On Serenity (Vancouver)

There is something so wonderfully calming about wandering around my hometown. A city that feels as familiar as a well-read book, each street sign and alleyway sparks a warm, nostalgic thrill.

I was able to fly to Vancouver, BC this past weekend, and spend a snug four days at home with family and friends. Vancouver in the autumn is damp but dazzling, the trees and foliage a sea of shocking reds and burnt oranges. I was enthusiastically greeted (more like bowled over) by the furry family members, who I have missed like CRAZY.

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I spent most of Day 1 hanging out with old friends, catching up on our lives. My spontaneous visit was unplanned, as I hadn’t expected to see them until Christmas, which made it all the more special.

Apparently my parents have decided they are RV people. I know, you’re thinking of that bizarre family in We’re The Millers who drive the giant RV and wear visors and flip up sunglass lenses.

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Yup, apparently that’s what my parents aspire to. Anyway, Day 2 consisted of endless RV dealerships and salesmen who raved about the infinitely ridiculous features of a 2015 Winnebago Class C motorhome. “Did you know this amazing vehicle includes a powered patio awning, marble countertops, 3 HD TVs, and an entire mini golf putting range?” I’m kidding, but some were wildly extravagant (one of the hugely expensive ones included a fireplace. A fireplace. It was insane.)

I’m not complaining though- My parents want to eventually buy a simple, smaller one to facilitate long-distance road tripping, which I am all for. Especially if they let me use it.

I had originally planned on going hiking to a nearby mountain on Day 3, but I had  forgotten just how wet Vancouver winters are. The idea of trudging through soggy, muddy soil in the only pair of shoes I brought wasn’t very appealing, so I decided to walk around the city instead. I took my dog, Sumie, and strolled along the seawall, a meandering path that winds around the city’s edge.

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We followed the path for a long while, the blue-glass ocean on one side, skyscrapers on the other. Sumie strained against her leash, desperately trying to play with the teasing seagulls who cawed and swooped around above her head.

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Any Vancouverites looking for a good breakfast place, check out Yolks! I tried eggs benedict for the first time in my life, and oh man had I been missing out. We also ate some amazing hashbrowns seasoned with lemon truffle sauce.

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I left Vancouver relaxed and happy, thankful for the small weekend escape. Bye home, see you in a month!

-Sam

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