Week Forty Three - Vancouver

Trip Start Aug 26, 2003
Trip End Aug 24, 2004

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Week Forty Three - The Quay, Vancouver

Day 279 - Tuesday 15 June

Head off towards Vancouver. We have booked another round at Furry Creek. Another glorious day in BC. The course was as good as we remembered. This time Geoff is victorious. Opus Hotel was unable to take us and anyway weren't prepared to give us a room each at the same deal as last time. There are some festivals in town and we end up booking The Howard Johnson Hotel on Granville Street. It isn't Opus and it is noisy with a lot of construction going on nearby. It is however close to The Quay and Yaletown. Granville Street, as well as being the hotspot for nightlife is also the sleazy part of town with panhandlers in every doorway. One group of druggies sit in front of a hat with a sign reading, 'Pot Fund.....and later munchies', which is at least honest. At the Quay we meet Shaun who takes us up to The Blues Club on Granville. There is a Native American band playing. They are good. Through our foggy vision, our waitress resembles Madonna. I take a photo. Outside, having a smoke, the beggars gather round looking for a cigarette. One guy does one finger press ups for a dollar. I leave before Geoff. Geoff has an altercation with Sitting Bull on the way out and, after explaining that he was from Ireland - the aboriginals of Europe, they were best of buddies.

Day 280 - Wednesday 16 June

Today we decided to head up to Grouse Mountain. After breakfast at The Cactus Club we catch the Seabus over to North Vancouver then a bus up to the cablecar. At the top we enjoyed views over the city then walk to the Grizzly enclosure. Afterwards we watch a display of birds of prey. Back down we went home then down to The Quay for the night.

Day 281 - Thursday 17 June

The highlight of today was meeting three very drunk girls at The Quay. They were drinking champagne and invited us to join them. One of them was English and the other two Canadian. One of the girls owns a clothes shop and was celebrating a successful day. Kristen, as I think was her name, insisted that we join them for dinner at a posh Italian restaurant. After her dog had thrown up on Geoff's jeans followed by herself, I decided that enough was enough. Geoff followed me home shortly afterwards.

Day 282 - Friday 18 June

After lunch in CC we lie on the beach watching some sort of animal surfacing in the bay. It turned out to be a seal. We decide to try somewhere different for a change and walk to The Shark Club for a beer and a game of pool. The table is crap and the place empty. Back to The Quay then up to The Roxy.

Day 283 - Saturday 19 June

We meet Lawrence and a couple of Italian mates (Adrian and Brady) in The Quay. Lawrence promises to take us out on his boat tomorrow with the Italians. End up in Bar None with Tanya and Lawrence. We witness the best dancer ever and we tell her so.

Day 284 - Sunday 20 June

We buy a dozen Coronas and four limes (in 'Urban Fare' - the best shop in the world near to The Quay) and walk down to meet Lawrence. His boat - 'Safari' - is smart and the six of us head out into the bay. Back ashore we finish the beers then head over to The Quay. Lawrence's mate, Davy turns up and we head around many bars to find some action. They are all quiet so end up at Bar None.

Day 285 - Monday 21 June

Took a 'Aquabus' over to Granville Island then walked around the point to Kitsilano Beach. Lay about for couple of hours then ferry back to Yaletown. You know the rest.

If anyone is interested, I am now brushing my teeth with hot water.
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