Monday, June 11, 2007

Back from Whistler

This evening we returned from British Columbia, where we spent the last 8 days. This was our fifth visit to Vancouver and the first visit to Whistler, where we spent 7 of the 8 days. Vancouver is a vibrant and beautiful city. Being from Europe myself, I love the European flair that not even San Francisco can give you. It is very refreshing to see and feel again the world outside the United States. The people are friendly, the food is diverse and great, and freedom has a different meaning there than in the US. In 2002, we were close to moving to Vancouver, but regardless, we always feel a little bit like home there. Whistler is a great place for many outdoor activities, with mountain biking the most popular sport there, followed by snowboarding/skiing; no surprises then about all the people on crutches. I overheard someone say, that the average age of a Whistler resident is 24; so with crowds like me, or buses of tourists coming to Whistler on weekends, that number skyrockets. Although the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver are still many months away, the excitement in Whistler can be felt there as if the Games would start next week. We spent two days with mountain biking and four days with hiking the area. Towards the end of our stay, we joked that "Bears in Whistler" are a giant hoax or myth, since we didn't see one live bear, while locals told us on several occasions "stories" about recent bear sightings. We'll try again next year.

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