Arrival in Vancouver

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Friday, May 19, 2006

After years of talking about it we have finally hit Vancouver, although we almost didnt! As I was chatting to Nat on my mobile at the airport in London I heard them page passengers Gigg and Vickery. We ran and made it though there was a slight bit of confusion over our Visas before they would let us on the plane.

After passing through Immigration with no troubles we went to board a bus to be told exact change only! We were a bit flabbergasted of course no one arriving from another country is going to have any change! The nice bus man took pity and let us on with my only Canadian coin a $2 that Salim had given me to show us what Canadian money looked like. Thanks Slim, we may still have been at the airport!

We are staying in a nice area called Jericho Beach, its a bit far out of town but really only about half an hour but as Vancouver is much smaller than London it seems further! So very nice to be on the beach again with a great view of the mountains, though they are hard to miss except when hidden by the mists! Its odd to occasionally have them completely hidden and seems like we are on a little island when you cant see the big mountains. Vancouver seems very green and its very pretty which we like!

Have been running around looking at flats and sorting out things, though the usual rules of you cant get a bank account without a social insurance number, you cant get a social insurance number without an address, you cant get an address without... You should have seen the fuss it was to even get a mobile! Seems some other crazy foreigners have run off without paying bills!

We are so far having fun though and like it here. Though there is a crazy lady in our hostel who keeps poking us and asking Tracey (each day) if she is leaving tomorrow..

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