More on Vancouver

My extended userpics expired yesterday. How sad.

In other news, Adam and I spent all day yesterday from about 9am until 9pm exploring Vancouver. We walked around downtown, we took the skytrain, we hopped the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, we dropped in to Mountain Equipment Co-op, we stopped at Lougheed Mall, we ate a beavertail (mmmm beavertails) and we walked and walked and walked until my feet hurt too much to move. They still hurt, but it was worth it.

These are some of our observations:

  • The people out east who told us that apartments and groceries are more expensive here were wrong. We see no signs of such things.
  • The transit, while not great to Pitt Meadows, is still not much different than getting downtown or to the beaches from Steeles and Bathurst in Toronto.
  • Skytrains are by far the best mode of transportation ever invented. Some fantastic!
  • There are lots of hills here. It sort of looks like someone took Cobalt ontario and turned it into a successful city, rather than a dead ghost-town of days gone by. And bigger. Much bigger.
  • The fog that indicates fall has arrived is very very thick.
  • Seabusses are extremely neat. Especially since they’re part of the transit system too.
  • Everyone at fast-food stalls and coffee shops actually seems honestly happy, rather than mindlessly depressed drones. Maybe we’re just going to the wrong coffee shops and fast food stalls, but it’s rather odd so far.
  • North Van is purty.
  • I like cheese.

    I’m sure there’s more, but right now I forget. It was a long day yesterday. Today we’re going to clean up the house and maybe bike down the dyke a little ways (which happens to be part of the Canada trail, so if we really were ambitious we could bike back to Ontario. Not that we are.)

    Tomorrow is my birthday and we are most likely going to the Vancouver Aquarium, because we haven’t been there and it’s cool. Mom is coming too, which will be fun. Sometime next week we hope to go back towards North Van and check out Grouse Mountain (does it cost to get in and hike?) and Capilano Suspension Bridge. We like doing touristy things while we still can. Then I have to start thinking about work. Adam’s already got something most likely at MEC, so he’s set. I guess I should start thinking about finding a job. I hate that part.


    • scottobear

      September 30, 2004 at 11:44 am

      waterbus is a great way to get around.. sort of pokey in my neck of the woods, but lovely!

      I love cheese, too.

    • ginamoog

      September 30, 2004 at 1:34 pm

      The people out east who told us that apartments and groceries are more expensive here were wrong. We see no signs of such things.

      Yeah! It depends where you go here.. I mean if you go to Superstore, it’s cheap!!

      • Jenny Lee Silver

        October 4, 2004 at 11:57 am

        Even the expensive places are no more expensive than they are in Toronto… But I don’t see much in the way of cheese curds here. Anywhere got real poutine?

        • ginamoog

          October 4, 2004 at 11:59 am

          The only place I can get cheese curds is in granville island market..

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            October 4, 2004 at 12:02 pm

            Woot. At least now I know. My mom keeps complaining about not having cheese curds. Now where is that exactly?

            • ginamoog

              October 4, 2004 at 12:04 pm

              Granville Island.. is on the other side of Yaletown across the water. You can take a cute little boat cost like $2 or $3..

            • ginamoog

              October 4, 2004 at 12:05 pm


              If I had time lately I’d say let’s go together.. Maybe when I finish moving we can go hang out!

            • Jenny Lee Silver

              October 4, 2004 at 12:18 pm

              That would be awesome. I don’t know anyone in real life here… it’s kinda weird.

            • ginamoog

              October 4, 2004 at 12:38 pm

              well you know me!!

    • crassy

      September 30, 2004 at 2:46 pm

      W00t! I didn’t realise you were living in Pitt Meadows! All of Dan’s family lives there.

      • Jenny Lee Silver

        October 4, 2004 at 11:57 am

        Well, it doesn’t seem like a huge place… For all I know I’ve seen them and had no clue. 😀

    • oki_v2

      September 30, 2004 at 10:47 pm

      happy birthday Jennylee

      • Jenny Lee Silver

        October 4, 2004 at 11:58 am

        Thanks oki. Hope you’re doing well 🙂

        • oki_v2

          October 4, 2004 at 7:11 pm

          Doing a lot better.
          Had gone nuts… but I regained most of my sanity again lately.

    • spadoink

      October 1, 2004 at 12:05 am

      the seabus is cool. i ride it twice a day. it’s also a 2.5 minute walk from my work on the north shore.

      you can go up the Grouse Grind for free. and down it in fact. but you can not ride the gondola, up or down for free.

      • Jenny Lee Silver

        October 4, 2004 at 11:59 am

        From what I’ve heard about the grouse grind, I think I’d rather try going down it before up. I’ve got coupons for 1$ off the gondola ride… not that it makes a huge difference, but anything helps. Now to figure out when we’re going.

        • spadoink

          October 4, 2004 at 10:17 pm

          i dunno ’bout that. the grind is steep enough that it’s not very easy on your knees.

    • duhbigman

      October 1, 2004 at 8:13 am

      Happy day of birth

    • xoobee

      October 4, 2004 at 2:30 pm

      What’s a seabus…?
      Having never been out west at all…

      • Jenny Lee Silver

        October 5, 2004 at 10:55 am

        It’s a boat that takes you across the bay that’s part of the transit system, so you can get off the skytrain and walk onto the bus to get to North Vancouver. It holds like 400 people or something, and goes across in peak times every 15 minutes I think.