[ 溫哥華 ] 走訪過去 重拾記憶

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[ 在飛機上突然醒來, 奇怪, 我要去哪? ]

I woke up on the airplane and was confused. From home to the airport, passed through immigration, security check, to VIP room, boarded the aircraft, watched a few films.. everything was on auto-pilot mode and did not require a brain cell. But the destination… (continue reading…)

從家裡到機場, 過海關, 過安檢, 到貴賓室, 搭上飛機. 睡了幾覺, 看了幾部電影, 幾片短片. 一切就像自動包裝機的產線, 不須一絲腦細胞地照著流程走.但今天的目的地不是熟悉的台北, 廈門, 東京, 大阪, 倫敦, 法蘭克福或洛杉磯.

這時機長廣播, 我們即將降落於溫哥華機場.


… 看看四周的乘客, 有許多大人, 也有許多小孩, 更多看起來還是國中高中生, 大學生.

台北溫哥華. 香港溫哥華, 這些都是過去十幾年來許多家庭往返的一條空中道路, 由許多思念與對未來憧憬所搭建的橋, 但對一些人, 這是一條讓家庭破碎或出現問題的臭水溝. 無論是好是壞, 當許多還走在那條必經之路上, 而我們已經像一般出差或來觀光的旅人. 他們, 都成了我們過去的影子.

當我寫這篇時已經到了關於溫哥華最後的一個 post, 時間就是要以記憶來補, 這次有很多要感謝的人.

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… was someohow less familiar. It was not the familiar Taipei, Xiamen, Tokyo, Osaka, London, Frankfurt or Los Angeles; it was Vancouver.

I looked around me. Passengers of all ages, and many look like students. Taipei-Vancouver, Hong Kong-Vancouver, this used to be the sky bridge for many from Asia. Moving to a new place brought hope for a better future and connected the two worlds. But the distance also broke many families up and created problems. Now I look at the people who walk the path we have walked on. We have moved on.

This is the last post for Vancouver and probably my last post for Vancouver for the next few years. Time needs to filled with memories and I have many to thank this time.

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在 Richmond時幾乎每個早上都會去光顧 Lansdowne Mall 裡的 cafe (唯一走路可以到的地方), 因為我要早餐, 更要上網啊! 附近人家的訊號居然沒有一間沒鎖. 還有滿到刺激的 schedule, 天天滿滿滿!  短短溫哥華夏日時光絕對不能白白過, 一定要上批下批再來個橫批.
Breakfast at Lansdowne Mall in Richmond. You’d really need a car to get around outside of downtown. Stayed at a friend’s place that was located very close to Lansdowne Mall. & My super exciting schedule. Packed with lots of goodies.

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Richmond 長大了, 我在時還沒有這個東西. 不過沒車就像沒腳這個還是事實.
Things have changed in Richmond since we left. This didn’t exist back in the days when we were still here. But even with this now, you still can’t get to a lot of places without a car.

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所謂的skytrain (類似捷運的大眾運輸工具) 現在真是天南地北的跑啊, 去downtown 更簡單了, 不過老實說我還沒從 Richmond 或機場坐去 downtown 過.
The skytrain map. I only knew the Canada Line (Richmond-Airport-Downtown) exists. Didn’t know there were other lines. So much better than taking a bus now I think. That being said, I still haven’t gotten around to taking the sky train from Richmond or airport to downtown.

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在溫哥華著名景點Granville Island 假日忙到不行的生鮮蔬果市集.
Granville Island marketplace – busy on a weekend as usual.

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這個地方其實除了這個果菜市場外還有一些當地藝術家的 studio 等等, 還滿有意思的啦.
Granville Island a busy and sort of touristy place in Vancouver. There’s an indoor market (what you see here) that sells all kinds of things (food mainly) and there are lots of local artists’ studio/shops around that area.

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Granville Island  的許多地方是可以給有登記 (繳會費 + 拿證) 的街頭藝人表演的, 只要每天先在那個表演地點的表上填寫你要表演的時間 (每次好像不能超過 30 分鐘). 我之前就做過一天這種事, 還推著豎琴跑場呢, 只能說那真的只是純好玩/嘗鮮 only.
Busking (performing on the street) at Granville Island. I only did this once some years ago with a 40-string lever harp. That was a one day thing because that was enough. lol. No more busking for me. To busk at Granville Island, you need to apply for this “pass" and then sign up at the location where you would like to perform & from what I remember, you can’t sign up 2 consecutive slots at the same place (you have to keep moving).

