Hey guys,I’M IN CANADA! RIGHT NOW, I’M IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE WHERE IT’S SUMMER, AND IT’S WONDERFUL!
Ok so really, this feels like such a dream. This is the first country I’ve traveled to where the culture hasn’t been ridiculously different, it’s nice to be able to take things in and not feel overwhelmed by it all. It’s strange that everything is sort of the same, yet still very different. It's like putting Australia on a different planet, like in 'Fringe' or something. The scenery here on Salt Spring is absolutely stunning and the weather is really nice too. Everything and everyone is chilled. This place is just cool.
The flight here was just as any flight to the other side of the world usually is, long and uncomfortable. There were about 4 babies on the plane too. They were always crying. It was a 13 haul from Auckland to Vancouver, I was almost crying as well
. However I was lucky enough to sit next to two girls who were fun to talk to, and the flight attendant gave me a tub of ice cream for dessert because my vegetarian friendly meal just came with old fruit. Vancouver airport was insanely busy, and the guy that processed my customs form decided he had to ask about a hundred questions about how I knew Britney and why I was flying to Alaska instead of Australia, and also made me spend 15min going through my bag to show him every document possible that proved I wasn’t going to stay there forever and ever and ever. Then he was kind enough to finally stamp my passport, I think on the second last page (Thomas likens passport stamping to a pissing contest, he makes a very valid point). Then FINALLY I got to the arrivals gate of Vancouver airport, to be greeted by a frantically waving Britney. Our reunion after 18 months!
After we escaped the frenzied airport, Britney’s Nan and cousin picked us up and we drove over to Richmond, where Nan lives (yes, I call her Nan too haha). I couldn't believe how big the houses were, but Nan said a lot of them all get torn down now to make town house/apartment blocks. It was so surreal, Canada isn't dramatically different from Australia (or any western country for that matter), but it's different enough that I was still freaking out as we drove along, like a kid driving past Christmas lights or something
. We spent the evening driving around the town and also got some sushi for dinner (sushi is just as good as in Australia I'm happy to report), before getting on the ferry to Salt Spring Island. I was pretty tired by this stage, felt like I'd been living in the twilight zone for a few days. The ferry ride was nice and calming, spent some time just reading but then fell asleep for about an hour or so and woke up to us arriving at Long Harbour.
Woke up this morning at about 11am, still feeling pretty tired, I think my body was trying to tell me it was still 4am like it was in Melbourne. Britney had to go to work so I’m just lazing around today, admiring the scenery and I’m going to catch a bus into town soon to meet Britney when she finishes work. More to come soon! Promise it won’t be so mundane next time.