We were picked up by a friend of Linus' (hey Dave!) where we immediately went for Sushi at 'The Eatery'. I ate my body weight in sushi, and was kept awake until a jet-lag friendly time, so I didn't have any trouble with the time change (best tip for avoiding jet lag - No naps, and sushi!). The first day I was there my friend had a wedding to attend, so he dropped me off at Granville Island to explore. I freaking loved it there - there was so much stuff to do in such a tiny little place. A market, boutiques, gift shops, food, the docks, and a brewery all in one place made me a very happy girl.
We had planned on going bungee jumping for a while and were incredibly excited about it, so the next day we took the beautiful drive on the sea-to-sky highway to Whistler. Bungee jumping is something I've always wanted to do, but had never really gotten around to. What better place to do it that in the mountains? I was terrified, and I definitely hesitated and almost chickened out, but I'm so glad I didn't. Also super kudos to my friend, because he jumped right off the ledge instead of crumpling into a sad little ball like me. Oh, and there's a video of me "jumping"...warning, I swear a bit, haha.
We took the ferry to Victoria for a couple days in the hopes of doing some surfing, but there were zero waves and it was incredibly cold out, so we did a bit of shopping/exploring instead. Getting day-drunk on sangria and laughing hysterically in a year-round Christmas store were some of the highlights.
As was buck-a-shuck oysters at pretty much every restaurant. Pretty sure we just restaurant-hopped all evening trying different kinds of oysters (and Mojito's). We then took the Ferry back to Vancouver and I was taken to some of the best restaurants ever, and shown around to all the sites - steam clock, gastown, that weird building that everyone takes pictures of, and the main shopping district. I did not, however, get to go to the suspension bridge or up grouse mountain. I hope to return one day and do those things! We also returned to eat at 'the eatery' several times. No shame.
On the last few days we had, I somehow let my friend talk me into going to an overnight hike somewhere near Pemberton. We tried to hike to an abandoned hot spring, but the glacial river was wildly larger than I was promised, and
I also somehow found time to check out the Richmond night market with a friend from highschool who had been living in Vancouver for several years. There was way too much delicious food to be had, and we watched some guy throw fire around. I didn't take any pictures though, apparently. Drat.
Well, that concludes my recap of my trip to Vancouver! I really loved the mountains and the ocean, and I'm looking forward to going back one day. Thanks so much for reading!