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Granville Island 海港邊看出去的港灣景色, 這邊也有許多觀景餐廳在黃昏來時特別有情調, 只不過要注意到處放白炮的海鷗而已.
Scenic spot on Granville Island (but need to beware of seagull droppings… lol). There are lots of nice restaurants (with good view + romantic) around the area as well.

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溫哥華市中心的街道, 路邊停車規定改了, 現在為了不妨礙交通, 車子都改停到人行道上去.
In dowtnwon Vancouver. Notice how cars are not allowed to park on the side of the street but on the special “parking spaces" that were sorta the pediatrian sidewalk.

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前往獅門大橋的路假日塞塞塞.
On a weekend, the road leading to the Lions Gate Bridge (to West & North Vancouver) can be really congested.

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繞著名的 Stanely Park 一圈, 每次經過都會照這個景.
We drove around the Stanley Park. This is a must-take shot everytime I came by here.

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景是沒什麼變, 只是好像變得更多人了.
The scenery didn’t change much but there was definitely more people around.

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Stanley Park 有些樹林地方讓人一看就很舒服, 很像被大自然環抱.
Most of the Stanley Park are filled with these giant and old trees. The green just looks so refreshing.

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在公園中小心半路出沒的浣熊.
Sometimes you’d come across these on the way.

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本來只是暫停, 結果實在太熱還是得找涼快的東西喝. 溫哥華應該只有在這時特別熱.
We were just going to briefly stop here but we got hungry and thirsty. xP  It was actually pr
etty hot in Vancouver when I was there. & It was sunny all the way as well!

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我們中餐才吃完到這還是吃啊. Stanley Park 除非是要下車走一走, 或是去水族館, 或是去騎腳踏車, 不然也只能車子開著繞一圈後出去啦.
Clamari + salad + apple juice in the park – Yay~! Unless you want to go to the aquarium or if you want to cycle or walk around the park, there’s really not much to do other than drive around the park. But I must say, it’s a nice scenic drive!

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出了 Stanley Park 我們經過了 海灘, 海上的船隻是準備在當晚釋放 Celebrations of Lights 國際煙火大賽的煙火船. 每年的這個大賽, 如果有在溫哥華是必看的, 因為通常都是十分精彩的煙火+ 音樂配樂, 雖然每個國家的演出都是大約半小時, 不過每年有 3 個國家 + 最後一場全部參賽國一起放的效果是還滿棒的.
Out of the Stanley Park, we passed by the beach where we could see the barge that would take part in the Celebrations of Light International Fireworks Competition opening night. This is a must see event if you happen to be in Vancouver around that time. It’s extravagant fireworks with music attached.

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海邊找不到停車位, 往哪裡去好的, 為了殺時間(班機在半夜), 我們殺到了母校 UBC. 來到了 Museum of Anthropology.
Since we couldn’t find a parking space by the beach of the fireworks, we decided to head to my old university – University of British Columbia. This is the entrance to the Museum of Anthropology.

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在我母校英屬哥倫比亞大學的人類學博物館很有名, 而且也是溫哥華博物館觀光必遊地點之一. 這是入口地板的拼花.
The Museum of Anthrolopogy at UBC is pretty famous. Vancouver doesn’t have that many museums. But this one is what you’d see on guidebooks.

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這邊展出較有名的是西岸原住民的文化物品.
The museum is known for its comprehensive collection of native arts.

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我們到時博物館已經關了, 但是還是可以繞到博物館的後面的一些戶外展示區.
The museum was already closed when we got there. But we could still go to the outdoor exhibit area behind the museum.

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這邊也是看夕陽無限美好的好地方.
The museum sits at a place where you can see a bit of the sunset over the ocean scene.

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玫瑰花園的花都盛開了. 玫瑰花園是看海景極佳的地方, 而且每年夏天的畢業典禮也是在一旁的 Chan Centre of Performing Arts 舉行, 也有許多人到這邊拍婚紗照.
The roses in the Rose Garden were in full bloom. The Rose Garden is a beautiful place to see the ocean and be surrounded by roses. Sometimes you’d see people taking wedding photos here. In May/June, you’d see a lot of people taking grad photos here because the ceremonies are held at the Chan Centre of Performing Arts just beside it.

