We had a great holiday today, even if we did start a little late (got up a little after 9AM after playing the board game ‘Ticket to Ride’ with Matt, Oana, and their friend Ryan last night until very late). We did a little tidying up of the back patio and moved a few small blocks of concrete that had been sitting there for a year, and then we went out to Stanley Park. At the Boat House, we caught the free shuttle, which just started up a couple of days ago. It took us all around the perimeter of the park (this takes about 30 minutes or so). It really gives you an idea of how huge Stanley Park is. Afterward, we walked over to a park bench by the edge of the Lost Lagoon, and caught a few rays of afternoon sunshine while watching the sun-dappled water, the ducks, and the fountain, while listening to our iPods and generally just relaxing.
On the way home on the bus, we heard the best ‘Overheard in Vancouver’ ‑style exchange:
He: So have you heard of this Canabis Day Celebration?
She: What are you talking about? I’ve never heard of it.
He: Just another chance for them to smoke it, I guess.
While this sounded like suspiciously like a snarky malaprop, sure enough, there indeed was a huge congregation of teens and slightly older people all celebrating some kind of Cana — day by the Art Museum (the standard place for all events that take place in the city), and this one did seem to involve smoking, although I must admit that I really didn’t smell anything, and that’s saying something.
Later we came home, where Pam went down to Granville Island to pick up some fruit and veggies, and I went up the street to get some beer. We munched on pizza and beer while watching the Corner Gas marathon on the Comedy Channel.
Outside we can hear the music from the park, and soon, the fireworks will start.
In just two weeks, we’ll have been living here exactly a year, and we feel more settled than ever. This three-day weekend holiday has come at just the right time for us to sit back and enjoy our new home more than ever before. I’m starting for feel a lot more Canadian these days. It’s not a bad feeling, eh?