The Aquabus seen here is a little ferry boat system that can take you from Vancouver Downtown to Granville Island, David Lam Park, Stamp's Landing, Olympic Village, Yaletown, Plaza of Nations and Science World. We took our bicycles on board for the approx 2 minute ride from the station at Hornby Street to Granville Island, then cycled the rest of the way around False Creek.
When it rains it can indeed pour. It's like how there's nobody in line at the grocery store when you walk in, then when you're ready to get to the checkout so becomes everybody else and their brother. Murphy's Law is you're thrown everything exactly when you don't need it. We didn't need the bunch of rain we got last Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, but it made for a video topic nonetheless:
Gastown has some interesting sights, with Gaoler's Mews being part of one of the most aesthetically pleasing regions. Surrounding yourself with brick walls, sturdy-looking doors and old towne signs, the cobblestone paths make you expect your horse and buggy to round the corner at any moment. I've learned that Gaoler's Mews was once the town jail. It's nice to be able to walk around with freedom.
Do you think sleeping on a waterbed is fun? You can expand that concept to living fulltime on a houseboat in this community of Sea Village at Granville Island. I'm not sure how comfortable it would be when the waters in False Creek get choppy, but on the flipside you'd never have to concern yourself with mowing a lawn or watering the grass.
Inflatable structures like the yellow one above that are brought to life by an air compressor and flop around in the breeze seem to be the fad these days among local businesses as a way of getting the attention of passersby. It worked for this martial arts place, but got our attention not in the way I'm sure the business owner intended; we stopped to take pictures of mimicry. As we left the scene somebody came out from the building with purpose and pulled the plug on the inflatable man, who promptly became the deflatable man:
A day trip to Seattle was in order this past weekend. There's a number of border crossing posts to choose from in order to get from the Vancouver area to Seattle, and it's like choosing a line at the grocery store - why does it always feel like you choose the slowest one? Our first crossing choice was unwise as we were met by an hour-long wait, so we trekked over to see the wait time at another crossing, which ended up being more bearable. We Canadians like to visit the US. Especially when our dollar is good.
Living in an apartment block comes with many hazards. It is also often an interesting place to live when you're a bit nosy like I am. I was passing by this doorway and was immediately intrigued by a handwritten post-it note stuck on the front door so I had to investigate. The addition of the sad and happy smiley faces is a nice touch.
You know those miniature scale models of cityscapes that architects create in order to help them sell a building project? Well, this isn't one of those despite it looking like one... to me anyhow. I took this photo of the actual city through the front windshield while crossing over False Creek in Vancouver. Now if only I could figure out how to make photos of money look real enough to use to buy one of the condo units pictured here!