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Vancouver- The Angus Report

The big city

Vancouver 
Vancouver was our last long stay city on our trip. The first day we were there we went over to a suspension bridge called Lynn canyon. It was basically a wooden slated bridge that crossed a fifty foot drop. Dad was a bit spooked because he has vertigo. At the end of the bridge there was another walk through the rainforest that we did as well before crossing back over. Also that afternoon we went for a drive before finding a soccer goal that I had a quick kick in. The next day we went for a drive that was supposed to be one of the best in the world. It was the drive from Vancouver to Whistler. The Sea to Sky Highway.  Whistler held some of the Olympics in 2010 so it was really cool seeing the ski slopes and the bobsledding coarse. Mum and I also went Zip-lining there. Zip-Lining is basically a couple  of  different lengths flying foxs that reach speeds of about 90 km an hour. It was really awesome because on the last line Mum and I went upside down. That was really thrilling and worth it. We looked around the shops there and I bought a neat little pin that will go into my collection. On Wednesday we all went to the Vancouver science centre for basically the whole day. It was a bit like the Brisbane science centre but better with more things to do. While I was there I figured out that I could throw a ball 65 km an hour. There was also an Omnimax Theatre there. That is a massive circular room and the film is all around you. We pwere going to do that but ran out of time. One of my favorite things there was all the different science shows there. They were really cool because the main thing they did was blow stuff up. That afternoon we went to the biggest library that I've ever seen that had about a million books and DVD's.  The next day we decided to go over to Stanley Park, one of the must see things in Vancouver. At this time of year it was really spectacular because of all the different colored autumn leaves all over the place. We hired some bikes that day and rode around the Seawall, an eight km walk around Stanley Park. That was good fun riding for a change because we have pretty much walked everywhere. After that Mum and I went on a little walk and saw a heap of raccoons that kept coming up to us wanting food. Mum and I walked home from Stanley Park then back to the hotel. On the way we stopped into 7/11 to get me a gigantic slushie to drink. On friday we went to a mini island called Granville Island that had a really awesome arcade that gave out tickets after each game had been played that you could get a prize for at the end. There was one game that you put in money, played the game and got your tickets only that was the catch, instead of getting the usual 12 tickets I discovered you could just keep pulling them out. In the end I got about 100 tickets out of it. We ending up coming back later to get more tickets because the lollipops were absolutely delicious. There was also some public markets that we had had lunch at, I had a weird, spicy Mexican dish. That afternoon we went over to Gas town, another must see part of Vancouver. There was a heap of souvenir shops that I ended up buying a pin from. It was a bit scary because all these drunk people came wandering up and asking questions. We didn't stay around that long and went home pretty quickly since it was about 8 o'clock. The next and last day in Vancouver we did a lot of different things. The first thing we did was go back to Granville Island and get more lollipops. Then we went over to Canada Place. That was were they did the main Olympic presentations. We got a couple of photos of the Olympic platform and one is on the blog.  At that time it was about 5 o'clock so we popped back to Gas town to grab a souvenir shirt and went back home. That night Dad and I went to a Canadian football match that was pretty awesome. We bought a heap of food and got ready for the game. The game had a really different atmosphere than Suncorp Stadium. Every one was going off after every touchdown. At the end I was really lucky because the ref chucked me a mini BC Lions footy after the game. I went straight to bed that night ready for an early morning ahead. In the morning we were going to catch a bus to Kamloops for the  second time to see our friends. I can't wait.

