Add to this the fact that our nanny left last Friday for a month’s vacation, so Hubby and I are going on leave from work to take care of Caila and Sophie. Hubby is the stay-at-home dad now. After 2 weeks, it’s my turn to be the stay-at-home mom. It’s an adjustment, but we’ll manage. At least it gives us more time to spend with the kids. And since they’re closer to me, these first couple of weeks will give them more chances to bond with their daddy.
Anyway, to continue with our first family vacation out of the UAE back in July, our 4th day in Canada was spent in Vancouver doing the usual tourist stuff: go to the popular places and take pictures ☺However, our girls weren't in the mood so most of the ones you'll see here are just of me and Hubby, or they'll be in the picture but they won't be smiling.
To save on the high parking rates in the city, Kuya parked his car just outside Central City mall and we all took the Skytrain from Surrey Central, using the day passes for unlimited use of the Skytrain and buses.
|Waiting for the Skytrain that would take us to Waterfront Station|
Coming from a place where the metro has glass barriers that only open and close when the train arrives and the passengers tap their cards to enter and ride, the Skytrain did not operate on the same standard. As you can see in the picture above, it was wide open, so we had to hold the kids' hands tightly else they might run, slip, or have the crazy idea to jump on the railway. Plus, there was no way to know if the passengers had cards or not. There was no barrier or gate to swipe or tap before entering so there was easy access for anyone who wanted to ride. It was just like the tram when we visited Germany last year. I'm not sure if they do random checking on the train, though. I asked my brother, but he was as clueless as I was because he rarely goes on the Skytrain.
If you ride on the Skytrain, you'll know why it's called that. The rails are really up, above, and elevated which gives its passengers great views of the places it passes by. And when you look down, you can hardly see the rails at all! There was no border or railing that would keep the train from falling (you know, just in case it goes off the tracks). Pretty scary when you think of it!
Thankfully, the panoramic views kept us from worrying and we arrived safely at our destination. Ate Evelyn was already waiting for us at the Waterfront Station when we went down, so we immediately walked to the nearby landmarks: Canada Place and the Jack Poole Plaza.
|All hail The Maple Leaf!|
|I'm in Vancouver!|
|In front of the Canada Place Welcome Centre|
|Outside the Vancouver Convention Centre|
|The Olympic Torch (or Olympic Cauldron) that is lit up only during special occasions|
|Trying to get her to smile...well, at least there was a glimpse of one here ☺|
|Hubby with the seaplane terminal at the background|
|In front of The Drop|
|View of The Drop from afar|
|Notice anything wrong?|
|They still didn't want to have their pictures taken, thus the wacky and expressionless faces|
|The youngest's turn for a ride on her Daddy's shoulders|
|No, we're not in Central Park|
|Ducks freely waddled around, much to the delight of our girls|
|Looking at something she found in the grass|
And just like last time, Sophie copied her sister. She was more confident this time, not wanting me to hold her hand
By the time we finished, it was time for us to go back home. So we all rode the Skytrain again back to Surrey Central, waited a bit for Salman to arrive, then headed to Langley.
The following day, we were up early for our road trip to Seattle. But that's another day which calls for another post. Watch out for it! ☺