Sorry for the extended absence, looks like I needed a “vacation from my vacation.” But I had such an amazing time in Vancouver visiting with my family and all my friends that I wanted to take a minute and share some of the highlights with you.
Obviously, my favourite part of the trip was visiting with my family. My first night in town was my actual birthday, so we were able to get my whole family together at my parents’ condo for an awesome Asian food feast. My parents have this thing about ordering enough food for three times the people at any given meal, so we had every one of my favourite Chinese food dishes + an insane spread of sushi and sashimi. And this despite the fact that I’d already eaten Chinese food the night before and for brunch with the old gang earlier that day. So. Yummy.
I had expected that Spring would be closer in Vancouver than it is in Montreal, but in yet another anecdotal example of climate change, it seems the snow decided to follow me. And in Montreal it was 7 degrees Celsius when I left. However, Vancouver being Vancouver, not much of the snow stuck and it had all melted by the time I had left.
Other than EATING ALL OF THE ASIAN FOOD, my other obsession this trip was spending my birthday money on comics and toys! I got a couple of books as gifts (Death Comes to Pemberley from my mom & Fight For Tomorrow from my sister), but the rest I collected by going to 3 different comic book stores! Yeah independent businesses! I also snagged myself a couple of toys, including an MLP blind box and a Garrus Funko POP! It was soooo hard to choose which Funko to get, but when I spotted the Mass Effect collection I knew I had to get ol’ Archangel.
Another highlight of this trip for me was finally getting to see my friend Eric’s Live D&D show, Critical Hit. It was the second anniversary show, which meant a lot of references to previous adventures, but it was still hilarious for someone like me who hadn’t been to the show before. It was also great to see the turnout for live, nerdy entertainment, and reminded me that Vancouver isn’t really all bad.
On Rick’s last night in town he treated me to an incredible birthday meal at Minami, a restaurant that specializes in aburi (flame seared) sushi. I’d never even heard of aburi sushi before, but my goodness I’m glad that I did. Pretty much everything we ate was incredible and the sake list made my head spin. If you’re in Vancouver and in the mood for a unique (if spendy $$$) meal, I definitely recommend it.
My last three days in town were spent at my sister’s place, helping her out with my nephews while her husband was away at GottaCon. I had such an incredible time being a PANK, getting the pants beat off of me by my nephew James and serving as a human shaped jungle gym for his brother Owen.
All in all I had a wonderful time and already miss all my family and friends. Hopefully I’ll see you all again sooner rather than later.