Beautiful Vancouver BC

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Granville Island

I’ve lived in the Pacific NW for 7 years now and Vancouver BC has been a place I’ve had on my list of cities to visit. After spending the last 8 months in the US, I was excited to leave the country again, even though it was just an hour flight away.

As you all have come to learn, I’m a firm believer in using points to travel. So for $121 flight, I spent the weekend in BC, using points to cover the hotel and earning double points dining out. I love a good deal! I stayed at the Sheraton at Wall Centre which was in a great location. It was close to the hop on hop off stop and the famous Robson St.– the street with the high end shops perfect for window shopping!

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The Market

The food was great! The one thing I’ve missed about living abroad is the exposure to great food – although Portland does have some good food. My first night, I just hung out at the hotel bar and had some baby back ribs. They were a bit spicy but they were good. They reminded me of Asian style BBQ ribs. I dined at a local favorite: The Keg Steakhouse. Great food! And great dining experience. I basically got my entree free because my
steak was overcooked. That was a nice surprise. I also found The Market by Jean-Georges. Ahhh! I was so happy to enjoy the same dish that I got in Doha on a regular basis: salmon, mashed potatoes and snap peas. It brought joy to my little heart! The cocktails were excellent as well. If you have a chance to eat at the Market – anywhere in the world – I’d recommend you check it out.

 

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I was moved by this piece. Castings of sex workers. 

The highlight of my trip was the visit to the the Vancouver Art Gallery. They currently have a Picasso exhibit. It was the most comprehensive and fascinating Picasso exhibit I’ve ever seen. Every other museum across the world that I’ve been to with Picasso pieces, there were only a few pieces. The Vancouver exhibit was an entire floor of paintings, sketchings, sculptures, and videos. It was fascinating. Anyway, I’m no art expert but  I enjoyed wandering through that exhibit.

On my way back to the hotel, a local church had a sign outside “Jazz Vespers every Sundayimg_2091 4-5pm” I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I wandered in and sat on the back pew. I enjoyed the music of a quartet for about half an hour then headed back to the hotel. I love not having an agenda…

There are many things to do in Vancouver and I didn’t even scratch the surface. Perhaps I’ll make it back before another 7 years pass. Two things that I didn’t appreciate about the visit: there is no Uber services in Vancouver and the locals weren’t very friendly. Nevertheless, I was delighted to be surrounded by people from all over the world. It’s crazy how diverse things become when I leave theimg_2081 states.

Well, I’m heading back to Orlando for the Magnet Conference. I’m very excited to have a chance to attend a national conference. I’m always inspired by other nurses who love what they do and are willing to share best practices. I’m thankful for the opportunity. I also get to go to Universal Studios! I can’t wait!

Until next time…living life…and it’s good.

Do you #Thrive?

 

2 thoughts on “Beautiful Vancouver BC”

  1. Hi Kendra! I have some pieces in the shop you might love as we enter the holiday season. Special event thursday Nov. 3rd, 6:30-10 as we bring out our little black dresses cocktail dresses along with some bubbly to drink. Let me know if you want to attend:)

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