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I took advantage of our extra day off last weekend to visit i_phianassa in Vancouver, British Columbia. Unfortunately, the queue waiting at the border was close to a quarter-mile long and took a full hour to get through; by the time we met it was already 4:30 on a Sunday afternoon and most businesses were preparing to close for the day. Still, we were able to catch one of the historic tram rides through the city which passed by graffiti-plastered walls, construction zones, and a small grove of trees near Granville Island. Perhaps not the most glamorous route, but it was fun all the same.

We also saw a random baby left on a bench near the science center that hopefully belonged to one of the patrons exiting the tram. Isabelle then led me through Chinatown and within sight of Gastown - two areas of the city which I've heard it's best to avoid. My reply was to drag Isabelle into every book and music store we encountered on our way back to the beach. All without buying a single thing.

If anyone asks, my weekend involved a jaunt across an international border and a walk down the much-traveled and mysterious Silk Road. All this time and I never knew it passed through Canada.


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Sep. 9th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Yay, the picture!
It was nice seeing you. :)
Sep. 13th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
The sign had to make an appearance somewhere in my livejournal!
It was nice seeing you, too. Thanks for giving up part of your afternoon to hang out with a stranger. ;)
Sep. 13th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Not exactly a stranger..,and I gave up less time than you! Thank you too. :)
Sep. 10th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
ahhh juancouber!

i almost went last weekend, too, but it's a bit further of a jaunt for me.

glad you had fun.
Sep. 13th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
On the other hand, I now live 6-7 hours closer to Calgary than I did before. Maybe I should show up in town and surprise you one of these days? :D
Sep. 13th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
you are welcome anytime!
i don't, however, recommend a surprise visit. a little notice, even the slightest, will assure i am a)here b)not maniacally doing my crazy life thing c)got some cool plans made for us d)prep'd (read:the house is clean!)
;) t-jo
Sep. 13th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
Considering your workload now, and how many trips you've taken in the time we've known each other, you do have a very good point. :D By the way, my flatmate has never been to Canada before and we might plan something for the end of November. Is it worth considering Alberta at that time of the year?
Sep. 13th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
yes, it will likely be super-snow covered by then. will you be driving? i'm thinking the mountains could be a bit treacherous--have done it only a couple of times during winter myself and it was INTENSE!
but it'll be beautiful. not sure what's happening around the city at that time of year, but i can look into some arts and culture scenes for you.
Sep. 17th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
We would probably share the responsibility of driving - but I planned on doing most of it myself. Is the expressway (Coquihalla Pass??) pretty bad as well? There's no way that I would take Trans National 1 during that time of year. ;)

Any idea if Calgary has a city page with a list of activities? I can probably check on that myself, but if you do hear about anything you want to pass along I would love to get some idea of what's happening at that time of year.
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