Halifax, Nova Scotia - l love port cities!

Trip Start Jun 27, 2007
Trip End Aug 31, 2007

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Hi All,

Arrived safe, running out of time on the net here. Love this place reminds me a little of Freo.

22nd August 2007 - Montreal to Halifax

After again spending a fortune getting to the Montreal airport I caught my plane without any hassels and arrived in Nova Scotia. The airport is about 45 min out of the city of Halifax so I caught the shuttle bus, which I arrived in perfect time for. The bus dropped me off and I had no idea where I was but was given basic directions to get to my hostel. My only concern was how on earth I was going to carry all of my bags there. No sooner had that thought crossed my mind than another guy who got off the bus at the same stop picked up my bag and offered to carry it.

I was incredibly tired because of the all nighter I pulled in Montreal and could only manage to shower and go to bed. It was 2pm in the afternoon. I woke up with a start as one of the hostel employees was saying that my grandfather was out the front for me. I didn't get his message.

We went out to dinner which was really nice, Sonny showed me around Halifax in his black Thunderbird convertable. We walked along the jetty and had a coffee. It was nice to get to know him. I couldn't even remember the one and only time I met him, I was 3 at the time.

23rd August - Halifax

Today was a pretty lazy day spent walking around Halifax and shopping. The weather was really nice and I got ready for the next tour.

24th August 2007 - Cape Breton

Today was the first day on the Salty Bear tour. Keltie our guide for four days picked us up and after loading upthe 12 of us where on our way. Our group consisted of, 5 Aussies, 4 Germans, 1 Danish, 1 Japanese and 1 Canadian. It rained so we didn't have a picnic and kyaking was out for the day. We all got to the house and everyone just thought that they should start drinking early. We were going to have a BBQ but were out of gas so we made burgers inside.

25th August 2007 - Cabot Trail

We had a big day, out on the road for 13 hours. After a early start, a few sore heads and lots of pancakes we hit the road. The Cabot trail is beautiful, however we still had foggy weather so were not really able to see a lot. At least it was really authentic being the Highlands. Cape Breton island broke off of Scotland from Pangea so it really is very much like Scotland. I saw a Coyote in the wild (everyone else saw it too when we backed the bus back up) but no Moose. We walked through a park were there are 5000 moose and not one sighted!

We then went Whale Watching which was great, it didn't really matter that it was foggy as the whales got really close to the boat. We were the only boat near that pod of Pothead whales which was great. There was two calfs which were playing around and trying very hard to breach out of the water. After a while they realised that we were there and were spy hopping and showing off a bit.

Again that night the drinking was on and Carman (the owner of the tour company) was impressed that everyone in the group was still awake after our full day at 12.00am. There was a lot of rum and beer. Michael fell asleep at the table which was hell funny as it took Louise to shake him quite hard to wake him up.
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