I spent yesterday afternoon strutting around downtown Vancouver to reacquaint myself with the city and take in the recent developments. I had almost forgotten about the courtesy that drivers show pedestrians over here. If you even vaguely look like you could be thinking about the possibility of maybe crossing the road then the traffic will stop.
I strolled around Canada Place for a while looking at the adjacent building work going on for the 2010 Winter Olympic main media centre and the float planes coming in and going back out again. Someone told me the other week that there were in fact only two seasons in Canada: winter and construction and this seems to be holding true. It was at this point that I was strafed by a squadron of seagulls and decided to call it a day.
This afternoon I hired a bicycle with the plan to go around Stanley Park but I got a little carried away and ended up passing through False Creek, Chinatown and Gastown before going back along the waterfront to Stanley Park and the aquarium. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about aquariums and zoos – I think that I probably fall on the ‘for’ side of the fence. The downside of captivity of wild animals is balanced against the fund raising, preservation and breeding programmes that are in place these days.