We're thinking of going away the weekend after next, partly because the travel bug is up to its old tricks and IT ITCHES OH IT ITCHES, and partly because I have a (soon to expire) promotional code to use on a last-minute getaway, and since I always seem to leave things to the last minute anyway, it seems particularly fitting that I'm leaving it to the last minute to take a last-minute vacation. Isn't that irony or something? Alanis?
When we first talked about moving to the West Coast, we were so excited about all the West Coast weekend trips we'd be able to make---to places like Vancouver and Seattle and Portland and Napa and L.A. Well, Napa is choked with tourists at the moment, I was just in L.A. a few weeks ago, and the flights available to Seattle next weekend don't work out with our schedule, so we're down to Portland and Vancouver. Both of which I'm dying to see, and both of which I know very little about.
So how to decide? Well, that's where you come in! You know I'm incapable of making a decision on my own (Burma or India? Ellen Barkin bob or Emily Mortimer do?) and you've never steered me wrong yet. So where would you go? Neither of us have been to Portland before, and all I know about it is that it rains a lot, they're big on recycling, and I once had a co-worker who grew up there and loved it. But then there's Vancouver, and Vancouver is in CANADA, and I've always wanted to go to Canada and see what it's like and also how mad the Canadians get when you ask them if they all say "aboot." (Trust me, Canadians, I feel your pain. You don't know how often I get asked if I'd like "a spot of tea." Or if I know this guy John from London, you know, JOHN, oh come on, you must know him, he's from London! Doesn't everyone know everyone there?)
So really, Internet, if faced with the same choice, where would you go? What would you do? Bear in mind that Vancouver is a teensy bit more expensive---but, like, the equivalent of a tank of gas, so nothing to fret over, and besides, it's CANADA, isn't that worth it?---and the flight is a teensy bit longer, so we'd get maybe a few hours less there. (But again: Canada!)
Where would you like to go? Which would you like to see? If given the choice, where would you prefer to lose your luggage and spend several hours doing sudoku puzzles, eating junk, and waiting for your horribly delayed plane? Speak now or forever hold your peace.