These pictures should indicate what Vancouver temperatures are like these days
|NOT some kind of meat-eating plant. This is frozen water !!!|
I can't remember the last day that the cold or the rain have made me substantially uncomfortable. A cold draft along the waistline; knuckles complaining about imagined frostbite, etc etc.
Oh, hang on, there were these countries in Asia where I had a completely different problem, namely changing my shirt at least twice a day because I was sweating a lot. The temptation proved too much.
The place I'm going to is served by 2 (TWO) airlines with direct flights departing within one hour of each other. I booked a seat with the more expensive airline and NOT with Air Canada.
Why in the world would I do that? Do I like wasting money? NO. But as someone said in a rather famous play: There is method to the madness!
1) The more expensive airline departs my destination city 4 hours after hotel check-out time compared to 7 hours for Air Canada. 3 hours less being stranded in Limbo with luggage.
2) Since every sane person will book the cheaper flight and that cheaper flight is not fully booked yet, I have a good chance of flying in an empty plane. Once before, the Economy section of the Boeing 777 with a capacity of 300 was occupied by about 20 people and I am hoping for a similar miracle this time. It was rather comical to see those few people wander the empty plane trying to decide on which 3 or 4-seater bench they should try to sleep. You can imagine that this almost was the most relaxing flight ever and in my opinion the chance of a re-occurrence is well worth spending a bit extra on ;-)
|4 am view out of my window|
On the bright side, I managed to not stuff myself every time I was bored at the airport or in the plane, and after 6 hours of sleep in Hong Kong my stomach has not acted up in the least.
This encourages me sufficiently to book my flight to Vietnam. Now WHAT madness is this? A return flight costs $287 and a one-way flight costs $317 ???? I have no idea where I will be at the time of the return flight, but just in case I am in Hanoi, I'll get it for free ;-)
HINT: always check several websites for the cheapest flight. It'll save you surprisingly large amounts of money !!!
In most cities I'd be uncomfortable entering a dark park at this hour
The worst thing that could happen here is being hit by an elder person in the midst of waving their arms windmill-like as part of their morning Tai Chi exercise
Same moon as the one you can see !
|close to Victoria Harbour (waaay overexposed by 'helpful' camera automatic|