Jrex fell asleep while I was changing, so I'm not sure how long I'll have for this entry.
We're in Vancouver! Last night we crashed at a skanky Days Inn in "Saigon". The neighborhood came complete with massage parlours and lots of neon lights. However, we're now ensconced in our cozy B&B over on West 10th St. We can walk over to Commercial Drive which is our kind of quirky strip. It really made us wistful for Baltimore as the parade of Characters wandered by our sidewalk table. At brunch this morning, we sat next to a table full of mixed race couples with lots of kids running around in all hues. We've heard accents and languages from all over the world.
Today we went to the Museum of Anthropology on the University of British Columbia campus. The building itself is very modern, yet was created with the totem poles and fragile wood structures in mind. I love juxtapositions of modern and old, and it's one of the better examples I've seen.
The biggest revelation of this trip has been that Jrex has a better eye than I do!!! I'm so mad (and enjoying it). Last night we didn't know what to do with ourselves after an early dinner at the 'no reservation' Indian restaurant Vij's. We wandered over to a beach on the northwest side of the city. After perching on a bench, I proceeded to take a bunch of photos. Then I handed the camera to Jrex. He protested, but I insisted he should get revenge for all the closeup shots I'd just taken of his chin stubble. Did he ever! I'll have to post them after we get home, but he took some very cool shots of my new glasses, of my earrings and a great shot of a kid bouncing by us on the bike path. As we looked through the photos, he kept saying that he'd think, "What will happen if I do this?" Trust a scientist to experiment... Anyway, his crafted photos have shown me how lazy I've become when I take pictures. I'm too used to being able to take them into Photoshop and crop and polish to my heart's content.
Jrex and I have never had a shared artistic endeavor. He's great at music, I enjoy but that's it. I do the art, he enjoyes. We're having a lot of fun discovering his inner photographer. It's making me step up my game and it's really amazing.
Hope you're all doing well.
Shamed in Vancouver.