We’ve been in Vancouver for 12 days now. So what have we been up to?
We’ve been going to the hospital everyday. We’re not sick. But my grandma has been very sick and has been in the hospital since we got here last week. She is feeling better now. But she needs to stay there for weeks it seems. Please keep her in your prayers. Thank you.
Other than hospital visits, we have spent quite a bit of our time either driving to the Chinese consulate, sitting in the Chinese consulate or gathering documents for the Chinese consulate for my Chinese visa application. We are thankful and pleased to let you know that I finally got a visa. So we’re good to go!
We have been on vacation mode since we left Iowa. I haven’t felt like doing any serious reading, and Mark has been reading the Lord of the Rings like crazy. So our days usually consist of hospital visits, sitting on the couch, reading the Lord of the Rings and watching TV. That sounds pretty boring doesn’t it? Fortunately we managed to take a break from our boring vacation to drive up to Garibaldi Provincial Park just south of Whistler (where the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held). We had every intention to hike up to Garibaldi Lake. But we didn’t bring enough water and we got there too late. So we only hiked 1/3 of the trail. It was a beautiful drive up north nonetheless. This year we are celebrating the 150th year of British Columbia. We keep seeing this commercial on TV that tells us BC is the best place on earth. I must say that I heartily agree! Being able to see the magnificent mountains and beautiful waters everyday is truly a treat. Oh, and the free health care doesn’t hurt.
We also celebrated our 6 month wedding anniversary by going to Washington Avenue Grill where we had our reception back in December. It was a lovely evening, great weather, and fantastic food. We saw some of the servers who served at our reception and the manager who organized it. But we must look very different without our wedding clothes and hair because we did not get any hint of recognition. Oh well.