Sunday, September 26, 2010

Vancouver Recap

Since I just returned from Vancouver and the trip is still fresh in my mind, I thought doing a little recap here might be helpful. You know, for the sake of posterity. Trouble is, my calender tells me that my Canadian sojourn was almost three weeks ago! How is that possible? Time and space have obviously come undone! Oh well, guess I'll post a few pictures and a bit of a travelogue anyway...

View from the 33rd Floor
Vancouver really is one of my favorite cities. The people are so nice, the food is so good, it's beautiful... The list goes on. This time we stayed at the Empire Landmark on Robson. On the 33rd floor! The view was amazing. A friend told us over dinner that it was Vancouver's first skyscraper. 

Capilano Suspension Bridge
Speaking of views, we finally visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a 450 foot long bridge which spans a 230 foot deep gorge. The park also has tall bridges suspended between huge trees. Definitely not an attraction for those with a fear of heights! But quite lovely and a lot of fun... And full of cute tiny squirrels which moved so fast that I could never capture any in a photo. I later read that they were actually a type of flying squirrel, which explained the neat ripple of extra skin and fur along their flanks. 

Banana Slug?

The next day promised rain, but we didn't mind. Rain is quite exotic if you live in SoCal! Plus, it brings out the slugs. I love the slugs that live in the Pacific Northwest. I have no idea if they are a bother if you actually have to live with them on a day to day basis, but they are very cool to see. And huge! Most of the ones we spotted were at least as long as my hand. Gabriel made fun of me because we ended up with more slug photos than anything else. What can I say? Giant slugs have personality!

On our last day we attended the Vancouver ComiCon, where Gabriel was a guest. Leonard, our host, made it a wonderful experience. He even brought us vegan dim sum for lunch! Our table was next to talented writer Greg Rucka's, and it was truly a pleasure chatting with him and his charming daughter. It was also great to meet some of the Vancouver comics community, including Ed Brisson. If you can find a copy of his Murder Book I suggest you pick it up. And to top it all off, I finally got to meet one of my favorite etsy people, Emmarts, also known as Fluur! I have admired her work for a couple of years now, and am always happy to run into her in the virtual etsy world, but getting to meet her in person was a real treat. Turns out, she's even nicer in person. And I can't thank her enough for gifting me with one of her beautiful abstracts. 

So maybe I didn't just return from Vancouver. But hopefully time and space will rearrange themselves in such a way that we will be able to return there before too long.

Yes, I'm a fan of the giant slug.


  1. Cool! I also love the slugs, and it was in Vancouver that I first saw them as a teenager on a trip with the family. We saw a lot of cool things walking around in the rainforest, but of course, the banana slugs are what I remember most!

  2. i'm from vancovuer it's the home of my heart. great post & i never would have thought slugs would be that

  3. Hi Corinna, the blog makes me long for places I've already been! I'd love to go back. What? You didn't get more comments on your slugs? I am shocked! Maybe we need a banana slug pendant :)

  4. I just moved away from vancouver and I am missing the amazing food already.. mmm sushi and bubble tea and congee

  5. i adore vancouver, my daughter attended emily carr and since then I have a crush on the city, love your vancouver tales

  6. Your trip to vancouver sounds amazing! I love the pictures, particularly the Capilano Bridge - the scenery looks beautiful.

  7. I'd love to go on that suspension bridge! I'm not afraid of heights, but rather suspect that a shaky high bridge would test my comfort level enough to make it exhilarating! And you can't beat those giant slugs.


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