The weather has been a bit crap and rainy the past week so we haven’t been able to get out hiking again, much to our disappointment! However, this weekend we decided to tick off another one of Vancouver’s museums, The Police Museum. We got a 2 for 1 deal from Groupon a couple of weeks ago, and it meant we were only paying $6 each as opposed to $12 which is a bit of a rip off! The museum is in Downtown Eastside, which is the ‘dodgy’ area of town. The museum’s website recommends that you walk there a particular way and avoid walking down East Hastings St, which after seeing it is good advice! So bear that in mind if you want to go there! We walked down East Pender St and then up Gore Avenue, which was a pretty interesting walk actually, although not one I’d do after dark! Unlike most buildings Downtown, these ones have a lot more character, are much older, and some have amazing murals painted on them. One thing I love about Vancouver is how many different areas there are here. You could be standing on a street lined with massive brand new high rise buildings one minute, and then turn the corner into Gastown with its cutesy Parisian-type streets, then turn another corner into Chinatown where there’s people walking around with all of their belongings in a shopping trolley, doing drug deals on the street in broad daylight. I find it really interesting! But I digress…
The museum is in a building that used to be the Coroner’s Court and the City Analyst’s Laboratory and it was pretty small, but full of really cool things. Here are some of the highlights!
- There was a section about the history of the police uniform, complete with uniforms to try on (which of course we did)
- A pretend jail cell with prison outfits to try on
- A game where you had to memorise a face and then try to make an E-fit of them, although Nick got bored within 3 seconds
- A room full of confiscated weapons (some were unbelievable – nun-chucks and a bat with nails sticking out of it, wtf!)
- A room with loads of evidence from real murder scenes (some of them unsolved) – including an axe which still had a hair on it from a victim…creepy!! This was my favourite part of the museum though, yes I’m weird!
- An actual morgue and autopsy room, which had all sorts of preserved organs on the walls. It also had aborted foetuses perfectly preserved in cases on the walls, which I just found really weird and a bit unsettling. There was also a thing on the wall that said the actor Errol Flynn was brought there for his autopsy when he died. Weird!
The museum was interesting, but it was all over pretty quickly. Granted, we never read anything in museums anyway, but we were glad we only paid $6 for it!
After that we decided to get a Car2go and head down to West Broadway to check out some of the camping stores. We went into Mountain Equipment Co-op, which is amazing! It is bloody massive and has everything you could possibly want for your camping trip. We’re in the process of planning a camping trip for our birthdays in June, so we were getting some ideas for things.
On Sunday we had tickets to see Flux Pavilion at the Commodore Ballroom, which is an amazing venue. I thought it was a little weird that they had tables round the edge of the dancefloor at first, but I was glad to see them after a while! The gig was good, but he was only on for an hour at the most, and when you’ve paid nearly $60 to see someone, it’s a bit of a disappointment! There was a couple of local DJ’s on before and after him, they were ok. The place was also chock-full of utter douchebags, guys with their tops off for no reason other than to flex and strut around like prize pricks, and girls who were completely in love with themselves. They looked like something out of a teen movie, pushing past everyone with their hand up in the air, and then dancing like strippers with guys in the corner. I’m pretty much 100% certain they aren’t even into dubstep, they were just there to be seen and because they though it was cool. Nick also saw a guy who had a baseball cap on sideways, 3 gold chains round his neck and a top that said ‘TOO MUCH SWAG’. He hasn’t just got swag, he’s got too much of it. What a tit! Anyway, we had fun, plus we met a really nice couple there who we’ll be meeting up with again soon.
As Nick mentioned in his last post – I finally got a job! I don’t start for a couple of weeks, which is going to be pretty tough money-wise, but I’m really looking forward to getting started. It’s been pretty tough trying to secure a permanent job out here, as I’ve mentioned numerous times, but I did it! We realised last week that we’ve now been here for 2 months, being back in the UK feels like a bit of a blur now! I think we’ve properly settle in now and gotten used to everything. Although we still haven’t managed to get used to the god awful TV here…but I’ll save that moan for another time!