While in Vancouver Enjoy the Olympics with a Cup of Coffee
Vancouverites have a thing for coffee.
It's like Seattle or Manhattan that way, coffee shops popping up every few steps, it seems.
Not much chance you'll run low on caffeine in these parts.
I venture out now and then to take in the Olympics and as I wander downtown, I like to stop into Blenz (there are lots around town), or Waves, to warm up, refuel and enjoy a bit of free WiFi.
While I'm usually trying to get some work done, I often notice that around me people are chatting—often with strangers. I try to get a seat near the window at Blenz to do a little people watching. It gives me a sense of how electric things are downtown.
When I'm in my own neighbourhood, you might find me at Elysian Coffee with my laptop working. Or, waiting to meet with Linda Solomon, my editor, who loves to hang out there.
Why is having a coffee different than sitting in a pub with a beer watching the game or having dinner in a restaurant and watching TV?
It's a matter of focus.
Having a coffee is a break. A pause.
The electricity outside becomes a low hum inside.
The low hum of recharging.
People grab a coffee, sit, pause, update Facebook (if it's working), tweet, or blog.
If anything defines Vancouver, it's the coffee culture.
If you really want to get to know Vancouverites, sit and have a coffee at one of our great cafes.
Trust me, the caffeine buzz is only half of it.