Nice parks, outdoor cafes, plenty of tourists walking about.
Flew in on an Air Canada 767 (great sleeper seats), got from the airport to downtown rather quickly during rush hour. The Fairmont hotel is quite nice, so far, the local restaurants are very good (Azia).
I am trying to figure out what town Vancouver reminds me of: Geographically, nestled between the harbour and the mountains, there are some similarities to Hong Kong. But the density and energy are very different. Its very clean, tidy, looks rather affluent — not much of a recession here.
There is a touch of Los Angeles here, a little Chicago, some Montreal — but I cannot really hone in on what it is most similar to…