Back in June I paid a visit to London to see the family before venturing onwards to Toronto for a stopover to do a little work and connect with friends. Unlike previous years, Toronto was not stifling hot and humid the week I was there, and thankfull so!
4) dinner with the Cousins, Richard and Blee, at Gusto101 in Toronto 5) coming in from a meeting in Mississauga one afternoon I caught glimpse of the new Pearson Airport Express that is now in place in time for the Toronto PanAM Games
Meanwhile back out west, the sun continues to shine and we seem to have Toronto’s weather with plenty of warmth (days regularly in the high 20s and a couple where with the humidex it’s been 33 or 34C). Unheard of. There are rampant forest fires north of the city and a stubborn one over on the Sunshine Coast in Sechlet which, this week, with a change in winds, blew the acrid smoke right downtown. Wandering outside is not fun, the sun’s been blocked out, it’s hot, the air smells of hickory smoke, and your eyes and throat tingle. Thank god we have air conditioning, which is a rareity in condos in British Columbia.
Thankfully the smoke didn’t descend until after Canada Day, and we did venture out to Canada Place to watch the noon salute. Even False Creek Ferries got into the festivities with a water ballet of their boats first thing Wednesday morning. So cute!
I landed back in Vancouver in time to see Canada take on England at BC Place in the quarter finales of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This was a great game and a tough one as whom to cheer for… do I wave my Canadian or my Great Britain passport? In the end, I cheered for Canada but wasn’t all that knackered when England won (and third overall at that!).
15) here are the teams warming up
Sunday, Cousin Ora arrived from Ottawa, via Seattle and we spent the day with her, dim summing first at Chef Tony’s in Richmond (reputably the best dim sum in the city but I’d beg to disagree with that moniker). After getting her settled at her hotel, we headed out cycling to Prospect Point making it back to the condo in time to watch the World Cup finale where Japan put on a honorable performance but sadly came second. Security was tight at the game as the PM was in the house and the Mounties even had snipers camped out on the roof above the VIP entrance/exit.
On the way back from dinner at Minami, we stopped in at Jack Poole Plaza where the City had the Olympic Flame lit up to honour the athletes and last day of World Cup.
21) video of the action