It is quite common for us to feel a bit melancholy when we leave a place where we have spent some time as tourists. I was not prepared for how strong the feeling was when we left Kelowna after 5 short days. Both Paul and I felt as if it was a place we could call home - post retirement perhaps?
We were a bit shocked at how much wine we had purchased to bring home - by the time it was all in our luggage each bag was overweight and we'd have about $240 in fees. After considerable discussion we put 12 bottles back in an empty case, popped by a packing store on the way to the airport and bought some styrofoam pellets to fill the spaces, taped the box up and had it loaded on the plane as a second bag for Paul. This cost $28 plus the cost of the packing materials.
When we got to Vancouver most of the luggage had arrived on the belt before we arrived. the only thing missing was a wheel from my suitcase (SIGH) and the wine. As we waited we head a voice calling 'Blonski' - it was a airport worker from the fragile/over-sized luggage area with our case of wine. SCORE
After a never ending cap ride to the airport we arrived at the Fairmont. I was able to get a deal on orbitz where a room that would normally go for $500 was $200. We checked in and ended up in lovely four room suite. Now I understand how the better half lives.
We were both exhausted so we didn't do much yesterday other than head out for dinner and explore the shops on Robson Street. Paul wanted to go to a well-reviewed Asian fusion restaurant he saw online called the Noodle Bar.
Some of the reviews were mixed suggesting that the quality of the food was mediocre. All I can say is if the food was mediocre it was better than just about anything at home. It was a smallish restaurant. Most of the tables were full when we arrived and many of the patrons were speaking various Asian dialects. Surely they'd not be at a spot that was mediocre?
Of course we over ordered!
Vietnamese spring rolls
Dry garlic chicken wings
Crispy duck rolls
Chinatown BBQ pork
Kung Pao chicken
Crispy ginger beef
Yes, the food was great. Yes, we had over-ordered. :-)
We both crashed when we got back to the room. Hotel staff had been in for the turn down service - curtains closed, lights on, nightlight on in the bathroom, bottles of water by the bed, a bucket of ice, and a nice note by the bed with a weather forecast for the next day.
I am officially spoiled and not sure I can go back to cheap hotels again.
I have some conference calls for work today and then it is off to explore the city.