Public transit in Vancouver

An enjoyable time on public transit.

For the last two days of our anniversary vacation, Linda and I have traveled by the public bus routes throughout much of Vancouver. This has been a truly wonderful experience. For $1.75 per person, we were able to travel to any area in the greater Vancouver area. These busses were driven by electric overhead wires; all electric, which adds to Vancouver’s desire to be the most green city in the world by 2020.

On Tuesday, June 13, we travelled to the Vancouver Aquarium. This is not my favorite activity, but it is ranked as one of the highlights of Vancouver. As aquariums go, it was a nice experience. The aquarium was filled with people, many school groups, and a service staff that is very pleasant. The aquarium itself was very clean in all areas, including the restrooms and the food courts. Some of the students, especially the boys, were sometimes loud and boisterous, but were respectful of others, meaning they did not obstruct anyone from viewing nature’s beauty.

On Wednesday, we traveled to the University of British Columbia to visit the Museum of Anthropology. This was absolutely fantastic, showing art, tools, and clothing from the many cultures of the indigenous peoples of the world. This was one museum that I truly enjoyed; I could have stayed much longer than we did. We missed the connecting bus to bring us to the city hub just outside the campus. Rather than wait a half hour for the next, we decided to walk through the campus to the hub; about a 20-minute walk.

We wondered at the diversity of the University and the obvious impact of the types of natural sciences the school offers. I was very thrilled by the diversity of the students. They represented all colors, all nationalities, and all age groups; and, they interacted beautifully; there was a feeling of close congeniality.  Although, they did seem to stick with their ethnicities.

On the bus ride returning to our hotel area, there were a group of eight high school girls who were with us on the bus. These were the typical and universal mid-teen girls; they were dressed in skin-tight genes, purchased with many holes in the knees and legs. They all had lots of silver (braces) in their mouths; and they giggled and closed ranks with whispered secrets that brought on more giggling. It was an interesting bus trip. However, they all displayed a delightful respect for elders. Every time an elderly person entered the bus, they gave up their seats so that the person could be seated, rather than be forced to stand. Watching the respect these students showed their elders was impressive and a delight to see. I am ashamed to admit that the students I see in the United States are too spoiled to offer the same respect to their elders.

The parents, teachers, and other mentors are to be congratulated for a proper upbringing of these students. I pray that we can do the same.

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