I arrived at the Vancouver Marriott Airport Hotel - which happens to be in Richmond instead of Vancouver. And I checked in, and decided to walk around the area.
I stopped by a local drug store/supermarket to pick up some water and a shaving razor, and I noticed the Kinder Surprise eggs which are banned from the US. They were one of my childhood favorites, and I miss them dearly.
Feeling hungry, I walked over to nearby a restaurant: Ceili's Modern Irish Pub (Richmond, British Columbia).
Typical Irish Bar, except the bartender was of Indian descent, and spoke "North American English". I got some lunch, and some beer, and headed back to the hotel.
Back at the hotel, I decided to try out the Pinot Noir from the Okanagan Valley. I was curious how the wine tastes as compared to my favorite region where Pinot Noir are grown: Oregon. Credit to Lavon and Brian for their Oregon wine indoctrination.
I got a little extra from the bartender. The wine was amazing. I will have to compare them again with the Oregon Pinot Noir's to taste the subtle difference.
Now it was time to pick up mom and my sister. Fortunately, the hotel had a free shuttle bus to pickups and drop offs to the airport
The bus passed by some scenic views of the city.
And finally the three of us are re-united after 18 years. Mom is gleaming. We have seen each other at different points in the last 18 years, but never all together. The last time we were all together was when I left Dubai to the United States for college. It is crazy, as I begin to think it has been that long.
For dinner, we decide to head over to the small town of Stevenston, which is a small historic fishing village at the edge of Richmond, British Columbia. We head over to the scenic Fisherman's Wharf.
And decide to walk the length of the wharf while we wait for our reservations.
Mom and sis being goofy.
More family pics.
I love how calm the water is.
Views of the oncoming sunset.
Our table at the Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant is ready, and we head over.
Time to celebrate our reunion with some wine.
We order some amazing seafood to share.
And enjoy a delicious dinner together again the backdrop of an wonderful sunset.