Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
25Trip End Sep 15, 2010
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They get up every couple of hours, rattle enough bags to wake me up, pound around the floor for a while, then go back to bed. >:(
I'm awake since 5am. It's half eleven at night now. An Austrian girl (Marlene) moved into our room in the middle of the night last night, coming from Seattle, so it wasn't just the Koreans, but still.
I eventually got up around eight and had my breakfast and agonised over living environments online for the rest of the morning. It was grey and dull all day, so I had the oul' jeans back on for a change. I eventually persuaded myself to get out of the building, and I followed that lead on V to the CBC building. They were filming inside, so I saw no people, but there were plenty of trucks, which would be pretty exciting back home, so I made a big deal of it, and took some pictures
Spurred on by this excitement, I went down to where they filmed Fringe last night (dammit dammit dammit, I coulda met famous people!) and took some more pictures, then wandered aimlessly north towards the water. I like this wandering aimlessly. It's a lot more productive than actually trying to find something, because I always stumble upon something I amn't expecting. Like today, I saw the Olympic flame thingamabob. And got a granny to take my picture! An odd sound was echoing off the buildings, so I headed down to the water to see what it could be, and oh my goodness, they have a water plane airport. I watched a few of them take off and land, and realised that I had also discovered Stanley Park, and the trees are about to change colour! Beautiful. Having nothing better to do, I turned and headed south, to the bottom of the Downtown peninsula (I dunno what to call it, do you have any better ideas?). Can ANYONE tell me how to get an apartment either there or up near Stanley park? There are SO. MANY. Howcome I can't have one? It's inexplicable.
I had a meeting with this guy called Oscar, who has a room in a flat on Granville, at 6pm. In my walkabouts today, I've discovered that Granville is the high street/low street (Sears and cigarette shops) and Burrard is where I oughta live (Sheraton and Fringe filming)
Back, again, to the hostel, and Marlene was just in trying to sort something or other out at the desk, so we both slumped on the couch for a while in misery, before heading back up to the room. She asked to see pictures of Ireland, which I showed her, and I got shown everything there is to see in Seattle that she took pictures of. It took over an hour. :D She came to Canada in April, and has been working on an Alpaca farm in Kelowna for B&B. You DO meet interesting people in hostels, even if it is grotty.
Now, I am wrecked. I can't look at any more accommodations online, or I'll die, so I don't know what I'll do. I suppose I ought to know where I'll be working before I pick somewhere to live, but I need somewhere to live so I can get work. And I need to know what I want to work at and how to get into it to do any of that, and I have ZERO answers myself, so wow. Dug myself a hole here.