View of they city from Stanley Park.. I know, I'm a bit of a photography genius.
The title for this entry comes from 1) Melanie, 2) a lack of one to three interesting words describing my time here, and 3) the fact that it indeed rained all the time in lovely Vancouver
. But I still liked it. Vancouver is a large city, much larger and much more cultural than I expected. I guess I thought it would be a slightly larger version of Seattle, but nope. I found it had a lot more sites and people. The first few nights I stayed at a hostel downtown on Granville Street and for the most part that was pretty unexciting. My roommate for the entire time was a Swedish girl who's name I can't quite recall, but was very nice and polite nonetheless although she never seemed to leave the room which I thought was odd.
On a bridge overlooking the city.
Oh well, to each their own I suppose. Everyone else in the hostel was either MIA or in the smallish lounge glued to their laptops. I did not bring mine (which I still think was a good idea), so I read instead, which I don't mind, but it just wasn't as social/friendly as the Seattle place. Anyways, back to Vancouver. As for the things I did, I walked around A LOT, including a cool walking tour with my Seattle hostel friend, Melanie, through Gas Town, China Town, and parts of town I don't know what they're called. She pointed out the Olympic Village where she worked and introduced me to the cute, little cartoon figures which somehow represented the games. I also got up early one morning and rented a bike to ride around Stanley Park's seawall. The cool thing about this huge park is that it's surrounded on three sides by water, has sandy beaches, lots of bike and walking paths, and is essentially a large forest on the inside.
Me, looking snazzy, and some totem poles.
Really beautiful, but also really cold on a bike. Definitely worth it though. Even got to see some good old-fashioned totem poles.
I took an afternoon trip to North Vancouver
where I walked across the famous Capilano Bridge, a long and VERY shaky pedestrian suspension bridge over a rather deep gorge. While touring the surprisingly quite fun Tree Top Adventure thing that followed, a 30-something Iranian doctor found his way to me (after repeatedly asking if he could take my picture for me) and we talked for awhile about our travels and our future plans. At the end he asked if I was on facebook and I thought uh-oh, stalker, and he proceeded to give me his full name, email, contact (and address!) in both Vancouver AND Iran.
Beach, and the seawall path if you look towards the cliff.
Yeah, didn't look him up. Still was a nice little chat though. I also visited Granville Island which as touristy as it seemed, was actually pretty interesting. It's this large indoor market with everything from baked goods to yarn to tacky magnets. Perhaps one of the best art stores I've ever seen was there too. The owner went to different parts of Africa and bought these just amazing stone sculptures from local artists. Now, I'm not extremely into art, but if I had a house and oh about $50,000 I would be a good customer. Rarely does art blow me away like that. Overall I enjoyed Granville Island, plus it was the only sunny day I had in Vancouver and so it was nice to be outside. Oh, and I saw a toddler in a stroller wearing a helmet there.
Melanie and I in the ridiculous Olympic hats I made her wear (I was willing).
Random, but.. yeah, just random.
On my last two nights in Vancouver I stayed with a couchsurfer, Taylor, who is originally from the US, but moved to Vancouver a few months ago. She took me out to this local biker/dive bar called The Cambie and I only wish I found a place like this everywhere I went. They had long rustic picnic-like benches so you sat with people you didn't know, although we sat with her two guy friends, and the beer was good and not too expensive (like everything else in Vancouver). Overall a fun atmosphere and a good time.
As I crossed into Canada I realized I haven't been out of the country in almost three years. I can't remember the last time it's been that long! Huh, crazy.