VANCOUVER CHINATOWN - Saturday, July 17, 2004
Today I have plans to venture into the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown. After a satisfying breakfast of oatmeal and eggs, I mount my trusty mountain bike once again for another day of Vancouver adventure. After a few miles of riding, I find myself passing through an ornate entrance that ushers me into the heart of Chinatown. Comprising many square blocks of city real-estate, the Asian community quickly envelopes me, I actually feel like I'm in China (not that I've ever been to China, but it more than satisfies my imaginations of what it would be like).
Strange sights, sounds and smells abound. Both colorful and ornate, this little piece of China is not only alluring, it also harks back to perhaps a simplier time, to a place where people work together, love together, stay together. This is a "true" community. It promotes a warm feeling of welcome, even to an outsider such as myself.
After riding around for a bit, I decide to park the bike and tour Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Park and Gardens. Turns out, the tour is both fascinating and educational. I really gain an appreciation for the subtle architectural affects of yin and yang, as eloquently played-out within the beautifully gardened environment.
After touring the gardens I head over to English Bay Beach to grab dinner. Soon the day relents to evening and after working on the website at a coffee shop for a few hours, I decide to head back to the van and call it a night.
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DAY OF REST - Sunday, July 18, 2004
Today I rest from the tourism bit, I spend the entire day couped up in the van travel writing. I figure it's better to stay cloistered in the van than wandering around Vancouver looking for a peaceful place to write. The temptation to goof off would be too great for me if I was away from the van, so, in the best interests of my travel writing, I staying put. You know, this trip of mine isn't all fun and games, although, I do have to admit, I do enjoy the writing aspect. So, maybe it is all play after all!
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