Day 1: Vancouver, BC.
Well, here I am, sitting at Prado Cafe, drinking a pot of tea and wondering how I got so sick in a matter of two days.
My triumphant return!
If anyone is wondering where I've been for the past few months, wonder no more. I've been working on a riverboat, cruising up and down through the Columbia and Snake Rivers. This is the longest I've been land-locked in the last 3 months!
So, why am I in British Columbia? Other than escaping political oppression? (Kidding, not kidding). I'm on vacation. I spent one brief day in Vancouver a few months ago, and I fell in love. Maybe it was all of the Cesar's I consumed, or the prospect of running into Justin Trudeau--le sigh--regardless, I promised myself I would come back.
I started feeling awful somewhere between yesterday's bus ride and waking up this morning. But alas, it's vacation, I must proceed. I laid in bed for a few hours, catching up on what's hip and happening in the outside world, and then I dragged my lifeless body out of bed. Definitely taking it easy today.
Honestly, I had no itinerary...SHOCKING...so I'm taking the day to explore my surroundings. I booked my Airbnb without a clue of where I was staying, turns out I made a pretty good, although mindless, decision.
Gastown, the city's oldest neighborhood, is the epicenter of the urban revolution. Designated a national historic site in 2009. This centrally located Airbnb offers an ocean view and is steps away from the most desirable areas in Vancity.
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After peeling myself off of my bed, I walked over to Nectar. Nectar juice bar offers 100% organic juice cleanses.
Designed by a collective of Ayurvedic practitioners, holistic nutritionists and naturopathic doctors, Nectar’s formulas complement your body’s natural process of cleansing, helping you achieve optimal health.
After speaking to a friendly and knowledgable staff member, I decided to go with their Bounce juice. This immune boosting juice is made up of 100% organic red apple, turmeric, lemon and black pepper.
102 Hastings St, Vancouver BC, V6B 1G8 CAN
Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm
After eating...err...questionable meals for the past three months, I was really excited to cook again. Too bad I have no energy to do so. For whatever reason, I just wanted a poke bowl really badly (pronounced Po-Kay). I headed over to Bao Down to satisfy my craving.
Despite my better judgement, I ate raw tuna while being sick. I'm going to go ahead and blame my sick taste buds, but I couldn't stomach anything ::gently weeps::
I think I'll stick to warm, comforting foods for now.
12 Powell St, Vancouver BC, BC V6A 1E7 CAN
Sunday: 12pm-7pm, Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm
After my failed meal, I wanted something warm. On my way back to my Airbnb, I stopped at Prado Café. Named one of Vancity Buzz's Best Coffee Shops in Vancouver, Prado Café is the creation of Sammy Piccolo, a pioneer in the Vancouver coffee scene.
I ordered an almond milk latte. I needed a caffeine boost... this is what I told myself. Shortly after chugging my coffee, I accepted that fact that I am, indeed, sick and ordered a pot of decaf tea. I love tea, but UGH.
100 W Hastings St, Vancouver BC, CAN
Sunday: 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday: 7am-6pm, Saturday: 8am-5pm
I am currently sitting on the couch, wrapped in blankets, deciding whether to take a hot bath or waste away in front of the Television--because I totally need to watch season 3 of Broad City.
What are your favorite spots in Vancouver?! Tell me down below!