Home away from home

Even though I was working full time in Vancouver, we still managed to see a lot of the city.

We went to the Richmond Night Market and sipped frosty drinks, ate tasty snacks, and checked out the Totoro socks.

We went to the Vancouver Aquarium.

There were fish, jellyfish, and frogs.

The aquarium acts as a marine mammal rehabilitation centre, and they have a kids’ play area where they can practice.

I’m pretty sure I could fill a whole blog just with photos from the aquarium.

We also ate at some amazing places. We had great vegetarian dim sum in Chinatown.

We had amazing Indian food where they made naan and jelabi right in front of you.

We ate at my favourite hipster bakery.

We ate ice cream near commercial.

Durian ice cream anyone?

We ate real Ferraro Rocher.

And we stocked up on Pocky.

Hungry yet?

We also visited the planetarium.

We went hiking at Lighthouse Park.

Plus, there was actual work.

My “office” even had a koi pond.

You better work

The next part of the trip involves actual work. So we got back on a ferry for the mainland.

Although I took time off for the trek out to the West Coast, my very amazing employer does like me to get some work done.

So for three weeks, I’m working remotely on PDT hours and house-sitting for a very generous friend.

First on Saturna and now in Vancouver.

At the same time my kids are in day camp.

Of course we still manage to get out and see the city during the evenings and weekends.

So far we’ve seen The Granville Island Market, Kids Only Market, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, been for sushi, milkshakes and gelato, and had Slurpees.

More Vancouver adventures coming soon!

Day 9: Lotusland

We left the Okanagan early, but stopped off in Oliver at one of the wineries to buy a case of local wine.

We also stopped in Keremeos to get fresh peaches and cherries.

Then we started the trek through the Coastal Mountains and the Fraser Valley.

I have never been quite so happy to see the Port Mann Bridge.

Then to my sister’s for a yummy dinner and bed.

Now you might think that we’d be done, but not quite yet…

Some stats:

  • Eagles: 3
  • Badger crossing: 1
  • Strip mine: 1
  • Total distance: 5300km