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.










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