First day back in Vancouver and it’s straight to the bikes! Vancouver is very much a bike friendly city. It seems that there are more bike lanes than car lanes! Very pacific northwest in general. There is always an excuse to exert more than the normal amount of physical energy on a daily basis over on this side of the country. But how can we not when there is so much natural beauty to take in all around this whole city. What I love most about Vancouver is how multi-faceted it is. NYC is also extremely multi-faceted, but for a city that lacks much in the outdoorsy department (unless you want to count Central Park or kayaking on the East River). In Vancouver, a true city in it’s metropolitan food and night scene, there sure is a whole lot of nature and places to rough it right outside your front doorstep. That’s the major difference. Of course, Vancouver can’t really beat NYC on the metropolitan level, but it’s getting pretty damn close. The nature is just an added bonus. So since we are on that note, let’s just talk the beauty we took in during our bike ride around the beautiful Stanley Park on the edge of Vancouver. Views of the skyline from all sides (whether it’s blue or grey, well that will always be up in the air), while feeling at the same time up like you plopped smack dab in the middle of the woods. It’s such a cool thing to have access to in a city. Driftwood washed ashore, sitting still full of stories, and acting as benches for new stories to be made on. Clouds heavy yet friendly at the exact same time. The sky is never boring to look at around this place. It’s always changing. What Vancouver brings to mind as I explore it more is how much it is a mix of what I grew up with in Southern California, and what I have come to entertain myself with in New York City. It’s the perfect blend of both worlds, and I relate to that balance so, so much. Vancouver, you are a sweet little gem of a city. And I say that in the most refreshing way. Thank you Kiara for always showing us the best time around it!