When you’re on vacation, it’s hard to keep track of what day it is and yesterday, Sunday, my day to post just came and went.
And speaking of late, we’re actually in Lincoln City, Oregon, having already spent our time in Vancouver and Seattle.
Vancouver was amazing. We haven’t been to Portland yet, but Vancouver outshines Seattle. The downtown is very compact with many highrises and skyscrapers — all seemingly in white or light colors which gives the city a shimmering look from a distance.
And it feels slightly foreign. Not just the clipped Canadian accent, but the way the houses look and the general feel of the place. Almost English, but not quite. We can’t quite put our finger on it, but it is definitely there.
Some of that feeling is because the city has a very large Asian population — more than half, which gives it a distinct feel all its own. We take advantage of that and eat in a fabulous Malaysian restaurant!
One of the most amazing things about Vancouver is that the public transportation system is on the honor system! Really! They sell tickets, but there is no where to collect them. When we asked the staff, they told us they were planning to set up the equipment, but it hadn’t happened yet. So, we essentially made a contribution to the city of Vancouver by buying all those tickets.
The other thing that was puzzling was the number of people on the street who were homeless. More than we had seen anywhere in a very long time. Where was the famous Canadian health and human services support system? I know a bit about the issues people have who are “street homeless” — mostly very severe mental illness and/or substance abuse, but there are solutions and I would have thought the Canadians would have done a better job of finding them.
As I said, puzzling . . . but we loved Vancouver.
And I will try and keep track of what day it is!