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08 May 2011 @ 12:10 am
Footnotes: North America 2011 - Vancouver, May 7.  
The net connection we're getting down here has started to become an exercise in frustration for me. The download speeds are wonderful and browsing speed's just fine, but Plurk takes forever to load anything. I'm getting through due to sheer bullheadedness on my part.

The lot of us woke up 'late' by my parents' standards - that is, 7:30 in the morning. Had breakfast in Denny's, a restaurant that I've had a soft spot for because of my trip to LA last year. Peter's still getting used to American servings; I was just happy to have some real bacon. After that, we all drove down to Stanley park to visit Vancouver Aquarium.

There are a number of place that my mom used to take me to when I was younger: Stanley Park, the Sea Wall, Dundarave, Ambleside, Vancouver Library and Vancouver Aquarium. My memories of most of the places are hazy but fond - Vancouver Aquarium, though, is nice and sharp. It's because of that place that I grew up loving nature, and dreaming about becoming a marine biologist. Dad even bought me this educational computer program all about sea life and the world's oceans because I wouldn't shut up about fish and dolphins and killer whales. My elementary school also brought us on a field trip when I was in Grade Three, where we all slept over at the aquarium. We were up near the beluga whales, who made it a point to show off and distract us kids from sleeping by being absolutely adorable.

Going back to the aquarium was a different experience altogether. I've always loved visiting zoos and such, and couple that with the emotional attachment that I have with this particular place and... well, let's just say that I felt like a kid again, dragging my parents around to see this or that fish and gawking at all the cool exhibits they had. We burned away the rest of our morning and a good part of our afternoon just wandering through the area, then we took a turn around Stanley Park. We got lucky; the rain had stopped by the time we stepped out of the aquarium. The wind was nice, the sun was out and the trees were just beautiful. Oh, and Peter finally got to see his squirrel. I got to see my Canadian geese, plus babies.

The next leg down memory lane involved eating at the White Spot branch that my family used to frequent, then attending mass at our old church, then driving down Dundarave before hitting up the lodge for a quick nap. Had dinner at mom's friend's place again, although this time all of her OTHER friends came around to join us. They were all amazed at how my bro and I had grown up, and honestly? It was really fun talking to them. You never really know the friends of your parents and your own aunts and uncles until you're old enough to listen in on their conversations and really speak to them.

Got three more days until we leave Vancouver. We're all hoping that we'll get to see everything we want to see before we're off. It shouldn't be too difficult, though; we'll be flying back here a little before the end of our entire trip.

Something not entirely related: managed to do a lot of thinking about things, and talking it all through with my parents and bro have given me a better sense of where to go next. I think I'm going to be okay.
 
 
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: White noise in the Travel Lodge.
 
 
 
The Mysterious Wandering Knight, Knightblazer: Garfield gives you a Pooky hug~tasogareika on May 8th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Nice to know you're having a good time there. \o/

Also its good that you're going to be alright with your stuff, coz' that's important too. /hugs ♥ Be sure to have even more fun around while you're still there.
do not feed the animals: sweatdrop.izkariote on May 15th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
lol late

FUN WILL BE HAD although lmao every time I manage to snag net time I'm like HO SHIT *CHECKSEVERYTHINGEVER*
The Mysterious Wandering Knight, Knightblazer: D'awwwwwwwww.tasogareika on May 16th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
LATE IS RELATIVE

lolololol don't worry so much, have more fun out there in the West! That's what your vacation is for, after all. /snug
liquid poetry ♥: [misc] writingmlina on May 9th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
It's such a treat to read about your trip and the things that you guys are doing. Yay! for seeing the squirrel and I am going to have to read up on that aquarium. It sounds gorgeous.

/squish
do not feed the animals: blush.izkariote on May 15th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, I'm a little worried that I'm flooding people but I really want to get everything down since I'm out for a month!
liquid poetry ♥: [ouran] that smile means troublemlina on May 15th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Psh. I don't think you're flooding. But that's just me.

TBH I like reading about everything that's going on over there. It's a treat to load my inbox and see a notif stating you've made a new post ♥