Today is British Columbia Day … and here’s their flag, which I saw at the Belkin Gallery on the BC campus as I wandered towards the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) on my recent short introductory visit to Vancouver.
|Salt Spring Island is just off Vancouver Island, where|
I am staying; the ferry line from the north is from
Nanaimo; while the straight line is the 49th parrallel
It’s a holiday – but life at the farm doesn’t stop … more updates anon … for now a Vancouver misadventure by me!
I’d set off earlyish (7.00 am) for a 45 minute drive to the Nanaimo ferry … I knew there were two – and assumed that they were in the same place … but no – anyway I walked onto the ferry to Twsawwassen – it was Vancouver way.
Inadvertently it was probably a wise mistake … it was longer, but less hassle … got off the ferry onto a bus, and onto the metro straight to my stop at City Hall.
|This was day 2 ... not the best photo - but you can just see|
the skyscrapers appearing from the coast, as Vancouver
is built in, around and above various waterways
When I’d booked my room I’d no idea about the layout of Vancouver … but it was the perfect place to stay. I looked north over the city, not in the maelstrom of tourist/cruise ship life – yet was on the metro, the bus and foot to places I wanted to see or get to.
|City Hall - art deco style|
I was meeting friends the next day for lunch at a restaurant by City Hall …another post on that! But that first day I dropped my bag at the B+B, thankful they were open. Got the bus out to the BC campus …
Then had to walk across the campus to the MOA … it was quite a long walk … lots of building works going on and I’d no idea of the Uni’s layout – just knew I was aiming for Point Grey and the museum.
|BC Campus - Rose Garden ... 'ocean' beyond ...|
I was directed towards the Rose Garden … and carried on walking past the Morris and Helen Belkin (contemporary) Art Gallery and various sculptures none of which I could do full justice too: I had a goal and it was late afternoon …
I got to the Rose Garden area and with relief saw a food set up … wandered across – I did notice there were no prices, or much advertising etc – but wasn’t stopped and was longing for a drink and a light snack.
Happily helped myself … a delicious fruit punch, a choice from lots of Mediterranean style dishes … I ‘ladled’ a few salady spoonfuls into my bowl … then looked up to ask how I pay … ah …
|It does look good doesn't it ...?|
… they looked at me, my eyes wandered along the four of them in the ‘cart’ above … found the boss looking one … he looked at me … I looked at them … ah! … are you part of the film crew?
That answered that problem … but I had a small dish of fodder, some delicious looking punch – none of which could be returned whence it came …
… oooh once again I was embarrassed – they said don’t worry … first I thanked them profusely … and then said I’d pay it forward … still to do that … something will turn up … I moved a distance away from the film area – it was another tv series I gather, but could see no set …
|I'm sure architecturally it is interesting ... and when|
well lit per media shots ... it looks stunning - but on 'my day' -
it was a little undaunting. It is built on 'unceded Mesqueam
territory' ... (First Nations land)
I did get to the MOA eventually … nearly running down the Rose Garden steps … and didn’t have much time – still a reason for another visit in due course. A quick tour around the grounds of the Museum and a very quick whizz through some of the exhibits … then it was closing time: 5.00 pm.
|Definitely not my photo!|
Back to the bus … where do I get off … I said Broadway – the driver said it’s here … so off I get start to walk – then ask how far to City Hall (the bit I’d forgotten to mention) … someone said about 20 blocks! By then I was tired and waited for the slow bus … the wait was slow too!
|Vancouver skyline - not by me!|
Still … I’d got back to where I recognised and had my bearings … now for supper as I was fair exhausted … but that is for another day … tales of Vancouver and some other places I’ve recently visited to follow …
This is becoming my 3rd age misspent youth … a series of misadventures or perhaps good unintended consequences that can be written up about …
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