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  • Day0

    Vancouver Canada

    July 7, 2017 in Canada

    So it's been 4 days since we arrived in Vancouver! How amazing is this place!?! Flight was good, flew direct from Brisbane and landed early in the morning Friday and went straight to Jays Nanna's place to have some beers and catch up with relatives. Slept 14 hours that night so we were fresh and awake for the family wedding the next day! After partying on until the sun came up with all of the cousins and friends we then slept all day Sunday.. oops back in Australia sleep mode. Today was Jay's birthday!! We celebrated by going for a river cruise up the Indian arm with the family and had to try really hard to stay awake. Jays Nanna got to hand delivery Jays birthday card for the first time ever! 💕 So special to be here with all the family and feeling blessed to be so welcomed and feeling at home on the other side of the world! 🌎Read more

  • Day189

    Bowen Island - Snug Cove

    July 8, 2017 in Canada

    Nach lecker Obstsalat mit Vanillejoghurt in der Sonne, bereiteten wir uns langsam aber sicher für den Aufbruch vor. Es gab eine Erfrischung in der selbstgebauten Freiluftdusche direkt am Bootspier. Herrlich, wenn die Luft einen beim Duschen kitzelt. Und dann wurde zusammen gepackt.

    Kurz bevor es losging kamen ca. 90 Indianer auf ihren Kriegskanus und wollten am Pier Mittag essen. Da die Anlage allerdings privat ist und die Indianer natürlich nicht vorher gefragt haben sind sie dann nach einigen Diskussionen abgezogen. Als dies geklärt war, konnten wir ablegen.

    Eigentlich waren wir auf dem Weg zurück nach Vancouver City, aber keiner von uns wollte so richtig zurück. Also entschieden wir uns nach Snug Cove zu fahren, um zu schauen, ob dort einer der vier Plätze des Clubs frei ist. Und was ein Glück: Einer war noch frei. Damit hat sich der Verlauf des heutigen Tages entschieden.

    Snug Cove auf Bowen Island ist super schön und hat Charme. Hier gibt es alte Häuser aus Holz und unglaublich viele Obstbäume, vor allem Apfelbäume. Und es gibt viele Bootshunde hier. Yeay, was ein Spaß. Ein weißer Labrador ist unser Favorit.

    Wir machten gemeinsam einen top Spaziergang durch das kleine Dorf mit einigen Shops, unteranderem dem kleinsten Süßigkeitenladen der Welt. Man kann sich einmal um sich selbst drehen, viel kleiner gehts wirklich nicht. Wir kauften ein paar Kleinigkeiten für die kommenden Stunden (Wein und Bier) und fürs Frühstück. Zur Abwechslung gibts heute Abend mal ein Essen im Restaurant.

    Da es eine Hochzeitsgesellschaft gab, hatten wir beim Abendessen auch noch richtig gute Musik von einer Live Band. David hatte Fish and Chips und Julia - im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes - ein Eimerchen Shrimps zum Selberpulen. Mit vollen Bäuchen gabs auf dem Boot noch eine Flasche Rotwein als Betthupferl. Ab in die Koje!
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  • Day49