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從玫瑰花園看出去的景大概是這樣 (不過可以再近, 我照的這邊是離玫瑰花園還有一段 5分鐘的腳程.
If you look straight ahead, that’s where the Rose Garden is (wjere the fla pole stands).

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看到了被改得超古怪的 Main Library (舊名), 以前這棟建築是中間那塊的 style, 但後來太老舊, 陸續把左邊和右邊的長廊改建, 成了這新舊超不搭的怪樣.
I must say this design is so weird. I wouldn’t even call this avant garde. The original part of the library (what we used to called the Main Library) is the middle part you see. The building originally had 2 wings. The left wing was demolished and rebuilt into the new library you see to the left and was completed the year I graduated. Then they torn down the right wing and built what you see now to the right of the photo.

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另一棟圖書館 – 以前等晚上 6:30 pm 的課的補眠好去處.
The Koerner’s Library, what we used to consider as the “new" library. It was a good place to catch up on sleep as I waited for the 6:30pm classes.

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另外的變化比較大的是音樂系的翻新 auditorium. 以前這棟建築是水泥色, 還有爬藤. 整棟舊到不行看起來就很像鬼屋.
The auditorium outside of the music building was quite transformed. This building used to be grey and old and looked rather run down like a haunted house.

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但現在全新翻新, 連以前地下室的吃飯/睡午覺/買中餐的地方都不見了. 而音樂系的主要建築是沒什麼變, 不過聽說裡面也有一部份翻新了.
But now it looks brand new. The cafeteria that used to be in the basement is no longer there. The photo to the right is the music building. Still looks the same from outside. But maybe some renovation was done in there as well.

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UBC 有個天體營, 不過我要說的是 UBC 周圍也有很多很美的沙灘上是沒有裸體的人, 像是 Spanish Bank 就是一個很一般人就能 enjoy 的沙灘.
UBC has a nude beach (called Wreck Beach) that is quite famous. But what I want to mention is that there are also other beaches along the shore that do not have naked people and those we find more at ease.

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從這 Spanish Bank 看過去就是溫哥華的市中心.
View of the buildings in downtown Vancouver from the Spanish Bank East.

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晚上因為靠近海邊的地方完全沒地方停車 (晚上的國際煙火大賽), 所以只好又往回去的路走, 回到 Kerrisdale 在 London D
rug 附近的一間日本壽司店, 裡面是真的日本人在做料裡 (溫哥華很多一般的日本料理店都不是日本人開的或做的).
Because I had to catch a flight that evening and there was no place to park where we wanted to eat (due to the fireworks), we decided to head back to Kerrisdale. We went to an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant near the London Drug. This was one good asari miso soup.

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這間的壽司和湯都好喝! 而且去幾乎也都是要排隊!
The restaurant’s menu is filled with sushi names. I think this place is pretty good and you have to line up for it as well (gets pretty crowded).

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在溫哥華時間過的真的比較慢, 就算 schedule 塞滿了, 日子還是過得沒亞洲快, 而且感覺就像慢了世界一步, 但也許這也是它吸引許多外來人來的原因, 它可以將你抽出繁忙, 讓時間變慢. 只有在這邊靜下來時, 你不只聽得海鷗聲, 兒童嬉鬧聲, 還有耳鳴聲.

每個人生都有許多個階段, 走過了溫哥華, 走過了台北, 下一段, 我的空橋是倫敦.

但在那之前, 我還是要把台北最後精彩的一個月報導完吧.

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Vancouver has the power to slow down time. No matter how full the schedule is, I still feel days pass on pretty slowly. Nothing like what’s happening in Asia. Maybe this is what also attracted so many people to settle here or at least come here for vacation. It can pull you out of the busy world and make time pass a bit slower. When you sit quietly here, you’d not only hear the sounds of seagulls, children playing outside, you’d also hear your ears ringing. That’s how quiet it can get sometimes.

Every life has its various stages. After Vancouver, after Taipei, my next sky bridge is London.
But before that, I still have more to show of Taipei before I head for the Big Ben.

 

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