Can I move here? For real, I haven’t been frozen solid once yet (which I am about 4.3 times a day in Alberta 😉 and I got to ride a ferry to a craft beer brewery today so life is pretty darn good here in Vancouver. I have been the most MIA from the blog than I have been in the past year and a half, partly due to the transition of the blog from Blogger to WordPress with the additional redesign, and the other part due to my enjoyment of ignoring almost all social media and taking an actual vacation from real life. Did you know that if you don’t take a photo of all your meals and workouts, life goes on?! (Don’t worry, regular posting of my oatmeal and treadmill runs will resume this weekend).
In an effort to recap my lovely vacation here, it will be short and sweet, with follow up posts to come about my exercising on vacation and how I switched from Blogger to WordPress, tips and tricks from a pro (I may need my friend to guest post that one).
Monday, as you know, I flew from Edmonton to Vancouver. I had to coach the airport staff through making a soy americano misto and I had a revelation that I would potentially meet my future husband who would be sitting next to me on the flight to Vancouver… the seat next to me was empty. Story of my life. When I arrived in Vancouver my friend and I went to see the movie Gone Girl and it was terrifying and really well done. On Tuesday, I slept in longer than I have in the last year, woke up and lazed around before going for brunch. Got groceries and then spent 5 hours transferring the blog from Blogger to this snazzy new look on WordPress. Thank you so much for all of the love regarding this new site! I am so happy with how it turned out. After spending too long looking at screens and codes and web designs, we made dinner and went to a Vancouver Giants game, then finished the night by watching Wall-E.
Wednesday, we started out the day with a run. Running in above zero temperatures in December is just as good as it sounds. It was raining but I didn’t care at all, it actually felt refreshing! When we got home from the run I made banana chocolate chip muffins for breakfast and they were super good!
After enjoying a lazy morning we went for lunch at an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant… aka. heaven. The sushi chef had probably never seen so many avocado rolls go to one person. When we were full of sushi we walked along the seawall for almost three hours. It was raining on and off but I was never cold and walking along the ocean has to be one of the most peaceful things in the world. The sun set as we were walking and if possible, the city is even more gorgeous at night. To top the night off we watched the movie “The Maze Runners,” super weird but kind of good.
Thursday morning I convinced my friend that he needed to try a spin class. We hit up the 9:30 class just around the corner from his apartment and it was 45 minutes of pure sweat. It was comparable to some of the hardest classes I have attended. Because it was 45 minutes long, and not a typical hour-long class, there were no breaks and the room felt like a hot yoga room and I was soaked. It was a great class and I found an awesome drill to incorporate into my future classes! We left the spin studio and went for some recovery smoothies. What else would I have besides peanut butter and jelly?
After showering up we took the tiny and adorable ferry from Yaletown to Granville Island, wandered around the unique shops, and then decided to attend a brewery tour of the Granville Island Brewery. We got to see how the beer was made and then try four different varieties of the Granville Island beer. I hardly ever drink but when I do I am definitely a beer girl so this was perfect.
As you can tell, I had a favourite. The Winter Ale is to die for. When we had completed the tour and tastings we went for lunch at a seafood restaurant. I had an amazing kale and quinoa salad… and another glass of Granville Island Brewery Winter Ale. Obviously.
This afternoon I am flying home. It will be tough to leave because being back in BC reminded me just how much I love the ocean, the mountains, and the mild winters. Vancouver is such a foodie town, full of weird art, gorgeous scenery, and lots of things to see and do… again, Can I move here? I am trying to cram a lot in this post so I promise to expand on more – like the blog transition, the foodie in me, and how this vacation was the perfect thing for my exercise addiction.
See you soon, Alberta.