09.01.2012 3 °C
Well the train from Edmonton to Vancouver was definitely a highlight of the trip so far! Such incredibly beautiful scenery and soooooo much more comfortable and enjoyable then the bus!!! We left at 7:30am on Sunday morning and were on the train all day and night and arrived in Vancouver at about 9:30am on today (Monday) so it was a really long time but it didn't seem like it because there was always so much to see and it was comfortable enough to sleep once it got dark, which was totally different to on the bus! We ended up sitting in the row in front of these two young Aussies and sat with them in the dining cart for dinner and chatted about back home and all the funny things that are different about Canada and all the things that are better about Canada as well! Was great to hear more Aussie accents and they seemed just as happy as we were to run into fellow young travellers (the train did have a lot of old people.... lol). Took heaps of pics from the panorama sky cart which had the full glass windows and roof so will put those up on facebook and instagram so you can check out some of the amazing stuff we got to see! Not much else happened on the train except a lot of quoting 'Step Brothers' with the whole "there's so much more room for activities!!!" line, haha. Oh and there was this older lady in front of us who was ridiculously flexible and kept somehow putting her feet straight up in the air over her head which made Nick and I lose it giggling every time!! Aside from that, nothing else too interesting happened on the train...
Once we arrived back in Vancouver and made it to our hotel we were extremely glad to make use of the shower after being on the train all night! After that we walked back down to Gastown and got all the gifts that we hadn't managed to find yet. There are heaps of lame touristy shops down there so we had to sort through them to find any good places!! After that we headed back to the hotel because poor Nick was absolutely exhausted. Don't think he slept as much as I did on the train
At the minute it is just after 4pm over here and I have left Nick in the hotel to do a bit of wandering for myself. I just hated the thought of wasting daylight over here when I'm going to be stuck on the plane all day tomorrow!!! So I took my laptop, went for a wander and have found my way to a Starbucks and am currently taking advantage of their free wifi and multitasking between doing this blog and messaging and people watching on the busy street outside the window that I'm facing. Vancouver is a very cool place and we have been so lucky to get great weather every day we've been here because apparently it is known for it's miserable rain.. Not sure I could live in Vancouver because it's a little too busy for my liking but it's an amazing place to visit and has a really cool vibe to just sit and soak up
So that is how I am spending my last afternoon in Canada! Reminiscing about all the cool stuff I've gotten to see and do and awesome people I've met whilst drinking one last MASSIVE coffee, haha. Might regret that coffee when I can't sleep tonight.. lol. We found a Nandos right near our hotel so will probably hit that up for dinner tonight before trying to turn in early so that we are awake and ready for the plane ride tomorrow. Meeting NIgel, Allison and Carter at the airport at 10am and are very glad we now have some travel companions So I will leave this blog here and go exploring for a little while longer before heading back to the hotel and getting Nick. Hope you all have an amazing day back home, guess you'll only be waking up around now One more day and we will be back home giving out lots of hugs and telling way too many stories!!! Can't wait to see you all again xoxoxo