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Tuesday 24th June
A shorter blog as we didn't really do much, so just a quick paragraph. We got up after a busy but amazing day on the sea!! England were playing but our TV was showing the Italy vs Uruguay game, so we watched that and had the pleasure of seeing Luis Suarez at his best. Lovely stuff! After the football we headed to the supermarket to do our usual shop, just bits and bobs of food mainly. It was rainy in the afternoon so we had a few lazy hours and ...
... and crafts. The deeper into the market you get there are more and more food stalls and cake stalls. Opposite the market outside, there are rows and rows of individually-owned shops. They sell allsorts, from obscure musical instruments from around the globe to panoramic canvas prints of Vancouver; from any gadget you could ever wish for to any broom you could ever need... Unfortunately, no Nimbus 2000 (although I didn't ask).
After a ...
... the tank made it seem worse, I guess.
Anyway, thence through the Library Square and down to the Central Pacific Mall (sorta like all the Arcades in Sydney, but on Steroids) and down to the Convention Centre, on the Watefront, to take in the Harbour (and North Vancouver) views. Quite impressive ... the Harbour, not so much (compared to Sydney), but the mountains in the background!!!
Then off for Lunch at the ...
... the shore and putting them aboard canoes. More canoes carrying lighted lanterns enter from the west and spread lanterns as they go, then individual groups make their way through the crowd to launch their lanterns. As the sun sinks and the light fades, the hundreds of floating lights on the calm water, with surf in the background, look quite beautiful. With drumming and a Hawaiian choir playing over the public address system, the whole ceremony is quite moving. We get a ...
... in North Van. He was also nice enough to let us crash at his apartment the night which was a nice change to be in a home.
Unfortunately Cypress has not had a good start to the season resulting in only about 4 runs open about 30% of the mountain, which was ****** mainly because it has so much potential if it had full coverage. Additionally they still charge full price for a lift pass even though the place is only 30% open. Luckily Beau hooked us up with a ...
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