Waiting for the rain.

by Carol Browne on August 27, 2015 · 0 comments

in General, Photos, Vancouver

So much sunning

Rumour has it we’ll be seeing rain maybe tomorrow, but most likely on the weekend. Me? I’m not so sure. It’s been sunny and hot for ages now and we could smell another forest fire this morning. Turns out there was one right in a park in Surrey! Bonkers.

I’ve also heard rumours of drought until November. Where this information came from, I have no idea. I hope it’s just fear mongering and bad intel. Gastown smells ripe with garbage and, ew, SEWAGE in some parts. Blech. We could use the rain any time.

Even this turtle is waiting.

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The free side of the Chinese gardens

by Carol Browne on August 25, 2015 · 0 comments

in Photos, Vancouver

The free side.

Today on my lunch hour, I had to run the errand of getting the car insured. Thankfully, there was a place to do that right in Chinatown – a part of town I love and completely forgot that I’m very close to working in Gastown. It’s only 4 or 5 blocks away – albeit some scary blocks away. There are many sad, down-on-their-luck folks en route to Chinatown via Gastown. It’s one of the toughest parts of town, right past Pigeon Park.


Two blocks across the street from the saddest part of Vancouver is Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. There’s a paid part (that I used to frequent all the time!) and the “free” side – a public park. After the car errand (that was SO FAST. No line ups, nothing. I was done in 10 minutes!) I had time leftover to visit the free side. Excellent choice if I do say so myself.

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Cooling temperatures

by Carol Browne on August 17, 2015 · 0 comments

in General, Vancouver

It was much cooler tonight.

This was my view tonight after a lively Zumba session on the pier at Canada Place. It was good to get back to that. I missed it 2 weeks in a row. The movements were a little easier today and I couldn’t help but notice the weather was cooler than 2 weeks ago. CRAP. I think it’s starting to be…I can’t say it. Let me show you what I found instead.

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Zumba Arms

by Carol Browne on July 14, 2015 · 0 comments

in Photos, Vancouver

Zumba arms!

I’m a little bit late to the Zumba party, but after today, I am a huge fan. I tried it once last summer, but wasn’t able to make it to the free Zumba lessons at Canada Place due to my work schedule. Today, I was able to make it and stay right to the end. So. Good. I will be doing that every Monday that I am in town. In fact, I think I’ll try to find a second class to take during the week if I can find one (free or not!).  WAIT, is there a Zumba app? That could work!

If you’ve not tried it, Zumba is cooler than Jazzercize. Sorry Jazzericize. You had your day (I used to jazzercize to the Doobie Brothers in the 80’s) now it’s Zumba’s turn. Actually, I think it’s been Zumba’s turn for at least the last 3 years.

The best part of Zumba is definitely the instructors. They are always smiling. And I tried it! I Zumba better when I smile! True story.

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Stinks like campfire. Everywhere.

July 5, 2015

BC is riddled with forest fires at the moment and today the air was filled with smoke and even some ash flakes. We went down to the West End of Vancouver today to visit our buddies, Gord & Jenn, and we ended up going for dinner with them near English Bay. Between the time we […]

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Plenty to see

June 20, 2015

After another glorious #Faturday morning, we hopped back in the car and headed over to Vancouver – all the way to Queen Elizabeth Park. We got there plenty early and hardly had to share the entire grounds with anyone. It was really nice. The sun was shining again – it’s summer now. I think we’re […]

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On the water

June 8, 2015

I’m using a 3 day old photo for today’s blog post! OH NOES! I waited too long to take my lunch and I felt like I couldn’t very well take my lunch from 3 to 4 when I’m done work at 5 pm. I’m just getting used to my new schedule. I used to take […]

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The Sportscasters’ booth

June 7, 2015

Yesterday after all the fun at Maker Faire, Mike wanted to check out the finished broadcasters’ booth at the Olympic Cauldron. He’d been watching it being built for the last few weeks out the lunchroom window. This is the view from the lunchroom (with a pretty long lens). Not too shabby. I had seen it […]

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So much for resting today.

June 6, 2015

I thought/had quietly planned to myself that I wasn’t going to do much today except for the usual Faturday morning IHOP visit. Mike, however, had other plans and we went all over town. We went from the Maker Faire at the PNE and then over to the Olympic Cauldron. And you know what? He was […]

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People just love this clock

June 4, 2015

I hung out today after work with many tourists waiting for the clock to chime. I haven’t done that in a very long time – probably in years. Recently the clock was tuned up and repaired, which was a good thing because the chimes were woefully out of tune. Ha. They sounded hilarious, like the […]

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