With my 20th birthday coming up in a few days, I enjoyed what had to be one of the busiest and best weekend getaways by celebrating up north in Vancouver, British Columbia with one of my friends, Danielle.
For only being in Vancouver for 36 hours, Danielle and I pretty much covered the whole downtown portion of the city and saw all the best that Vancouver has to offer. Now that the weekend is over I have never felt so tired from being a tourist, and feel like being the laziest couch potato ever for the next couple of days.
Starting off the weekend right and taking advantage of the Canadian drinking age, it was so much fun to go to all of the different bars around the city and try the unique and delicious kinds of drinks the bartenders make. From walking around Gastown and Yaletown, there were so many restaurants and bars to choose from. One of my favorite bars was Steamworks Brewing Company in the Gastown district downtown. Enjoying a peach schnapps and other fruity drinks while sitting at the bar was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip, and was definitely the perfect way to start off being 20 and to say goodbye to the teenage years.
What I enjoyed the most about walking around Gastown was all of the old brick architecture of the buildings and streets, and how original the district of the city was. It was so unique just to be able to walk around through the town and definitely took advantage of its picture perfect scenery.
As our first day in Vancouver came to an end after all of the barhopping, Sunday was definitely tourist day for us. After visiting the Vancouver Public Library, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Granville Island, and the University of British Columbia, we were both ready to crash hard for the next week and couldn’t wait to head back home.
As an admirer of creativity and art, I felt it fascinating to take a short trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery to look at the unique works of art done by some of my favorite artists like Pablo Picasso, Stephen Waddell, and more. Having not been to an art museum in over 6 years, I forgot how amazing it is to see the famous works of art in person rather than on a computer screen. It was truly unforgettable.
After walking through the art museum it felt great to get outside and enjoy the nice weather with a short trip to Granville Island. Walking through the public market and the little town shops by the waterfront was a true summer day, and felt as if we were wandering through Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. While enjoying some of my favorite things, seeing some of my favorite types of flowers (carnations and roses), and smelling all of the good food around the public market, it only added to how much fun the short weekend trip was.
As the weekend came to an end after walking around the UBC campus and being completely exhausted, we both felt so content with what we had accomplished around the city in the little time we had spent there.
For those who are turning 19 or 20, I would highly recommend a short trip to Vancouver for a fun first bar experience and to see all of the fun things around the city! With Vancouver being such a big city that it is, you really can’t run out of things to do or see. This birthday weekend was the perfect getaway to celebrate the end of my teenage years by staying in a nice hotel downtown, going out to the bars, and celebrating with friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday celebration!