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.
The view also helps and today the temperature was just right. It was not too hot at all. Next time I'll remember to bring a water bottle. But I got lucky because there were people handing out free samples of volcanic mineral water. It was actually black, but tasted just fine. I'm glad I got those extra minerals in me today.
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 got there and then finished dinner? The air was so thick with smoke, it was pretty unreal. And the smell. The smell of campfire is so strong that it's starting to give me a headache and make me feel a little nauseous. It's still quite hot out (but hotter inside!) and we've got the fans on full blast. That's helping with the temperature a lot. But the smell. Whoa. Brutal. I can only imagine what the people closer to the fires have to deal with. UGH.
I have seen the sun look like this before, but not in Canada. I've seen it look like this in Saudi Arabia during shamal season - sand storms where the wind would whip up the sand and there would be grit everywhere. You could feel it in your teeth and between your fingers and it would line the window ledges INSIDE. Blech. Fine, gritty sand grains. Everwhere. And the sky would be dark like this for a few days. It's a little spooky.
Hopefully this will pass soon. It's looking awful for many of the towns nearby the fires. There are SO many fires right now. Look at these numbers:
There are more than 70 wildfires greater than 10 hectares burning in B.C., and at least 171 total active wildfires. [SOURCE]
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 in for another long summer like last year. It started super early and we've only had a day of rain that I can remember in the last 2 or 3 weeks.
I took enough photos to last for a week, at least. Along with the beautiful plants in the garden, there were all sorts of creatures in and around the Bloedel Floral Conservatory
waiting for their photos to be taken. It was a lovely photo walk. We walked about 5KM today! Yah! Mike kept track on an app on his phone.
After taking the touristy tour around the garden and the conservatory (so many photos to follow!) we found our buddy Tami. She's a watercolour artist and sells her work in the park every summer. Here she is painting in the shade.
It was a surprise visit! She didn't know we were dropping by. Happily and luckily, it was lunch time for her, so we got to go for lunch and a stroll down Main Street.
So much walking! So much photo taking.
Summer is starting off right.
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 my lunch late in the day when my shift was 10 to 6. Anyway...Tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be taking my lunch and hopefully I'll see some visiting teams for the Fifa Women's World Cup. It slipped my mind today that the Japanese Women's Team was here playing Switzerland
. And they won! I love the Japanese team! I watched them last time and they did really well.
It looks like there's some kind of "Fan Zone
" over by the Stadium on Thursday. I will be sure to drop by there and I'll be perusing the usual spots that tourists like to visit - The Clock in Gastown! The Vancouver Art Gallery...uh...all the places we ran into the Olympic athletes. Robson Street was a good place as well.
I am on a mission.
I just have to remember that tomorrow.
In other news, I picked up some fancy file folders for work tonight. I'll show you them tomorrow. That was $5 well spent for a little desk decor.