    Vancouver Tag 1

    September 4, 2017 in Canada

    Natürlich sind wir auf die erste Fähre gekommen und haben den Sonnenaufgang von dort aus beobachtet. Schön ist sie, die Skyline von Vancouver! In Vancouver sind wir zuerst zur Suspension Bridge und waren total begeistert, wenig Leute und wirklich toll angelegt mit einem Quiz für Kinder und interessantem Lehrpfad. An manchen "Stationen" steht ein Mitarbeiter und erzählt Wissenswertes über die Bäume, den Regenwald usw. Am Eingang bekommt man einen Stempel auf die Hand, man kann also immer rein und raus. Wenn man mit dem Haus auf Rädern unterwegs ist, ist das schon praktisch. Leider gibt es nur wenige RV Parkplätze.
    Die Suchr nach dem Campingplatz war dann etwas schwierig. Bisher haben wir immer alles gut gefunden, alles ist super ausgeschildert, aber kein einziges Schild für den Capilano Riverside Campground. Wir sind also ein bisschen gekreiselt bis wir ihn hatten.
    Und es gibt einen Pool, welch Freude bei dieser Hitze von mehr als 30 Grad. Am Nachmittag sind wir noch mit dem Bus nach Downtown, haben uns Räder ausgeliehen und sind um den Stanley Park geradelt. 1 1/2 Stunden waren wir unterwegs bis wir uns eine Lokal zum Abendessen gesucht haben.
    Jetzt genießen wir die letzten 6 Bier vorm Wohnmobil, bevor wir es morgen Vormittag zurückgeben müssen.
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  • Day0

    Start in die Endrunde

    May 29, 2017 in Canada

    Jaaa ich weiss es hat wieder etwas gedauert (doofes Internet...) aber jetzt kann ich euch bescheid sagen: ich bin gut in Vancouver und meiner supertollen Gastfamilie angekommen und mir geht's super! 😄😄👍🏼
    Heute mussten wir den Einstufungstest absolvieren. Und ich überraschte mich selber: ich bin ein Level aufgestiegen! Jetzt bin ich Upper Intermediate 🎉😃
    Hoffentlich krieg ich das hin...😅
    Sonntags nahm ich (wie in London auch) mit anderen Neuankömmlingen an einer kleinen Stadttour teil und machte auch schon erste Freundschaften😊
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    • Ein grosser Holzadler schmückt den Flughafen in Vancouver
    • Die älteste Dame, von den drei Haustieren bei der Gastfamilie, leistet mir Gesellschaft 😊 🐱
    • Ein liebes Wilkommensgeschenk von meiner Gastfamilie: eine Karte mit guten Wünschen, einen "I ❤️ Vancouver" Regenschirm und Zückerli 😍
    • Sunset Beach 😎 ☀️
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  • Day40

    Ventures in Vancouver

    October 7, 2017 in Canada

    On arriving in to Vancouver we were greeted by the sight of a homeless guy rooting through a bin and the smell of weed. Perhaps the stories we had heard about Vancouver were true! We took the SkyTrain to our hostel and dumped our bags in our private room with a delightful urine aroma. A good start! First stop, the liquor store! Hugo was pleased at the price of beer and handed over his two pieces of ID at the checkout. The guy took a look at Hugo's photo on his driving licence and commented 'that was a totally different stage in your life’. Then upon seeing his name, added that he should be in a band, at which point 'Hugo and the Swifts’ was born.

    After recovering from the previous night’s sleep on the train, we ventured through town to Granville Island, a place known for its market and art district. A poster advertised the upcoming 'turkey run’ on Thanksgiving. We wandered around the food stalls and purchased a Chinese meal which we ate in the square overlooking false creek while enduring the singing of a busker. We shared a homemade 'lemon square’ (hopefully we can recreate using the ingredients listed on the packet!). Feeling as though we were in need of some vitamins, we selected a box of blueberries and raspberries, however were shocked to hear '18 dollars’ (£12!) at the checkout - you wouldn't even pay that in Waitrose! After browsing the ceramic shops we made our way on foot to Queen Elizabeth park, although stopped at the Cactus Cafe for happy hour drinks. Having just missed the biodome, we looked out over the city from the park gardens and then caught a bus over to the University of British Columbia (UBC). The campus was extensive and we eventually found ourselves at its museum of anthropology. Fortunately we visited on Thursday when admission prices are reduced. Good job as we whizzed round the vast displays of masks, totem poles and first nations costumes in less than an hour. Whilst extensive, the archives were clearly intended for people with a prior knowledge of anthropology!

