Lunch with Birds

Today we ventured out for some lunch after working this morning. We checked out the Granville Markets “Tiffin Thursday”. For about 12 dollars you can get a tiffin lunch tin to keep and come back and refill for $5. I’ve always wanted one of these little things – I think...

Firesky

Tonight there was an unexpected but spectacular display of the northern lights which extended down into the lower 48 States (a rare occurrence). Not only that but the colours strayed from the typical greens and extended into the red spectrum. Being in downtown Vancouver I had little hope that...

Colours of Fall

Fall is here in full force (a month and a half later than the Yukon). The colours certainly are beautiful but because of our travelling I think this is the shortest summer we’ve ever experienced with the longest autumn on record. We both enjoy this season but I think we’re heat...

Raining Hair

By most standards, today wasn’t all that interesting. It rained, we bought an umbrella. Our hair was long, we got it cut. We were hungry, so we had dinner with family. ..and so it goes.. The haircut though was worth mentioning. It took 2.5 hours and cost $30 for both of us. Usually any...

the scale of things

We covered some ground last night, traveling north up the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1) and then heading west to Port Albemi. We spotted a Walmart in town and took the easy way out – thinking that no one would disturb us here in the morning. We were up early and out of there before even...

Carribean Relish

We meandered into the town this morning after a rude awakening at the dock we parked at overnight. We were told we can’t park in front of their lot, despite the lack of signs. We obliged and left – surprisingly this is only the second time in the year that we’ve been awoken...

Orcas and Semis

Today after getting some work done we decided we wanted to head over to Victoria Island and see what all the fuss is about. We spotted this little car on our way – a great little vehicle. The guy got into it through the front end (the whole windshield and nose is actually a door!)....

Fixed fumes

I mentioned that our tailpipe end had fallen off a couple days after leaving the Yukon. We knew it was coming, there was a sizeable hole of rust which was weakening it. It was only off for about 4 days total but when our mechanic noticed it he mentioned that we should get it repaired as soon...

Doing our homework

After a pretty lazy day we headed out this evening to do some “research” upon discovering a locally renowned greek restaurant, Stepho’s. The wedding I mentioned that we’re planning, it’s in Greece. So we figured why not see if we can get an idea of what...

Sisterly Saturday

While Andrew got some work done, my sister and I started our day with an ambitious, but fun bike ride around Stanley Park. I say ambitious because it’s been a while since I last rode a bike. I also didn’t make things easier for myself opting for the bike with no gears and a brake...

Free Suspension

We seem to have a thing for bridges these days. In step with the week, we made our way to Lynn Canyon for a little visit of their suspension bridge. The (in)famous Capilano Suspension Bridge is just up the road – similar to Lynn Canyon but longer. The real difference is however Lynn...

Granville by night

Bridges, water, and party people – that is Granville Island after...

Gateway to Lions

One of the symbols of Vancouver – the Lionsgate Bridge.  It divides Downtown Vancouver from the prestigious West-Van and was first funded to be built by the Guinness family of Ireland and opened in 1938. Taken at Prospect Point in Stanley Park...

Pumpkin beer and pie

We attended more thanksgiving celebrations today – family style this time, with some extended family here in Vancouver. We had a great meal with the best pumpkin pie ever, leaving us both...

Artsy town

Our day was spent going back and forth to the grocery store as well as cooking as we had a bit of a thanksgiving celebration today – student style. It was a great gathering with my sister and her friends at their place. Amongst the turkey, everyone brought a dish to contributed. The...

Art Market

We arrived today in Vancouver making our first stop Granville Island to visit my sister. Bianca is the artsy one of the family so she was busy making ceramics and doing all sorts of cool things – we got a bit of a behind the scenes tour. We also checked out the market – a cool...

The Stubborn Bolt

Today was a much better day – with some gentle persuasion and some heat to the timing chain cover the old corroded bolt was finally released. With a view of our timing chain it confirmed the suspicion that it was time to change it out anyway. In a vehicle with very few plastic...

The simple brake job

It’s never a good day when a mechanic practically curses your vehicle. After a short drive from the local Wal-mart we arrived in the morning to get our brakes sorted out.  As with the other shop, he pulled off the tires, took a look, confirmed they needed to be overhauled and then...

A little unplanned

From Watson Lake we found some giant cross country skiis before we slipped over to Highway 99 South – a fantastic bus driving road. The road was windy with lots of hills and the scenery kept us guessing but was constantly beautiful. Usually eager, the van did protest a bit. The brakes...

Finding Civilization

Today, we started to see the first signs of civilization again. Roads became busier and we noticed the cell phone signal reception spike as we drive through the towns before it dropped back off as we left them. We spent the majority of the morning in Prince George, one of the larger towns of...