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Vancouver Skyline and Seaplane

While up in Vancouver for a few days, some friends and I wandered around the harbor.  British Columbia is stunningly beautiful, and it always helps seeing things one doesn’t normally see.  In this particular case, watching all of the seaplanes come and go certainly lended itself to some of the charm.

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Canadian Passport Control

I have no idea how different countries’ passport control stations work. Some countries (Malaysia, for example) make EVERYONE fill out customs forms, exit the airport and then re-enter before heading to their connecting flight. Other places (Brazil) have no problems allowing passengers to freely wander about the airport to find their next gate.

Then, more specifically, the individual passport control stations each have their own nuances. I’ll admit I don’t travel through international airports enough to find similarities, but I did have a unique experience connecting through Toronto, Canada a few years back.

In late August of 2005 I was heading to Toronto for work. I aimed for the young woman on the far end of passport control because she looked less surly and menacing as some of her co-workers. Since I was working for an American media outlet, covering an event being broadcast back to the United States I had no issues and swiftly passed through Customs.

Two weeks later, my wife and I were en route to Italy and had a connecting flight through Toronto. Pearson Airport was (at the time) one of those airports where one goes through customs, exits the secure area and re-checks their bag. In doing all of this, I had to go through passport control again, and again, found the least surly-looking person to deal with.

It happened to be the same girl as two weeks prior, and she opened up my passport and said “I just saw you!” I presume she just stamps passports in the same place in everyone’s book, but it caught her and I both off-guard. I faced slightly more grilling round of questions, but since we were passing through to Italy we didn’t endure too much.

Those couple of Canadian Visa stamps have become some of my favorite passport stamps. Considering Egypt takes up two pages of my passport, and China takes up a page-and-a-half, you’d think two small Canadian stamps wouldn’t mean much to me, but apparently they do. If I were to guess, I’d say because they are the beginning of my true travel addiction. I’ve been to nearly 40 countries since then, but it was fun doing a work trip and two weeks later passing through en route to the first of several countries with my wife.

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Free Bike

This bike was at the bottom of a twenty foot drop.  I’m assuming some kids threw it over the railing, and it wasn’t some failed bicycle stunt.  Either way, it’s a free bike for somebody!

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From Granville Island

Last week I framed three black and white pictures for the house, but a few years ago I wouldn’t touch black and white photos to save my life.  After taking a photo immersion course in Maine a few years back, I learned a lot more about black and white photography.  I’ve since taken a number of pictures knowing they’d make better black and white’s than color images.  This is one of those images.

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Yellow Brick Wall

I love simple colors like this.  It’s just yellow moss growing wherever it can, in this case in between bricks and on a concrete wall.

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