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Day 76 - Day 79: July 1 - July 4, 2012

Vancouver

semi-overcast 15 °C

Although our jobs as WWOOFers have come to an end, we still have a month of adventures to look forward to. We spent the start of the next phase of traveling in Vancouver, where we stayed with Alison- a cousin of Emma McMillans. Alison was so kind to take us in and treat us to a warm cozy house with lots of homemade goodies. She greeted us with huge hugs despite our repulsive appearances and odours (let us remind you that we had just finished a 16km hike…) We spent the evening catching up and watching an old classic VHS.

At last minutes notice, Emma McMillans parents came to visit us in BC. We started off the day with Alisons homemade cinnamon buns (which we consider to be the tastiest treat thus far) and then made our way to the Baden Powell trail near Deep Cove. Although it poured rain, we enjoyed a good hike and followed up with pizza, coffee, and doughnuts at a local cafe- this was a treat day! To finish the day, we searched high and low for the Lululemon outlet store…we felt obligated to buy some things- we didn’t want to come out empty handed after dragging Gordo around with us! We said goodbye to the McMillans after a lovely visit, and went back to Alisons for yet another old classic movie…girls night in!

The sun finally shone over Vancouver for our last day in the city. We started the day with hair cuts in a sketchy salon, Vancouver- 1, Emmas- 0. We grumbled about our unimpressive haircuts all the way downtown where we were overwhelmed with thousands of pedestrians and intimidating passengers on the SkyTrain, Vancouver- 2, Emmas- 0. We did some unsuccessful shopping on Robson street, and then got rapped about by a street busker for looking lost but cute, Vancouver- 3, Emmas- 0. Finally things started to look up when we discovered Gastown, and better yet- the Old Spaghetti Factory. We ate a delicious dinner of spaghetti and (more) pizza, explored around the waterfront and eventually made it to Stanley Park. We decided that Vancouver is okay, although we definitely prefer the mountains and wilderness!

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What have I got myself into.....

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At least one of us turned out okay!

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Gastown

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The Old Spaghetti Factory

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The Old Spaghetti Factory

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Floating homes, too cool!

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The view of the city from Stanley Park

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We love you Alison!

Although downtown Vancouver was a bit of a bust, we had an amazing time with Alison, Lonny, Lulu, and Gwenie. They were so nice to welcome us and make us feel right at home....if any McMillans are ever in Vancouver or surrounding area, you better visit cousin Alison, you might just get a cinnamon bun out of the deal!

Posted by mcmillanallen 07:50 Archived in Canada

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