February 28, 2006

Veni Vidi Vancouver

Well, I just put my stats midterm to bed, and have also accomplished about three bajillion improv-related errands already today, so I think I've earned myself a little time to gush about the West Coast.

In a lot of ways, Vancouver reminded me of Toronto, a sprawling mess of suburbs snaking out from a glitzy, glassy downtown core. I found my St Clair among the Value Villages and ethnic enclaves of Hastings Street, and my Bloor West Village in the gentrified yuppie-ville of Commercial Drive.

But, in a lot of other ways, and, importantly, a lot of good ways, Vancouver is gloriously unique. For a start, there's not that $£*&@!!! tower penetrating (yes, penetrating) the skyline— which is just a giant relief, because the views around town are breathtaking. Everywhere you go you're either on a mountain or looking at a mountain, and the net result is that you often find yourself gazing off at wispy clouds swimming between snowy peaks, or at the mass of buildings downtown crushing each other to get into the sunset first.

Vancouver is also in a spot that would be a temperate rainforest if not for all the civilization, and is thus exactly as someone in one my classes described it when I told them I'd be going there: lush. My first day I took an extended stroll through Stanley Park, and was mesmerised by the glimmers of sun floating through the mossy leaves of the redwoods. Then I sat in English Bay and watched the freighters nestling in the warm Pacific, and really did wish that it would never end.

Oh, and the best part of all? A Starbucks on every corner— of course.

That's all for now, but still to come in future updates:



At 4/9/07 23:45, Anonymous Jeremy said...

Vancouver and VICTORIA are great. glad you enjoyed visitng.

If you get the chance, take a trip down to Seattle. Beautiful city too.


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