Opening my eyes to Vancouver

Well after a long sleep I think I am almost cured of the jetlag! Now that I remembered what it’s called my brain must be working a little better I’d say hahaha. I got up late this morning and had to throw some clothes on and run downstairs to make the most of the free breakfast. Once I’d had my fill I came back up to my room to have a shower and get ready for my day. I hate to sound like a broken record here but – what a day it has been! haha.

I’d worked out that today I wanted to visit Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium and that if I hopped on a bus I should be able to get there from my hotel pretty easy. I was right!

I’m still getting over cars driving on the wrong side of the road! Haha. Not only that but the steering wheels are on the wrong side too.. I didnt realise that. The buses in Van run kinda like trams – connected to these wire lines ontop. It’s a little unusual but it seems to work well.
At the gate to the park I was greeted by these signs.

Hahaha! Thats exactly what I wanted to see! No ‘danger snakes’ or ‘beware spiders’ – but coyotes!! I didnt see any though – infact the only wild animals I saw were these.

Boy the park was pretty! So gorgeous!! But it was really cold today – almost as cold as it gets to in Melbourne’s winter. Not quite but almost. Infact I had to buy an umbrella as it was pouring down at one stage. More on that later.

I only saw a tiny fraction of the park, but I got some amazing photos. Oh and I asked a lovely Canadian man to take this one for me.

The trees are so alive and beautiful – I just wished I had a tripod to take some fashion shots!! I had to make do with some self shots instead.

Then next thing I knew I was out the front of the Aquarium.

I was hoping it’d cosy and warm – and they have this new exhibit of the tropics that features parrots that is really humid and had me feeling hot in no time.
But I had to venture outside to the pacific dolphin and beluga whale areas – and I got to watch both shows. I hadnt really seen any other dolphins up close except bottlenoses, so that was interesting!!

They were so fast through the water!! And they did these huge jumps that I didnt manage to catch on my camera.

The belugas were a lot fatter and slower but fun to watch too!

I got to see the jellyfish that were at the airport – ok not the exact same ones but they are the same species I am pretty sure. Love the lighting!

I thought the Aquarium was set out really well – it had descriptions and photos of the habitats above each exhibit.

So yeah, I had fun. Then outside it was pouring and I had to buy an umbrella. Luckily they had a lot of choices and I got to make a stylish decision.

Oh yes I did!! Looks a little bit like my one at home doesnt it? Well it is, except that this one is retractable and much smaller, and still heavy duty!! YAY!!! Do you like it??

I took it down to the sea wall and we looked out along the water, and watched people pass us by.

And then I took the bus home and was watching out the window when I saw something in the street a block before my stop. Me being me, naturally I got off and went to investigate.

I walked down until I came to the street and here is what I saw.

A film/tv set!!! Right near my hotel!! That is so Vancouver, and so very very cool!!

I’m excited to see my first hockey game tonight, should be lots of fun!!
If you’re in the crowd – be gentle.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. and flowers pick themselves
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 17:20:04

    that’s wonderful that you were able to get over your jetlag fairly quickly. it usually takes me several days, if not an entire week to recover from any sort of time change/travel.

    have fun at the game tonight!

    oh, and some of my favorite shows are filmed in vancouver, so if you see the guys who play the winchester brothers on supernatural, tell them alison in ohio says hello, i lurrrrrrrrrrrrve you 😉

    xo Alison


    • Alesha
      Apr 06, 2010 @ 22:47:01

      thanks so much! hahaha will do!
      oh and your tip about the “luuuuu” thing really helped. Too bad about the final score, what a match though!


  2. Kristy
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 19:53:56

    hey darling girl!

    Well it seems as though you are really enjoying your trip already, the pics are just gorgeous. The Canadian parks look so beautiful!! Wow wow wow. I love your pics from tokyo as well! Those cherry blossoms look as pretty as I imagine 🙂

    Thank you so so much for the package you sent me. Am already using the phone and it is going well. The other little treats you popped in were a suprise! I wasn’t at all expecting, so sweet of you!! Thanks especially for your card and message, really touching.Thank you! I am blessed to have someone like you in my life too miss Alesha.

    So glad you are having a great time honey. Will keep checking your updates regularly to see what you are up to. Will send you an email soon too, to get the inside scoop :-p

    Much love

    Kristy xoxoxoxo


    • Alesha
      Apr 06, 2010 @ 22:48:48

      Hello gorgeous!!! Thankyou!
      Aw.. my pleasure. Haha i sent a few things before I left and with easter the mail is just arriving now – just the way I like it. You can expect a touristy parcel soon too.. I’m working on it.
      Lovely to hear from you xxxx


  3. Sabine
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 02:18:39

    I am so happy you are loving it in Vancouver!
    You are making me miss it! lol
    One film crew you might look forward to is the Twilight crew. They have filmed all the movies in and around Vancouver so far. Last time my morning bus to work actually had to be re-routed because of them filming by the station!
    (That is, if you like Twilight. lol)
    Can’t wait to see more pics soon : )


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