The same day that I went to the aquarium, I also had the excitement of meeting a new friend! My friend Léonie, or Léo, lives in Victoria, a city near Vancouver here in Canada. Léonie suggested that we meet up at Lonsdale Quay to do some exploring and hanging out. It was really cool! I took the Seabus across the harbor to meet her.
Léonie was waiting for me at the Quay. We hugged right away and started talking about how cool Vancouver is.
This is me with Léo outside the Lonsdale Quay market. Can you see the faint skyline of Vancouver in the background? The locks on the fence represent true love. A lot of couples come with a lock, which they attach to the fence and then throw the key in the water. It represents eternal love! I have seen these locks in Ukraine and London as well. In fact, there is a bridge in Paris with so many love locks that they almost broke the bridge. Yikes!
Léonie and I liked being outside more than being indoors, so we took a walk around the park. It's gorgeous there! The park comes right up to Vancouver Harbor, so you can see the beautiful skyline. It looks nicer in this photo than the previous one! Léonie says the water is very cold!
Léonie is an excellent tour guide! I'm really glad I got to hang out with a real Canadian while I was in Vancouver, instead of just my family. I mean, my family is nice! But having a local friend show you around is awesome sauce.
The two of us found lots of cute mosaics on the wall that keeps the harbor water from the park. Léonie liked this butterfly/firefly/dragonfly best; so did I! What do you think it is?
Léonie and I discovered this cool statue thing in Waterfront Park! I think it looks kind of spidery. I pretended I was a dwarf or hobbit in Mirkwood Forest, trying to escape giant spiders! I forgot to ask Léo if she likes Tolkien! Do you think she does?
I loved Waterfront Park. It was cool thinking that just a few days before, I was at home in New York, which is also a harbor city - just on a different ocean. I love the West Coast! The East Coast is home right now, but someday it would be so cool to live in the Northwest.
This beautiful statue was a gift from the port city of Incheon in South Korea to Vancouver! I wonder how old it is? I know it's Korean, but it does remind me a little of Easter Island's moai.
Léo and I also found this giant red buoy! Wow, I love the ocean! Léonie does too. We had lots of good talks on our day together. I encouraged her to watch The Octonauts, my favorite show. It's all about animals in the ocean! Plus? The creators, Meomi, are from Vancouver!
I had a wonderful afternoon with Léonie. It's always fun to meet friends that you know online, but haven't met in real life. I really, really like Vancouver and I hope to be back to see Léonie again soon!
Have you ever been to a harbor or waterfront? Where was it and what did you see?