Back in British Columbia…nice.  Cathal and I left a much colder Fernie, BC, back in mid-February.  Since then, we have been pretty much basking in sunshine from Martinique to Seattle, via a whole lot of other places.  Vancouver was no exceptions.  We arrived on the Amtrak bus from Seattle on the 4th August and were met by Roger McMeans, a Vancouverian (is that how it’s said!) who we had met in Mali back in November.  It was great to catch up with him and meet his lovely wife Kim, and it really made us realise that we have been on the move for a very long time!  

We spent two days with Roger and Kim in their house in Kitsilano.  Their house is light filled and has a stunning view over downtown, West Vancouver, and the water.  The sun rises over the hills towards Whistler and bathes the whole house with red light.  Despite all of this, Roger and Kim are moving to Mexico in September, in search of a more tropical lifestyle and different cultural experiences.  

In between delicious BBQs and mohitos on the deck of the house, we took a trip to Whistler – now a popular summer destination for many people – notable hardcore downhill mountainbikers.  Those guys wear a lot of gear.  It was funny seeing the skilifts take up alternatively 4 bikes and then 4 people!  It was beautiful up there, we will have to return for a winter visit sometime.  

The other reason we visited Vancouver was to support my brother Alan at the World Ultimate Frisbee Championships.  Already a veteran of two Worlds, in Germany and Finland, Alan made his third bid with his Irish team mates to clinch a title.  Despite a very keen performance, they unfortunately failed to make a top place.  They were awarded the spirit award – helped I’m sure by the vocal support from the lads on their J-1 summer trip to Canada!  Every rugby and soccer chant was converted into a frisbee one for the event.   We watched them in action out at the University of British Columbia, a huge campus in a lovely setting.  

Dad & Hazel also made the trip west to support the frisbee-heads, and kindly treated Cathal and I to 4 nights in the Grand Westin Hotel, a great treat for us tent-weary folk!  We had a lovely few days, enjoying walking in the city and eating out in the evening.  Vancouver is a fantastic city, it really makes you want to throw on your running shoes and go cycling/running or get out on the water.  

I had the amazing coincidence of bumping into an old school friend, Katherine, whom I knew was planning on moving to Vancouver, but I was not totally sure she was here.  And there she was coming out of Blenz coffee shop!  We enjoyed a catch up on the last night, at “Wild Rice” restaurant with Cathal and Roger.  

We took a taxi to the airport for our flight to Prince Rupert on Sunday morning, to start our Alaskan adventure – the last for us together on our honeymoon.  We had our backpacks and a duffel full of food – ready for seakayaking and hiking!


1 Response to “NEW! Vancouver & World Ultimate Frisbee Champs”

  1. 1 Monica snf Jim August 18, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    great to see the frisbee pics – I hope your london stint will make the web diary so I too can be on line!!!

    M x

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