While in Vancouver Enjoy the Olympics with a Cup of Coffee

 

Vancouverites all know that we have "a thing" for coffee. How many places, outside of Seattle of course, can you have three coffee places within meters of each other that are all full? Visitors to Vancouver might be surprised at this, but hey this is one of the great things about Vancouver. There is little chance that you'll ever have to run low on caffeine. Since I will admit that I am venturing out now and then to take in the Olympics, I will share with you where I think the best place to enjoy the Olympics and relax for a bit: having a coffee.
As I wandered Downtown I would stop into a Blenz (there are lots around town) or Waves to warm up a bit, refuel, and enjoy a bit of free WiFi. I found a great thing while sitting there, granted often I was needing to get work done, that people were chatting—with strangers. I try to get a set along the windows when I'm at Blenz especially and watching people go by gives you a sense of how electric things are downtown. 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? I think it's a matter of pause and focus.
Even with the TV on in most places, sitting and having a coffee is a break. It's a pause, it's time to just sit for a spell. The electricity from outside becomes a low hum inside. The low hum of recharging. People coming in to sit, pause, update Facebook (if it's working), Twitter, their blogs. If there is something that defines Vancouver, it's our coffee culture. If you really want to take in Vancouver, and understand what we're about, you have to sit and have a coffee for a while. Trust me, the caffeine buzz is only half of the experience.

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.

 

 

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