    Next day was devoted to pampering Hugo. First up, a haircut at one of the many hipster barbers, this one named 'the man cave’. No less than ten minutes later and he was a transformed traveller. We found ourselves in a French cafe and struck upon some day old pastries reduced to half price - winner! We then walked back up through the trendy red-brick Yaletown with industrial style buildings now inhabited by boutiques and bars and hit the shops on Robson Street, although not before grabbing a slice of pizza and seeing adverts for Thanksgiving poutine. Hugo purchased a bargain pair of Hollister jeans to replace his current ones that have an increasingly large hole in an unfortunate place. I was amused by 'the face shop’, clearly a lesser-known sister of the body shop. Following the successful shopping session we decided to explore the Gastown district of the city, popular for its cafes and shops lining the historic streets. As we walked through the district, the usual crowd of tourists and locals slowly morphed into an unfamiliar gathering of homeless dwellers, and then the realisation came that we were on East Hastings Street, the one place we had been told to avoid. We have not seen poverty in the developed world like it - drugs being injected in broad daylight, people slumped next to trolleys of cardboard that they would later use to sleep on. It was the land of zombies. We later heard stories of the people sleeping on the kerbside vents from the underground, and of them flogging their prescriptions on buses in exchange for money for drugs. If nothing else this was an illuminating insight into the darker side of Vancouver that most people tend to avoid. A couple of streets below and we were in Gastown, yet miles apart in terms of atmosphere and wealth. We passed by the famous steam clock and had a nosy around a maple syrup shop before moving on to explore Chinatown. The history of the area was interesting to read about on the wall plaques, however we made tracks after a dodgy cafe toilet situation - two arguing locals rushed into the toilet before I could, clearly after having procured some dodgy package, so I thought better of using it. Back in the relative comfort of the hostel, the Liverpudlian guy working there invited us to join the meal they were preparing for guests.  We chatted with others in the common room and before long a huge 'shepherds’ pie arrived. It was actually beef mince so a cottage pie, but the Canadians didn't distinguish the two. It was also slightly different in that it was deconstructed, wherein you poured on your own gravy. Along with people from New Zealand, Germany, Belgium and the UK (two of which were from Harrogate and one shared a Spanish class with Heather at sixth form), we learnt how to play 'mushroom’ (basically balancing cards on a wine bottle rim) and then went to The Railway, a live music venue around the corner from the hostel. Inside, Hugo was approached by a gay guy who kept commenting to me 'he’s so beautiful’. Hugo asked him what he did and the guy repeated the same few words to start his response without actually finishing his sentence which was very frustrating. After a few attempts to continue the conversation, Hugo told him he was a piece of work and we wandered off. At 2am we all went back to the hostel, Hugo mourning the lack of chicken wings. In the early hours we were woken by a scurrying sound across the floorboards - the shreds of silver foil were a giveaway as to our company!

    With Hugo feeling slightly worse for wear the following day, we walked a few steps up the street to Gojira Ramen, a Japanese noodle cafe. We had been eyeing it up over the past few days and could tell it was a reliable place to eat by the number of Japanese eating there. After queueing for a short while we sat down at the table. I ordered a spicy ramen soup with pork, and Hugo opted for a plainer soup with fried chicken. We were glad we only went for the standard size as the large bowls looked like they could feed a family of four! A group of snapchat-obsessed girls were tucking into a bowl each that they couldn't possibly have finished. Hugo couldn't even stomach his bowl so he had it packaged up to take away. A recommendation if you find yourselves in Vancouver! To get some fresh air we walked along the waterfront, passing a pixelated orca sculpture, an island fuelling station for boats, and watching seaplanes take off and land. In the harbour we remarked about the cute boats built in the shape of houses on a deck, and spotted two seals in the water. We walked along the seawall that surrounds Stanley Park, passing totem poles and sculptures to reach Lion’s Gate bridge that crosses the ocean to North Vancouver. Short on time, we then detoured inland to Beaver Lake, and although there were no beavers in sight, we did see many colourful mandarin ducks. We then found the Lost Lagoon and continued on to English Bay beach, which looked beautiful as the sun shone on the autumnal coloured trees and the droplets of rain produced a rainbow. Locals sat on benches and Canada geese waddled along the grass. At 5.30pm we navigated our way through a marijuana market to Rogers arena in anticipation of the first ice hockey game of the season, which we had tickets to. As we collected our free alcoholic drink - a ploy to increase spectator numbers - we came across the couple from Wakefield that we had met on the train! With 20 minutes of happy hour left we purchased two hot dogs and found our seats. A dramatic intro video played, introducing the Canucks. The players then made their way on to the ice and began stretching and warming up, involving a lot of frog-like poses which was a sight in itself. An operatic voice started up the national anthem, although he only sang a few words before letting the crowd do the rest of the work. After the first 20 minutes we were still trying to figure out the rules. The Canadian guys next to us gave us a brief explanation of the game during one of the many intervals. As part of the Canadian experience Hugo bought some popcorn and we laughed as a guy stuck out his tongue as his partner went to kiss him during kiss cam. Like the baseball, there were various prizes for ridiculous games such as guessing the smoothie flavour etc. A fight broke out in the final third, causing the crowd to descend into applause and jeering. The home crowd cheered the Canucks to success against the Edmonton Oilers and we ambled along the streets along with hundreds of other fans back to the city.
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  • Day16

