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Saturday I drove into Vancouver to visit Kellen and Anita. We walked a section of the Seawall I had never been on before. The more popular section is the part that goes around the edge of Stanley Park. The section we were on started in the downtown area and was directly across from Granville Island. The colourful building across the water is the cement plant located next to the Granville Island Market.
We saw these people paddling by at high speed. I'm not sure if they were going fast so they would get a good workout, or if it was so they would stay warm. As you can see from the pictures it wasn't the nicest of days. They were brave to be out on the water.
Then we went out for Burmese food at a restaurant not far from their home. It was a little "hole in the wall" kind of place, and had many good reviews online, which turned out to be very accurate. It was delicious!
Now it's back to routine and reality. I always find the first week of January to be an odd mix of fresh and flat. The flat part is that feeling of letdown that comes after the holidays are over. So much time and energy is spent planning for Christmas, then whoosh, before you know it the tree is coming down, decorations are being packed away for another year, and the house feels oddly quiet and empty.
The fresh part is how clear my mind is now that all my thoughts and energy are no longer focused on holiday planning. It feels like there's room to think about something else again, to plan beyond the immediate, and make room for some new things in the New Year. Happy 2015!