Last Wednesday, Nick and I went for what we thought was a stroll round False Creek to get some photos at sunset. One of us had the idea of getting some shots from Kitsilano as the sun was going down. For some reason we ended up walking the entire way and we walked almost 8km! By the time we got to Kitsilano it was too dark to get any decent photos so we got the bus back and moaned about how much our feet hurt all the way home! We did get some pretty nice photos before then though.
On Thursday night we went down to the Lamplighter as they had a reggae night. They had a band called Mostly Marley who played, mostly Marley. They were brilliant! The thing that we liked the most was this older man in a turban, sunglasses, amazing beard and a tie die t-shirt, who strolled in 5 mins before the band started, sat on his own and waved his hands in the air while they were on. The reggae night is on every week so we’ll be going back there for sure!
Saturday we rented another car through Zipcar, although this time we didn’t get Herman, we got a car called Paap! It was a Toyota Prius and inside the car there was a present for us! It was a box stuffed full of food and it certainly cheered us up!
We used the car this time to do some practical things, like go to Ikea and spend more money, and go to a TV discount store so we could get a new TV. The TV we had was a massive old 52″ pile of crap, and Nick wasn’t happy with it at all! The new one is awesome!
We also made a stop off at another British food shop called Sherlock’s in New Westminster. It had a bigger selection of food than the first shop we went to, plus it has a cafe. We ended up spending $87 (!!) on 8 tins of beans, tea bags, 4 cans of Irn Bru, crisps, gravy (oh how I’ve missed gravy!!), chocolate (minstrels…oh yes!), 4 scotch pies, cheese sauce mix and a Tunnocks tea cake which was out of date, much to my dismay 🙁
Annoyingly, we discovered later that day whilst in Nesters Market, which is a supermarket quite close to our flat that they have a British section! They have beans, Irn Bru, caramel wafers, double deckers and various other things. It’s just as expensive as the other shops we’ve been into ($2.40 for a can of beans, wtf!!) but it’s good to know that if we are feeling homesick we can just pop down there!
On Saturday afternoon Nick went to see the Whitecaps game at BC Place. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of his by heading the ball back when it came into the crowd after a corner. He insisted that I include this video of the incident, although you can only hear him doing it, it’s awesome! He was sitting in the first row of the section where the supporters group known as the ‘Southsiders’ sit, and he said it was much more fun than the quiet section we were in last time!
On Sunday morning we finally managed to Skype our friends Tom and Sarah. It’s difficult here with the time difference, to be able to speak to people back home, so this was the first opportunity we’ve had to speak to them. It was lovely speaking to them and we are excitedly planning what to do when they come over to visit 🙂
In the afternoon we decided to visit The Museum of Vancouver, which is in Kitsilano. We were feeling lazy, so decided to get a car from Car2go. We reserved one when we were in the flat and then couldn’t find it, so cancelled it and reserved one that we could find! Car2go have smart cars, and they’re pretty scary but nippy! The good thing about Car2go is that you can just leave the car anywhere when you’re finished with it, which is good for spontaneous trips across the city, but I think we prefer Zipcar.
The museum was ok, there was a lot to look at, but not much information on how Vancouver came to be, which is what we really wanted. It was $12 to get in (museums here aren’t free!) which was a bit steep we both felt. The place looks like it needs an injection of life and some new exhibits, it was just a bit tired looking and there were only a few people inside. One cool but strange part was a section dedicated to neon signs! My favourite section was the 50’s and 60’s bit where there was a mock up diner, psychadelic 60’s posters and 60’s clothes to dress up in! There was a coin press thing where you could pick what you wanted stamped on it. We got ‘Nick and Natalie Vancouver 2013’, but Nick made a bit of an error!
We then went to Granville Island for some lunch and got the aquabus back home, which was twice the price that the bus would have been, but a pretty cool way to get home!
After getting a few things for the flat we’re feeling a lot more settled and happy in it now, so decided to take some pictures! Horse mask made an appearance naturally!