West Coast Adventures {San Francisco & Vancouver}

05 October 2015


Hello there! Lately I've been relaxing pretty hard and didn't get the chance to share my recent travels from this summer! 

Vancouver, British Columbia
So for the Fourth of July, America's Independence Day, I went to Canada. It's only a six hour drive north of Portland and it's also my boyfriend's hometown so I took a weekend to visit and get to know the city. I had only been to Canada once before as a child and even then I had just barely gone over the border in order to see Niagara Falls so I was excited to being able to whip out my passport after sitting unused for so long and get to know Canada,

Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada

Food wise, Vancouver did not disappoint. I had to try the famous Tim Horton's coffee but since it was the height of summer we had to go with the iced cappuccinos (which are simply called ice caps). We also swung by the Japadog food cart to try hot dogs covered in traditional Japanese ingredients such as nori seaweed and wasabi mayo. I didn't have the time to get out my camera for every meal but I had a ridiculous amount of delicious meals; fish and chips on the beach, fresh sushi, and plate after plate of dim sum in Chinatown. I ate so well that weekend!

Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada

At the tip of the city is Stanley Island, a beautiful green escape from the urban din. Here one can find traditional Native American arts, promenades along the inlet, and towering, ancient trees. I would have been content to just sit here for hours and enjoy the nature but my boyfriend was so excited to show me his city so we continued on.

Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada

Next we went to Granville Island. While this area has clearly developed to entertain tourists, I can't deny how adorable this artistic community is. Charming, colorful house boats that drip with flowers line the island and along the pedestrian friendly streets you can find plenty of quirky shops. My favorite feature was the Public Market where one can marvel at beautiful piles of fresh berries and flowers.

Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada

Wrapping up my visit to Canada, we went up into the mountains to swim and enjoy the natural beauty of the country. I would like to note, however, that I never had a chance to eat poutine which was one of my goals for this trip so I guess I will have to go back!

San Francisco
At the beginning of August my mother and I made the drive down to California (10 hours!!) to visit my brothers who both has been living in the city for a year now. This trip was exciting for me because a) San Francisco seems to be the "it" city for 20-somethings and I had never been before and b) I was born in California but moved away before I was old enough to remember it. During this trip I had the constant sense of what if. Would this be what my life would be like had I grown up in California?

San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California

We started our trip with a ferry from Oakland which passed by Alcatraz Island and landed at Fisherman's Pier. Here I was overwhelmed by the number of people but still appreciated the adorable little boats lining the piers and, of course, the pile of sea lions were fun to watch.

San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California

I was a little bit disappointed with the food in San Francisco. I was under the impression that this was a foodie city and yet meal after meal I was served tiny portions with underwhelming flavors for steep prices. My favorite thing would have to be the burgers from In-N-Out! These burgers are iconic for a reason. I also indulged in a salted caramel sundae at Ghiradeli Square which was the bomb!

San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California

The Embarcado which encompasses pier 1, 3, and 5 was a gem in the city. The open arcade features artisinal shops and fresh produce as well as sit down eateries. Trendy, cute, and photogenic- I had a good time here.

San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California

And of course we had to take the time to see the Golden Gate Bridge!

San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California

If you love color and art, Balmy Alley in the Mission District is a must see. Beyond being beautiful, each mural in this alley has a deep meaning with topics revolving around nationalism, cultural identity, and gentrification.

San Francisco, California

So, there you have it! A little catch up from where I've been lately. It's been a couple months now since I've traveled so I'm itching to get out and see more!

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4 comments

  1. Since I became vegan, I always smile when I see local fruit and veggie markets! Good to know you have access to healthy food when you travel, right?

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    1. Yes, though I love to indulge in the not so healthy as well XD

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  2. So thrilled to see you're still writing for this blog! Hope all is well :)

    -Caitlin McGillicuddy

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    1. Yes every now and then something comes out haha! Hope you're doing well, too!

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