Day 37 – Adventure Day!

Clorinda is my best friend from Nursing school.  I’m so grateful to have her in my life!!  Whenever we spend time together, it usually involves some sort of adventure. We often find ourselves wandering around random places all over Vancouver.  We even have adventure day sunnies which are a MUST for these days of randomness.  The key to our adventure days is to avoid any type of plans.  Usually we just say we’re gonna meet up at a certain time, and maybe have an idea of one thing we want to do.  I love this way of exploring.  It always feels like we’re a tourist in our own city.  So good!

Yesterday, the theme was supposed to be Christmas craft fair’s which are happening all over the city.  We started at one at the Rocky Mountaineer Station just off of E.1st Avenue.  When we walked in, we both said ‘uh-oh!’.  There was so much cool stuff!  Almost too nice for us.  We originally had decided we were going to do craft fair shopping instead of snowboarding at Baker in order to save money.  That’s where the uh-oh came from.  Fortunately, we both left without pulling out our wallets but we did leave with a bunch of fresh ideas for crafts!

Next stop, the Vancouver Flea Market.  So random!  You know, the big red barn looking building on E.1st?  I haven’t been in there since I was a little kid.  Definitely an adventure.  You name it, they sell it.  From polaroids of unknown toddlers, to onesies, to hammers, to nintendo games.  Everything under the sun exists at the flea market, along with a wide array of characters.  You just have to see it for yourself.  Spend the 1$ entry fee and bring a camera for some good times.

Granville Island was next on the list, with a quick stop to Long and McQuade to pick up my old guitar, which was getting fixed, to give to Clorinda as she’s starting the new addiction!!!  We started out at Granville Island in search of the next craft fair, but got detoured with all of the people watching, colors and smells that comes with the place.  I love it there!  We wandered for a while, then both realized we were in great need of sushi. So off we went on the aquabus in search of some good sush.  We ended up on Davie street at one of our favourites.

The night was still young, so we thought we’d head over to Doulin’s on Granville Street for a few bevy’s.  I LOVE that bar!! We were there too early I guess because the live music hadn’t started yet.  I was itching to get some Irish dancing in, but it will have to wait until next time.

After handing out some socks (always carry socks with you! You never know who will be in need!), we walked our way back to the car and headed home.  But no, not yet, the night was still not over.  This is ADVENTURE day we’re talking about!  It’s full of randomness and days that never end.  Out came the guitars.  I’m stoked that your’e learning Clorinda!  You’ve definitely got a knack for it :).

If you’ve been wanting to learn a new instrument, pick it up already!!  What’s stopping you?  I’m so grateful to be learning it.  There’s always something new and challenging to discover when you’ve got a guitar in your hand.

Adventure Day was awesome.  I recommend being a tourist in your own city.  Forget about the time and any pre-made plans. Throw that all out the window and just go EXPLORE!!!

There is so much to do in Vancouver!!  I’m looking forward to our next adventure day!  Oh, and don’t forget to bring socks with you to hand out to people with cold/damp street feet.  They’re always greatly appreciated :).

Smile with your heart!


p.s. Thanks Chrissy for bringing over dinner tonight, and thanks mom for the dessert! Peanut butter cheesecake from Pappagallos in Burnaby – my favourite!  (Oh by the way, there’s a rumor that peanut butter is not sold in Australia.  I’m seriously going to bring a small container with me.  I can’t go a day without it!)

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