some little snippets from the week

We found some giant sparrows in the city.

Ed ate a free sample at Whiterock beach on his birthday.

We walked along (and under) whiterock pier

We ate at milestones in West Van.

We went to a pow wow.

This was such an amazing experience for me. I got to dance with first nations dressed up in all their traditional regalia. I took it all in and I loved every minute of it.

Many more photos from my adventures on my flickr page, as usual.


Danny Bhoy at the Vogue

Firstly – sorry about all the changes lately – header and theme. I think I am settled now. I just had a bit of a ‘need something new that fits me’ moment. I have them quite often you will notice.

Alrighty, so I debated for quite a while about whether to go to this or not. Danny Bhoy would have to be, undoubtably, one of my fave comedians. I have seen him in Australia atleast 4 times over 4 years – I go along to a show every year at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. I have his dvd live at the Sydney Opera House and I have watched it many times. I know a lot of his lines. But the prospect of seeing him in another country was something I just couldnt pass up. So I bought three tickets and just had to work out who to take with me.

No-one I know over here had heard of him, but my old friend Dan said he’d go and so did his g/f Tiff. Sold!
And so it was that I headed downtown to grab a bite to eat with them first before the show. Dan suggested Cafe Crepe which, very handily, happened to be almost right next door to the Vogue theatre where the gig was.

I ordered a nutella/banana crepe, cranberry juice and chips (fries). Alas I have no food shots to show you but here is one of Dan and Tiff as Dan was inhaling a lemon from his Long Island Iced Tea Pitcher.

The food was great! And our server happened to be an Aussie girl who I found out was from Perth. We had a good chat and it was nice to hear the accent again!

And then Dan decided to pose with the lemon some more. Funny guy!
I think this was after our indepth sci fi stargate analysis about SGU. We’re just a pair of geeks. I felt sorry for Tiff! Hahaha.

So after the meal we headed to the Venue, on the way I filled them in on the downlow about Danny Bhoy.

There was a HUGE lineup outside, luckily we had seating but I think as there was a show just before they couldnt let anyone in early. It seemed to be sold out or atleast pretty full, so thats pretty good for Danny Bhoy -he isnt as well known out here. In Australia he usually sells out pretty early.

So we took our seats in Row 10 and waited for the man to come out.

There was no flash photography so I had to take this one without. Sorry it’s a little fuzzy – he kept moving! haha. The gig was really good. It was interesting to see him use some of the jokes he’s used about Australia and just convert them over to Canada. “I was in a hotel room in Australia..” became “I was in a hotel room in Canada..” I suppose it doesnt matter where the joke was set.

So I was feeling quite game and when Danny Bhoy mentioned Australia I went “WOOOO”. He laughed and then a little later mentioned Australia again. Yes, I said “WOOOO”.
And he goes “Are you from Australia?”
I said “YES!”
Then he made a few Aussie jokes, I was cool with that. He said “What pub are you working at.”
“Where in Australia are you from?” he asked.
“Melbourne.” I said.
“Whats your name?” he asked.
“Alesha.” I yelled.
“Felicia?” he enquired?
“No… AAAALEESHA.” I said.
He stared blankly and then someone nearer shouted “ALESHA.”
He goes: “Oh ALESHA?”
I said “YES!”
He goes “It’s your accent!”
Then he said “So how long are you here for?”
I think I said “2 years”
And he said “ok.”

Then every now and then he’d mention Australia and he’d go… “oh I was in Karratha – in the west of Australia, do you know that Alesha?”
And I said “yes, near Perth.”
And he goes “No. Let me educate you about your own country.”

Then later he said “Do you know the botanical gardens in Melbourne, Alesha?”
And I said “YES!” (I actually used to live right near them)
Then he told the joke about the laid back nature of Aussies and the possum.

It was such a great night, I think Dan and Tiff enjoyed it too – they seemed to be laughing a lot!

After the gig Dan drove me home but first he went to get the guitar that he has at his place, so he lent me that in the hopes that I’ll do an open mic night while I am here. I must admit it has been nice playing again, so we shall see what happens!!

Oh I saw another raccoon the other night too – it was HUGE! Like the size of a medium dog! I think it keeps getting bigger every time I remember it! hahaha.

If you get a chance to go to a comedy show then please do, they are a lot of fun and laughter is beneficial to your health.

Late night craziness in Kyoto

Good morning, my friends!! I had a lazy, slightly crazy night last night and before I run off to breakfast I wanted to tell you about it. I was so worn out after my big day of walking that I decided to get room service and watch a bit of Japanese tv.
There wasnt much choice on the menu, and as usual with room service the fees were slightly up. I decided to stick with something I knew after the lunch episode so this is what I ordered!

Now I know it wasnt too Japanese but boy let me tell you how delicious it was! I ate them all. Yep, every one. I even ate most of the ‘spicy avocado salad’ too. Japanese tv is interesting to watch! I couldnt understand what they were saying but there seems to be so many game shows that I didnt know about! I had heard that they were big over here though. The only english language tv station was BBC news – and after an hr of that you get pretty sick of it. So I turned the tv off and decided to go to bed early. After an hr of trying to sleep my mind was racing over today, yesterday and all the things I’d done and had planned to do. I couldnt sleep, so I decided to get up and try on the complimentary ‘dressing gown’ and slippers they provide you with. And yes, then I took some photos. Here is one of me trying to do a karate chop. Yep, I’m a dork. It’s not news to me! haha.

So after some playing around I went back to bed and got a good sleep. I’m in for a crazy day today. After checking out of the hotel I have a few trains to catch and then I’ll get to the airport and pick up my suitcase and then get on the plane to Vancouver. You can expect a big post once I get there! Hopefully everything goes well but I know one thing – and thats that it’ll be an adventure! And what an adventure it has been so far!!