I came back to Vancouver for a week to be with Sheila, meet friends and have a couple of biotech meetings. The weather is fairly nice, but today was very windy and I had to sprint across a section of the seawall that was sprayed with waves.
When we have the boat in Vancouver, we sometimes take a trip through the harbour into Indian Arm for a lunch there. This morning, a group of orcas had the same idea. When I was walking around Stanley Park, I saw them crossing under the Lions Gate Bridge. In the last few months this has happened a few times and is probably related to the considerable increase in the pinniped (seals and sea lions) populations here in BC. The transient killer whales, or Bigg´s Killer Whales eat pinnipeds and are doing very well here (in contrast to the resident groups that eat salmon). There are some good sized seal colonies in Indian Arm, and I guess some of the whales have found them and are stopping by on a regular basis.
I am enjoying my time in Vancouver, though our place is a bit of a mess. But Sheila is making great progress with the renovation and I am busy with meetings. Tonight we went together for a business meeting close to the Convention Center, and sitting in the sun chatting with friends was rather enjoyable.
It is our 39th wedding anniversary today and we are celebrating with a visit to a spa and dinner at a French restaurant. All are within walking distance of our place, the weather is great and we are still very happy with each other.
Ich bin für zwei Wochen wieder in Vancouver, Sheila und ich verbringen viel Zeit mit Freunden und Familie. Dazwischen habe ich immer wieder ein paar Biotech Besprechungen. Das Wetter ist sehr durchwachsen, ein paar Tage Sonne, dann wieder Regen und insgesamt sehr kühl. Wenn wir das Wetter in Deutschland und England sehen, sind wir sehr neidisch.
We returned to Vancouver yesterday. The weather is cloudy and cool, and when I walked in Stanley Park this morning, there were still a few places with some patchy snow. It is nice to be back anyhow.