The Many Gardens of Vancouver
This day Shams had to work, but still planned a full day for us!! We joined him on the University of Vancouver campus and set off to explore the many features it has to offer - gardens, museums and art. When we stopped by the UBC Rose Garden we discovered it closed for maintenance. May being the off season and before the roses bloom, it was being sprayed and we were not able to go in.
However it's sister garden the Mitobe Memorial Garden was open.
From there we headed to the UBC Museum of Anthropology. I always feel weird taking photos in a museum. It feels disrespectful. I did however take these two. The first one, because it's just interesting. It was created by a women who's name I can not remember (boo me) to reflect woman issues. When I took the photo I had this whole post ready for it in my head. But I didn't write it down right away and now I can't remember any of it. Maybe it'll come back to me, maybe not. But it's an interesting piece of art.
This picture I took because of the kids group that was around. (No matter what angle I took this photo at I could not yet it straight!!) We were at the museum, during the school week and so there was school groups there. I was sitting beside this statue reading about it when a little girl came up. She wandered around it and then discovered the statue has a person's butt along with other bits. She flew off in a giggle to find her friend. Soon it became a run back and forth to bring all their friends over to point and giggle about it. While I am fairly certain as a kid I would have done the exact same thing, it was interesting to watch how something innocent was turned into something sexual. I wish we as a culture could turn balls, boobs, etc into something not secretive and something that shocks us to see.
The museum looked very tiny from the outside and we at first thought spending $16.75 ($14.50 for students) was expensive for a small visit. But it was HUGE and we ended up spending over two hours there. We left because we were hungry. But not before I took a selfie with some totem poles!!
For lunch we went to Sage Bistro. We were very under-dressed and stuck out like a sore thumb. They put us in a corner. But the food was yummy and it wasn't badly priced!
Not far from Sage was the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. We walked in, gave up our backpacks, walked around, shrugged our shoulders and walked out. Pretty sure we are the wrong crowd for art. Instead we found a coffee shop.