Halifax, Nova Scotia, 4th - 7th June 2007

Trip Start Jun 11, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Well we had to start our trip through Canada here really, as we both come from Halifax, England.  After the farting about trying to get some accommodation for our first night here, we arrived at mid-night off the bus and went to the Marriott hotel.  It was very nice and the bed was sooooo comfortable, but at the end of the day it's still only a place to crash and from that point of view it is much better to stay in the hostels as you get to meet the other people staying there, the environment is geared to it, but in the hotel it's all about getting your money... we didn't even get to use the pool!  I had a disagreement with the manager when I found out that we'd just paid over $200 for a room and breakfast wasn't included!  How crap is that!  On to HI....

We got to HI-Halifax and the first thing we noticed was how friendly the staff were, the next was just how creaky the bed in our private room was! There would be no hanky-panky going on in that bed. (How much was the Marriott again?)
We decided that we were going to buy a laptop.  We were fed up with the computers not working when we are so reliant on them.  We bought one on the third day here, we were pointed to a Staples (I so had to concentrate on not looking at the pens and stuff!), but we spent a bit of time before hand checking out prices and some other places.  We did manage some sightseeing too...

The first day was georgous weather, really warm & sunny.  We were directed to the Comfy Corner Café for breakfast / lunch until we could check into the room.  Now this was a great place, proper home-made food that wasn't expensive, it had a hostel feel to it and all the staff were really friendly.  We had breakfast / lunch here everyday and was sad to say goodbye to Brad and his team on our last day.
 There was a military band playing in Scotia Square, and to be honest they were really, really good.  We had a walk around the city and Rob bought  new toothbrush.   We stayed in that night and watched Die hard 2 in the common room, chatted a bit to Jessica whom we met here.  Rob was a bit restless as he wanted to be doing something.. we still haven't got into an evening routine yet... we're working on it, we can't afford to be going out every night, it's just that there isn't that much free stuff to do on a night.

Day 2 - After breaklunch at CC we checked out some pc places then went to the Maritime museum.  Halifax played an important role in the Titanic history as it's the closest port to where she went down.  Ships from Halifax were used to collect the bodies and any wreckage.  They have a lot of artifacts.  They also have a section on wreck diving and artifacts from ships that have sunk around Canada.  We found this especially interesting as it involves scuba (we're getting withdraw symptoms).
Halifax was also the place where the second ever biggest man-made explosion took place (second to Hiroshima).  1917, a French military ship ladened with munitions, was hit by a Belgian ship in the harbour.  It set on fire, then exploded, destroying buildings and killing 2000 people.   You can't see any evidence of it around the city today.

We came out of the museum and it was throwing it down, out came the rain mac's, we went to the City Hall to see if we could do the tour, but we had missed the last one, so went back to HI.

We met Katie who works at HI, she's from keighley!  Yeah another Yorkshire person, although we didn't talk to her for very long as she was still "rough" from spending the previous night in the casino!  We had dinner in the hostel, $2 for a plate of spaggetti and sauce.  It was hot, filling and cheap.  On the notice board was someone called Tommo loking for car sharers to cross Canada.  I rang him and when he answered he was actually in the hostel kitchen... As it happened he was sorted, but we chatted to him for a bit anyway.  We swapped numbers incase plans changed or we could meet up someplace.  We played cards that night in the kitchen.  This was fun, we always have a laugh when playing cards, Sinead (Irish) who works on reception joined us whilst waiting for a late check in customer.  She's a star and we talked about going out together on a pub crawl tomorrow night.

Day3 - breaklunch at CC then went and got laptop, took it back to HI to charge up.  We then went to the City Hall and had a tour of the building.  The lass was really nice and we chatted about the differences between the two Halifax's.  Their's has a port, an international airport and is a city, ours doesn't and is a town.  We went to the Cittadel, which is a fort that was built to protect Halifax from invasion as it was such a military important position / port.  It was okay but unless your really into military history a bit boring.

We had dinner on the way back to the HI at the Steak & Lobster Co.  I had pork! We devoured deserts mmmm.  Back at the HI we got changed and met up with Sinead and Paul (Colwyn Bay, Wales) Now this is important... if you ever get to Halifax, NS you must go to the Peddlers pub on a Friday night, it's free before 9pm ($5 after, still worth it) the drinks are $2.50 for vodka sprite which is great, then from 11-12pm all spirits with mixer are $1 !!! we didn't actually do a pub crawl, rather just crawled around the one pub.  We were joined in here by jessica, Chris (Netherlands), Tom (went to bed early), Phil (UK. driving his grandparents around Canada) and a Lad from New Zealand (Sorry forgotten his name).  This was a really good crowd and a fab time was had.  Sinead is barmy and gave some random stranger a piggy-back on the road.  We met a French guy (Nicholi) on the way back and dragged him into the bar next to the hostel for one last drink.  I think we got in around 2:30 am.  A jolly good night.

Day 4 - Up late (what did you expect!) packed and went to CC for last brekki and said bye to Brad and his team.  Then off to the bus.  We saw Chris (Netherlands) at the station, so we sat together on the bus.  He's a really funny guy and we had some good chats on the journey,  he was going to get off at Moncton but decided to come to Montreal too.  We did a late night stop off where Rob & Chris discovered a mutual like of pool... Rob was gloating as he beat Chris in every game before we had to get back on the bus. 

Montreal, next..........
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