ntang (ntang) wrote,

Vancouver, days one and two

Well, didn't do a lot yet. Had some drama with potentially lost passports, but fortunately that was resolved. Walked around a bit the first day, relaxed some, tried to recover from jet lag. The second day, we did a little more "official" stuff - visited the grandparents, had dinner (over 15 course... gah...) with my uncle and his friends and my grandparents. After that, we went to the Night Market.

For those of you not familiar with a Night Market, it's more or less what it sounds like - an open air market that opens in the evening and closes at midnight. It's only open in summers. The old night markets were almost underground sort of affairs - a bunch of vendors, half of which didn't even speak english, who all gathered together in an empty lot or area and set up, selling food and other things. Think of it as a little like Canal Street but without the tourists and with a bunch of smaller and more "real" shops.


Well, they've apparently gotten noticed and turned into a bigger, more commercial event, complete with neatly ordered stalls, a map, and corporate sponsors. Bleh. It's still similar to before, but it lost some of its flavor (and gained a bunch of touristas).

Anyways, it was fun, but I have no need to go back if it continues like this.

Richmond Night Market
More photos here:

Morgan slaughtering a piece of squab:
M vs. the squab

The family:

The Night Market crowds:
Night market crowds

Dragon Beard candy:
Making the dragon beard

It's made by stretching sugar over and over again until it forms hundreds or thousands of tiny strands, sort of like a cross between making Chinese pulled noodles and cotton candy. The strands are then wrapped around a small filling, typically of crushed peanuts, but could be other stuff too. The kids didn't actually like it much, but they enjoyed playing with it:

Dragon Beard M Dragon Beard J

Worn out at the end of the day:
M, asleep.

The full set (so far) is here:

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