Finally, sunshine! Vancouver is a beautiful city!


Overlooking the South Tower of the Sheraton Wall Centre with the bay in the background.
Yesterday, we were thrilled to get out on a sunny day.  The first stop on the agenda was a trip to a computer repair store to have Tom's files transferred to his new laptop. His old touchscreen was severely cracked from dropping it months ago, made worse by another fall at the cruise terminal. When touchscreens go bad there is no way to manipulate the cursor, even using the keyboard, making it impossible for us to do the transfer.
We were in awe of the sunset views over the bay.
The cost for the transfer and loading Outlook (which he prefers to use) was a total of US $120.92, CAD $132.50, a bargain considering that included purchasing Office and Outlook.  Tom's relieved to say the least, especially when all of his contacts in Outlook are all intact.  

The job only took a few hours.  While we waited, we found a local restaurant, Joe's Grill, where we had a decent lunch for under US $30, CAD $33.00, a bargain in Vancouver.
Sunset has been amazing now that the clouds have cleared.
As our time in Vancouver winds down and as much as we "should" go out sightseeing, we just don't feel like it.  Lately, we've done so much sightseeing, a reprieve is in order. 

Tom, deep in thought in the Member's Lounge, listening to his favorite Minnesota radio podcast, Garage Logic
For us, this lovely city is a stopping point to prepare for our upcoming cruise to Hawaii to sail across the Pacific Ocean (in part) to our upcoming home for almost seven months on four of the Hawaiian islands.  I suppose it's comparable to one going "home" to repack to prepare for another "vacation."  For us, its just our lives, not a vacation.


What a rose!
We have no home to return to for repacking more weather friendly clothes.  We'll wash and dry what we have, neatly folding it and placing it right back in the same, now well worn luggage to be prepared for the next adventure.  As difficult as this may sound, it is not. 

Tom purchased two bottles of Brandy from a local government owned liquor store in Vancouver for our arrival in Hawaii where the cost will be considerably higher.  The cost was US $56.71.  Usually, he drinks Courvoisier(cognac)  but one small bottle was US $63.88, CAD $70.
Although the past almost two months have required an enormous amount of moving about, we giggle over how often we've moved in such a short time which includes:
  • Madeira to Paris - flight, two weeks in Paris
  • Paris to London - Eurostar train, two weeks in London
  • London to Harwich to a transatlantic cruise - shuttle to Harwich, two week cruise with several excursions
  • Cruise ending in Boston - three days in hotel in Boston
  • Boston to Vancouver - flight, six days in condo in Vancouver
  • Vancouver to Hawaii (upcoming in three days) - 12 days at sea, ending in Honolulu, Oahu where we'll stay for 11 days, then on to Maui for six weeks, Big Island for six weeks, Kauai for four months
The green cast was generated from taking photos through the tinted windows.
This is a lot of packing and unpacking over a period of only 10 months. Surprisingly, so far, we haven't minded. Both of us can now pack or unpack in less than 30 minutes, making the comings and goings relatively low stress.

More fountains in the hotel gardens.
We've developed a routine that when its time to leave, each of us easily slides into our unspoken part with ease and coordination.  Once in awhile, Tom gets grumpy on packing and moving day.  I ignore him and go about my share of the tasks.  Invariably, once on our way, he settles down, smiley and happy.  It goes with the territory. I doubt he'll ever change.

Neatly trimmed pavers in the hotel courtyard.
A long time ago, I learned that "we are who we are" and unless something profoundly inspires us to change, we don't.  We're both found that in this relationship, we accept each other's peculiarities and eccentricities.  People never change as a result of nagging, complaining or whining which neither of us is inclined to do.

As the clouds began to clear we were able to see the houses on the hills.
Don't think for a minute that I'm easy to live with.  Although, I'm cheerful and calm most of the time, I have particular ways of doing things.  Tom is extremely tolerant of me, never complaining about my eccentricities. Mostly, his frustrations are as a result of "things" not happening as planned or expected.   




Flowers blooming everywhere in Vancouver.
Once again, we're in the Member's Lounge, overlooking the city of Vancouver on a perfectly sunny day.  The views around us are all the more unreal on a clear day.

Life is good.

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Photo from one year ago, September 21, 2013:

One year ago on this date, we dined at local restaurant in Kenya, the Blue Marlin, located on the beach of the Indian Ocean.  We were the only diners in the entire restaurant from the time we arrived until we departed a few hours later.  We had a fabulous time.  For details, please click here.
 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree, Life is good.
I don't blame you one bit for not wanting to sight see in Vancouver. Your condo is so beautiful and looks so comfortable, and you deserve the downtime after all the sightseeing you have already done.
As I was reading about your time in Hawaii, I was wondering what made you decide to stay in Kauai for 4 months as opposed to one of the other islands. Does Kauai have more to offer?
I keep meaning to send you an email but time just has a way of getting away from me and then it is too late. So this comment section is so easy to do.
Have a fun cruise to Hawaii. I am excited for you to be seeing your family again, as I know you are too.
Pat

Jessica said...

Hi, Pat!
Good question about Kauai. We decided to stay for four months for a few reasons: One, staying put saves us money and after the expensive holiday with the family over Christmas, what a fabulous place to do so. Two, Kauai is less crowded with tourists making it more quiet and peaceful, exactly what we enjoy. Kauai has so much beauty to savor as do the other islands.

Yes, we are very excited to see family. The time is going quickly toward the dates they arrive. We can hardly wait.

We love to see you posting here. Feel free to do so anytime.

Warmest regards,
Jess & Tom

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