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Hello again! Today's installment will probably be a short one, followed by a longer one, so that I can get up to date as quickly as possible and I don't feel more pressure! We pick up on Monday - still in picturesque Victoria and heading out on a Zodiac Whale Watching expedition. Beforehand, I had expected the usual size vessel for whale watching based on past experiences, but this turned out to be much smaller, open air boat, ...
... known a Killer Whale. That name is a little misleading though as it's no more a killer than any other whale, it eats Salmon in this area, and it's not even a whale, it's a large dolphin. The Orca's don't have the distinctive 'tail dive' that the humpback Whales have, the only tell tale sign is the fin, dark, tall and menacing, it moves quickly as the whale chases the salmon, occasionally its body comes up above the surface revealing ...
... at the power of these big planes to get off the ground.
One more leg to go , from Tokyo to BKK. The guy beside me was going to Okinawa and the guy ahead of me said his wife was from Ubon ratchathani, where I started last years bike trip. It's just a quick hello today.
A couple of pics for you
one more leg to go from Tokyo to bkk.
I will update once there.
... we then had about a 3 hour wait for the little Dash 8 plane for the 15min ride to Victoria (Vancouver Island)
Lovely sunny day, it was straight forward to transfer since the domestic and the International sections were adjacent and we could walk there.
Domestic Canadian airlines are very casual since a) you can get standby tickets - I heard several anouncements saying that so-and-so flight was full and the standby passengers were being transferred to the next ...
... the nicest day of the year so far. The sun was out and the sky was clear so we got to see Mount Baker. It's amazing that this morning I got to be in a gym packed full of students pointing and screaming at one of our puppets, and then this evening I got to peacefully reflect on the experience while staring at the ocean. Victoria is simply lovely. ...