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  • Day45

    Faulenzen in Vancouver

    September 4, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Zuerst steht heute Wäsche waschen auf dem Programm und einiges zusammenpacken, was schon mal per Post heimgeht. Dann kommt der angenehme Teil mit Mittag, Sonnenbaden und Lesen am Strand in Kitsilano. Abends wird es noch mal anstrengend bei Shakespeares "Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung" in Englisch und einer in den wilden Westen verlegten Interpretation.
    Das ist auch der Plan für die nächste beiden Tage - Faulenzen und Sonne am Strand genießen.
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  • Day47

    Ruhige Tage in Vancouver

    September 6, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Heute ganz kurz - gestern und heute hatte ich zwei ruhige Tage mit Ausschlafen, Yoga-Kurs, Strand und Sonnenuntergang. Heute habe ich mir auf dem Weg zum Strand noch die University of British Columbia angeschaut. Eine richtige kleine Stadt mit ca. 400 Hektar und 61.000 Studenten.
    Morgen tausche ich die Flip-Flops wieder gegen meine Wanderschuhe.
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  • Day276

    Vancouver, Canada

    July 20, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    First world feast.

    I'm not a huge fan of flying and I'm definitely not a fan of waiting so I had to mentally prepare for our journey from Lima to Vancouver. Hope for the best, expect the worst. Amongst many things, I expected insufficient leg room, fat neighbours (two stops through the US...put the odds at roughly 5:1 given that Cat would be occupying one of those seats), crying babies, horrible customs officials, lines, sleeping on airport floors and troublesome delays. It's fair to say my expectations were low.

    But we had a fantastic trip. At the top of my list of surprises were outrageously clean bathrooms (with flush toilets - which flush paper), friendly staff, skinny neighbours, hamburgers with real meat and, what struck me like a bat to the face, the English language. We haven't been in an English-speaking country since we left the BVIs at the end of January, six months ago. It was an absolute joy to check in, order food, ask for directions and listen to obnoxious overhead announcements and blaring tvs. So much comprehendable information drifting through the air. We got so excited we didn't bother to read signs or check tickets - we literally just kept asking. In fact we were so excited we tried to check in with the wrong airline and weren't even embarrased when the attendant corrected us. Ciao español...I'm not looking back in a hurry. There are so many things I've come to miss about the western world without even knowing it.

    Vancouver itself was another real treat. We cleared customs so easily it felt like a domestic flight and were aboard the skytrain heading downtown before you could say humpty-doo. We also made a card payment on an automatic ticket machine which made us feel like we were either in a futuristic space movie or just back in real life. We disembarked midtown and got sushi (!!!) before boarding an on-time bus (with no chickens!) - obviously the fare was waived when we didn't have correct change. I love Canadians. I love the western world.

    We walked down wide, sealed and well-lit streets, generally empty save for the odd jogger (yes, jogger!), cyclist, or vehicle which took great care to give way to us, irrespective of our distance to the intersection. The gardens were absurdly immaculate, with not a petal out of place or a weed in sight and the houses...oh the houses! Did I mention I'm in love?

    Cat's friend Tristan and his girlfriend Mahsan have a one bedroom apartment in Kitsilano which they had kindly offered to share with us for a few nights. We were greeted with smiles, laughs, cold beer, vegan snacks and a warm lounge to sleep. They offered up their house, their kitchen, their pantry and their camping gear - we really couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome!

    Cat and I enjoyed our rest the next morning before setting out to explore. Starting east of the city we walked a silly distance, along fantastic boardwalks, parks and reserves. People were out jogging and strolling and walking their dogs and generally just doing all things South Americans don't. We were surprised at how surprised we were. We went to the Granville markets and abused the free tastings before settling on avocado rolls with feta - we needed a little South America something to help prevent an overload!

    Our stroll took us through downtown and into Stanley Park, which despite my impression of that in Lima, was an outstanding public space and green zone. A monstrous, green and ancient park I know many of you would enjoy taking to by foot or on bike, several times per week. The sun was out, the wind was down and there was so much space. Nobody hustling you, no vendors blocking the footpath, no trucks whistling wing mirrors past your head or horns in your ears. It was bliss.

