Tuesday, 31 May 2016

2016 05 30 Back to Vancouver

I had a flight at 12 midday, so got to Kelowna Airport about 10. Got a coffee with Jason just before going through security.

I went for a window seat on this one, turns out the whole row was free. The views on this flight were amazing. I think on the way to Kelowna it was all cloudy, but this was all clear.

When i got to Vancouver it was an amazing sunny day so I went for a went for a walk to the Inuksuk. Which is a statue made of stacked rocks, from what i understand this is something the native indians did to point people in a certain direction. I'm not sure what arm to follow though?

Then I kept walking south and got on a boat to Granville island again as it was not raining this time.

2016 05 29 Peachland congregation meeting

We had the meeting at 10am. It's always great to see Jehovah's organisation operate within a different culture. The information's exactly the same just in a local context.

Then after the meeting a bit of witnessing. They have their convention coming up so it was invite work. Something I noticed is that allot of the houses have their bottom floor sunk in to the ground. Jason explained that its because you have to dig down 2 feet to lay foundations but they often go deeper. This is because the top 2 feet of earth freezes and its not a good thing to put a foundation on because it expands and contracts.

Also, I saw my first humming bird. Initially it sounded like a huge bee nearby, then I looked and saw it was a tiny humming bird. They move so fast.

Melanie cooked an amazing dinner and a few friends came around to. It was a fun night.

Unfortunately no photos to show for this day..

2016 05 27 Exploring Kelowna

Went for a drive to Peachland, here's the view from the water.

Peachland Museum.

Mission Hill Winery. This place was such a pleasant place to be.

Jason and I sat here for a while talking.

The bell rings for a good 4 minutes on the hour.

Went to this park in the hope of spotting a black bear, we didn't. But it's nice to know children can play in the same environment as a black bear. :)

2016 05 28 Summerland Kingdon Hall and an Indian Reserve

On our way to the indian reserve we stopped in at the open day for the brand new Summerland Kingdom Hall, this was a day for the community to come to the hall and take a look. It was all done so well and it looked so good.

This is the Indian Reserve, NK'MIP pronouced in-kem-meep. It was quite interesting to learn of the struggle that the indian people have, and it sounds so similar to the aborigines of Australia. Their loss of identity and culture.

This is the Kovesy's:

Went for a drive to find spotted lake, which was mentioned a few times at the cultural centre. This is it. But it's full of water so its hard to make out the spots. Usually you see lots of circles of water, they form from minerals that build up to for the circles that the water sits in.

That night we went to the super market, this is what we saw from the car park.

2016 05 26 Granville Island and getting to Kelowna

I had a flight to Kelowna at about 7pm. The only goal I set for myself was to get to check out Granville island.

It's an interesting place, basically an island with a marketplace for food, and lots of craft places that have artists making things in their workshops as you walk past. I went in to a photographers shop and bought an amazing photo of the city that was taken in a helicopter and got to chat with the photographer himself.

It was very busy and raining heavily on and off.

I went for a walk down one of the paths that lead off to the left and the right when you walk of Granville island. Came across all these Geese.

The rain started setting in again, so decided to make my way to the airport and wait for my flight to Kelowna to visit the Kovesy's.

This is their dog Molly by the way. Molly is so cute and little, she can jump high and hunts the rats and marmots out in the back yard.

2016 05 25 Walking Vancouver

I looked in to a few places that were used as establishing shots in Stargate SG1 and set out to take a look at them.

This is a China town line station just a block from my hotel. I like the building behind and the contrast of old and new with those office spaces added on top of it.

This is one of Daniels appartments in Stargate SG1.

I really enjoyed the architecture in Vancouver.

Those busses are connected to the lines above, they can change lanes and the poles just stay connected to the lines.

This is the first steam powered clock in a part of Vancouver called Gastown.

It makes a sound every 15 minutes and plays a tune on the hour.

I walked over to the north east to walk along the water up to the science museum.

The science museum is the big globe.

Appartment buildings everywhere. In Canada i never saw dull concrete structures for appartment buildings, they are always made to look like homes. It was similar in Portland.

This was near the Science museum, which is in the oposite direction of this shot.

Vancouver Chinese Garden. Chinese make up almost a third of the population in Vancouver and they've been there from the very begining of Vancouver. Persecuted and restricted by law throughout there time in Vancouver.

Sometimes you'll be walking towards a whole bunch of asian people, then you hear them talking in a Canadian accent.

Nice architecture once again.

This Library was used as an extablishing shot for McKays office in Stargate SG1.

This is the Law Courts and was used in Stargate SG1 as Washing DC Airport.

Geese are in most of the parks, they are so big.

This is the start of my Stanley Park shots.

In this shelter is a canon that is scheduled to fire at 9pm every night.

Here you can see the sulfur pits. They were used is an offworld episode of Stargate SG1 called P3X-562. You'll have to google it.