|Tom and I with our friend Sheila, a Vancouver reader and resident.|
We invited Sheila to join us for dinner at our hotel in Vancouver, the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown. She was able to arrive at the Showcase Restaurant by 6:15, arriving by public transportation from work.
|We became fast friends with Sheila and hope to see her again someday.|
Sheila, an experienced cruiser/traveler was rife with her own experiences we found varied and interesting. We giggled when she explained she felt she'd known us for a very long time, having read almost all of our posts over these past years.
|This bed and bedding were outrageously comfortable. For the first time in weeks, we had a good night's sleep.|
She reveled in our candor and vulnerability in sharing such finite details of our daily lives but insisted she's much more private about her personal life and would never be able to "spill the beans" as we do on a daily basis. Although, Sheila didn't hesitate to express how she enjoys our revealing candor.
|Functional and comfortable lounge area in our hotel room.|
We're all human and seldom have an original thought, expression or emotional response. For the same reason, many can't stop watching reality TV (which is often scripted in parts) they may be curious to follow our posts. The difference though is that nothing about our lives is "scripted."
|View from our hotel room at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown.|
By 9:30 pm, we'd taken today's photos, said goodbye to Sheila with hearty hugs and promises that, if and when we ever return to Vancouver, we'll surely get together again. It was a memorable evening. Dinner wasn't too bad either!
Thank you, Sheila, for taking the time and effort to come see us, to share your thoughts, your vast travel stories, your warm demeanor, and kindness. You'll always hold a special place in our hearts.
May all of our readers find themselves in the company of someone as delightful as Sheila!
Photo from one year ago today, May 16, 2016:
This appeared to be a Balinese boat, called Madurai, one of many designs that we spotted in the fishing harbor in Negara which is quite a site to see. For more beautifully decorated boats in the harbor please click here.