We're in our hostel room in Vancouver after a long day of walking. We walked all the way round the edge of Stanley Park (10kms) plus all over Downtown and Gastown and various other places. Flights etc were all fine yesterday. I know lots of people hate airline food, but I really like it, although I genuinely think vegetarian airline food is very good. There were also good entertainment on, but I fell asleep during most of it. Our hostel was fine, but my annoyingly-responsive body clock meant I woke up at 2am and couldn't get back to sleep, leaving me five hours to consider 1)if I should buy a Macbook (Seamus is selfish with the laptop! It is his laptop but still....) and 2)if Canada has Panda Express chains like the US does.
So today, we went to Stanley Park (it's lovely, and we saw eagles), the Lookout tower (this is a relationship habit, we just like going up observation towers whichever new city we're in), Gastown (mmmm touristy plus STEAM CLOCK!), a shopping mall (it's going to cost about 300 dollars each to get a decent winter coat), a diner apparently selling the best burgers in Vancouver (it's true, they were nice) and a Chinese cafe/art shop. It is bigger and busier than I originally thought, thank god for Stanley Park otherwise I'd be way out of my depth, I've been in the countryside too long. We tried to make a plan for the next couple of weeks to encompass various activities (we are trying to get to an ice hockey game before we go to Waterton), oh and we've decided on Waterton for work. Oh, and we found out it's really hard to get Canadian sim cards, it's so confusing and you have to pay for incoming calls, so really it's been a very full day, we are planning to go on a hostel outing to the pub this evening but Seamus is asleep and I am tired too, so I'm not sure yet. We had a beer earlier in the diner, and it wasn't very nice...I miss cider already.