We’ve been in Canada now for 4 days staying with Bec and Doug in Kitsilano, a suburb close to the centre of Vancouver. We’ve taken advantage of their hospitality and the opportunity to not do too much thinking here, just taking it easy seeing the city and planning our next moves. It’s also taken us a while to get over our jet-lag. We spent the first day (morning after we arrived) just wandering the city before heading home to crash. In the evening we went to Green Leaf sushi, Bec and Doug’s choice raw fish establishment for from sashimi and sushi. After being told how great sushi in Vancouver is we had to try it and were not disappointed, can honestly say, although admittedly in my limited sushi experience, the best we’ve had!
Bec took the next day off work so in the morning her and Kirsty hit the local yoga joint and I went for a run along the waterfront. Not very holiday I know but felt like two months of no sport was beginning to have an effect. Needless to say it hurt and in the subsequent days we both ached and whinged. The next activity was a stroll around Stanley Park for some more ambling and local wildlife spotting. Ducks and geese aplenty and a racoon! Also loads of heron nests, a bit creepy really as they all seem to nest in a few trees (see gallery). Maybe up to 20 nests in only 4-5 trees and for a big bird it was quite imposing to see, a bit Hitchcock. Then we caught a ferry to Granville Island for the food market, picking up some lunch and dinner. I got a smoked meat and cheese filled bagel, delicious, and Kirsty got a ‘foot-long’ rice paper roll.
The evening involved some local NHL ice hockey action with the Vancouver Canucks versus the Colorado Avalanches. Vancouver are out of the play-offs and Colorado through so nothing but pride was at stake. True to form the Canucks lost 4-2 but it was a good spectacle. There was even some ‘roughing’, i.e. push and shove.
The next day we went for an amazing breakfast with Bec at a place called Medina, then picked up our hire car to have a go at driving on the right! We have hired a car for the next 12 days to go for a tour of some of British Colombia and the Rockies, just creeping over the border into Alberta before looping back to Vancouver to meet up with Bec and Doug once more and have a few more days here before heading South into the US.
For our last night in Vancouver before heading off on our road trip Bec had organised tickets to Big Scary, a Melbourne band on tour over here. A great band supporting a questionable headline act, Say Hi. I think we all thought the wrong band got the headline billing! Before that we went to a great Chinese tapas style restaurant for a delicious feed called Bao Bei. (http://bao-bei.ca).
By the way the image on the blog post is of Bec emerging from the Ikea tomb/sofa-bed.