Checkout time was slated for 11 AM, thus I proceeded to undertake a last-minute trip to McDonald's just before finishing packing touches.
The journey comprised of no more than 2 kilometres, yet required a total of thirty minutes for the one-way trip. It was ridiculous to say in the least.
I just made the 11 AM checkout deadline, then arranged for an Uber to assist me on the 1.4 km route towards liberation. Gone were the days that I'd be pleading endlessly for toilet paper, tissues, and towels. Gone were the days I'd be relinquishing hard-earned funding for microwave-less living conditions and dry air. After four strenuous days in the wild, I'd be going home at long last.
She reviewed my initial hesitation, then assured me that her offer was valid. "We used to have a few, but then we ran out. This is out last one." The edges were lifted from the cabinet gently.
"Sure..?" came my indecisive response, for I wasn't entirely sure whether I'd have room to haul it back.
The next ride home wasn't for another hour. It was in this moment that I opted for an impromptu trip to Yaohan Centre.
A trip about the food court also informed of the staggering inflation rates amongst prepared foods in the city.
The supermarket had eliminated plastic and paper bags, compelling customers to either bring their own reusable bags or purchase one during checkout. I resorted to the latter, for commuting back on public transit without a bag would be unthinkable.
In hindsight, the eco bag was probably one of my better purchases, for not only did it boast a sturdy base, but collapsed into a tiny, neat square for storage. I would continue to use the bag - proudly, even, for the duration of my trip.
In review of receipts, I learned of Vancouver's 10-cent bottle deposit, which applied to all bottled beverages, just like beer. The system was supposedly implemented to encourage purchase of Tetra Paks or biodegradable containers. Prior to obtaining awareness of this rule, I had disposed of the empty water bottles by the hotel garbage bin. For the remaining days, empty bottles and jars would be collected in a paper bag, ready for hauling to the recycling depot once amounted to a worthy quantity.