Friday, February 15, 2019

VANCITY is the one I love


O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


(LOL I had to)

I must say, Vancouver, BC completely surpassed all of my expectations. And when I say 'all of my expectations' I really mean I had none because I had never been out of the United States so I wasn't sure how different or the same Canada would really be to me. Spoiler Alert: The only TRUE difference was using the CAD instead of the USD.

On my day of travel, I marched through security, flashing a smile, my passport, and my plane ticket reading FIRST CLASS. I was so excited to be living the lavish life for the day. When I parked myself in my seat, I was treated to a cocktail (which I had no idea I had to chug before takeoff), pillow/blanket, a hot towel (Why? I'm still not sure. But I damn sure used it like I knew what I was doing), and my special made vegetarian meal - which honestly was subpar but I'll forgive them. Upon arrival to YVR, I received the most terrifying interrogation as to why I was in Canada (Idk bc I like to have fun by myself????) and then was on my merry way to my STUNNING airbnb.
Day 1 was everything I could've dreamed of and so much more. I woke up - late but not too late. Turned on some Travis Scott and danced around as I got ready for the thing I was most excited to experience... The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Upon arrival I was beyond amazed at all of the greenery and had to stop multiple times just to appreciate how much work it must've taken to create such a masterpiece. I spent about 3 hours at the park walking around, filming, and enjoying the scenery. Just as I had imagined, there is nothing like this place. (Quick unsponsored plug - if you're traveling to Vancouver, this Bridge Park is a MUST visit location). Post-Park I was on a mission to try some highly recommended vegetarian tacos and a spicy margarita from Tacofino and let me tell you, that place did not disappoint. I would've spent my whole trip eating there if I wanted to gain 700lbs. BEYOND amazing. So amazing that I had to take a long ass nap after getting back home.

Upon awaking from my margarita/taco food coma - I took a stroll through the city to Canada Place - where I captured the photo up at the top. It was truly the most gorgeous view of the city lights, ocean? lake? thing,  and the prominent mountain range. The only downfall to this part of my excursion (4 mile walk lolol) was I realized two miles in I had left my camera at home so I got zero footage of my foot adventure that afternoon. Once home I was completely starved (again) and naturally did what all normal people do and made a dinner reservation at Heirloom Vegetarian to celebrate my 2 month anniversary of going vegetarian (YAY ME). This place again satisfied all my needs and I've actually come home and unsuccessfully tried to recreate the salad I had there because it was the best thing I've ever tasted. Later that night, I made an instagram poll on whether I should go downstairs to the Local Bar or hit the hay for the night. Naturally, since most people in my life are a bad influence, I spent the night drinking beer and chatting up the super cute bartender who kept saying EH?! Pretty safe to say I can call this one of my favorite days ever.

Day two was an early one for me. I got up and taxi'd over to Canada Place in order to make it onto a shuttle up to Squamish, BC to ride the Sea to Sky Gondola. Let me tell you - this was an amazing time. Being an Arizona girl, I RARELY see snow and I was so excited to play in the white pow pow and hike around for a couple of hours before hitting the Travis Scott Concert that night. Travis was an incredible performer encompassing his best hits old and new all while sending people on his two Roller Coasters!!!!!! It was such a fun and interactive show that I would encourage everyone to attend if you have Astroworld coming to a city near you.
AND THAT WAS MY TRIP. It was a quick one but the best time of my life. I am so beyond glad that  I decided to take a chance and start solo traveling. And I am stoked to have many many more trips coming up in the next couple of months to take y'all along with.

If you haven't checked out my full trip video: CLICK HERE.

ALSO CAN I JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY: AHHHHHHHHH MY BLOG JUST LAUNCHED!!! Thank you for supporting it thus far, it's only going up from here.

Cheers,
Katie
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