Sunday, February 15, 2009

there's no place like home

with all the holiday time i get, i still love spending a good chunk of it in vancouver. besides seeing family and friends (and actually, i've realised i don't know that many people in vancouver anymore!) i love spending time enjoying my hometown -- just walking around or sitting in a cafe people-watching -- without feeling like i have to fill my days "doing" something or being a tourist.

we also made a short trip to san francisco (well, oakland) before arriving in vancouver to visit my american relatives. here are the highlights of the trip:

  • spending time with my 90-something grandparents (who have recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary!!! a-ma-zing!!!)

  • getting to know my american cousins and their partners better (i haven't spent any extended amount of time with them since i was about 12)

  • enjoying the california sunshine (walking around in short sleeves in february!)

  • taking deep breaths of the lovely fresh air in vancouver, all pine-y and moist

  • eating real chinese / japanese / korean food

  • potluck at my parents' house with all my canadian relatives (d's first ever potluck experience, as potlucks don't exist in england)

  • six hours of rock band with my cousins and my brother

  • learning to turn on a snowboard and getting off the chairlift without falling (baby steps, baby steps!)

  • hanging out with amy at her parents' house (we used to do that A LOT) and catching up with other girlfriends

  • shopping on main street (d and i both lamented the fact that so many neighborhoods in london, and even the rest of the country, all look the same, with the same chain shops and the same chain restaurants. it's so refreshing to find independent shops all clustered together on main street, and so many supporting local designers and artists.)

  • a morning walk on kits beach, and lunch at sophie's cosmic cafe

  • going for one-last-meal with my family before leaving

photo: whistler (hey, no one looks good in a helmet!!)

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