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  • Day16

    Go Canucks Go!!!

    April 6, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    With scoring good priced tickets (scalping is legal over here!) we attended the Vancouver Canucks Vs Los Angeles Kings Ice Hockey Game at Rogers Arena. The atmosphere was amazing and flooded with Canucks fans from all ages. The competition was fierce with the usual brief scuffles and epic shoulder barges between players with both teams earning their fair share of time in the penalty bin. The Kings scored a sneaky early goal in the first 90 seconds which kept the Canucks on their heels until they scored a leveling goal in the last period. This led the game into overtime (with no points scored) then into penalty shootouts with the Canucks scoring in the final shot and their keeper Eddie Luck protecting all attempts from the Kings. The crowd went wild for which was an awesome game!

    Just as entertaining was the half time entertainment by little league teams who were stacking it all over the place ?
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  • Day3

    A day in Vancouver

    June 29, 2018 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    After a very long day yesterday - everyone slept well and but still we started the day slowly. The plan was to visit Stanley Park and the Granville markets. The best way was to join the hop on hop off bus. The nearest stop for us was China Town. Now this is not like any China Town I have seen. They have run down shops, homeless people on the street, and every where there are people high on drugs and very unwell. While it was very upsetting, and the girls are worried, no one approached us or ask for money. A very sad situation.

    We asked for directions and and decided to change our plans to go to Gastown and catch the bus from there. Gastown looks great, pity we didn't have much time to stop and enjoy.

    Problem 1: the tour bus guide said we should get off at the next stop to make our bookings for the coach to Whistler. That advice would have been correct if we were catching the Stanley Park bus - but we were on the city tour! We had started going around and around in circles when, surprise, surprise another Tasmanian - the only person I know in Canada tapped me on the shoulder and said "fancy meeting you here". It was Peter Fox - we used to attend marketing functions in Hobart back in the day. Bloody amazing! He said we needed to go down to the Convention Centre area and he was correct.

    Problem 2: While we were lost, I thought it would be a good time to get a local SIM card for Mary's phone. We tried Bell, but the cost was too high, especially for voice calls. Funny, I thought the Australian mobiles were expensive. So we tried Virgin Mobile - their plan was better. I left Mary to tell Andrea and Roger what we doing and poor Mary was left to argue with the guy when the SIM card didn't work because her phone was locked. he wouldn't refund her money. I would have given him my "pigs a ..." if I had the chance ..

    We took a walk down to the waterside - Vancouver is a beautiful city. Local laws require high rise buildings to be built back from the footpath with room for gardens and water features out front - noice. We found the tourist centre and made our bookings for Whistler. Now back on the bus to go to Stanley Park.

    Pity the day was a bit wet - just light rain. Stanley park would be great on a fine day - heaps of gardens, roses, walking paths etc etc. We stopped at the Totem Poles - they were terrific. Our bus pass included a ferry ride to False Creek and the Granville markets. Good place for lunch, Mary and I tried the local fish, Cod & Haddock - not as good as in England, but fine just the same. The huge gulls were attacking people for food - so you had to be careful. After lunch, Roger and I went to "The Keg" for a few ales while the girls went shopping. We caught the second last bus home and got off in China Town again for another careful walk through the homeless and drug areas. Easily the worst I have seen anywhere in the world.

    At the bottle shop the Australian and NZ wines were about the same price as at home - the local wines a little dearer. We tried a couple of Canadian wines and they were first class. Mary bought a pair of socks to make a bandage protector for my arm - good idea and it works well.

    So it was back to our apartment with take-away and some wine and an early night ready for the bus to Whistler tomorrow.

    Cheers
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  • Day24

    Rogers Arena

    October 9, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    Wenn wir in Vancouver sind, darf natürlich Hockey nicht fehlen. Die Canucks waren für das erste Heimspiel der Saison in der Stadt. Es waren ebenfalls viele Legenden im Stadion und der neue Captain des Teams, Bo Horvat, wurde ebenfalls gekürt.

    Wir haben die Tickets von den Arbeitskollegen von Tini geschenkt gekriegt - gleich hinter der Spielerbank. Das Spiel war sehr unterhaltend und die Canucks haben 8-2 gewonnen.
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  • Day228

    Vancouver I

    June 19, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    An unserem letzten Tag in Vancouver haben wir Lotto gespielt, um möglichst schnell ein (Ferien-)Haus hier kaufen zu können, denn es ist einfach grossartig hier!

