getting to know them a little better over some delicious homemade cooking.  The evening couldn't have gone any better. We left with full bellies and warm hearts. (Thanks again for having us over!)

For those just joining us, we published our second Spotlight post. 'Spotlight' is our newest series that we post the fourth Sunday of every month. We pick a theme and highlight what we love about it. This month, we are talking about street art in Birmingham. 'STREET ART AND GRAFFITI OF BIRMINGHAM'

Before we left for England Gabriel's Cafe was expanding and becoming the hip place to eat. We decided to stop by for some lunch one afternoon. It is a little expensive at $13/14 a bowl, but we did have a little bit to take home with us after devouring these bowls. We had a Thai yellow curry and the Malaysian bowl.
After lunch we sat down for a few hours and got some serious planning mapped out! Turns out we had some problems with the car we were planning on taking, so we are back to the drawing board.

On the last Friday of the month "Wanderlust Vegans Kitchen" was still cooking up a storm. We made 'Wanderlust Tofu Scramble Wraps' So if you missed that, and want a hot lunch or dinner head over to our recipe!

The sun was shinning one afternoon so we decided to take the afternoon off from blogging and go for a nice nature hike with the parents.
Did we mention that we are working really hard to make Wanderlust Vegans a successful project. We are working Monday - Friday 10-6 coming up with new ideas, editing, writing, social media-ing etc. And spending our weekends creating more content for all of you to enjoy. If you would like to support us please donate to our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/wanderlustvegans By donating not only will be be so grateful but you will also get access to Patreon only content!
"We would like to explore the world discovering all the vegan options available in the destinations we travel to and share our experience in order to help other travellers. Our goal is to write about our travels, share pictures, travel tips and produce helpful guides in order to help other vegans and travellers have a successful trip."
With our first month back in Canada over, we are eager to go on an adventure.

To see what we get up to next month, check out our post: "Setting Our Watches Back to Island Time"

Comments

  1. We love the purpose of your blog especially the fact that you might be helpful for all the vegans that travel around the world. Even if we are not vegans the photos of the foods that you shared look like delicious! Nice work guys :)

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  2. I always hate coming home after a great trip. So glad that you got nominated for an award to ease the pain. LoL. And you have the kitty looking out for you too!! Just commend you for remaining vegan all over the world and finding great food options that everyone can enjoy, no matter where they are in the world.

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    1. Thanks. We love being on the search for vegan food. We have found some really delicious meals.

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  3. Seems like you had good come back home. I do agree hairstylist are so expensive in London! I paid 35GBP just for simply cut! But your hair look so nice now, it was worth the wait :) I am excited to see your vegan channel! I am not vegan but I like include some dishes to my daily diet :)

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    1. Thanks, I am really liking the colour, and how healthy my hair feels! I hope you find some use from our blog.

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  4. her hair looks crazy! looks like you had a great come back home mate! :D

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  5. Its an amazing feeling to come back home after such a long trip. Looks like you had your part of the fun, at the trip and when you returned back home. Doesn't look less than another trip to me.

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    1. We are trying to make the most of it. :)

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  6. I like the service you provide to all your fellow vegan readers, it must be hard sometimes to find the right place, or a place at all, in some countries where if you don't eat meat you're considered strange. Just consider that in Spain, several times on some menus, I saw vegetarian sandwiches with tuna inside ahahah

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    1. Thank you. We try our best to find delicious foods. Yeah some countries or people don't understand the concept. Like you said, think vegetarians eat fish. We are just trying to normalise veganism. :)

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  7. You seem to have been very busy since you've moved back to Canada. I know what you say when talking about expensive British food in the supermarket. I live in the UK and when I do find my home country's food on a shelf in Asda (which is very rare), the price is probably 10 times more than it would be at home.

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    1. It is ridiculous! Although, I think we found maple syrup in the UK for cheaper than it sells in Canada..

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  8. I love visiting Vancouver, and definitely need to make my way back there soon ... so you're the reason for the snow they've been getting this year! :)

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    1. Sigh, I think the snow has finally stopped. *Fingers crossed

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  9. Welcome home!!! It must be really amazingly weird to be back after such a long time... And I absolutely do love your hair! :) Good colour choice!

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    1. Thank you. I love reds. It is a little weird being back, but we are getting use to it.

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  10. Wow, it seems you enjoy Indian food. Many congratulations for getting nominated for the award. Coming back to home is always a warm feeling. Those veggie burritos look amazing.

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    1. We loooove curry! All of the foods we had were amazing this month. And thank you :)

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  11. It sounds good to get back home from time to time. And so many great eateries to choose from. Your food pictures are mouthwatering. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for reading. It is nice to be home, but we don't plan on sticking around for long!

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  12. Your blog is just awesome! It's a great idea to start sharing some recipes as well, because its not so easy to find vegan food in some countries. And congrats on hitting 19 countries in just two years!
    Didn't it feel a bit strange to be back home after being away for so long?

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    1. Oh thank you! We know some countries are harder than others. We just want to help where we can! It was a little weird, but more in the sense that everyone sounds Canadian. We got very used to heaving a British accent.

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  13. I am looking forward to reading more about your 'Wanderlust Vegans' project. I often find a bit disappointing when I travel to places which do not have much food choices aside from meat dishes. I am not a vegan but I like to eat vegetables most of the time.

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    1. Thank you for following along in our adventure. We hope you get some delicious food out of it. :)

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