On this, my first full day here in Victoria for Congress 2013, I thought I’d share some of the fun I’m having as a tourist before the first of my association meetings starts tomorrow. I hope it will inspire other Congress-goers to enjoy a visit to Downtown.
I started the day off with a (free) tour of the British Columbia Legislature (which is the only way to get into the building on a weekend). There are two things that stuck out for me. First, the stained glass is some of the nicest I’ve seen. There was some old stained glass.
There was some new stained glass.
There was some stained glass that was largely inexplicable.
Second, there was an unexpected visit from Amor De Cosmos, which definitely tickled our tour group.
All in all, it’s worth heading over to the legislature.
I also decided to take advantage of an unusual opportunity for an Ontarian, and have the famous tea at the Empress. It’s pricey, but delicious, and I’d say it’s worth doing once.
I get the sense that there’s often something interesting going on in Downtown Victoria.
If you’re at Congress and you get a chance, I hope you’ll do some local exploring, and share what you can with us online. I’m planning to provide some updates on the Women and Gender Studies and Political Science conferences as they start up, both here and on Twitter.