Alex and Snow

Trip Start Jan 03, 1976
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

From as soon as Alex mentioned she was coming to visit me in Vancouver all she has been bugging me about was snow. "Is it going to snow when I'm there" (No, I said), "Is it snowing yet" (no) "Can we go to Whistler, I want to see the snow" (OK) and what happens? We go up to Whistler for a day, she was all impressed with the snow, there's an un-seasonally large amount of snow up there and the next thing Tracey calls us - its snowing in Vancouver. Huh! We think, well they must just have a few flurries of snow back in Vancouver, it never snows in November there.. Its been snowing almost non stop since Saturday. Snow is piled everywhere, its beautiful and white. I have been watching it pile up on my sun deck every day. It stopped yesterday but as I was just staring at the window at the snow just now, it started again.

Vancouver seems ill equipped to cope with the snow. Planes are cancelled and delayed, people had to call off work for "snow days" as they couldn't make it in, the buses are running on some weird timetable which for the most part means they just don't show up. My bus last night wasn't even allowed to drive up the hill as it was too dangerous (icy) so instead my feet had to take the risk! My boss tells me the town has a total of 3 snowmobiles, which means they only sweep the main roads and any side roads are piled high with dirty snow.

Its not just Vancouver that's ill equipped to cope with snow, its me too! I have no snow gear so have basically been skidding about the sidewalks in my shoes, or having wet feet and being constantly cold. I did upgrade and buy a beanie the other day. Still I love it, there's little more beautiful and unexpected than snow in a city.

So Alex got her wish, when you can see them the mountains surrounding Vancouver are covered in white. Coming down the hill the other day on the bus an old lady exclaimed "Would you look at that, its beautiful" and the whole bus looked at that and agreed. Snow seems to bring out the crisis friendliness here, people are chatting on the bus all the time. Perhaps it's just that we all have something to talk about these days!

Before the snow I managed to get Alex around to a few places. Back to the Aquarium to see my friends the Beluga whales, around a bit of Stanley Park, Granville Island - lots of touristing and even more shopping! (no more shoes Alex!) I even made her watch some Canadian sport.

Its been lovely having my guest here, nothing like an old friend around to be silly with. She flies back today (unless her flight is cancelled from the snow!) which meant two weeks flew by.
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