Yes, today I went on the best date ever! It just happened to be by myself. Sorry if that’s a disappointment to some of you romantics out there, but seriously, it felt like something contrived by ABC for the Bachelorette. Granted there was no bachelor to share it with, but still…. Such a great date! It started off in a gorgeous hotel in Vancouver, BC. I ordered room service and was presented a breakfast that was right out of Top Chef. Then I did an hour of yoga and meditation with an incredible view of the city.
But that was more like the pre-date stuff. The real date started when I walked myself down the clean city streets to the water where the Olympic Torch stands and a sculpture of an Orca whale plays tricks with your eyes depending how close you get.
The view from the wharf (sea wall?) was so romantic that I decided to sit on a bench with myself. Yes, I held my hand. As the skyscrapers stood around me I looked across the water, over the sea planes (which I SO wanted to go on, but I really do want to save that for when I have an eligible bachelor by my side), over the yachts, over the rowers (which were many) and saw snowcapped mountains with playful clouds moving in and out of their peaks. I must have sat for 30 minutes admiring the beauty of it.
Then it was time to walk. And walk I did for about two hours around the water checking out the amazing waterfront restaurants. I continued on to the rowing club and stopped when I got to Stanley Park (I was saving that for later).
Next I went over the bridge to Granville Island which is a farmers market on steroids. I’ve never seen such beautiful produce and flowers! There were also amazing bakeries and breads (too bad I couldn’t try anything… stupid Gluten!
I ate some nuts for energy and headed off to Stanley Park. It was gorgeous! I know a block from my house is the “Rodeo Drive” of Vancouver, but I’d so much rather take in the scenery and Stanley Park delivered with it’s luscious trees, Lion’s Gate Bridge, and more breathtaking views of the Pacific and the mountains of West Vancouver.
Okay, time for the FUN part of the date! I took myself to the aquarium… that’s why it felt like a “Bachelorette” date. Because, if I was the star of that show, there would definitely be an aquarium date. I find sea creatures, sea mammals, and rain forest creatures fascinating. You could even say hypnotic. I sat on a bench next to one giant tank filled with sting rays, sea turtles, and sharks, for almost an hour. That was between the dolphin show and the bulg.. whale show. I also watched sea lions and otters, jelly fish, and gators. I didn’t spend too much time in the rain forest because I’d just straightened my hair and I wanted it to stay that way!
Then I walked back from the aquarium, back through Stanley Park, back around the wharf, past the Olympic Torch, and up the city blocks back to my hotel.
I ordered two room service meals. One as a late lunch and one that I knew I’d be hungry for around 11pm (I planned on keeping myself up late because I didn’t want the date to end). Again, the meal presentation was right out of Top Chef. After my late lunch it was time for a bubble bath, because I can’t go to a hotel and not take advantage of a large tub!
Then I decided to write this blog. I was still in my robe with my hair pulled back and my face still rosy red from the bath. I put on my Gucci computer glasses, and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I had to do a double take because dang I looked sexy in them!
That’s when I realized that I could look at all that sexiness and feel like it was wasted on… well me.. OR I could just recognize as my second gourmet meal waited for me to indulge, that it’s just waiting for the right guy to join in, because NOW something is crystal clear to me that I never desired before. When I DO meet a great guy, he needs to have the freedom and desire to travel because I want many many more dates like today!
Just LOVE that you took yourself on a date. I do that all the time! You go girl!
I’m going to do it more often… what can I say, I love my own company 🙂
Amen to that….I love my own company also….and some of the best dates I’ve had are with myself. Funny how the older you get, the more you like yourself.
Very cool. You can’t really be happy with someone else if you aren’t happy with yourself. Hmm … that sounds like it’s presupposing a conclusion – but the point is, being happy with yourself is the most important thing.
Anyway, aquariums are the best! I was at Long Beach a while ago and kept just watching some of the denizens while everyone else I was with was standing at the end going “What’s he doing?” lolz.
I love watching manta rays swim, it’s so graceful. I’ve got a 120G saltwater aquarium at home, which is also fun to watch. I put an automatic feeder on it so I can make sure if I’m not around they get fed 🙂
== John ==
One day I’ll have an aquarium. My dad had an awesome one when I was 4! Maybe that’s why I love aquariums..
The older I get the more I love Adventure Biz Babe xoxo
Right back at ya! xoxo
Pictures or it didn’t happen!
(no, I’m not serious, LOL).