Festival of Lights

Hello journal, again sorry for my delay in entries. I was without internet for about 2 weeks. So heres the news.

Festival of Lights. A 3-day long firework competition between differant countries. First was China, then Spain, and last was Canada. Ill cover all three in this entry.

As you know this time of year is huge for tourists, so I went to English Bay to get a spot 4 hours early. The beach was already packed blanket to blanket with people the sand and grass areas were both covered. Accept for the tiny patch of tall scratchy weeds that seperated the two. I spread my big pouffy comforter Id brought over the patch. Perfect spot. Without a pouffy blanket it would be a horrible spot but it kind of made a big puffy soft nest with my comforter, there was a small drop down in front to the sand, so it was kind of like front row balcony seating, it was directly in ftont of the ship that the fireworks were going to be shot off, and behind us was the sidewalk there street musicians performed. We unpacked the books and picnic Diego had brought as people would pass by and comment on our nice setup.

Needless to say this was our spot the following 2 nights aswell, due to the fact that noone else would haul a huge ass blanket all the way there 🙂

So day one, China. It wasent a very clear night, there were gray clouds and it was sprinkling on and off. Luckily Id also brought my huge umbrellia. Diego headed out and came back with popcorn, a big bag of cotton candy, and Nayeli. Shortly after it began to pour. We mde an umbrellia tent and tucked the bottom of the blanket over our feet as everyone around us got soaked.

Me and Nayeli in our fireworks spot

Shortly after we were joined by Caro as the rain went down and a stunt plane flew right over our heads for attention to his upcomming show. He twirled and spun and flew his plane upside down. Took a fall from the sky and turned the engine back on right before hitting the water. It was awesome and afterward added to my bucket list 🙂

At 10:00 the fireworks began. Fireworks here are differant then the ones back home which kind of bored me. Here Canada puts on an amazing show, and this night China put on the best fireworks show Ive ever seen.
It started with colorful sparks pouring off the sides of the ship like a waterfall of fire, Then from every inch of the length of the ship fireworks were shot off. Spirals, smileys, rockets, and massive explosions that filled the sky, and if yo include the reflection, the water too. Amazing, adreniline rush of a show.
Waterfall of sparks flowing off the sides of the ship
 We stayed in our spot as most people rushed to leave afterwards. Thousands of people trying to leave through one entrence …
We packed up as it started to rain again. I gave caro and Nayeli the umbrella and I bundled up in te giant blanket, looking like a walking marshmellow, we made our way to my appartment.
Day two Spain:
So the second day in the competition was Spain. We got the same spot, and we set out our picnic of strawberries and cheesecake dip, fruit, tea, sandwiches, and such. It was a nice day, unlike the last night. We were later joined by Rosa. Behind us was a jamacian group playing music, and two guys performing sideshow circus skills. Great spot.
Not long after we heard the familiar trumpet and cymbals, and turned to see the Hare Krishnas chanting their way down the side walk. They stopped by the Jamacian band and began a fusion of music. It was  good combo.
More friends joined us. Nayeli, Caro,and Vanessa. We sat on the blanket and waited for the fireworks, Eating cupcakes.

Spains show was Beautiful. One of the performers behind us had a radio to play the music that went with the fireworks show. They shot off pretty sparkling fireworks to the opera soundtrack. Ive never felt like crying at a fireworks show. They switched to spanish music and ended with Alegria, a song from cirque du soleil. Beautiful beautiful show. With a downside being it was extra smokey.


Third and final day: Canada

Today was the busiest show. One it was on a saturdat, 2 It was the final day and 3 it was canada. We grabbed our spot early and brought a chessboard. We were joined by Megan, Nayeli, Grady, and Caro. Grady described our spot as  ” a fine peice of realistate.” How right he is. As we sat playing Chess the bodypainter from a nearby stand asked if she could paint me, for free because she was bored, and I showed alot of skin.

My body painting

I traded her a hemp bracelet. 🙂

Canada show was a mix of the other two, slow pretty fireworks to Imagine by john lennon, as well as the huge fill the sky explosions. My favorite were arrow shaped ones that would go strait up, then down then up again, switching directions twice. A friend of Diegos joined on our blanket with a bongo drum, as well as Megans parents who had just flew in from switzerland.
It was a great 3 days. and tough competition. I think my favorite might have been China, but Im not too sure.
Soooo yep sorry for the delay in entries, Ill try to keep up 🙂

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