Vancouver - City of beauty and sushi

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
Trip End Dec 16, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Sunday, July 29, 2012

I arrived in Vancouver after my relatively modest 5 hour flight. I actually even enjoyed the flight itself. There was a Canadian local sitting next to me who started chatting to me.. until I think I harassed him with too many questions about where I would be able to find a local Curling club. I think he thought I was a bit weird! Undeterred I amused myself watching the Hunger Games which was a nice long movie to pass a lot of the time! 

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. However, I really wanted to see Stanley Park as it had been highly recommended by everyone I had spoken to. I hired a bike and rode along the sea walls of the park. It was incredibly busy, being the weekend and also lovely Sunny day. However, it was definitely a wonderful way to get magnificent views of the city and surrounding landscape of Vancouver. The park itself was quite diverse, it had patches of wilderness areas, some wonderful playground areas of children, and even a beach! The beach was packed with what looked like more bicycles that people! Despite the temperature being only about 25 degrees, it was incedibly popular!

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.
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Tristan on

Keep it coming gorgeous, really enjoying reading your blog.

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