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Vancouver- The Angus Report

The big city

Vancouver 
Vancouver was our last long stay city on our trip. The first day we were there we went over to a suspension bridge called Lynn canyon. It was basically a wooden slated bridge that crossed a fifty foot drop. Dad was a bit spooked because he has vertigo. At the end of the bridge there was another walk through the rainforest that we did as well before crossing back over. Also that afternoon we went for a drive before finding a soccer goal that I had a quick kick in. The next day we went for a drive that was supposed to be one of the best in the world. It was the drive from Vancouver to Whistler. The Sea to Sky Highway.  Whistler held some of the Olympics in 2010 so it was really cool seeing the ski slopes and the bobsledding coarse. Mum and I also went Zip-lining there. Zip-Lining is basically a couple  of  different lengths flying foxs that reach speeds of about 90 km an hour. It was really awesome because on the last line Mum and I went upside down. That was really thrilling and worth it. We looked around the shops there and I bought a neat little pin that will go into my collection. On Wednesday we all went to the Vancouver science centre for basically the whole day. It was a bit like the Brisbane science centre but better with more things to do. While I was there I figured out that I could throw a ball 65 km an hour. There was also an Omnimax Theatre there. That is a massive circular room and the film is all around you. We pwere going to do that but ran out of time. One of my favorite things there was all the different science shows there. They were really cool because the main thing they did was blow stuff up. That afternoon we went to the biggest library that I've ever seen that had about a million books and DVD's.  The next day we decided to go over to Stanley Park, one of the must see things in Vancouver. At this time of year it was really spectacular because of all the different colored autumn leaves all over the place. We hired some bikes that day and rode around the Seawall, an eight km walk around Stanley Park. That was good fun riding for a change because we have pretty much walked everywhere. After that Mum and I went on a little walk and saw a heap of raccoons that kept coming up to us wanting food. Mum and I walked home from Stanley Park then back to the hotel. On the way we stopped into 7/11 to get me a gigantic slushie to drink. On friday we went to a mini island called Granville Island that had a really awesome arcade that gave out tickets after each game had been played that you could get a prize for at the end. There was one game that you put in money, played the game and got your tickets only that was the catch, instead of getting the usual 12 tickets I discovered you could just keep pulling them out. In the end I got about 100 tickets out of it. We ending up coming back later to get more tickets because the lollipops were absolutely delicious. There was also some public markets that we had had lunch at, I had a weird, spicy Mexican dish. That afternoon we went over to Gas town, another must see part of Vancouver. There was a heap of souvenir shops that I ended up buying a pin from. It was a bit scary because all these drunk people came wandering up and asking questions. We didn't stay around that long and went home pretty quickly since it was about 8 o'clock. The next and last day in Vancouver we did a lot of different things. The first thing we did was go back to Granville Island and get more lollipops. Then we went over to Canada Place. That was were they did the main Olympic presentations. We got a couple of photos of the Olympic platform and one is on the blog.  At that time it was about 5 o'clock so we popped back to Gas town to grab a souvenir shirt and went back home. That night Dad and I went to a Canadian football match that was pretty awesome. We bought a heap of food and got ready for the game. The game had a really different atmosphere than Suncorp Stadium. Every one was going off after every touchdown. At the end I was really lucky because the ref chucked me a mini BC Lions footy after the game. I went straight to bed that night ready for an early morning ahead. In the morning we were going to catch a bus to Kamloops for the  second time to see our friends. I can't wait.

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Vancouver, Vancouver - I love you!

My favourite parts of Vancouver …

semi-overcast 10 °C

I enjoyed walking across the Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge. The bridge was all rickety and it wobbled when you walked on it. Still, it was safe as walking into your backyard. There was a Japanese lady we noticed was very scared. She was trying to have a go and we encouraged her to walk across. Angus and I held her hand as she crossed with Mum and Dad walking behind encouraging her. She was grateful and we took a couple of photos. We went on some nice walks but, unfortunately, I was unable to do all of them so I stayed with Dad while Angus and Mum went on them.
We rode around Stanley Park and the trees were beautiful with all colours of green, yellow and red. We rented some bikes and it was a lovely sunny day with a dusting of snow on the mountains. The wind was so cold that my nose started to turn red and my hands felt like they were about to fall off.
I rode around mainly with Dad but we kept bumping into Angus and Mum who rode quickly but often stopped to take photos - does that sound like my Mum or what? I liked the ride because it felt very refreshing to be able to do the same thing as everyone else (without my sore ankle) and it was a change from walking around the big city.
Our accommodation was called Rosedale on Robson (a strange name but since we were onRobson Street, I understood). We were very close to the library and on a few afternoons we went in there to relax for an hour or two after a big day of walking or riding around. We were on the 13th floor out of 21 floors so we had a good view of downtown which was pretty with all the lights around us but I don't think I'd like to live there. I don't think I'm a big city person because I don't like to see all the homeless people sitting on street corners, I don't like rushing everywhere and I don't like bumping through all the crowds.
From our hotel room,we could see a big dome that stood 20m high. I didn't realise it was actually part of the Vancouver Science Centre until we visited there on a rainy day. I liked the Science Centre because it had lots of hands-on activities and was very compact. Each hour, there was a little live science show performed by real scientists. They had different themes like Air, Bubbles. Electricity and Cold. In the bubbles experiment, a little girl was put into a big bubble! In the electricity show, the scientist gave about 7 people holding hands in a line an electric shock. In the cold show, a man used liquid nitrogen to freeze a banana that Angus then dropped so it shattered. In the air show, the scientist used smoke from dry ice to show the shape of air. The last show was called Science Surprises which had the presenter light a fire in his hand and make rockets shoot.
Another great place we visited was Granville Island which has two streets and is under a big bridge. It is a market and shopping place. There was a whole 2-storey arcade of kids shops. This palace had a games arcade which cost 25c a game and which gave out tickets for prizes. You could collect prizes at the end of your games. We got lots of small prizes. Two of them were caramel apple lollipops that cost 20 tickets each. We liked them so much that we decided to come back to play games so we could get a dozen more. Angus and Mum went back the next day to get another dozen.Yummo!

