We're finally moved and unpacked and firmly ensconced in our new digs in the Lower Lonsdale neighborhood of North Vancouver! Over the past weekend, with the help of my fabulous kids, we moved our downsized household, cleverly shoehorned into a 17-foot U-Haul truck, from Ucluelet, on the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island. Our year there was fabulous, but being close to family trumps all, hence our move back to the mainland. (You may read about our adventures there in my Ucluelet Bound! blog.)
My daughter, Rachael, was kind enough to stay with us here for a couple of days and was of immense assistance in unpacking, arranging and generally helping out the old folks to get the new condo set up. So, in almost record time, we found ourselves able to actually get out this afternoon, walk down the hill to the Quay, board the SeaBus, and spend some time in downtown.
Our first stop was one of our favorites, the Caffè Artigiano, for a light, but scrumptious dinner and fabulous lattes! This would the us over for the evening in which we attended a meeting of the Compassionate Vancouver network, which was held at The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.
For the last year, in Ucluelet, my photography mostly revolved around nature, primarily landscapes, and now, I will shift more to a mode of urban landscapes, mostly architectural images, as well as street photography, much of it candid in nature.
Being downtown also gives me the opportunity to look for reflections, a graphic element I simply adore photographing.
Our discussion tonight during the Compassionate Vancouver meeting included several guest speakers who presented different and varied views and thoughts on compassion, both in general situations, and within the workplace. The network's aim is to foster and promote compassion within the city and to provide a resource for those trying to implement compassion as a integral part of daily work and life. The evening was thought provoking and extremely interesting from the point of view that the group represented many individuals from varied backgrounds and cultural origins. I look forward to the next meeting, scheduled for November 6th.
Walking back to the SeaBus terminal, I was able to snap a couple of night shots that are often very interesting visually as they may have lighting of different colour temperatures, yielding a varied palette.
Finally, we boarded the SeaBus for the quick journey across the inlet to the Lonsdale Quay. In looking around me, I reflected that almost everyone these days was staring at some type of iPad, smartphone or Kindle. And, of course, Dear Reader, I'm writing this on my own iPad as we wind down and get ready to hit the hay, tired, but very happy to be here in our new home.
Let the adventure begin!