Saturday, October 28, 2006

Back....in Black

Well, I'm back from my trip to Seattle & Vancouver. My flight was late leaving Montreal so I didn't arrive in St. John's until around 2:30 Thursday morning. So I didn't get back into work until Friday afternoon.

It's great to be back in St. John's, I really missed Trudy and the kids and it's so good to be back with them.

I've titled this blog "Back in Black" in honour of the very nice leather jacket that my sister Janice bought for me while I was in Seattle.

On my last night in Vancouver I went to Chinatown for a meal. There's a very subtle little awning that marks the entrance to Chinatown:

Actually it's not subtle at all, it spans the entire street and there are lion statues at the base of the white pillars:


As I was walking towards Chinatown I was thinking that I didn't have a lot of time since I was meeting Trudy's cousin Greg to see "Monty Python & The Holy Grail" at the VanCity Theatre at 7:00. So I was planning to go for a meal at the first restaurant that had a large sign with lots of Chinese writing on it. I saw one in the distance but changed my mind about eating there when I got close enough to read the English words....it was an insurance office. So I walked a little farther and eventually went into a restaurant for a meal of chicken & chinese mushrooms & chow mein. It was very good, the mushrooms were very tasty, but I just couldn't drink the Chinese tea that they served me. I guess it's an acquired taste because to me it tasted like hot bog water.

So I finished my meal, walked to the theater, saw the film with Greg and then went back to my hotel to pack. Here's the view of downtown Vancouver from my hotel room:


Downtown Vancouver is a cool place, there's lots to see and do. And even when it rains it's not so bad, because the rain comes straight down so umbrellas actually work there. Not like here in St. John's where the rain comes with wind and umbrellas are virtually useless.

Kirkland and Seattle are very nice too, we're hoping to all get there next year for my niece Kim's wedding. The kids will have a blast, there's lots of exciting stuff to do there.

Anyway, as I'm now back in St. John's with no more plans for travel in the near future, this may be my last post for awhile. Unless something exciting happens, like a trip to see the mines on Bell Island!

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