Monday, July 23, 2012

Land Ho! Vancouver, Saturday July 21

We had to leave our stateroom at 8 a.m., then hang out in the Explorers' Lounge until our disembarkation time of 9:50. We went through customs quickly as we didn't have to wait for luggage, but we did have to take out a birchbark basket to show the customs officers when we proclaimed that we did have an item made of wood.

We took a taxi to our hotel. As it was too early to check in, we walked down the street to the Scout Canada shop and had fun looking at red boy scout uniforms and unusual patches. We selected a few. Bret chose the 'international commerce' merit badge, rationalizing that he was exchanging Canadian money for the transaction. Reed picked a local patch featuring an orca. Following a delicious lunch at a Chinese restaurant, we finally check in. We had a lazy afternoon – reading, catching up on the blog, swimming in the pool, downloading a couple of hundred emails, doing laundry – ok, maybe not such a lazy afternoon. Later we walked down to dinner. Photos – Canada Place, site of the 1988 Expo which Bryn attended with her friend Anne Marie, now this is the cruise terminal. And a view of the city from our hotel balcony.

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