Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Vancouver: Back on Canadian Soil

Vancouver for a couple days...the ocean, the beaches, the shopping. I have to remind myself to walk on the right side of the sidewalk (not the left), filter coffee is considered normal, Canadian dollar prices are not misprints, and yes, the line at Tim Hortons will always be that long. Just a couple days, but still a taste of the temperate rainforest, ocean waters, slightly more humid air, and mild climate that Alberta lacks.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge walk was more hype than real attraction, although our over enthusiastic 66 year old tour guide kept things interesting. Walking through the forests, even in the rain, was a great way to occupy the day.

Not to mention the shopping districts and great places to eat, Kitsilano, Metrotown Mall and Robson Street. Hanging out with a couple of boys from the hostel...Oliver (from Germany) makes it clear how ridiculous the coffee at a regular restaurant (Moxy's) is...it took them 30 minutes to figure out how to use the cappuccino machine, and then they served us cold coffee!

From left: Erik & Oliver... Sapna, Zita, Emer
The International Fireworks Competition Finale was held that Saturday night in Vancouver...China, Canada and Spain. It was really a great show, with synchronized orchestral music, in Stanley Park. Right on the oceanfront, we watched the sunset, and a half hour show. To be honest, Spain seemed the best (other than, ofcourse, the HSBC Finale Team, which put on an amazing show). Funny thing is, they never did mention who won!

We followed up our evening with a few chocolate martinis...they are actually not too sweet and quite good...tasted like icecream!

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