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Published: April 3rd 2016
This week, I'm on a stateside adventure to Denver, San Diego, Portland and Depoe Bay. Each flight to my next destination begins after a night of only about 4 hours of sleep, but hey, I'm trying to make the most of each day.
The 24 hours in Denver were only a taste of what the town could offer. Luckily, I had a car to get around, since the two people I was visiting were on opposite ends of town. I chose a central location for my hotel and stayed in the Ramada Inn Downtown. Affordable, good location, and the bed was exactly what I needed for another 4 hours of sleep before my next flight. Since I couldn't actually check in after I landed and picked up my car at 9:00am, I went to breakfast at the vegetarian café City O' City
. Yes, you hear "vegetarian café" and it is exactly what you think: hipsters with scraggly beards, skinny jeans and man buns, local art, purposeful graffiti in the restroom, off-brand sodas and where quinoa takes the place of tater tots as the upgraded side dish. But it is also exactly what I want: a menu where I can eat
almost everything, and the almost only has to be changed a little to become vegan. Being so used to places where I can only have a few items off the menu, places like this tend to be overwhelming, but I decided on a savory waffle and I wasn't sorry.
After my hearty breakfast, I met my uncle at his workplace where we planned out the rest of our day. We went to the rooftop terrace of his apartment building in Greenwood Village where we did some catching up for a few hours while taking in the amazing view of the Rockies. I even caught a little sun in the mile-high city. From there, he went back to work and I had some time to kill before meeting a friend near Boulder. As I was driving through town, I came upon the Botanic Gardens
, which my boyfriend recommended after having visited last fall. I popped in for an hour to kill some time and was met with a slightly disappointing facility which was under construction and too early for the spring blooming season. I'm sure it's going to be wonderful in the right season and once the changes are
complete. Once it was time to check in to my hotel, I dropped my bag and drove up toward Boulder to meet my friend at 12Degree Brewing
in Louisville. It was an adorable town, kind of in the middle of nowhere, and the parking was atrocious, but the beer and the company were good. After a short visit, I met my uncle again for dinner at the vegan fast-casual Native Foods
, which I was so excited to visit again after having first experienced the chain in Washington, D.C. last summer. He even enjoyed his first intentional vegan meal, and we ventured over to Dave and Buster's for a nightcap before heading our separate ways and catching a four hour "nap" before my next flight.
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