Today I walked to a chiropractor appointment, Granville Island and back again to Gastown. If I had just walked to the appointment and back again, it would have been about 6 kms – an early morning walk on a gorgeous day (is 8 am early to people? – I’m unemployed, its early to me). Instead, the walk was about 11 kms because I needed a chai tea – after an embarrassing incident at one of our Starbucks (without any caffeine) about their lack of chai tea bags. (manage your inventory Starbucks – isn’t there a million stores in the city? – walk down the street and borrow some tea bags).
I was on Broadway about 5 blocks from the Granville Street bridge when I realized that I could get the best chai tea served in the city with a walk down to the Granville Island Market. What am I doing futzing around with Starbucks when I could go to the Granville Island Tea Company for a Masala Chai tea with ginger and cayenne?
And as I left the house prior to feeling like eating, I knew the perfect pair with a masala chai is a traditional Jewish farmer’s cheese bagel from Siegal’s Bagels. I even bought 2 extras for “later” and a smoked meat stuffed bagel for Emile.
In the nearly empty market – and that doesn’t happen often, loving this freedom – I watched the boats and water drift by, only leaving after getting attacked by a flock of bold pigeons (people! – stop feeding the the bloody birds!) That 5 km detour was so worth it.
February 25, 2016 Extra-Ordinary: That Bright Spot, just starting to illuminate the dark.
*quote by Anne Lamott