    Letzter Tag in Camper

    July 10, 2017 in Canada

    Gemütliche Sightseeing Tour über den HW7 über Mission, Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam ins Delta, weil ich dachte, von da schaffen wir es morgens einfacher zu CanaDream bis um 10h. Sind nur 15min. ohne Stau, also ohne Hektik aufstehen. ☺ Hier ist der HW zur Fähre aber ziemlich laut und es müffelt ein bisschen. Egal, trinken wir uns mit der restlichen Lemonade schön. Und planen schon mal die nächsten Tage in Vancouver. Anette macht erstmal aus den in Harrison Mills gekauften Blaubeeren Pfannekuchen. 😋
    Hier machen wir keine Bilder von den Eagles, die sitzen auf der Müllkippe und fangen Ratten. 😝
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  • Day17

    1. Tag auf Bowen

    July 11, 2017 in Canada

    Haus gefunden, Koffer ausgepackt, Abendessen mit der Family im Doc Morgans, Ferienwohnung bewundern lassen, Mitbringsel verteilt. Freude auf allen Seiten.
    Nach dem Abendspaziergang (wo holt Gerd morgen früh frisches Brot fürs Frühstück?) haben wir Peter kennen gelernt, unseren Gastgeber. Hat 6 Jahre in Holland gelebt und kann ein bisschen holländisch, aber kein deutsch.
    Peter berichtet, dass in Kamloops kein Hotelzimmer mehr zu bekommen ist, weil 14000 Menschen aus der Umgebung evakuiert wurden. Und es sind noch 10000 in Bereitschaft, abgeholt zu werden. Von Vancouver aus kam man nicht mehr über Whistler hinaus, HW1 ist gesperrt, im Süden ist auch gesperrt und im Okanagan Valley brennt's auch überall.Read more

  • Day18

    Nach einer kleinen Inselrundfahrt, einem kleinem Spaziergang und einem leckeren Eis in der Cocoa West Chocolaterie schmeissen wir unsere Vorräte zusammen: Süsskartoffeln, Sellerie, Blaubeeren, Yoghurt, Tonic, Schinken, Zwiebeln, Maiskolben, Bier, Park Gin.... Und Sam schmeisst The Grateful Dead an. Anschliessend spielen wir Pinguin ?, Colourku (Sudoku nach Farben) und Domino Train.

  • Day20

    Hood Point

    July 14, 2017 in Canada

    Spaziergang mit Bernd, Jemma, Max, Sam und Sydney. Zwei Weisskopfseeadler schraubten sich in die Höhe, um über die Insel zu kommen. Anschliessend verwandelten Sie sich in zwei Wasserflugzeuge. Bowen Island Mystic Transforming Spirit.

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