Travel

Vancouver, BC

In March (better late than never!), I visited a couple cities in the Pacific Northwest, which include Portland, Seattle and Vancouver - and also San Francisco (why not, it's close by). I was in Vancouver for 2.5 days and it was raining most of the time, but the city left a good impression. People are friendly, sushi was cheap and amazing, public transportation was easy to navigate and the mountain views were amazing.

Can't leave Vancouver without going to Capliano Suspension Bridge.  During rainy season, the fog lingers around throughout the day. This makes for a super cool photo effect, but a bit terrified when I could not see the other side of the bridge.  Walking on the bridge was terrifying. The bridge swayed and it felt like it was going to flip! My knees were shaking when I walked across the bridge. And I made it across! Later I found out I had to cross back to leave the park. 

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Sushi in Vancouver is super cheap, even cheaper after the conversion rate. Plus, the sushi is delicious and fresh, especially salmon. I recommend Shizenya along Hornby Street. In fact, during my short stay, I ate at Shizenya twice!

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Beaches in Vancouver are close to the city center.  Obviously I did not expect anyone at the beach in March, but locals tell me residents are at the beach all the time during the Summer.

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Exploring downtown Vancouver:

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I wish I had more time to explore Vancouver under better weather conditions. I would go hiking and explore other islands near the downtown area. I'll be back!

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Portland, OR

Portland is a great blend of city and nature. I find the city very welcoming and people are super friendly. I was really lucky and it didn't rain when I was there. I took full advantage of that and explored with my sister for a couple of days. Watch my adventure:

Sightsee:

Pioneer Square

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So many people ride their bicycles in Portland. Recently, they launched their first official bike-share system. It's very eye catching!

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The touristy stuff: Powell's Books

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Lan Su's Chinese Garden

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Tilikum Crossing - a super awesome looking pedestrian, bicycle, public transport bridge in the "City of Bridges". The civil engineer in me geeked out.

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Japanese Gardens

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International Rose Test Garden:

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Multnomah Falls (20 min outside of the city center):

 

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FOOD:

(The most important part)

Voodoo Doughnuts - the first thing I got when I landed in Portland...

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Every cup of coffee in Portland was amazing to the last drop (i'm slightly addicted). Stumptown originally started in Portland! 

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Pok Pok - Thai influenced food...amazing wings and super savory food. Super excited to try the New York version of this, because it was pretty good.

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When in Portland, I had to try the breweries here! Sour beers at Cascade Brewery were amazing, especially the honey ginger lime.

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Ice cream at Salt and Straw was memorable. Their flavors are super unique. Two weeks later from this trip, I am still craving their olive oil ice cream. Can't find a place in NYC that comes even close :(

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More doughnuts! Blue Star is hands down better tasting than Voodoo.

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The famous Deschutes Brewery - someone teach me how to say it! (The lighting though....)

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Cape Cod, MA

I hear Cape Cod and I immediately think: beach, seafood, and sun...and that is exactly how I spent my weekend in Cape Cod. I have a great first impression of Cape Cod. The National Seashore is beautiful and Provincetown is so much fun! Follow my adventure in Cape Cod:

 

Sunset in Hyannis

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Massive lobster roll at Raw Bar 

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Provincetown (its small stores, galleries and nautical influences)

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Best food I had all weekend was found here at the canteen in Provincetown.

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Sunset at Marconi Beach as part of the National Seashore

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Dinner at Mac's Shack

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Can't forget to visit Martha's Vineyard when in Cape Cod

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