Great roommate road trip this weekend! Thanks to Dilys clicking into “Yes, I’m a tourist and I’m going to take a ton of photos because that’s what tourists do!” mode, I also snapped a few pics. Here goes…
First, there was the necessary task of killing time in the car at the border crossing. When our turn was up, the American border guard apologized that we’d been randomly selected for a car check. Funny to encounter an apologizing American — it’s usually Canadians who are the ones who are constantly saying “sorry.” Funnier still was when he asked us what kind of music we were going to see live in concert. Dilys simply turned up the volume in response so he could hear for himself!
Then we grabbed some lunch at the main mall in Bellingham. Dilys and Becki had Taco Time, (since we don’t get as much Mexican food up in Vancouver), while I had a sandwich from Subway (uninventive I know, but I couldn’t bear the greasy feeling of those temptingly yummy mexi fries). Took some goofy photos in a photo booth (will scan shots in later).
Did a bit of shopping at Ross (like Winners, but cheaper). That was a bit chaotic. What a mess. Not worth photo documenting. Got into a short and slightly amusing conversation with the Filipino family behind us who had a garden-sized dwarf from Snow White. It made Rebecca want to get a “garden gnome” for the patio.
And whaddaya know, it’s dinner time before we realize it — time for more Mexican food! We found this great little restaurant. It was a gorgeous old building, with vintage decor, funky atmosphere and service. Tasty home made salsa (token food shot in honour of my shutter-bug sister). I thought it was great that Becki basically had Jack Daniels ice cream with checkerboard shortbread cookies for dinner (with a side salad).
After dinner we had to kill some time before the doors opened for the show we came to see in the first place. Bellingham is quite the quaint little town. I totally loved (and was impressed!) how there was children’s art displayed in windows of all kinds of businesses that we walked by (complete with artist’s descriptions of their works), even in the window of a billiards club! The artwork really went a long way in bringing colour, cheer and life to the town’s streets.
We closed the night out taking in the beautiful melodies of Over the Rhine (I found their piano arrangements were especially simply fabulous and moving). Their tunes are generally more reflective and sauntering in tempo, but they played a couple of new tunes that were a bit more upbeat and “optimistic” (in their choice of words) and quite fun. The only thing was one small observation that struck me a bit strange. I’ve never been to a show where people were sitting on the floor watching quietly like the folks who were there. I was standing up swaying to the music, trying to let it get in my bones a bit. I would’ve gotten into it more, but it seemed out of place with everyone else so mellow.