At 15:00, we collected our keys from a 7-Eleven and checked into our Airbnb. We couldn't believe how amazing our fantastic city centre apartment on Burrard St for the next 3 nights was, having initially been booked into a hostel we decided fairly last minute to change and it was a definite upgrade!
Having had a big lunch and a long day of travelling we decided to take a leisurely wander down to the Waterfront and watch the seaplanes take off before heading back to the apartment to have dinner and catch up on some TV before an early night.
The next morning, we had a big brunch at the Templeton, a hip, coffee smelling, bacon infused diner that we had visited during our honeymoon. It has become a bit trendier than the last time we visited with vegetarian, vegan and keto options now joining the staples that brought us back. Afterwards, with some food to work off, we walked down to Vancouver harbour and then around Stanley Park. Sadly the weather wasn't perfectly clear but we still enjoyed the views and fresh sea air as we went.
Once we got back, we decided to have dinner at the apartment as both of us were missing homemade food. Craig made a bolognese to the best of his abilities (no tins of chopped tomatoes in the supermarket, no point getting an entire bulb of garlic, a lack of spices and, to top it all off, quinoa and cauliflower pasta). We enjoyed our pasta and decided to have another laid back evening as the rain had started.
The next morning we had a long lie and then a leisurely breakfast in the apartment. The rain from the night before was still with us, so we decided to look into indoor activities for the day and found One Under, a virtual golf bar and restaurant. We played for 2 hours on the Old Course at St. Andrews (we did have to skip holes 15 - 17 due to time constraints) and enjoyed finishing (both avoiding the water) on the 18th. Craig won although not a score that will get him on the professional circuit any time soon and we won't talk about Katy's 24 on the 2nd hole!
With the rain still falling as we left the bar, we headed back to the apartment via the supermarket for this evenings dinner. Thursday Night Football was on so we watched the Panthers v Buccaneers before packing up for our flight and then heading to bed.
On our last morning, we checked out and headed down to Tim Horton's on Canada Place to meet an old friend of Katy's from halls at uni, Philip and his wife Natasha for a coffee and a catch up. We then headed to the airport on the SkyTrain after having lunch (and a beer) at Steamworks.
After negotiating the rather strenuous security, where Craig got another special check (Katy has decided she is travelling by herself from now on), and customs we were airside and apparently in the U.S.A. This was great news as we were now treated as a domestic flight when we touched down in Honolulu.
Our time in Canada is, unbelievably, now at an end as we follow the birds south to Hawaii.