Vancouver - City of beauty and sushi
Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
36Trip End Dec 16, 2012
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We arrived in Vancouver about 8:10pm local time but my body clock was still on Toronto Time (11:10pm). I caught the very handy and accessible 'sky train' from the Airport Station to Downtown Vancouver. It was quite easy except I was tired and I just happened to be standing in a bike area, as luck would have it a cyclist would want to get on and shoo me away. By the time I reached downtown I was weary but the nightlife on Granville Street was in full swing. The hostel was fairly easy to find and once I had reached it, I found my room and collapsed exhausted onto my bed
The next day I woke early for breakfast. We had bagels, cereal, toast muffins and cake laid on. I decided to walk downtown, to check out the local shops. Out of sheer luck I came to Vancouver lookout, It also happens to have a revolving restaurant which would be a nice place to go with someone special ;-). The views from the lookout where simply spectacular and I don't really think photos did justice to the magnitude and scale of the beautiful city.
That night whilst dining alone, I still haven't gotten used to that part of traveling yet. I overheard some conversations about fireworks in the city. I was also watching a lot of people heading in the same direction towards the foreshore. I had already planned to go to the Vancouver lookout again to see the city at night (it was free to enter twice in the same day). So I decided to try to avoid the crowds and hope to see some of the fireworks from the lookout. Unfortunately there was not much of a view! Their was a large building blocking most of the show. When we did see a flash of fireworks there was an 'ooh' by the children followed by a roar of laughter from the adults.
I woke Sunday feeling a bit run down, sore throat, and tired
I was exhausted the next day - The previously hectic pace had caught up with me! I was taking immune boosting tablets and lozenges for my throat. I had a very quiet day of rest, however my English room-mate had asked if I would like to join her for dinner with an Aussie girl and a Kiwi couple who also have working visas. It was great to actually have a meal WITH a group of people for a change! lol We went to a Japanese Restaurant and I had a massive Bento box which I could hardly get through. Vancouver has excellent sushi and cheap sushi everywhere! We then went to a local bar for a drink. It was really inspiring to meet a nice group of travellers and swap stories about plans and reasons for coming to Vancouver.
The next day I spent some time trying to figure out the Canadian phone system. It's much more complicated than getting a pre-paid sim back home. Even on pre-paid your still on a contract and you have to pay more for additional features. My new roomy arrived when I was trying to focus on the task at hand. She was a middle aged Irish-Canadian lady who seemed perpetually glum. She also liked to talk a lot about her qualifications and Masters. She was helpful in telling me how difficult it was to find work in the city and suggested I start looking for cleaning jobs.
That night I went to a comedy night organised by the hostel. They had a number of local ameteur and semi-professional comedians performing. It was a very engaging show and some of the acts were an incredibly good standard for a free entertainment.