Hot Night's in Nova Scotia, Canada

Trip Start Mar 15, 2008
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Trip End Oct 02, 2009


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Jo's House

Flag of Canada  , Nova Scotia,
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

*Please note: apologies due to lack of photo's but we have had to burn to disc and wipe from our computer due to space issues. We will add more in the near future!*

Leah Says: So after leaving the bright lights of Time Square behind us, we headed off to the airport. It was the one time we were offered $200 dollars each to take a later flight as they had overbooked this one. However also for the first time on this trip we had someone picking us up from the airport. Jo was a friend of mine from camp when I was in Canada in 2005 and she had kindly offered up her hospitality for our arrival in Halifax. It was great to see her at the airport and she took us back to her house where we settled in with her cat and dog for extra company.
We had a wonderful time checking out Halifax. It had so many of those wonderful Canadian qualities and yet seemed really relaxed even by Canada’s standards. During our time we managed to squeeze in sightseeing time as well as relaxation and sorting out Ben’s Visa. Ben’s UK visa had been an ongoing problem however we had left it until this point to reapply and hopefully get the working holiday visa granted without having to change our travel plans again. With Jo’s help Ben made it to his Visa appointment to have his biometric data taken again. It was then time to wait with our fingers crossed that we would be able to get the approved visa and Ben’s passport back before our flight to London in three weeks!
We spent some time wandering around the Halifax city centre and checked out the local Alexander Keith’s Brewery. It was one of the most interesting brewery tours I have been on. The whole tour was led by actors in period costume in character of when the brewery opened. That and the generous free taste testings made it a highlight!
We also spent an evening watching a final of an Ice hockey game with pizza and beer at the local Boston Pizza. A night out at the movies to see Indiana Jones 4: Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. Another day trip was spent at Peggy’s Cove a beautiful little sea side village with a picturesque lighthouse and an old-world feel about it. A good portion of our time in Halifax seemed to be spent relaxing and sorting out the rest of our time in Canada. We had to organise a rail pass and also some way of getting from Halifax to Quebec where our rail pass would actually become valid!
That is no small feat when you consider that it is a 14 hour bus ride that got in at 3am *groan* and car hire was well over $1000 for a 24 hour hire at the time of year we were there! We caught a lucky break though and managed to wrangle returning a car back to Quebec for only $200 the only thing was we were on a waiting list to see if the car would be returned in time for us to get to Quebec. Luckily at the last minute we received confirmation that the car would be brought in the night before we had to leave so we would be able to drive and save an incredibly uncomfortable bus ride.
It was with a tinge of sadness that we left our comfy set-up with Jo in the early afternoon but also anticipation of our next adventure. We managed, with Jo’s directions, to safely drive across the states of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and finally into the very large state of Quebec where all the road signs and the main language switch to French. There’s nothing like needing to drive around to make you learn basic French very quickly! We gladly made it to our booked guesthouse within the old walled section of Quebec around 10:00pm and slept soundly until our early wake up the next morning.
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