Friends are Forever

All photos taken on May 12, 2022.

Our first full day in Vancouver was a bit of a mixed bag. We did lots of walking, as evidenced by my first two posts. This post deals with the bits and pieces of a rather full day.

Friends are Forever ©

School buddies of old

keeping in touch over time.

Friends are forever.

After our morning bloom and Lost Lagoon walks, we set off to explore Coal Harbour. The skies were threatening, but, hey, this is Vancouver. We did not see much or get far, before the showers sent us on to our main purpose—afternoon coffee. We grabbed coffees from JJ Bean and headed back to the hotel for a relax.

Our favourite Edmonton Ethiopian restaurant (Langano Skies) is closing in June. We will miss this place, but, we had packed along a special Langano Skies takeout meal to share with B & K. Langano Skies, now being served in Vancouver. Yay. Even Benji looks like he wants some.

After dinner, B, Patty and I set off on foot for the new park at Richards and Smithe to meet up with S, a lifelong friend to Brian and family. As we walked, the rain started and then the hail started. Good thing we were mostly water proof. We hid under the building overhang in this new innovative park and watched the hail fall as we waited for S to arrive.

The new park is quite imaginative in design and despite the rain, was getting a lot of use by folks of all ages.

S & B, singing in the rain?

The rain finally let up and the sun even showed its face briefly. We opted to do a bit of a walk-about as S headed back to the Skytrain station and home. We eventually found ourselves in Cooper’s Park along False Creek.

in Cooper’s Park
looking back at the highrises

The next three shots are of the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Center. How did we not know this was here? On display are the old locomotive turntable and engine 374, which pulled the first passenger train into Vancouver on May 23, 1887, almost 135 years ago.

Nearby, we stopped beneath the pink Blossom umbrella art installation in Yaletown SkyTrain plaza. the light was fading as we said our goodbyes to S. It was great to see him.

Yaletown B.I.A. installation of Fun Run T-shirts in Helmcken Plaza.

Almost home, we took a short cut through the plaza in the Wall Center. Seeing the lights come on was magical.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

18 thoughts on “Friends are Forever

  1. That picture of the Skytrain station reminded me of much I like that system in Vancouver. Fast efficient and no interactions with traffic. Basically it’s the opposite of what Edmonton is doing. I doubt both systems can be best.

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    1. Despite being the first city under 1 million pop in NA to have an LRT, successions of city councils have allowed it to languish. Couple this with chronic under funding by provincial governments and construction delays and the old Proof of Payment system and we are not as efficient as we should be. Vancouver’s Skytrain system with driverless trails and well placed long lines works very well. I mean, why would you drive in downtown if you did not have to? We stayed off transit while we were there, still preferring to walk or cycle and avoid unnecessary exposures. Thanks for reading Glen. Allan

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    1. After so many moths of walking in winter boots with nano spikes, it was good just to get out and go with normal footwear (if you can call hikers normal. I love the upside down umbrella installations around the world. They create interest in an area. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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  2. Great post and a fun reunion Allan. Your photos and descriptions keep reminding me that Vancouver is a city that must be seen one day. We had a small family reunion planned for this summer in Vancouver, but it fell through. Have great day! John

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    1. Thanks Ann. It was great to see S and hear of his exploits. As the saying goes, there is no bad weather, only bad clothes. Fortunately we chose the right clothes. Thanks for reading Ann. Allan

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