    Von Lena treffen (leider nur 3h...) über Sightseeing bis hin zu tollen Märkten und Restaurants, einer Fahradtour und grandiosem Wetter, war alles dabei!

    Gewohnt haben wir bei Liesbeth's Tante, es gab also auch noch eine Portion Familienleben obendrauf!

    Das war definitiv nicht der letzte Besuch in Vancouver!💛
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  • Day3

    Gastown - und Ende der 1. Radtour

    June 16, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    In Gastown tummeln sich wieder die Touris und ein Restaurant am anderen. Die Straßen werden von blumengeschmückten Gaslaternen gesäumt. Gemütlich finden wir es trotzdem nicht - mag aber auch noch an dem Schock von unserem Horrortrip liegen. Das Pflichtfoto von der Steamclock (wird mit dem Wasserdampf der Fernheizung von Gastown betrieben). Ist ganz hübsch anzusehen und die Melodie die um 13.45 Uhr mit den Dampfpfeifen erklingt ( hört sich wie eine Panflöte an) ist auch ganz nett. Noch ein kleiner Stopp im Giftshop - dann kommt der Hunger und wir radeln Richtung Park bzw. Hotel zurück.Read more

  • Day2

    Breakfast!

    September 17, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Erstes Frühstück im klassisch amerikanischen Stil.
    Omelett mit gebratener Hähnchenbrust im Inneren und Avocado. Dazu Kartoffelpuffer und Toast. Außerdem Pancakes mit Ahornsirup. 🥞🥑🍳
    Next step: einen Termin beim Barbershop ausmachen! 💇🏻‍♂️🧔✂️Read more

  • Day282

    Cirque du soleil

    November 14, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Heute ist ein ganz spezieller Tag. Wir haben Karten für den Cirque du Soleil, "Lucia". Das Zelt ist in Yaletown, gleich ums Eck von der Wohnung von Teri's Schwester. Deshalb wollen wir uns dort treffen. Wie auch schon die Tage zuvor wird der zeitige Feierabend bei mir nichts. Es ist ziemlich hektisch auf der Baustelle. Um 18 Uhr (statt 15:30) mache ich mich dann auf den Weg. Es wären etwa 20 Minuten zu Laufen, mit dem Skytrain dauert es etwa genauso lang, bis man dort unten ist, auf den Zug wartet, wieder aus den Katakomben zum Ausgang und sich zurecht findet.

    Um 19 Uhr bin ich schließlich bei Teri & Jer in einem edlen Lokal. Das Essen der beiden kommt, als ich eintrudle. Ich muss sagen sowas gutes habe ich lange nicht gegessen (ich probiere beides). Den Preis will ich lieber nicht wissen.

    Dann geht es hinüber zum Zirkus. Ich kaufe überteuertes Popcorn für 9$ und zwei noch teurere Bier für 18$ (0,33ml!) - 20€ für quasi nichts. Naja, wie bei uns halt, haha.
    Die Show ist allerdings den Eintrittspreis von 95$ wert. Ursprüglich wollten wir eine Woche später gehen, da hätten wir schlechtere Plätze für diesen Preis bekommen. Diese Plätze kosteten am heutigen Tag 75$. Das soll mal einer verstehen. Auf jeden Fall haben wir super Plätze, die  Bühne dreht sich und gibt den Blick frei auf die Poledancer, Trapezkünstler, Strapaten, den Schlangenmenschen (hier kann ich leider nicht zusehen) und all die anderen fantastischen Künstler.

    So langsam kehrt ein bißchen Alltag in mein Nomadenleben ein.
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  • Day22

    Vancouver

    May 19, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Nach der Autorückgabe am Flughafen Vancouver sind wir mit dem Sky Train in die Innenstadt gefahren. Unsere letzten 2 Nächte werden wir im Hotel Blue Horizont an der bekannten Einkaufsmeile "Robson Street" verbringen.Read more

  • Day169

    Look who's in the big city of Van

    October 16, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    I made another trip from the ranch to Vancouver to meet Grace for a week’s holiday! We went straight to our first NHL hockey game to support the Vancouver Canucks! It was a fairly violent game but the Canucks won!!

    The next day we were both a bit tired so had a lazy start and had brunch at Jam Cafe - you have to have pancakes when in North America, but I couldn’t finish mine, it was so big!! Then we went up the Vancouver Lookout for views all over the (rainy) city. We had a wander around Canada Place and then spent the rest of the afternoon at the Museum of Vancouver. The city has such a rich history that I didn’t know much about before!
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