Jason’s First Impression:
When you leave the comfort of your home for an adventure like traveling around the world, you expect to see new and exciting things. From the moment we got into the cab and began driving through Vancouver, it was as if we had never left home. I felt like we were just driving through downtown San Francisco. Maybe it felt like that because we had arrived just days before the gay pride celebration was to begin and there were decorations lining the streets. Or maybe it was the similar look and feel with the small markets, waterways, boats, and parks. It could have been the traffic, one way streets, cabs, buses and limited parking. Either way, it felt like I hadn’t left S.F., but I was eager to explore what was in front of me.
Simone’s First Impression:
My opinion may be a little jaded due to a hotel mishap when we arrived in Vancouver. After a smooth plane ride and fairly easy customs entry we took a taxi into downtown. Originally we were going to take public transit into town, but after traveling all morning we wanted to quickly get to the hotel and get some lunch! The taxi ride was interesting and seemed to be prepping us for rides we may encounter in other countries. The driver was talking on his cell phone almost the entire 30 minute ride in a language we never quite figured out while constantly hitting the brake then the gas, causing me to feel as though I was on a mechanical bull! I was very thankful when we finally reached our hotel, the Landis. We entered the hotel only to be greeted with, “we have moved you to another hotel.” Unsure as to what this meant I was not happy! Since we were meeting Jays parents who were arriving several hours later and since we didn’t have cell phones to communicate with them this had the potential to be a disaster. The man at the desk assured us the next place was even better and that we would be well taken care of. We waited for a courtesy shuttle to take us a couple blocks over. The new place ended up being a corporate apartment building not a hotel, it was large and had 3 balconies overlooking the city and 2 bridges. It also ended up being right in the middle of 2 high-rise construction projects! So far first impressions not great…stay tuned to see if 2 days in Vancouver changes my impression! First impression 1.5 stars