Now that the Winter 2010 Olympics have left Vancouver, the city has certainly calmed down. We had to say goodbye to wild parties, nightly fireworks, giddy visitors, sport enthusiasts and those infamous “blue jackets”, worn by many lovely volunteers. Just because that party is over, it doesn’t mean that all the lights have been shut off in Vancouver, leaving you with nothing to do.
It’s officially Spring here and you can feel it dancing in the air. Vancouver is abuzz with birds chirping, flowers blooming and that certain grin on a stranger’s face that lets you know warm weather, beach picnics and afternoons on a sunny patio are just around the corner.
What should you do on a perfect, sunshine filled day? Well, first order of business is to go for a bike ride on the Seawall. A little chilly with the wind, but a light jacket and shades will do the trick. Take in that “oh my lanta” moment as you ride along the West facing Seawall; it’s best when the sun starts to set behind the mountains and ocean because the sky turns into a hypnotizing shade of pink. After the fresh air has permeated your lungs, head back to your respective abode and get ready for the night.
Dinner at Bin 941 on Davie with friends sweetly calls your name. The restaurant is cozy, to say the very least, but that’s one of the quality ingredients that goes into making this a spot where locals go back, time and time again. Or, it could very well be any of the delicious tapas and tasty wines they have on their menu.
After the void in your stomach has been filled, the Kino Cafe will wake you up out of that food coma as you step inside and take in the live music and flamenco dancing. It’s best to make reservations there as it’s a popular spot on a Friday or Saturday night. It’s one of those places where the passion and soul of the musicians and dancers oozes out of the cracks in the walls. Not to mention, as you sit there listening to the mandolin and stomps of the talented dancers, you may find yourself sinking into a trance where you feel as though you’re no longer in Vancouver, but in a quaint room in Spain – sipping on sangria.
It’s Spring, how are you spending the day?