Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Walking my socks off

Yesterday my friend Donna (from Ottawa) and I did two walks. The morning we did a 10km walk from Granville St. through the Shaunessay area of Vancouver and on to Queen Elizabeth park. Despite the on and off misty rain it was lovely but very tiring due to all the hills. I have a sore throat and my energy level is not what it should be so I was quite tired. The flowers are beautiful though and it was well worth everything. We stopped for lunch and had a wonderful curried lentil soup. Then we did a 5 km walk in the False Creek area and over to Granville Island. Had a quick look in the market and sat outside with coffee and enjoyed the view. Staggered through the rest of the walk and over to 4th Ave W where we enjoyed an Indian meal. Two for one Butter chicken so can't beat that...along with some naan. Yum. Back here where I crashed.

Poor Donna got stuck with the next door neighbour from hell. When we arrived Sunday afternoon this girl was playing the flute...bad enough. We were both starving so were heading out to get a bite to eat and Donna went back to double check to see if her door was locked and opened the wrong door. The girl started screaming and screaming and screaming. It was almost like a car alarm going off. Donna apologized over and over again and I yelled "Geesh give it a rest already". We had a laugh though - I was so tired I got hysterical over it. Anyway this girl sang along to music at all hours and this morning woke Donna up at 5 a.m. screaming into her cell phone. She also knocked on my door in error yesterday - I said YESSSSSSS in a deep voice and opened the door thinking it was Donna and she said sorry sorry and bowed (she was Japanese) I was tempted to start screaming. :)

This morning Donna headed off to Victoria and I did the 5 km walk along Jericho & Spanish Banks beach - a beautiful morning so it was very enjoyable. I came back to the university and changed and then took the bus over to Taiga to meet my friend Darlene. I got myself a new goretex jacket - I am still wearing the one I got here ten years ago but it's a bit faded and ripped inside. I figure once every ten years is pretty good - it's not cheap but I believe in buying quality. And bonus...it's made in Canada. If I like something I never grow tired of it. Same shade of blue so people will think I am wearing the same jacket! Darlene and I went to Granville Island and looked in the shops and market and then went for a nice Greek dinner in the West End on Denman. Had a lovely view of English Bay. I do love the ocean! Was nice seeing a long time friend - we have been penpals since 1967! And have met several times over the years.

Tomorrow will be a big adventure for me...stay tuned. I cannot wait - something else to tick off the bucket list.

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