Vancouver is still very restricted due to Covid, but restaurants are allowed to serve outside. Some got rather inventive with plexiglass coverings and gas heaters. We had lunch today at Lift with a view of the boat, and despite cool and cloudy weather, it was rather pleasant sitting in a nice place with good food.
Canada requires returning residents to quarantine for 14 days, we finished this time today and were allowed out of our apartment again. This morning we walked around the seawall and in Stanley Park, this evening we went snowshoeing on Cypress Mountain. There is a lit up trail for night skiing there, a real winter wonderland. It felt great being out again, and after 24,000 steps we are tired now.
I made it through the quarantine in Germany, spend some time with Sheila and my parents there (distanced until I had another negative test), and we returned to Vancouver together. We have to spend another 14 days in quarantine here (the picture is taken from the internet). We have to stay in our apartment, but have organized delivery of food, wine and internet. The weather is cold and mostly cloudy or rainy, so we should be fine. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be May or June until we can get our vaccination here, but we are glad to be back anyhow.
I packed up the boating season early this year and came back to Vancouver a week ago. Sheila and I spent a lot of time visiting friends and family, and the last two days we enjoyed very colourful sunsets. Unfortunately, these are mostly due to smoke from wildfires south of the border drifting north, and the air quality is forecast to deteriorate quite badly. We will try to get to Europe tomorrow, will be interesting how flying works in these strange times.