For those of you who don’t know, James’ parents live just south of Vancouver, in South Surrey. The area they live in is called Ocean Park and it is full of Wisteria Lane style houses, perfect, symmetrical and every desperate housewife’s dream! After a few bumps, our overseas trip could finally begin. The first bump was that I was unaware that our Air Canada flight not only had one engine, landing gear on the wings, and 24 passengers seats… there were PROPELLORS on the wings!! I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown! Don’t get me wrong, I am not scared of flying, it is my job to fly in aircrafts 5x this size every day, the problem was that I think I am an aircraft snob! After flying in the largest and most opulent aircraft on a weekly basis, and being cross trained for the “Crew’s Choice” aka the Boeing 777-300, I felt out of sorts on small aircraft, with no meal service, predeparture duties or “we care” in sight! So after 33 minutes of gluing my eyes to the flimsy looking wings outside my window and silently praising my beautiful flying offices, you can imagine the irony when Air Canada conveniently left our checked in baggage in Seattle…long after we had landed at our final destination of Vancouver. (I highly doubt that would ever happen on my airline. Although I shouldn’t speak too soon, James’ bags have been checked right through to Dubai…I hope they come through, for the sake of my pride!)
So once we had our bags, a semi decent (horizontal) night’s sleep, it was time for some yummy eggs (a specialty in my boyfriend’s family) and to explore our home for the next 2 and ahalf weeks. The weather was what I would deem grisly, but I’m told that a spattering of rain and 16 degree days is typical of “summer” in Northern America! We went to some Canadian favourites: Winners (the most eclectic and affordable range of designer trinkets, from home wares to Nike soccer boots), Walmart (everything is giant there and very cheap), Thrifty Foods (Cliff bars are by far the best invention in the world. Ever. End of discussion) and my personal favourite, Indigo books. It is a cross between Borders, Harry and Gretel, Bed Bath ‘n’ Table and Kate Spade. Cutest shop ever!
We shopped for dinner supplies, made homemade mini sliders (with my new mini patty maker courtesy of Winners) and settled in with a few drinks and the family to watch Breaking Bad…little did I know we would be HOOKED for the entire trip!
Just a little glimpse into a cruisy day in the life of Australians on Holidays in Canada! 🙂