Traveled across the border with Tommy, my pitibull, to get away from life and breathe fresh air, so to speak. Traveling always helps clear my mind, even for a short time. Vancouver was a breath of fresh air like no other. Driving the I-5 into Canada immediately turns into this airy feeling and a crystal city comes upon you in glorious fashion.
It was Canada's 150th birthday celebration - a fact I missed during prior planning. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend to be in Vancouver. It is a melting pot of Asian, Hispanic, White, Black - everyone was there and it was harmonious.
Upon arriving, Tommy immediately had to be walked and we found ourselves scouring for grassy land in Canada Place. We found it and he frolicked like a real kid. Every patch of grass, he ensured he rolled in. I don't think I've ever seen this puppy happier.
We watched the most glorious sunset over the bay together with random strangers coming up to us asking to pet Tommy as if they never seen such a happy dog. Of course, I was very happy too!
We made it to Gasworks and Crab Park for dogs the following morning and in and around the city a little more. More fun at dog parks. For me, shopping on Robson Street was actually relaxing and productive, different from holiday sales in the U.S.
I ate at the Vancouver Art Gallery overlooking Robson Center. Over a million people attended Canada Day activities. Even the dogs were out in full force with their Canada flags proudly displayed. Some even a little bored with the activities and happy to lay down wherever.
It was an amazing time and Vancouver is beautiful. As a sister city right across the border, I'll be back up there at least once more this summer.