Today was a “practice” scavenge in Vancouver, a great way to try to get us newbies on the same playing field as the more experienced teams. We covered Vancouver on foot, by bus (didn’t have the fare and when my credit card didn’t work the driver let us ride for free – hooray, kind bus driver!), aquabus, train, ferry, and tandem. Yep, Vi and I braved the 46 degree, cold rain to ride a tandem seven miles through a park just to get practice points. Having been with me for so long, Vi is accustomed to the saying “no pain, no gain,”. She does frequently ask when the gain part comes in.
Of all the sites we saw, Vi was most keen on taking a photo of me in this alleyway. There were some really twitchy junkies just outside the frame to make me feel like I’m back in San Francisco.
For those of you headed to Vancouver, you might want to spend oodles of dough on funky shoes at John Fluevog. If Steve Madden and Doc Marten had a son, it would be John. We aren’t shoe shoppers, but one of the challenges was to discover the story behind their most expensive shoe. Happy to know Tina Turner has a home outside of Mad Max movies.
Our indigestion challenge was to eat a Japadog – a Japanese style hot dog complete with dried seaweed, onions, and teriyaki sauce. Let’s just say that by the time we get to the airport it will have likely been exported.
Last but not least, we are leaving in four hours for Vietnam! Vi and I have never been, so this will be exciting as my only knowledge of the country comes from Rambo: First Blood Part II. That probably gives us an unfair advantage.
More to come!
And please don’t suggest or give tips to our already extensive knowledge of Vietnam. I’ve got a red bandana and a black tank top, what more could I need?