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    Second Most Populous City in Orange County

    Santa Ana is one of the densest populated cities in Orange County, CA. It is ethnically diverse, with a large Hispanic and Latino demographic. It is also the home of John Wayne Airport, expect traffic and all things that come with dense populations.


    Tax and tip

    If you're not from North America or a tipping country it takes a bit of getting used to, also where you're supposed to tip! Standard tip is 20% of the bill, you have to in restaurants obviously but also for services like haircuts or nail services (which you're technically paying only for the service to begin with). All the prices shown in stores exclude tax so when you get to the checkout it's always more than what you were thinking.

    Deborah Jones

    Very rainy

    Vancouver has the most mild climate of all the cities in Canada, downtown you won't find much snow but you will see a lot of rain! On the bright side, it's not too windy so umbrellas are a useful staple. You can pick up a cheap one from many shops along Robson street, the main shopping street.

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    Most multicultural city

    35% of Vancouver's population are foreign born which is the highest figure in the world

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    One of the Safest Cities in the U.S.

    With one of the lowest recorded crime rates of cities with over 100,000 people, Irvine has been listed as having one of the lowest crime rates in the United States.



    Navy Pier

    Must go place for anyone visiting Chicago. We came during winter where it was host to a massive indoor winter wonderland! There are heaps of places to eat, drink, as well as buy your typical merchandise. There was an amazing fudge shop which was to die for. Would love to come back during the summer holidays to enjoy some of the outside activities.

    Located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, this park is home to the Farmer's Market on Saturdays and Sundays, and also features a fountain at Propstra Square that can be waded in and is made to look like rocks & rapids. During the summer months there are constant free attractions in the park, including live music and concerts, Movie Night in the park, Pub in the Park, and even a Hawaiian Festival. It's a very nice spot to sit and take in all that Downtown Vancouver has to offer.


    Whistler & Blackcomb mountain

    The famous whistler mountain doesn't need much of a description, it's an obvious destination of choice if you're planning on visiting BC. Whistler and Blackcomb combined offer days of exploring all the runs and the peak 2 peak gondola has breathtaking views. Like all the big mountains, there are a variety of activities to suit everyone's capabilities and a good ski school for all ages. Because of its size you will want to stay a few days.

    Deborah Jones

    A great mountain to visit for all your winter sports. They have a fun track for the kids to go tubing and a nice little village with restaurants and shops. Lots of 'ski in, ski out' accommodation available on the mountain too. Would visit again.

    Deborah Jones

    The Bowers Musuem was one the places I visited every time I hung out with grandma, who lives in Santa Ana. Some of the most amazing exhibits that I've seen have been at the Bower's Museum. Voted Best Museum of Orange County, I have to attest it certainly is worth checking out. The grounds are beautiful, the museum features culturally diverse exhibits on rotation, and a Kidseum for the younger crowd.


    Places To Eat

    Low Bar

    A bar for the nerdy at heart! If you have grown tired of sitting at a pub watching whatever sport is playing on every screen, listening to pop music on repeat, surrounded by sports memorabilia, this place is for you and every other Sports Bar weary patron. This small but thriving establishment is next to Tommy O's. Expect to see movies like Shrek playing on the flat screens, music from Foster the People playing, and a nice nerdy vibe. The staff here aim to please, are friendly, and want to ensure you are happy with both your meal and drink order. Order at the bar (they don't have waiters) and try the Jo Jo's (corn meal crusted potato wedges).

    I find it a challenge to eat out with my many food sensitivities. When I came across the Jerusalem Restaurant in Downtown Vancouver I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and thrilled with their fresh, authentic, and tasty cuisine. Family owned, Papa is in the back every time cooking up meals and running the place. The best falafel around, and certainly the most authentic! Enjoy this cute little place with it's interior made to look like a rustic Israeli cafe inside and music to match. Prices are moderate, $7-14 per order and some are big enough to share.


    A very 'cool' restaurant that has a menu of organics and locally grown or raised food. Specialty cocktails that you wouldn't find in your standard restaurant. A great place for a special night out.

    Deborah Jones

    Yaletown brewing company

    Nice casual dining, good fresh beer, food and service (most of the time). They often have the hockey on if there's a game so bear that in mind. A great place to go and chill out with some friends or for a causal dinner out.

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    This is the best kept secret in Vancouver for foodies! If you love (as I do) authentic banh mi sandwiches, then this place is for you. Vietnamese food at its finest, with pho soups, noodles, and rice plates in addition to their deli items. I go for the banh mi and coconut steamed buns (although I really shouldn't eat them). Expect fast & friendly customer service, great food, and a casual dining atmosphere. Their prices are a frugal foodie' dream, with banh mi sandwiches at under $4.


    Traveller Tips

    Avoid Rush Hour Traffic

    If you find yourself driving around Santa Ana, know that during the week the morning rush hour starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends around 9:30 a.m., and the evening rush hour begins as early as 3:30 p.m. and ends around 7:00 p.m. Rush hour in these parts is hectic and can cause an unwary driver to get stuck in lanes you don't wish to be in, and other hazards.


    Lots to do at Hampton Beach

    If you like to be busy, mingling with the crowds, shopping etc Hampton Beach is for you. It feels frantic, and that is how a lot of people like it


    Take the Train Here

    If given the chance, take the train to this historic little spot. This train station is right up against the historic Los Rios District, and walking distance to many gourmet restaurants and cute boutique shops. The Mission San Juan Capistrano is right there, you get off and walk around this lazy town and hop back on the train.


    Upgrade Rental Car to 4WD

    We found ourselves out in the boonies in Duvall, WA. We got to our location no problem, going down the gravel road was easy, but our little economy 4-banger wasn't going to make it up. We had to take a running start and made it up the hill after two attempts, but stopped all traffic behind us. This area is full of windy, steep, and dark roads, that are treacherous at night in the rain. Watch out for hair pin turns!


    Smoking in Bars is "Optional"

    You may find yourself in a bar or restaurant that has decided that smoking inside is up to the guest. Most bars, and almost ALL restaurants in Tulsa don't allow smoking indoors, but you may run across one that allows it. If this is your thing it may be a great find, otherwise be warned and investigate before settling in.



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