May 31, 2008

Day 1 - Vancouver to Jasper (Part 1)



Day 1 was a bit of a crazy day!

Today was the last day at the company I worked for almost 10 years. Even after saying goodbye to my old colleagues, it still feels surreal that I left the company. Still, I was getting emotional realising that I won't be able to see these people I like on a daily basis, which was followed by Jacklin, Christina and all these people organised a "gift" for me. These guys are brilliant. I will miss them immensely.

But let's not talk about work here shall we... :-)

I was on the phone trying to get a cab for bloody 20 minutes with no success, so my girlfriend and I walked to towards Robson and this taxi guy caught us from an almost impossible angle within one minute!

It turned out to be a beautiful day to start our almost one month trip!

I must say that I was a bit nervous as, because this is the first time I have used a train in North America (I don't think that Boston's T and Vancouver's Skytrain don't count as proper train...), I was not sure how things work, such as seating arrangements, etc, etc. Stupid I know, but I don't like the feeling of not knowing how things work.

I was pleasantly surprised by how polite and friendly the train staff were - a wee bit different from those on British railways (miserable bastards!) My girlfriend and I were also surprised by the quality of food on board as we had Mushroom Ravioli and Beef Pot respectively. Yummy food cooked by this one guy in such a tiny room on a coach!



My girlfriend and I were also pleasantly surprised by this bunch of many Japanese tourists... NOT! :-P They were rampant in the panorama room taking millions of photos... I was tempted to say "Hey, that's my job, so get out my way!"



After enjoying some pretty view of the British Columbia countryside, we had an early night just before ten. Human body is so honest in telling me that the last few week have been mental.

初日はワタワタとした一日になった!

約10年近く働いた会社と今日でついにサヨナラすることに。同僚みんなとサヨナラしてもまだまだ実感がわかない。大好きな同僚と毎日一緒に過ごせないんだと思うと感情的になり、それに追い討ちを立てるようにジャクリン、クリスティーナ、そして他のみんなが僕に餞別を用意してくれた。彼らは本当にいい奴らだ。

でも仕事の話はここまで…。

駅に向かうのにタクシーを呼ぼうと電話を20分するもまったく反応なし、ということでロブソン通りのほうに彼女と歩いていくと、タクシーのうんちゃんがとんでもない位置から僕たちに1分とたたないうちに気付いてくれるではないか!

北アメリカ大紀行の初日はなんともいい天気に!

北アメリカで電車に乗るのは初めてだから(ボストンのTとバンクーバーのスカイとレインは厳密には電車ではない…)座席の配置などまったく分からないから、正直落ち着かなかった。「初めてだから分からない」という気持ちがいやなのだ。

社内のスタッフがフレンドリーで礼儀正しいのには正直驚いた(いつも機嫌の悪いUKの電車のスタッフとは大違い)。僕の彼女さんも僕も、それぞれラビオリとビーフポットを食べて食事がおいしいことにも驚かされた。しかもこんなちっちゃいキッチンで一人で切り盛りしてるシェフが作ったのだ。

彼女さんも僕も日本人観光客の団体さんにはちょっと参った。パノラマルームを独占状態で、思わず「写真撮るのは僕の仕事なのでどいてくださ~い」って言いたくなった(笑)。

ブリティッシュコロンビアのきれいな田舎の眺めを楽しんだあと、僕たちは10時前という早めの就寝。ここ数週間があまりにもワタワタしててあまり寝てなかったこともあって、やっぱり人間の体は正直だな、と再確認した。

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