Returning to Vancouver BC
It felt strange to be back in Vancouver after 2 years in the UK. It was all familiar but it seemed odd to hear people's accents and to see Vancouver from more of an outsider perspective. We were staying at Grandma's house outside of Vancouver so we had to get the bus and the Canada Line train into Vancouver.
Vancouver had some pay as you go travel cards like London's Oyster cards. It was a piece of cake to make it to downtown Vancouver. We decided to hit up one of our favourite food carts, the Loving Hut food cart in Yaletown. We got some tasty burgers from there. Luckily we had $20 cash as the burgers were $10 each and they only take cash at this food cart. The burgers are pricey but we were still thinking in UK prices which made them not seem so bad at all.
The weather was not the nicest it could have been. It was raining very lightly. This is the kind of weather we expect from Vancouver so it was sort of a welcome home reminder of the rainy weather in Vancouver. We went to Robson Street and walked around before meeting our friends and getting some coffee.
We had one errand to run which was changing some of our foreign currency to get CAD. The currency exchange place wouldn't take our smaller Swedish notes.
We decided to walk around Vancouver like tourists looking at all the sights. We went to the Canadian Trail and Canada Place to look out at the waterfront. We haven't really done a lot of touristy stuff in Vancouver even though we are from Vancouver Island. Whenever we go over to Vancouver it is usually for a concert or event rather than being a tourist.
We looked around the souvenir shops which had a lot of moose and grizzly bear themed stuff.
We walked around Gastown which is a cool looking part of Vancouver that people like to see when visiting since it is the oldest part of Vancouver. There is some great architecture in Gastown.
There is a steam clock that goes off every quarter hour so check that out when you go.
We made sure to get some shots of the street art in Vancouver while walking around.
One of our favourite vegan restaurants Gorilla Food moved to another location but another vegan place moved into their old location. We decided to give it a shot and see how good their desserts are. It was called Indigo Age Vegan Cafe.
We got the key lime pie which was tasty. It is all raw vegan too.
We accompanied our friend to the grocery store since she had to pick up some stuff to make us dinner. Lucky us! We noticed the massive selection of tofu in such a small grocery store. This is hilarious compared to the UK where there is maybe one type of tofu in most supermarkets.
The tofu is a lot cheaper in Canada as well.
Our friend made us the most delicious dinner. It included some creamy baked pasta, roasted veggies and a kale slaw. We were stuffed and it all tasted fantastic.
The next day we had a grand old time going for a walk. It did start to rain a little bit but not too bad.
We stopped in to Meet on Main just as they opened. It was empty since we were door crashers. Meet on Main is a vegan restaurant. Meet not Meat.
We got the Main Burger and the Mac and Cheese which were both great choices.
The root beer float was alright but we really wished it had more ice cream in it. It felt like it was mostly root beer. It cost quite a bit more to make it a float so we were wishing we just got the root beer. The root beer was the excellent root beer brewed by the Philips Brewery in Victoria so no complaints there.
Vancouver is great but the weather was not cooperating with us. It's not as fun to wander around when it is pouring rain all day. We decided that we'd head back to Vancouver Island to see our family, most of whom we hadn't seen in 2 years. We are planning on returning to Vancouver of course but hopefully the weather is a lot better next time.
It was a pretty quick trip to Vancouver and we were already on the ferry over to Vancouver Island.
Have you ever been to Vancouver? Do you want to go?