Posted by The Robbos 09:26 Archived in Canada Comments (2)

Victoria- The Angus Report

The Capital of BC

The trip was pretty boring in the way to Victoria but I found out that my stomach was pretty toughened up by all the roads in California. When we got there was really happy because where we were staying was actually a cottage very close to down town so it was really good to have a lot of space. On our first day what we really did was look around at all the shops and basically get our bearings around town. For lunch we had sushi and I got a gigantic slushie. During the afternoon we went on a senic drive along the coastline. On that drive we saw an area that had had a lot of houses, we fond out that the average price for a house was about 4 million dollars. On the drive we saw a number of different parks that we stopped at and I climbed up a lot of things that went really meant to be climbed up. The next day was supposed to be a really nice day in terms of weather. We decided to go to the Butchard gardens. The Butchard Gardens are beautiful gardens that consist of Rose Gardens and Japanese Gardens. That was pretty amazing how they had created them. The Butchard Gardens offered us high tea for $100 but instead we all went to Cosco for $6. Since it was about 5 o'clock by then we decided to go home and call it a day. The next day we decided was a walking day. Victoria had 7 different trails around the city. The one we did first up was along the the harbour and since it was such a wonderful day it was pretty spectacular. After that we did another one that led up to North Victoria and had some frozen yogurt like portlands but no as many flavors. After that we had a walk home along the river. The next day we went kayaking for an hour. After that Mum and I did another walk around Chinatown and the city. We had some Mexican for lunch and after that we pretty much called it anday. Friday was a rainy day so we decided to do the Museum that day. We had 2 floors I personally liked the first floor a bit better because it had dinosaurs and sea creatures on it, lots of hands on stuff. The other floor had totem poles and other Indian history on it. We also that day watched an IMax film called Sea Rex, it was about extinct marine dinosaurs. That night we watched Harry Potter 7 part 2'on the bigscreen so that was pretty awesome. On Saturday we went on a walk around to fishermans wharf. While we were actually there you could hand feed some seals for about $2. You could twirl it around and make it do tricks. After that we walked for 1/2 hour to get to a restaurant that awesome burgers. Mum wanted to check out an ancient castle near there so she did that as well. That night Mum went on a ghost walking tour without me that she said might have been a bit boring. The last day Dad, Giaan and I went kayaking again while Mum web to have a proper look at the castle. After that we got the ferry over to the mainland to Vancouver. I am really looking toward to our week there.

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A very Canadian Time

Almost all over Red Rover

sunny 8 °C

Well, our adventure is nearly at an end...
Having made absolute gluttons of ourselves at Halloween and during Giaan's birthday, we decided that the next day should be devoted to cultural pursuits. So, Barb,Brian and our great friend, Gerhard, took us up to the local ski resort, Sun Peaks, for the day. Then went to an ice hockey match that night. Sun Peaks is about 45 mins north of Kamloops and is a bit of an old-school ski resort. While Whistler had enclosed gondolas etc., Sun Peaks has the basic ski lifts (with a cover for your heads, admittedly). The houses and chalets are very nice, however, and the town, though practically deserted on the day we visited, will be crowded very soon as the snow season begins properly. To our delight, there was snow all over the ground. They'd had a dump of snow a couple of days before and the kids were very excited. Thankfully, for us, the snow was very dry and powdery so not much good for fair dinkum snowball fights so Angus and Giaan had to be content with shovelling mounds of the stuff at eachother. I'd love to see the place at Christmas with all the lights and decorations.

That night, we went to see the Kamloops Blazers play. Lesley and Robbo used to go to the ice hockey when they lived in Kamloops many years ago. While the Blazers didn't play that well, we all enjoyed the game. Lesley loves the body checks into the boards while Giaan commented that the players "all want to fight eachother all the time". Reminded me of the old joke about going to watch a fight and a game of hockey broke out. Still, it was all good to watch.

Robbo also got to catch up with the Kamloops Rugby Club where he used to coach. He attended training three nights and loved giving a bit of a hand with the Under 19s and getting together with a few of the fellas he'd known many moons ago. It was fantastic to catch up with the old boys.

Friday came all too soon and we left for Seattle on a 6:45am bus. Barb and Brian endured teary farewells as we departed Kamloops. Once again, we have to thank them for their wonderful hospitality. We consider them our Canadian family and cannot wait to return the favour when they hopefully visit Oz in a couple of years time.

Arrived 13 hours later in Seattle - tired and a little down in the dumps about nearing the end of our trip. But our spirits were lifted by a legendary bus driver called Yolanda and a good night's sleep. The weather was again kind and we hit Seattle today and scaled the Space Needle, had fun in the Science Centre (which was very good) and bought up big in Pike's Markets. Flying home tomorrow night. While we're sorry that our trip is at an end, we look forward to catching up with all our friends and family ASAP.
Love to all and see you very soon.

Posted by The Robbos 05.11.2011 21:21 Archived in Canada Tagged kamloops Comments (0)

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