hey, my blog is gettin' all dusty!!
Time to start blogging again, but my brain isn't cooperating. They say hyper-sensitive people like me need one day for every time zone to get over jet lag. Vancouver is 9 hours behind Germany, so you figure it out. I am STILL feeling weird, if you can believe it. Will force self to blog anyway before blogging mojo is compeletely lost.
School started for the boys last Thursday and since it was Boy10's first day in a new school (the same secondary school Boy13 attends), the excitement and anxiety were right off the wall. We've now got the books and the backpack and the bus under control so it should be clear sailing from here on in. Public school is free in Germany, BUT I'll just mention that I spent EUR 267 on text books and work books last week. And that's not including regular school supplies. Some books are borrowed (for a fee) from the school and others have to be bought new from the bookstore. What fun.
I have a ton to do today, so I'll leave you with a few more Vancouver pictures.
West Vancouver is made up of four main areas traditionally known as "villages" - residential/retail areas that each have their own character. I've mentioned Horseshoe Bay and Caulfeild (where my parents live) before. Dundarave and Ambleside are the two other ones. Between Dundarave and Ambleside villages there is a very popular 1.7 km watefront walk with many beaches and little parks along the way. There are no dogs allowed on the walkway which makes it quite a refreshing change from German sidewalks!
Dundarave Beach looking west
view of the walk looking west
looking east from the pier
view of the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park, both Vancouver landmarks.
a little about the bridge (click to enlarge)
A short history of the bridge here and more beautiful pictures of Stanley Park here.
Hollyburn Sailing Club
Ambleside Beach at the end of the walk
Can you believe how blue the sky was? We had fabulous weather during our whole vacation and that is definitely NOT par for the course in Vancouver but sure we lucked out this time.