Still heading home – part the second

In Vancouver airport and at the Skytrain station to get downtown. We were struggling with the ticket issuing machine.  A member of staff came over and seemed to help, but once he’d gone we found ourselves still thwarted.  At this point an elderly man came over and guided us through the process.  The old guy came with us, and talked.  87 years old and retired from the Post Office for 26 years, he buys a monthly Vancouver Transit Pass for 52 dollars and spends every day travelling about – he’s never had a driving licence.

crossing the Fraser river on Skytrain, more evidence of logging with booms of logs tied on the banks

crossing the Fraser river on Skytrain, more evidence of logging with booms of logs tied on the banks

Walked to the Alibi Rooms for late lunch (6.30pm) and a few beers.  A Brassneck beer – Stockholm Syndrome Brett Saison (where Brett is short for Brettanomyces, a sour beer yeast), Strangefellows Talisman Pale Ale, Breakside Lunchbreak ISA, Gigantic’s Ginormous Imperial IPA and Maui Coconut Porter.  This last is a bit like a plain chocolate Bounty bar in a glass.  I was drinking a sampling set, in small glasses, in case you were worrying about my health.

On the Patio of the Alibi Rooms - one of the trendiest bars in Vancouver.

On the Patio of the Alibi Rooms – one of the trendiest bars in Vancouver.

Then walked to the Patricia Hotel where we had a bigger room than last time – but it was at the front, where traffic (and drunk) noises were high.  The view was interesting though.

Glorious mural on the side of a Victorian building outside the Patricia

Glorious mural on the side of a Victorian building outside the Patricia

I went down to Pats Bar for glasses of Pats lager (brewed on site, and pleasing), Cannery Brewing Blackberry Porter (dark and fruity but not my idea of blackberries), Old Yale Brewing Sasquatch Stout (black and chocolate and delicious) and Bomber Brewing ESB before turning in.  The bar manager woman saw a friend coming in and called out, “Hey!  Howarya?” to which he replied, “Good”, which elicited the response “Awesome”.   Awesome?  Too much surely.

In the morning we slowly made our way out to Steamworks brew bar and restaurant for early lunch.  Went expensive to use up Canadian dollars, and to finish on a high.

At Steamworks for lunch

At Steamworks for lunch

then out to the airport to hang around and watch planes until our late afternoon flight, which was a full plane and noisy, so totally frazzled on landing in UK, and for several days after.

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