So we actually managed to find a Dim Sum place to eat breakfast today. If you have been following my blogs, you would know that we failed miserably on day 5. I actually don’t have too much to say about this, the food was moderate—not bad but not spectacular. A lot of people didn’t get full off of it though, so we ended up going to a Japanese hot dog stand. Now these, these were spectacular.
After breakfast, we headed to Stanley Park for a bike ride/observation. We took a bus in Vancouver for the first time, and this is when I started to realize how unique San Francisco buses are. Everywhere I go, buses are short and colorful(on the interior). The buses in Seattle and Vancouver, at least have an entirely blue interior and cushioned seats. Here in San Francisco, we have long, old, and worn-down buses with brown and gray interiors. We also have brown seats(excluding new buses and metro, which seem to follow the colorful trend of Seattle and Vancouver) without cushion. It’s okay MUNI, I still love your buses. They get me to where I need to go—sometimes. Alright, I must stop myself before I go on a rant about San Francisco buses.
Alright so back to what I’m supposed to be talking about, the bike ride. We didn’t actually bike inside of Stanley Park, we biked on the perimeter along the seawalls. It became more of a luxury ride for me more than anything, as the view was beautiful(and redundant) and my rented hybrid bike was amazing. Apparently, I have a racing bike at home and it is no where as comfortable. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much opportunity to observe the space as we speeded through. Not that there was much to observe anyway, we literally just biked along the sea. There was a huge party along the beach with many unclothed men(and women) so that's interesting to say the least. Perhaps nudity laws are not as strictly enforced in Vancouver as it is here.
Last and DEFINITELY NOT LEAST(this is anger, not excitement), the Vancouver Night Market. This place brings tears to my eyes, initially of wonder and amazement but gradually to sadness. Let’s just say I came in here with a good amount of money and left with a wallet. Just a wallet. Strolling along the market stands, my heart said yes and my brain said no but as Roxette once said, “Listen to your Heart.” And I did. No regrets.
The night market is extremely busy, though I’m not too sure whether it’s with residents or tourists. I would guess that there is a good amount of both, though I don’t think residents have much reason to go frequently. It’s a tourist attraction if anything, and it really does do a good job of attracting tourist. Why? Well, a good amount of the stands sell anime/manga products, which draws a population in and of itself. Also, a certain feeling of thrill and excitement occurs walking on the streets in the nightly hours.
A night market, by concept seems extremely beneficial to both the residents of a city as well as the city itself. I presume that renting costs are extremely high, and that the land belongs to the city.
Four major benefits of the night market
To be frank, it is not nearly as viable to implement a night market in San Francisco as it is in Vancouver. First, the nightlife in San Francisco is not nearly as prominent as it is in Vancouver. You can argue that their nightlife exists because of the night market and this is undoubtedly true, but the nightlife in San Francisco is literally non-existent. Given the state that we are in, it’d be a dangerous trip in itself to and from the night market.
The second thing is that we lack an ideal space to host the night market. Your first thought may be Chinatown and while this may seem like a great idea initially, there are many potential consequences.
Potential Consequences of hosting a night market in Chinatown
This marks the end to my blog. Thanks for sticking through with me!
And if you’re curious(you’re probably not), the total number of McDonalds I counted throughout Seattle and Vancouver is 11. Truly, I am disappointed. I think I saw more McDonald's walking through one block in Hong Kong.