Dear Dr. Tanabe,
As I have got a week off since last week, I jaunted off to Vancouver with Kochi-kun and stayed there for three nights and four days. Let me tell you about the short trip.
Luck was not on my side at the morning of the day of departure, for I overslept a little bit. Although I was a deer in the headlights at that moment, it did not take me a long time to leave home for the airport due to enough preparations for the trip, and I luckily could make it and eventually could have a bit of leeway by the time of boarding. What was interesting for me was that one of the flight crews talked to us in an impeccable accent and she said to us, “Onomimonowa Ikagadesuka?”. I was impressed with that, but at the same time I was wondering if she quickly recognized from our appearances that Kochi-kun and I literally looked like Japanese, for we were the minority of passengers onboard the plane indeed.
We arrived at Vancouver safely and were able to check in at Atrium Inn Vancouver (It was within easy reach of the downtown) earlier than a scheduled hour. Soon afterwards we took a free shuttle bus and went to visit Capilano Valley first, which has been famous for an exciting suspension bridge in Canada. While passing through the bridge, I felt so scared that I got stuck for a moment. With that being said, the stunning view of valley from the viaduct was just amazing, and I fully appreciated the nature experience.
Gastown Steam Clock, one of only a few in the world, was also one of the places we visited. There were a lot of people standing by the clock and almost all of them curiously peered up at it. I was indeed delighted at seeing quite a rare clock. An atmosphere of retro in Gastown made us feel so excited, plus Steam Clock just matched the mood. We had a great time going shopping and roaming around the street in Gastown.
Granville Island was the well-known touring spot where we stopped by as well. I got the impression that Public Market, which is said to be an indoor market featuring a fascinating assortment of colorful food, fresh fish, and handcrafted items was not just a market, but it was a big grocery store or a mall.
The trip was so much fun, and personally I really enjoyed every single moment of my stay in Vancouver since I have longed for traveling around some tourist spots in Canada. Even though it was a jaunt, everything was a new experience for me and a very productive time.
Please take care,
bro-taro-world @ Calgary