Reading week is wonderful, and everyone’s taking at least a little bit of time off to do something fun. Some people went home for the week, others are going exploring to find someplace new, there’s skiing, hiking, going out for dinner, enjoying a Netflix marathon (go watch How To Get Away With Murder), and pretty much doing whatever your heart desires (delaying thinking about midterms).
Dare you to go explore Victoria, if you haven’t been yet! Or if you have, go again. It’s gorgeous. I want to mention some places out there that are my personal favourites, with a couple must-sees recommended from those at UVic.
First of all, getting there from UBC: I usually take the 480, transfer to the 620, and then take the ferry. With a student bus pass, and a $16 or so fee to walk onto the Tsawwassen ferry to Swartz Bay, this’d be one of the cheaper (hooray for that student budget...) adventures to another city you’ll take.
It’s a pretty easy hike, around half and hour should you choose to take the forest trails with a couple of switchbacks. You can drive to the top as well. If you hike up, chances are you’ll see a few trees covered almost entirely in lichen; they definitely reminded me of truffula trees from Dr. Suess’s book ‘The Lorax’, with their fuzzy look (but not their colour...) Anyways, from the top you can gaze over all of Victoria and out over the water, all in all a glorious reward for the walk (watch out for fog, it can come up quickly, and definitely did when I was up there).
Interactivity Board Game Café
This café downtown was absolutely wonderful, very quaint and cosy! I hadn’t seen anything like it. Upon entering, you feel as though you’re in a little kid’s paradise, as the walls are lined with board games of every kind. For $5, you can claim a table, and play any board game(s) for as long as you please, while refreshments you order simply go on your tab. I played an Ender’s Game battle board game, had a cookie dough milkshake, and found myself in heaven. This café would be my recommendation for visiting any friend/family member/lovely individual you want to catch up with, and it definitely stirs up competitive spirit in the best possible way.
While I can’t say I’m recommending these ones from personal experience, I’m sure UVic students’ feedback on this one is flawless.
Karaoke Thursdays at Felicita’s Campus Pub – If you’re around the beautiful UVic campus on a Thursday night, staying with a friend there, or just bored, these nights have a reputation for hilarity. This student night is similar to our Pit Wednesdays, so grab a friend or a drink or both and enjoy.
Other recommendations include the Sticky Wicket Pub, (just ‘Sticky’ for short), for a few casual drinks with friends, as well as Sugar, a nightclub. Sugar’s having an event called ‘Rave of Thrones’ later this year, in April – a festivity with Hodor (Kristian Nairn, as the DJ for the evening) and a solid pun for the title, so of course I couldn’t resist putting a note in here about it.
I stayed with family, but rooming with a friend would also be ideal, I’m sure. If you go to Victoria and stay in a hotel/location you loved, I’d be stoked to see a comment from you on this post.
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About Me: My major is Integrated Sciences; I'm integrating physiology and psychology, and completing a minor in kinesiology. The movie 'The Imitation Game' blew my mind, and every piece done by the artist Alex Cherry is spectacular. Also, if you look up the definition of a bookworm, you'll find me.
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I like hanging out at Tower Beach but you can usually find me studying at Ponderosa even though I don't live there.