We left our house sit in Florida reluctant to leave the tropical weather behind but excited to explore some of North America’s coolest cities. First up we reconnected with good friends (and met some new ones) in San Francisco, our favourite city. After the vegetarian wasteland that is South America (and even Florida for that matter) it was a joy to be in veggie heaven again. Everything was so good: from a cheap burrito in the Mission to a gourmet meal at vegetarian restaurant Greens complete with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.
We also loved wandering San Francisco’s diverse neighbourhoods, visiting the De Young and MOMA art museums, and getting an alternative view of the city from a beer trolley tour with locals.
It was truly difficult to leave this wonderful city but we moved on to Seattle where we ate our way around the Pike Place Market, enjoyed a rare sunny day in the Sculpture Park and Simon got to play drums again in the Experience Music Project Museum. Our stay was short as Canada was calling and we had the TBEX travel bloggers conference in Vancouver to attend. We listened to speakers share their wisdom on writing, video, photography, branding and monetisation. Simon even had a surprise appearance on the WordPress panel and had his first experience of public speaking in front of hundreds of people.
We tried our best to see as much of Vancouver as possible but our week was really about meeting up with awesome travel bloggers. It’s a beautiful city though and even the hockey riots didn’t ruin our impression of the friendly Canadians we met.
Now we are back in the UK to visit family and attend a friend’s wedding. It’s the first time we’ve been back in 16 months and although it’s great to see everyone the visit has only confirmed that this is no longer our home and we are even more committed to our nomadic lifestyle. The upside of being immersed in familiarity is that we should have fresh eyes when we head off to Japan in August.
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