I Really, Really, Really Miss Vancouver
Enjoy an image of Robson Square in the city centre of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During the holiday season, an ice skating rink (illuminated in blue lighting in the image) is opened to the public -- a treat for skating enthusiasts. Whenever I visited during this time of year, this scene always emoted a sense of merriment in the city.
The border between the States and Canada has been closed for approximately a year on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Vancouver has often been a weekend escape of sorts for me since it's only 2.5 hours' drive by car from Seattle (or 4 hours by train -- which is a terrific experience as well). I have not been to Vancouver in almost two years as a result, which is rather unfortunate.
I cannot complain too much as I know individuals who have suffered significantly due to the border closures -- separated family members as well as partners and significant others. With Valentine's Day coinciding with this weekend, I would be crushed if I was unable to see my girlfriend, in person, in almost a year, because she lived in Vancouver and I lived in Seattle. There are a number of couples who have been physically separated. I'm sure there are similar scenarios all over the world.
I sincerely hope and anticipate that we (in the States) get our act together with the vaccine distributions in 2021.
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