Somehow (4 papers and 2 final later) I have survived finals week! In honor of being done with school my boyfriend I escaped to Victoria for a few days. While we were there we visited the Butchart Gardens and the Empress Hotel. Every year the Butchart Gardens puts on a Christmas lights walk, complete with ice skating, carolers, and delicious food. It was impossible to be grumpy (or stressed) when surrounded by so much Christmas spirit. On our second day we went to the very recommended high tea at the Empress Hotel. It was fun to have such a lavish afternoon and to treat ourselves with mimosas and sweet (and savory) treats. The rest of our time was spent wandering around the streets and meandering in and out of cute local shops. If you’re looking for a quick get away I highly recommend Victoria.