15. Vancouver + Back Home
July 27, 2003 GMT
Closing the circle

Gitte, which I've met at the hostel in Radium some two weeks ago, has written me an email that she and her brother will stay in downtown by some friends they met in the rockies.
So on the next day I walked around in the city alone and bought some stuff.
It was getting again a sunny day, after the morning was wet from rain in the night.

In the afternoon the temperature have been again over 30 degrees and I went to the beach.

Only a few hundreds meter beneath the hostel there was a big (so called) Folk Festival, but the music we could here good at the Hostel and the beach was anything else but no folk!
At eleven the music (or whatever) stopped and soon lot of people arrived at the hostel.

Just when I started my computer in the lounge in the hostel, Gitte and her brother Christian stood in front of me!

The are now for two nights in this hostel, and we talked until twelve about our trips.


Next morning was sunny again and it will be just as hot as it was in the Okanagan!

Christian wanted to stay in the hostel, because he want to play on his saxophon, later he wanted to play in downtown.

I took Gitte with me on my bike to the UBC, we were in the botanical gardens and then at the campus.
Back in the hostel we tried to get a helmet for rent, but we've got none.
So I gave her mine again and we went to Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Both were very touristic places and after that we were in West Vancouver at the Cypress P.Park, with a great scenic view over Vancouver!
Again we could see the Mt. Baker, but it was now too hot and we rode down to English Bay for a refreshing swim in the ocean.

A great idea!

In the evening we ate our diner and later we took a walk at the Locarno Beach, with a wonderful sundown!

Tomorrow I have to go to the Airport, to leave my bike at the airfreight station.

It was again hot and sunny when I went back to the city - in the morning I had to say goodbye to Gitte and Christian, they went to the hostel downtown.
I was the last time in the city to buy some gifts and for internet, in the afternoon I ate a good sandwich in "Hell's Kitchen", a great place in Kitsilano.

Back at the hostel it was too hot to stay inside and I needed a swim to refresh me.

Later I got my last diner in the cafe at the hostel and talked with Hans and some of his friends.
Before sleeping I fixed all my stuff in the roll and the backpack.

The night was short and I didn't sleep weel, so I went early in the morning to the cafe.

Hans gave my some apricots for the flight and I took a taxi to the airport.

I arrived there before a quarter to nine, more than 1.5 hours before my flight!

But I had to line up in one line for all canadian flights from Air Canada and when I finally got to the check in counter at ten, I've been told that I'm too late for my flight!!!

The next flight to Toronto at 11.30 a.m. should leave me not enough time to change planes!

So what now?!

I had to go to a ticketing counter to get a new flight back home.
At last I got one from Lufthansa, which would leave Vancouver at 4.15 p.m.!!

So I had to wait for more than 6 hours!

Finally I boarded a quarter to four and at ten in the morning I arrived at Frankfurt airport!

The flight to Munich was good and short and after 20 hours I arrived at least at my home in Munich!

Despite all the problems I had with my flights, the transport of my bike was absolutely easy to manage!

So what can I say now about this trip? - these have been wonderful, great six weeks with lots of new email addresses, sunshine, almost no rain and hundreds of pictures, I will never forget this journey through the beautiful western Canada!

Someday I'll be back again!!!

I hope you've enjoeyed with me this trip and these words I've written here, so write me, if you want to know more or make your comments on this page!

All the best for everyone!!

Posted by Horst Erntl at 08:55 PM GMT
 


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