I have been in Vancouver for six glorious days! What an amazing city. This is a place where I will be standing in line at some random place and overhear the following conversation "yeah, you really think you're going to miss cheese, but you don't!"
Seriously! That happened yesterday. I have never felt like less of an outcast, then I do here in Vancouver. Vegan products are everywhere and every place I have gone to eat offers Vegan options. It's amazing.
I have been doing a lot of Yoga in the Vancouver bracket of my trip, as I'm here visiting a friend, who has a life to live, so I can basically spend my days as I please. Why not spend my days giving my body an amazing Yoga work out and then exploring the streets and cafes of Vancouver? Sounds pretty fantastic to me. I'm pretty much living my dream life. All the Yoga instructors are every bit the Canadian cliche I hoped they'd be. They begin classes with readings from their favourite Yoga journals, or teachings that inspire them. I love it. And the best part is that they all seem to be Vegans, or at least promote that peaceful, non-harm lifestyle. So if they aren't Vegans, I'm very confused. For example: last night I went to a Yin class, which is where you hold simple poses for long periods of time, stretching out your entire body. You finish the class feeling absolutely amazing. The instructor said at one point, while we were working our feet "if this is difficult for you, you've probably been wearing dead animals on your feet for too long."
I just can't help but look around and smile. The message is being spread! More and more people are becoming aware of this. I have no doubts that most people in a Yoga studio are there for a "work out", not to become enlightened, so therefore they probably are not even Vegetarians, although a Vegetarian diet is one of the basics of Yoga practice. Although many will not have this basic in place, it makes me smile that there are so many people getting into Yoga, vegetarian or not, they are there: exposing themselves to these ideas. These seeds are being planted and hopefully one day it will all click into place. It makes me smile.
The best (and worst!) thing about Vancouver so far is that Vegan food is everywhere. Just everywhere. In Australia, you really have to search for it: but here: I'll just be walking through Whole Foods and BAM: Vegan Chocolate Cupcake, right in front of me. This is also why my Yoga practice will not provide me with my dream body. There are too many cupcakes around for that.
Whole Foods is a massive, massive company in the USA and in Canada. They have a lot of influence and feed a lot of people, so I take great, GREAT happiness in seeing how Vegan-orientated they seem to be. In the center of the store they have a self-help area where you can pack a lunch. I walked over to it yesterday to have a sneaky-peek and nearly all the food was Vegan. No kidding. I am so curious to know how just the normal, every day person views this! In my dream world they think: "wow, Vegan hey? Maybe there's something in that. I should look into it and see why Whole Foods promotes Veganism..." Yeah. That's my dream-world. I'm sure they just think "where's the chicken in this hippy store? I need my protein! Oh, there it is. Free range hey? Awesome."
But: overall, I really love Vancouver and I'm loving the awareness that Veganism is a growing movement and something that is a lot bigger overseas that in Australia (as I suspected). Here are some more pictures of the wonderful food and the wonderful Vancouver. First picture: a "steak" I had at Naan restaurant last night. I'm fairly sure they grated Beetroot into the mix so it had a red texture. Hilarious! And delicious!
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