Today Hank and WIlma visited us, to plan some renovations we need to do, and to have lunch together. Hank, who has a better memory than me, recalled that when we last had lunch together at the end of 1981 we ate carrot soup, had small children and a lot of hair. Guess what we had today, by chance again – carrot soup. When we looked at each other though, we noticed that a few other things had changed ever so slightly. Anyhow, it was great catching up with old friends!
On Friday we went to an interesting theater show at the Italian Cultural Center, or more precisely to a trailer park at the back corner of their parking lot. The show Killer Joe is about a Texan dysfunctional family that lives in a trailer and is trying to get some money. The setup was very realistic, i.e. a trailer, and the 30 odd visitors were lined up along the living room wall watching the show. Very interesting and innovative.
1789 was an interesting year in history (mutiny on the Bounty!), and also is the street address on Comox Street (and name) of a local restaurant that started offering jazz evenings on Tuesday. So yesterday evening we enjoyed very nice music, good food and got a taster for the Vancouver Jazz Festival coming up in June (click here to see my comment on last year´s event).
We had a busy week with setting up stuff, shopping, meeting friends and I attended a seminar at the SFU Faculty of Health Sciences for a full day (long time since I had done something like this!). Today we took it easy though. I went shopping on Granville Island in the morning, and this involves a ten minute walk on the beach (see picture), a short ferry ride, some wandering around on Granville Island as there are always a lot of boats coming in and out and there is an active boat yard there. After picking some fish and vegetable I returned and made lunch: baked halibut.
We are busy settling into life here again, setting up phones and Wi-Fi as well as dealing with some of the administrative issues involved in setting up again after a long absence. Yesterday was rainy, so it was a good time to get on with this kind of stuff. Last night we went to a cabaret show with eight musicians from Luxemburg and Quebec, rendering a modern and quite interesting interpretation of songs written to music from Kurt Weill. Today we went to church, had a nice Cuban lunch and as the weather was better, walked in the rain forest and on the shore in Lighthouse Park. We enjoy the diversity of Vancouver!
Now that Blue Raven is sold, we will use this blog and plan to post occasional updates. The weather here is still a little cool, but the last two days were beautiful and sunny. To see where we are, click here.