Unlike Jamaica, at no point did it remind me of Newfoundland and Labrador. Never. Not once. Pretty much the opposite. Big city with pleasant weather, lots of thin people and the smell of dead skunks everywhere. Here in NL, we have no big cities, fewer thin people and, although I have smelled dead skunks at the George Street Festival once or twice, dead skunk is not a common smell. And the weather? Well I am not going there.
But I decided not to bring my 'good' camera. I settled for a point-and-shoot Panasonic Lumix. It was a hard decision but, ultimately, a good one as I wanted to be light on my feet. And given that we walked, and walked, and walked every day, light on my feet was a good thing to be. And given that I wiped out on my bike going around Stanley Park it was a good thing; I would have done some crying had I busted up my camera!
There are a few things that stand out of all the places we went:
The Rio Theatre- an old theater that was playing a really bad, cult movie (The Room) in heckle-vision, permitting the audience to make comments, throughout the movie, that were displayed on the screen. They also permitted the audience to throw plastic spoons at the screen on occasion. Frikin' hilarious.
EXP Restaurant + Bar- a video game bar and restaurant. A great place to go with a 20-something fellow humanoid.
Salmon 'n Bannock- a First Nation's restaurant where I had Indian Tacos with pulled bison. Yum!
The Storm Crow Tavern- a gamer/sci-fi/fantasy fan haven where I had a Mega Baconator Caesar. You heard me right. Two slices of bacon. Nice touch.
Save On Meats- best hamburger I have ever eaten! Hands down.
Fly Over Canada- a great way to get a thrilling, interesting virtual ride but not have to encounter any danger. I loved it!
St. Paul's Hospital Emergency- faster than anything we have here in NL! Two hour time standard in the 'Fast Track' lane. Impressive! Way better than the 12 hour time standard we have here! Six stitches later, good to go.
I am hoping to go back to Vancouver again to visit my son. Maybe in the fall. Next time I think I will bring the Canon...and my Sherpa guide; there were just too many awesome photo opportunities. And I will rent a mountain bike to go around Stanley Park instead of a city cruiser with bald tires; tire traction is a desirable attribute even in the city!