So what happened instead of internet trawling? In no particular order...
I climbed up the Grouse grind and Lynn Peak on the weekend. Not major ascents but maxing out vertical mileage wasn't meant to be a pie eating contest. Both peaks still had a lot of snow, which is cool. Literally. Dirty/icy snow so we passed on the idea of a snowball flight.
Played a bit of blackjack at the Casino. I forget which casino. I did not know its name at the time either. Thankfully no money was lost...except on drinks (along with gift shop that's how they get you).
On my first full day (Wednesday) I ran around the city's sea wall beginning on the east side of Stanley Park, making my way through the park's interior. I came across this sign:
|Vancouverites do not merely walk through their parks. This guy will appreciate the designation.|
After the lunch I was full of energy, but I bit off more than I could chew (running-wise, not the lunch). That is, I tried to continue run all the way to UBC campus but after running another hour east I realized that wasn't going to happen in a realistic time frame. Instead took bus back to friend's place. Probably ran 20 miles. Enough for one day. I revisited the university campus a few days later and toured the
|Just outside UBC|
|Lucky I brought my passport|
What else? A few restaurants, watched my friend defend an appeal case in family law (they're open to the public, which makes sense). Cool stuff. I will say is this much about it: don't buy Lakota Vitamins.
Montreal vs Vancouver:
-Well-run infrastructure (and easy-to-understand city signs, i.e. parking & biking)
-Low density suburbs with jam-packed houses (housing is always low density no matter how packed) next to 20-story apartments
-Large grocery stores (but some nice smaller Asian ones, thankfully)
-Small, well-defined downtown core
-Few small parks many big ones
-Superficially polite people (especially Asian-canadians who say 'thank you' every time when dismounting bus) who mostly they keep to themselves
-Sunny dry/rainy cold season combo.
-Grassroots/bottom-up style initiatives (student protests, for one. Tam-tams, for another.)
-Poorly-run infrastructure (and hard-to-understand signs, i.e. parking & biking)
-Densely populated pseudo-'burbs (shoulder-to-shoulder 4-story apartments/condos)
-Lots of small grocery stores, few big ones
-Relatively large, loosely-defined downtown area
-Many small parks, few large-sized ones
-Superficially not-so-polite people (but nice when you get to know them)
-Sunny humid/snowy wet season combo