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Chantelle had to leave early in the morning for her flight back to Toronto which left me with the hotel room for an extra few hours of sleep.
With some extra time in the morning I randomly decided to check out some electronic shops like Circuit City.
Afterwards I head over to Chinatown to have dim sum with Dany at Jade Garden. I met Dany earlier this year in January when I ran a ski/snowboard/Sundance trip in Utah. Unfortunately the other guys in the group from Seattle weren’t around so it just ended up being Dany and I. The dim sum was a bit sub par especially coming from Vancouver but it was cheap at least.
After lunch I drove Dany back to Amazon and he even gave me a tour around the new campus. The coolest thing I saw was their elevators. These got to be the most high-tech elevators I’ve seen. Instead of your usual up or down button, these also came with a keypad to enter what floor you were going to. You see, some geniuses came up with the idea of optimizing elevator time based on the requests coming in so it’ll send you a specific elevator that will most efficiently get to where you want to be. Neat-o!
Stuck in Traffic
After lunch I hopped right back onto the interstate back to Vancouver. However it took me a hell of a long time to get back not because of the border (thanks to Nexus) but because of the damn George Massey tunnel. What started out as at least 4 lanes eventually had to squeeze into 1 so I was stuck inching forward for a good hour and some. Ridiculous! Now I know never go head back into the city between 3-6 and take the George Massey tunnel. I learned later that it would’ve been smarter to get off an exit before this madness to detour around it.
Still, timing worked out nicely for me because I decided on the way up that I wanted to check out Spanish Banks beach for sunset. I got there just in time to catch the sun falling down behind a crowd of family and friends chilling, swimming, eating and playing on the beach. It was a perfect end to a beautiful summer day. Just another reason why Vancouver is so awesome – access to various beaches less than 30 minutes away from the city that come with views of the city itself, the bay and mountains. I brought my seldom-used tripod out for this so it was quite the treat to capture the sunset. The photos turned out pretty well for this set.
After the sunset, I made it to my last spot of the night – Suika for dinner. I was meeting up with my friends Caleb and Kenny from my PMC-Sierra co-op days. It was another great night of izakaya food and reminiscing about my days in Vancouver.
After that I went back to Richmond to check into my final hotel of the trip – the Hilton Vancouver Airport (another Priceline win).
Mission accomplished in Vancouver – Enjoy what Vancouver has to offer in the summer and meet old friends.
- Highly recommend Spanish Banks in the summer. Way better than our Ashbridges Bay in Toronto. Undeniably fantastic views.
- Check out of Crowne Plaza
- Visit Circuit City
- Lunch with Dany at Jade Garden
- Visit Amazon campus
- Drive back to Vancouver
- Spanish Banks for sunset
- Dinner at Suika with Kenny and Caleb
- Check into Hilton Vancouver Airport
The Very End of One Epic Summer
And that’s a wrap. One more post to read –> Day 89 – Vancouver to Toronto – Home Sweet Home
Curious what else I did on my trip to Asia? See the full itinerary and all 89 days.<