I have a view of paradise at this very moment. That, by the way, is a nickname I have for Vancouver.
I decided to take in the festivities regardless of the my ongoing back and hip issues. I grabbed my camera and headed out to the sky train, which is our rapid transit system.
I’ve had great time thus far. I popped into the Tap & Barrel where I enjoyed a delightful Cobb Salad and brew.
And the view is spectacular. I’m watching the seagulls dive and seals playing in the water. The Maple Leaf if highly visibly.
Canada is a great place to live. Diverse in so many ways.
We’ve done a lot of things right but we have for sure taken some questionable turns. I won’t get into a political diatribe at this moment.
Today we are celebrating her glory. Canada, you are truly magnificent.
And I am so very appreciative that I live in this place that I affectionately refer to as paradise.
The previous evening I was wooed by the moon and at 11:15 PM I slipped out into the streets of New Westminster to accommodate her request for a photo shoot and I managed to get some good shots.
One thing I like is that I always feel safe regardless of the time of day.
I left the Tapp & Barrel to carry on with my day. My server Sylvan was a truly gracious host and excellent server. Originally from a part of Ontario where the mother tongue is French, the cold winters convinced him to ‘go west, young man!’
He is studying communications at S.F.U. and I can see a bright future for Sylvan.
I watched the float planes take off and perused the crowd adorned in red white. People were draped in Molson Canadian flags declaring ‘I Am Canadian’. Molsons is a local beer by the way.
I wondered where I could get one.
Tiny flags on a stick were everywhere as well and I again wondered where I could get one and try as I might, I was unsuccessful at scoring one for myself.
I made my way over to the Rock 101 booth. This is the radio station of choice that I usually listen to. Craig Thullner was manning the booth and we chatted and I had a photo taken with him.
Then I began to wind my way back up to the transit station.
We’ve been in a heat wave over the last month and despite the breeze coming off the water it was hotter than Hades!
I made my way slowly through the maze of activities. As I approached Burrard & Pender me back was a hurtin’!
I gazed up at the Marine Building that was at one time the tallest building in the entire British Empire. I then ventured into the pub housed there known as the Elephant & Castle to quench my thirst and take in a bit of the soccer match. Japan would win 2-1 over England.
Melanie was my server and she too is attending classes to build a career. She is studying Hospitality & Service and has a plan to see the world by means of ‘working vacations’.
I finished up and made my way back home.
I was pretty sore by the time I got here but hey, I’m so glad I got out there and enjoyed the day. I managed to walk quite a bit despite the pain and I will get past this.
Happy Birthday Canada!