First of all, let me clarify – Canada has BOTH HGTV and GMA! God bless Am – I mean… God save the Queen? But can we also save Kate Middleton, because I’m obsessed with her. It’s unhealthy. And Harry too. He’s hot.
But beyond that, Canada has amazing people. I’ve met several awesome ladies and gents here (as well as some particularly attractive waiters) and must say that this has been quite the trip. We’ve learned a lot, seen a lot and eaten a lot (score!) and I’m having a fabulous time. Something tells me that the people I’ve met at this conference will be showing up in my Facebook and Twitter feeds in the years to come :)
Other than one small snafu, I’ve had some amazing food here in Vancouver. Naturally, I’ve been eating a ton of seafood, since it’s a coastal city and it’d be blasphemy not to. After the conference was over today, a few of us girls walked to the famous Stanley Park to see the totem poles and then headed to Yelltown (a super fun, young area of Vancouver) for dinner. We went to Rodney’s Oyster Bar, which has AMAZING food (I had the crab cakes) and only hires attractive male waiters. Nope, not a joke – only hot guys work there. (Sorry, babe – I know you’re probably reading this!) Let’s just say the atmosphere was just as delicious as the food.
But the conference has also been very good. I really enjoyed a presentation by Wells Fargo’s social collaboration team today, and even won a stuffed pony (as did my new friends from the conference – what can I say, we’re over achievers. And now we have a fun game of taking pony pictures in random Canadian locations. Good times!). I’m going to bring it back for Kate :)
I am STOKED about tomorrow – after the conference sessions, the girls want to go to the suspension bridge park with me and be total tourists (one girl is from Calgary and the other is from Atlanta, so it’s totally legit behavior). Get excited!
In short – well played, Canada. You are awesome (though your food and drinks are very expensive!).
Well, I was hoping it would be different this time. Last time I came to the Pacific Northwest (Seattle), I woke up approximately 18 billion times, each time thinking it was time for me to get up and go to my conference. Unfortunately, this trip has proven to be no different thus far.
I woke up at 1:45, 3:43, 4:48, and 6:12. I finally stayed awake at 6:12, since the plan was to wake up at 7 any way. 6:12 here is 8:12 at home, so it’s “sleeping in” on a workday – I am usually up at 6:30 Central. I tried to counteract this by staying up until 10:30/12:30 Central, but apparently that didn’t matter.
Sigh. Minus 1 point for Canada.
Also, Canada doesn’t have HGTV. And I’m willing to bet no Good Morning America either. SIGH. Minus 2 points for Canada.
Dear Canada: I’ve arrived! And you’ve welcomed me with open arms.
First stop, the airport (naturally). The airport is almost SHOCKINGLY quiet. Everything is SO organized, clean and peaceful; no one is yelling or running and everyone is dressed like a sane human being (not like a homeless person). I whizzed through customs and was happily greeted by the man who arranges cabs. After exchanging pleasantries, I continued talking to my driver all the way to the hotel. He was very nice and was very shocked to learn how inexpensive it is to live in Houston/Texas (just as shocked as I was when he told me how expensive real estate is here). What can I say – I am my mother’s (a real estate business owner’s) child.
Upon arriving at The Sutton Place Hotel, my home for the next 5 days, two handsome young men met me at the cab door, opened it and offered to take my bags to my room. I let them. They also brought me ice, which was much appreciated. They were super smiley and friendly, and even refused my tip saying they were happy to serve me. The front desk woman and concierge both warmly greeted me and were beyond kind. After securing a restaurant recommendation and changing clothes, it was off to dinner (at 10 p.m. Central time).
I wanted something light and quick, as I was exhausted and wanted to get to my Skype date on time. A place called JOEY was recommended when I said I wanted a salad, so I made the short walk. BEST. SALAD. EVER. I got the Beach Salad, which was mixed greens, grilled chicken, strawberries, avocado, goat cheese, candied pecans, couscous and a light lemon poppy seed vinaigrette. DELISH. And my waitress was super friendly, beautiful and used the word Eh? within minutes. She’s my Canadian idol. Also, there was a family at the table next to me and the two daughters were approximately 6 and 10. They requested truffle oil for their french fries. How amazing is that?! When I was 6/10, I had NO FREAKING CLUE what truffle oil was (let’s be honest, I didn’t know until college). People here seem a lot more worldly/cultured. And I like it.
So far, Vancouver has left a great first impression. The weather is beyond gorgeous, I can see the snow capped mountains and the people are SUPER friendly. Not to mention they are not the slightest bit racist, ghetto, redneck or otherwise embarrassing – they seem to be genuinely awesome. Well played, Canada.
Two things I love: Vacations and Vacation Countdowns. And I have a bunch of both!! My heart is happy :)
First – AUSTIN! I will see you and your lovely residents in a mere 10 days!!
Second – VANCOUVER! I will see you for a business trip in 1 month and 7 days!!
Third – VEGAS!! I will wreak havoc on your town, along with my family-in-love, in 2 months!!
Fourth – PERU!! I will be on a mission trip to your beautiful country in 5 months and 3 days!!
WHOO HOO!!! I can’t wait to have photos of ME in each of these places :)