Driving around Vancouver

Trip Start Jan 03, 1976
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

As the weather has been warming up we have been acting more like tourists and checking out the city. Tracey and Brad have bought a car which makes everything more accessible, and we are being lazy and driving everywhere now. I have yet to get behind the wheel, I think they are both still enjoying the novelty and I'm in no rush to get on the wrong side of the road. We drove out to some night markets on Friday and at one point Brad was driving on the wrong side of the road for Canada, none of us noticed. When Brad did actually realise and swerved back to the right side Tracey and I began to wonder why he was on the wrong side. We are trying to pay very close attention to this but as we still seem to try and get into the wrong side of the car it may take a while. The traffic lights hang high rather than sit on a pole which has caused a few incidents as well.. we think we need a "foreigner on board" sign in the car window, but havent figured out yet if that means people will aim for us or not.

We drove up to Grouse Mountain which is not so far out of the city and had a look at the Grouse Grind, a walk up the mountain that takes about 90 minutes and is nothing but stairs. We walked a bit of it but didn't go too far but will do it one day when we are slightly more prepared. There is also a cable car up the mountain but the walk is quite well known around here and we dont want to be marked out as tourists. From what we did see on the walk though there were lots of signs warning of bears! We didnt get to see any though.

We drove (noticing a driving theme?) to Stanley Park on Sunday which is a giant park just off downtown Vancouver. It has lots of tall trees and a lovely walk along the seawall. The walk around is 7kms around which should indicate how big a park it is. There's also a free shuttle bus around the park and we got a lady bus driver and when we drove past a young lad rollerblading around shirtless our driver pointed out that there was always lovely scenery in Stanley Park..

Tracey pretending to be a totem pole. Me pretending not to notice her.
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