Last night we pulled into the train station in Vancouver and got a taxi to take us to our AirBnB off Cordova St. It was $8 and well worth it to avoid having to walk late at night to an unknown spot that we don’t have cellular capabilities. (Remind me to do a throw back post to the time we traveled across the Dominican Repbulic).
We showered and slept like rocks. Then awoke at 4:45am to get to the Lululemon Seawheeze Expo.
Last year we were one of the first 100 people in line to get our hands on exclusive Lululemon Seawheeze gear. We arrived about twenty minutes later this year, and already 1000 were in line. Holy bananas!
Slowly the sun started to raise above the horizon. But not after another hour of darkness, and some shut eye for Panama Jack.
The line was long, but the event was well organized this year. A new guy-friendly corner helped appeal to the handful of boyfriend and husbands who were perhaps running in support of their ladies. A pool table and barbers giving haircuts, among other details. Of the 10,015 runners, my guess is 75% were female.
The inside of the expo was an insane shopping frenzy. Like wild hyenas grabbing at any and all hangers and carrying piles of exclusive Lululemon to a corner of the floor to commence the deciding between their ‘yes’ and ‘no’ piles.
Ten points for this guy, digging through other peoples ‘no’ piles to find specific items. He treated it like a Supermarket Sweep game and killed it.
The convention center was well decorated in typical Lulu sense. And we enjoyed all of the outdoor patio activities. Complimentary cold brew from 49th Parallel, fresh watermelon juice, Rise Kombucha tastings, and fro-yo. Cool art installations and the race packet pickup were also reasons to stay near the Vancouver Convention Centre and kick it for a few hours.
Along the way, we walk past Canada Place whose hosting Anirevo : Anime Revolution 2015, an anime and Japanese convention this weekend, cosplay and anime merchandise galore. My favorite part? Seeing little nuggets like this chillin’ with their mama probably wondering WTF is going on, why people are diggin’ her weave. #precious
Although, this looks like it might be a great time under different circumstances. i.e. bottomless mimosas beforehand 😂
Arriving to our apartment is a welcome sight, as we have been pulling in less than 6 hours of sleep recently. Here is the AirBnB in nicer light. A quaint two-bedroom apartment overlooking Gastown.
Perk alert : from the 12th floor of this building, we can see the tops of others. All sorts of beautiful patios to share a bottle of wine on. I counted at least three, each can take advantage of a beautiful Vancouver sunset.
We had the patio to ourselves and quickly had a selfie shoot. Using our Apple Watch as a viewfinder for our iPhone, it was easy as can be.
We did a few p extra online things and changed clothes. The natural light of the big bedroom window was perfect, almost like my own little studio. The outfit I chose for the evening has no less than three black and white combos, I refer to it as ‘Couver Lululemon Derelict.
Late brunch was around the corner at Catch122. They serve brunch until 4pm, which I think should be a world law. He got the Dirty Breakfast and I got the Eggs Benedict. (3.5 stars)
We then wandered down by the convention center. 7:30 was Sunset Yoga, and we really wanted to loosen up before tomorrow.
At the morning expo, we found the Saje Natural Wellness booth and they gave us a 20% off coupon. They have the best roll on greatness for headaches and tension. Last year, we learned about Peppermint Halo and now it’s our favorite: as we sipped chamomile tea, we loaded up at their store down the street. (5 stars)
We stopped at Bella Gelateria, because duh. It’s one of our favorite spots to visit in all of Vancouver. He got Whiskey Fudge + Essex Sea Salt, I got Stracciatella + Akbar Mashti (rosewater, saffron, pistachio). (5 stars)
Sunset Yoga was held inside the convention center. We borrowed Lulu mats and calmly waited for the start of the practice. It was led by instructor Reno Munez, the guy who started the first Dharma Yoga studio in Canada.
His voice is my new inner conscious voice. Listening to him is like watching warm honey drip slow-motion into the ocean on a cool sunny day. He has the calmest demeanor and changes the energy of the room when he speaks. #namaste
We were centered, we were zen-like. All is right with the world. Shout out to this guy for wanting to start practicing yoga to improve the quality of his life.
A huge ‘thank you‘ to the Saje team for gifting these You’re Awesome Yoga Kits to the yogis in attendance, attempting to achieve equilibrium.
As we returned the mats afterwards, we were handed bottles of Rise Kombucha in Lemongrass.
We wandered down by the Seawall and decided on a rendezvous point after the race tomorrow morning. We settled on the iconic, 25′ tall Digital Orca on the patio near the sea.
Our AirBnB host, J, recommended Peckinpah barbecue in Gastown. We ordered takeout and people watched while we waited for a pulled pork sandwich and collard greens. (3 stars)
We ate on the balcony in the dark after we rode the elevator up to the apartment building.
Here goes nothing,