Postcards from Vancouver, BC 2010

Yes we are on the road again. Right now we are on the first leg leading up to the main event. We arrived late yesterday afternoon at the apartment a friend lent us for a few days. We are in the West End of Vancouver not far from the water and up high in a high-rise apartment building. Last night happened to be the finals in a fireworks competition. We had a perfect view of the event. After the bulk of the crowd arrived to see the event – it rained. Enough rain to get everyone nice and wet, and then moved on. It sure was nice to be inside a building watching from above.:D

It was the Chinese for the final show in the Festival of Fire. Many countries come to compete in this event. What they do is shoot fireworks off to music that is played at the event and also broadcast on the radio. IT WAS AMAZING. Pictures do not do it justice. They can’t show you how right on they are to the music. As the music softens so does the fireworks. When the music builds; you guessed it, so do the fireworks.

You can see what an amazing view we had of the event. We were told that about 500,000 people came to watch the event. What a great way to start a trip.

A big curve in the road…

After a few days in Vancouver, having a great time I might add, we came back to Seattle with a friend in tow. We were bumped off the ship leaving from Van, (long story as to why, so won’t go into it here), but we were booked on another ship going to Alaska from Seattle, with a rather large upgrade in the room I might add too. So, since we had a friend fly into Van to join us on the ship we had her come back to Seattle with us and then get on the ship with us there. In the process we have another friend join us too so now there are 4 people traveling together. A note about all this…I am the only male of the 4 on this cruise. So tomorrow morning we will start heading to the ship and get settled into our room. I hope to have some time to add some pictures from Vancouver before we leave.

While in Van, we toured Stanley park – do you know whey they call it Stanley park? If you do put in a comment and tell me, but don’t look it up first! That wouldn’t be playing fair. We also went up to Cypress Bowl, WHAT A VIEW FROM THERE! To be honest though, we spent most of our time gazing out of English Bay and from time to time, enjoying a few sips of wine and great conversations with friends.