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17 April 2011 @ 04:47 pm

So... First official day here in Vancouver and it is AWESOME.

Considering I have just come off a long haul flight, I thought it was pretty good that we were out and about wandering ourselves down to a cafe for hot chocolate at around 10am. (French Cafe which - hilariously - didn't understand my friend ordering 'fruit'. We're all FRUIT - you know FRUIT *point at it* THAT THING FRUIT *point point point* ) As you can see, I've rugged up because DAMN did I mention it was COLD? I'm struggling to get over this - Vancouver is totally just an alpine port. Seriously, would love to live here but I'd just become an icicle somewhere.

(oh so dodgy photo taken in the bathroom before heading out)

So, we headed off wandering - and first found a clothing store - with warm clothes. Very important. Now armed with fleece and thermals, we continued through the wind and - sort of trying to rain - day. As you can see, it IS technically sprint and all the flowers are out as we walk down the streets - gorgeous. Randomly, we were about to cross the road when we heard bagpipes - as you do, even though it's totally the wrong country. It turned out to be some graduation ceremony for all these - rather gorgeous KILT WEARING (wtf cold) arm people.

Anyhow, on further we decided to walk towards stanley park - just because Vancouver has a reputation for rain and we took this overcastness as a good chance to have a go at the park. This place is totally gorgeous - and huge - and next time we are so hiring the bikes because my feet currently hate me for the nearly 20km of trekking.

We ended up at the Aquarium - where we saw a squirrel (ADORABLE BUSHY RAT WITH TAIL). No photos because we were busy acquiring sustainence (no, i won't refer to what we ate as 'food'). Aquarium line was ENORMOUSLY LONG and filled with prams and small things running around making noise lol. When we got in though we were stamped and ushered through before being allowed to keep wandering. SO MUCH PRETTY - photos below. What I didn't get photos of (but friend did so share later) were the Belugas. We managed to catch the end of their show which was so cool.

And suddenly there was sun. LIKE PROPER POSTCARD SUN. So the remaining is a few photos that we took slowly wandering around the edge of Stanley park IN THE SUN WTF where happened across a wedding - with a very cold bride lol.

After that we - you guessed it - walked home, changed and then went to dinner just down the road from our hotel at another french restuarant where i had fish - so good. We're probably going to make this place a haunt.
Feeling...: coldcold
The Nikola Tesla Protégé: Turtletardis_mafia on April 17th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
:D I'm so glad you're having a great time! I love your pics! Especially the one of the turtle. :D

And look at you! So pretty!! :D
nikolat3sla: lofted eyebrownikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
lol not pretty. jet lagy and all rugged up in fleece LOL far more accurate.
Rayne Fawkes - Teslatesla_protege on April 17th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
LOL But I think you aaaaare! If you wanna see 'LOL', just wait till you see me. :P
eh - no subject - doylefan22 on April 17th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
nikolat3sla: been a bad vampnikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
This turtle WOULD NOT STAY STILL - until the last photo lol. it was playing with the glass.

and HAH i'm coming back with SNOW in my next post. and, ironically, we were warm.
hypercazhypercaz on April 17th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)

Superb pics - wonderful colour in those aquarium ones. And random statue on the rock is random. Is that supposed to be a mermaid lol?
nikolat3sla: let's walk this waynikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
oy no stealing of awesome!

lol i haven't even edited the photos yet. and nope - it's a 'girl in a wetsuit' to mark vancouver's dependence on the sea.

also, you're using my favourite icon.
Sinisini_m on April 17th, 2011 08:13 am (UTC)
Long time, no chatting, but it's great to see the pics! It looks awesome and pretty and other adjectives of wonder. Looks like you'll have a blast :D
nikolat3sla: hugged your vampire?nikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)

btw this is ellymelly from her RP account :D
aletheia08aletheia08 on April 17th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
I AM VERY JEALOUS RIGHT NOW. Great pictures. Oh Vancouver, how I miss you! Stanley Park ♥ ♥
nikolat3slanikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
vancouver is awesome!!! any recommendations?
larsfarm77: Bill smilelarsfarm77 on April 17th, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)
Beautiful pics! Vancouver is so amazing in the sunshine. When it rains ... meh. Looks like you're having a fabulous time!
nikolat3sla: smilenikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
MORE SUNSHINE :D it's so pretty.
Jennmidwifeonboard on April 17th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
Beautiful pics! Making me long for Vancouver. *sigh* Have a fabulous time.
nikolat3slanikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
it is such a pretty city! very walker friendly
artemisiabrisol: SGA/SG1 - Defend & Protectartemisiabrisol on April 17th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
Ooo... These pictures make me miss Vancouver so much.
nikolat3sla: amusednikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
any recommendations for the rest of our day? :D
CeNedraWood: movie → tangled → oh joy!cenedrawood on April 17th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
That is one of my all time favorite aquariums! I'm glad you liked it!! :DD

Have fun!
nikolat3slanikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
It was a very large aquarium!!!
mikasteelelell: Secretsmileoxbastetxo on April 17th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
So glad you're having a great time!!! Heee...The Balugas look like swimming marshmellows! Hee!

And Hee about the fleece! Told ya! ;-) (couldn't resist)

Ohh, you guys don't have squirrels! We have them like crazy here! My cat was chasing one the other day!

If you get a chance, try the Queen Elizabeth Gardens, the main garden may not be blooming, but the tropical hot house will warm you up. ;-)

You're making me so jealous to go back!

nikolat3slanikolat3sla on April 17th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
lol we have possums - lots of possums. much bigger, longer paws and not so cute lol

we're going to try and do the gardens when we get back because it will be may then and apparantly most of the flowers will be out by then. although, at the moment all the blossums are out - so pretty.
Sapphsapphs on April 18th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Today was a gorgeous day and it wasn't too cold. How long are you here for? If you get a chance you should take the bus up to Whistler Village for the day. It would be lovely in the spring (but still cold lol).
nikolat3slanikolat3sla on April 19th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Hey :D :D we're catching the bus to whistler on the 29th and staying at the fairmont for two days - hoping to ski! if there's still snow. are you in vancouver?
Sapphsapphs on April 19th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
Oh lovely! Well, the ski fields were staying open for a few extra weeks because they were still getting fantastic snow falls. Hope it's good enough for you to ski!

Yep, I'm living in Vancouver. I live in Burnaby. Not sure if your hotel has Space on the TV, but if you want to watch Sanctuary feel free to come to mine. Housemate and I are already planning a massive Mexican feast to go with it :P
nikolat3sla: angelnikolat3sla on April 19th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
wait, you're australian. elly fail!
KosmikDawgkosmikdawg on April 21st, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
Beautiful shots. Turtle looks like he's praying. :)

Glad to hear you're having a great time!
Julie D.C Hazardpinkmeltingpot on July 14th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
Loved the pics, especially the aquarium ones (and more especially the jellyfish!).

Is it where you took your inspiration from for the aquarium scene in your "Rome" fanfiction? :)
nikolat3sla: never trust anyone over 130nikolat3sla on July 15th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
LOL no actually. that was written waaaaaaaaaaaaaay before. (it's actually not fanfiction but a rp with givemeyourwings :D )

vancouver was awesome though. cold. but epic - and we only got rained on once (and it wasn't really rain. sydney rain could drown you - vancouver rain is more like mist :D )