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Friday evening was set to be quite eventful. I'd arranged to meet K at his work: The Bloedel conservatory, and then he would take me around to some more of the local attractions I'd not yet visited.
I jumped off the bus and trooped up the hill. The conservatory is located inside a geodesic dome at the top of a hill outside the Vancouver down town area. K introduced me to various plants and birds, and I was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour as well!
We drove on to The Vancouver Aquarium, one of many tourist attractions that K would get us into for free because he is superbly jammy. K has frequented the aquarium many times so gave me a highlights tour including really cool jelly fish, marmosets, bio-illuminsescent fish and really cool beluga whales, but one of the highlights had to be the crocodiles.
The croc enclosure is like a large cave separated from the crowd by a perspex panel, sealing their water pool in and allowing the punters a view from relative safety. We approached the enclosure, heads on a swivel searching for a crocodile. Initially ignoring the life-size replica crocodile figurine lying in the middle of the display, we continued hunting and eventually a real crocodile broke the surface of the water and blinked it eyes. We looked back at the statue. Blatant imitation, the teeth looked fake, there were blueish splodges on the sides, a good attempt but nothing like the real thing. Then it blinked. Animatroinics maybe? Or REAL? Hmm have to see if it moves some more. At that point the artificial weather kicked in and drenched the crocs (both real and schrodinger's) and the fake croc moved its head.
After the aquarium we headed across town to the Capilano suspension bridge, again using K's innate ability to get into city attractions without paying. This actually stems from being in possession of a Vancouver tourism challenge card, where city tourism workers get free access to other attractions in order to aid visitors. The bridge itself is pretty cool, built with steel cables and is capable of holding 96 elephants, although was not built for the express purpose of elephantine transportation.
On to the Vancouver lookout at the harbour centre, not nearly as tall as the CN tower, but still offers superb panoramic views of the city, harbour and surrounding mountains.
Next: roller derby, cockatoos, and lighthouse park