Vancouver, Canada
Alana, 31
Yoga Teacher and Nurse
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a bit about Alana

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a yoga teacher and Nurse because I love to help people feel their healthiest!

Were you born and raised in Vancouver? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Vancouver?

I was born in Toronto and moved to the West Coast when I was 12 to be closer to family. I'm a West Coast girl at heart though!

What’s your current hood in Vancouver and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

East Vancouver - or "East Van" as it is lovingly referred to as - is the best! It has so much culture, diversity, food, outdoor space, and love. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else in Vancouver. The worst thing about it is that it has been gentrified over the past few years, and many businesses and residences have been forced out of their homes and buildings to make way for the building of more expensive condos.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Love: hip-hop, jazz. Hate: country.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Anything by Billie Holiday.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Broad City.

Name some spots in Vancouver that are good for a Tinder date.

If you drink, head to one of the many bars or breweries to break the ice. Otherwise, hit up a yoga class and get sweaty with your date!

Who’s your hero and where in Vancouver would you take them out for a serious hang?

Rihanna - I would take her to Wreck Beach for some major chilling.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Second-hand, or clothing swaps. I also get a lot of clothing given to me!

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Yaletown.

Where do you go in Vancouver for a casual night out?

Tacos and margaritas with my girlfriends at El Caminos.

Where would you go in Vancouver to celebrate some freaking good news?

Gotham steakhouse for some bubbly cocktails and indulgent food.

What’s your choice of transportation in Vancouver and why?

Biking! Vancouver has a vast network of bike lanes. Although they are controversial, they get you where you need to be FAST. Many Vancouverites will bike all year round, as we don't often get snow, and the rain doesn't bug us too much.

What are the Vancouver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Stanley Park, the seawall, Gastown, Granville Island, Lynn Valley.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Vancouver. How do you spend it?

Eating snacks, drinking beer from a growler, and chilling on the beach.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Cartagena, Colombia because it is romantic, inviting, and sultry. The people and food are wonderful.

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