Brandon had a conference to attend in Vancouver so the rest of us tagged along. While he was presenting papers and listening to lectures we were able to do a little bit of exploring. The verdict: Vancouver is beautiful.
I am still not sure about how fun it is to drag my kids around but they were pretty interested in it all.
Our first stop was a lucky one. My good friend Abbey took us to her brother's studio. He is the man behind the new Nickelodeon show Blaze and the Monster Machines. He usually lives in New York but happened to be in Vancouver the same time we were and he let us watch them work on the final sound editing for an episode that will be airing next year. Everyone was extremely nice to us and made the kids feel like honored guests.
Brandon presented two papers. One was about a self-translating Puerto Rican poet named Uruayan Noel. The second was on an old version of Spanish called Ladino that was preserved when the Sefardic Jews were exiled. He worked hard preparing his presentations. I didn't get to hear them but I can say that he sure did look good when he headed in.
While he was hobnobbing with the academic crowd Abbey and I were herding the kids through the city. We took this little boat across the bay chasing after the promise of the "city's cultural and artistic heart" and the Kid Market which was sure to be a hit with the little ones. What we found instead was a tourist trap. It was as charming as could be minus the fact that the indoor playground (imagine what you might find in a McDonald's) cost $10 a kid. We opted to skip out and grab some food instead.
|Say Cheese! This is my favorite statue ever.|
What would a trip to Canada be without sampling some Poutine.