    We hit the wall in the park (figuratively) and crawled back through town to Kitsilano with the aid of smoothies and an essential trip to the infamous Wholefoods. We spent that evening at The Local in Kits, with Tristan, Mahsan and my friend Emily, her boyfriend Dave and a selection of their friends/housemates. Good beer, great company, tasty food and many, many months of catching up were had.

    Cat and I had a slow start the next day, passing the morning with admin, coffee and bowls full of (largely) maple syrup. We attempted to venture out but the truth is, Kits has so much to offer it's not really worth the trouble. We brunched at Ellis cafe (appropriately), did washing, shopped, ate ice cream and took time to appreciate quality. Quality shops, quality clothes, quality food, cars, gardens and lives. We also made little effort to engage in strenuous activity, except for a short run which was quiet, cool and despite embarrasingly poor fitness levels, very enjoyable. It was also interesting to note that a slight rain had zero effect on the population (seriously nobody even acknowledged it) compared to Sydney which would have turned into an umbrella department store and a city-wide traffic jam at the fall of the first drop.

    We passed that evening at Earls - date nights with football is my favourite - before stopping by Biminis on the way home. We met the others at Tristans and chatted away the night. After two days I was head over heels for Vancouver. I'm not entirely sure it was Vancouver itself or just the western world (to which I'm so very much attached) but those two days were dizzingly lovable. In more ways than one, I felt like I was born again at considerable expense. It was an emphatic reminder of just how lucky we are.

    The next morning at an hour we're not used to, Emily picked us up for a weekend camping in (or near) Whistler. A couple of (real!) coffees later I was pumped!
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  • Day3

    Another day in Vancouver

    August 21, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Another day in Vancouver that we mainly spent walking (often in the rain).
    Vancouver Aquarium followed by Stanley Park Totem Poles and then a few hours in Vancouver city.
    Lots to see but we're officially tired. 4 weeks to go!Read more

  • Day4

    Sending peace and love

    April 27, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Just sitting and listening and decided to send some love and peace your way today. It’s another perfect day in Vancouver, our last full day and I’m making the most of this 24hr bike hire.


  • Day6

    Goodbye Vancouver

    August 24, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Time to say goodbye to Janice's cousin Laura. A really lovely home where we were made most welcome and always felt at home.
    Hopefully Laura will come visit us in Australia soon.
    The Golden Princess is our next home for our cruise to Alaska.Read more

  • Day71

    Abschied von Vancouver, Emma und Joey

    July 18, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Nachdem es am Morgen einen kleinen Zwischenfall mit unserer Hilde gegeben hat, auf den ich vielleicht irgendwann später nochmal eingehen werde, aßen wir noch einmal am Strand von Vancouver unser Mittagessen, bevor wir wieder zu Emma in die Wohnung konnten. Wir haben dann mal wieder jeglichen organisatorischen Kram erledigen können, der uns im Auto immer ein bisschen schwer fällt, eine ausgiebige Dusche nehmen und einfach ein bisschen chillen können. Am Abend wartete eine kleine Überraschung auf uns: Emma und Joey ließen sich nicht lumpen und luden uns zu ihrem Lieblings-Sushirestaurant ein. Absolutes Highlight war das Süßkartoffel/Avocado-Sushi! Selbst Sarah, die eigentlich kein großer Sushifan ist, war begeistert. Wer einmal in Vancouver ist, sollte definitiv Sushi essen gehen. Am nächsten Morgen nutzen wir noch einmal die Vorteile einer geräumigen Küche und revanchierten uns mit einem kanadischen Frühstück. Heißer Kaffee, Blueberry-Pancakes und frisches Obst. Endlich mal was anderes als Nutellabrote oder mal n Jogurt vom Walmart. Wir verabschiedeten uns von Joey und Emma, die beide ihrem stressigen Alltag nachgehen mussten und machten uns dann selbst gegen Mittag auf Richtung Squamish.Read more

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