Day 5 - Tue 15 Apr 2003
Up at 6am for my
final breakfast on the train, toast and tea, then off to do my final pack. The train got
into Vancouver 40min early. Got Sheila to the skybus and bought a day pass, said our
farewells as we hit downtown. It was just before 8am when I found and booked into my
hotel. Had a quick wander around to find an Internet Cafe. Then walked downtown to the
Seabus terminal and took it over to the North shore. Helicopters and small seaplanes were
taking off on either side - got a great view of the bridge and waterfront.
The weather has
been wet this morning - From the North Shore I jumped on the 246 bus which goes up into
the hills, and then back down town via the Lions Gate bridge. By this time I was getting
cold, so I headed back to the hotel to get a bigger jumper. (still only 10am). Found out
that the library does free Internet access and is open until 8pm. Sent my first e-mail back
home, and checked on the SARS situation, by the looks of it HK seems to be getting worse.
Headed out and did
the Lonely Planet walking tour - it then started to rain again, so got on the bus and
headed out to the University, where the museum of anthropology is situated. By the time I
arrived the sun was out again! Lots of totem poles and First Nation carving - spent a
couple of hours having a look around before heading back into town. While looking around I
started chatting to an American couple, who said that they should be in the UK now, when I
asked why they said the "Iraq invasion" - well, the UK is very close to Baghdad!
Had a look around
Gastown, and saw a very interesting lady in black low cut strapless dress being searched
by the police! Then moved back to the library to send a few more e-mails. Lisa had replied,
and suggested meeting up with her in Australia - well I'm tempted, I really am! If I miss
out HK and Singapore, then I'd have seven days down under. But I bet I can't do it because
of the miles limit on my ticket.
I've checked the
phone book, and there are three STA travel shops here, so I'm going to check them out, and
see if I can re-route. Meeting up with Lisa is an attractive thought - but a plan 'B'
could be India, or even Sri Lanka. Next stop is the travel section of the library!
My hotel room is
small, and at the back of the hotel, but it is clean and has a wash basin. I've no
neighbours, and in fact I haven't seen any other guests!
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