I’m not sure how to start this, I could introduce myself - but I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you already know my name. And if you don’t, I’m Alice Hadden. I’m 18 years old, living it up in Glasgow and trying to live at gigs.
I thought I’d start blogging a wee bit here and there. Sharing some photos, or general rambling - we’ll see how it goes.
I usually take photos of gigs, or my friends (even if they refuse,) or sometimes landscapes, but this blog post is based on my time in Vancouver.
When you’re eight years old and your best friend moves to Vancouver, you know one day you’ll be visiting her, exploring her new city and living her new lifestyle. And that’s what I did this summer. At first, it was weird not seeing her through a small iPhone screen - and feeling the warmth of a Canadian summer as opposed to a Scottish one - but we soon got over that.
I left Glasgow on the 13th of July and returned on the 2nd of August. That gave me three weeks to see Vancouver, three weeks to decide my favourite part of the city was Gastown.
Gastown was a small area within Vancouver where everything from the street to shops to buses looked vintage and old-fashioned. It was pretty much my dream town squeezed onto a few streets. We ate in an underground vegan cafe before turning corners to find a new array of cafe’s and shops. Some walls were painted with inspiration - literally, my favourite being “Time Is Precious.”
Another favourite being Chinatown. Small shops lined with Chinese boutique decorations and traditional teas dotted around the area. On our walk back to the car, we stumbled upon a man playing piano in a doorway. I wish I could tell you what song he was playing, but I have absolutely no clue.
Lastly, a small town on the way to Whistler just north of Vancouver. I can’t quite remember the name of the place but it felt like one of those classic American towns. A perfect last stop before heading home from our trip, the streets were washed with colour and second hand shops, or ice cream shops, or crafty shops with handmade chairs and mirrors.
Until next time Vancouver x