RAINY DAY AT THE MUSEUM

As I had mentioned in the Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden post (see here), it was a rainy day in Vancouver when I visited. With no traveling partner to hinder me, I tried to walk around the city as much as possible so that I can experience the city in the path of a local. I was at the Granville Market when I decided that it was a good time to go see the Museum of Anthropology. I mapped out my walking route from there to the museum and saw that it wasn't a bad trek, other than needing to use the bus for part of the leg. After reaching the museum, I realized how much of a pain it was to walk in the rain there! My legs were drenched from the rain and my hair was in disarray from the misty wind. The museum is not that convenient to the city, and so if it'sraining, I would recommend taking a cab. I think if it was sunny and cool when I went, I would have enjoyed the journey a lot more. When I arrived at the Museum of Anthropology, I was a bit overwhelmed with all the artifacts and artwork that were compacted into this building. There was so much to look at! They are known to have the largest collection of Northwest Coast First Nations Art, and you can tell they do from everything that was available. It was still raining outside when I contemplated going to the outside exhibits. So I just admired them from the inside, which wasn't as appealing from that perspective, but what can you do. I got through the entire museum in fairly decent time, and it helped me understand Vancouver's history a little more because of it. So if you have the urge to see a museum while you're in Vancouver, I'd recommend you checking it out.

CHINESE GARDEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY

It was a rainy day and I was all by myself in this new city called Vancouver. I was supposed to meet two of my friends here, but they both missed their flights and couldn't get on another flight without paying exorbitant fees. So I was on my own in discovering this place and I was determined to check off as many places on my list as I could. One of those places was the Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden. I've never been to a Chinese garden before so I wasn't sure what to expect. And it was conveniently located in the middle of the city, specifically Chinatown, so I didn't have an excuse not to go. Once I stepped in, I honestly felt I was in a different place in the world. It felt authentic even though I couldn't compare it to a real Chinese garden since I've never been to one. I think the rain actually may have made the garden look even more wonderful. You can see this sight in less than an hour for sure, since it's not a big garden. But there can be a temptation to just sit, take in the scenery, and contemplate about life. It was definitely an experience I went into thinking would be lame, but pleasantly surprised it wasn't. There's also a guided tour available every 30 minutes that comes with your admission fee. None of the guides were available the weekday I went so I had a different staff member show me around briefly; and since I was the only one on this impromptu tour, it was like I had a private guide with me explaining the history behind the garden.