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Tuesday 16 December
Woke to overcast sky and some showers this morning - it feels so familiar. Best get out and enjoy it so we decided to drive to Squamish. A pretty place half way to Whistler situated on the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway on Howe Sound. It is a tradition -we always seem to do it - that we drive here to have McDonalds and visit Walmart. You never know what you are going to see in both these places. We have done it every trip so this could be ...
... our fellow tour members at the shopping centre yesterday - last night they were seated two rows directly behind us at the game. The stadium was full with capacity seating of over 17,000, and I'd booked our tickets from NZ a few weeks ago. Weird.
We managed to find our way back to the hotel via train. We actually got on it then realised we were going in the wrong direction. Riley wanted to take the long way home, I overruled that and switched at the next stop :-)
... to me, she replies. The elevator to the hotel lobby is just beyond the buses and although we register very early, they let us check in with an upgrade to a harbor view room. From here we can see the Solstice. We are on the 20th floor and the room seems to rock as if we are still on the ship. We don't have our land legs back yet.
After checking in, we buy tickets to the Hop on Hop off Trolley. These cars are originally from San Francisco. We took the trolley to ...
... not American-influenced at all (we all know American things so well from movies, TV shows etc). Granville Island was a final proof that Canada is very much its own being, which is quite refreshing. It always stood as a downside in my perception of the country that it was a kind of 'America-lite', but that just shows that I need to be less judgemental and not to have preconceived ideas about anywhere. Canada has been an extremely enjoyable surprise.
... home as we walked down Robson street and went in a few shops to pick up some gifts along the way back to the hostel. We stopped off at Harrison's favourite chocolate shop where he ran straight in to ask the assistant for the smarties wrapped in chocolate, he declined the taste of strawberry fudge or to try the chocolate from the fountain they kindly offered preferring to stick to his usual! Harrison enjoyed this on the ride home eating his chocolate (bad move before bed sugar ...