Vancouver - the final Canadian Frontier

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My last uber-train journey in Canada ended up in Vancouver. I have never been so glad to get off a train in my life. So very glad that I decided to fly to San Francisco instead of the 22 hour train ride I was planning. I will return and see Oregon one day, but on this trip I will be viewing it from about.

After hauling my backpack across the city I had to wait for a couple of hours to check in - booo. But as I was sitting in the lobby in walks Martin from Winnipeg. So it was nice to see a friendly face in a new city!

Vancouver is a lovely city - surrounded by water on three sides with mountains as a backdrop - very pretty. I only had two days there so I had to squash in as much as possible.

On the first day I took the boat (little more than a bathtub with a motor - terrifying) to Granville Island and had a walk around the market there which was a very pleasant way to start the day. Then I did something foolish and hired rollerblades to skate around Stanley Park. Note to remember: Rollerblading is not like riding a bike. Just because you could do it when you were twelve, does not mean that you can do it when you are twenty-seven. It was like Bambi learning to walk. I managed to wobble about a mile and a half round the harbour path with people giggling at me all the way before I packed it in and went to the Aquarium, which was a much more fun way to spend the afternoon than defying death on wheels. The have beluga whales there and the most ace sea otthers I have ever seen.

Went out that evening with some of the guys from the youth hostel and had the most amazing sandwich in the world - turkey and gravy on toast. Sounds awful, tasted of heaven. And then went out searching for skunks as someone had seen them near the hostel - didn't see any though.

The next day I spent the morning hanging around in the youth hostel chatting and then had a very rainy walk through Gastown and Chinatown to the GM stadium where I took a picture of myself flicking the Vs to the Canucks for Lee. Then headed over to Katy and Graham (friends from a forum I frequent who moved to Vancouver three years ago) who fed me a lovely meal and we had a catch up over a couple of beers. Very pleasant way to end my trip to Vancouver.
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spookypeanut
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I did that! I.e. hiring skate, skating (wobblyly (that is a real word)) around the park and then going to the aquarium! I loved the Belugas too. Brings back memories :-). I didn't get a boat to Granville island tho... someone did tell you it's not a real island, right? ;-)

grumpytraveller
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I did that in Stanley Park as well! Spent most of the time (on my already very bruised from snowboarding) arse as I recall...

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