Well I have been home for a month now after my Canadian adventure and let me say it was amazing. Travelled over to Calgary and had a couple of days in the city before heading gown into interior BC to a small town called Salmon Arm. Spent a couple of days here, one of which was mainly out on the lake in a kayak. I have only been in a kayak once before in my life and that was in a whamming pool, so it was a wonderful experience, made even better by paddling right up to a drinking stag. I must say I was pleased to have a waterproof camera on the trip as I wasn't the best at exiting my kayak for a swim.
Then it was off to Vancouver for 3 days of action packed adventure. Spent the first day cycling around the sea wall in the afternoon and taking in Stanley park before heading back up the look out point to take in the sunset. I had been up there earlier in the day as well to get a look at the city whilst I walked around it getting a feel for the area. Vancouver is a stunning city and so clean too, I really enjoyed my time there. The second day I went to the Capilano suspension bridge and Grouse Mountain. These both tested me as I had to get over my fear of heights, I'm glad I did as the views and the experiences were amazing. The shows on Grouse Mountain are wonderfully entertaining although I almost had a vulture land on my head. Headed back on the sea ferry to downtown. The 3rd day I went to Granville Island Market before getting lost trying to find a beach. I then spent the rest of the day walking along the shore and stopping off at different beaches for a swim before grabbing a Tim Hortons for dinner. It was then back to Calgary with a day stop over in Salmon Arm.
Back in Calgary I went on day trips to both Banff to see the Bow Falls and then another day trip up to the Ice Fields Parkway to see the Glacier skywalk. I was so pleased as this is somewhere I haven't been in roughly 10 years and didn't think I would get to go again. The weather throughout the whole trip was wonderful, although there were a couple of smoggy days due to the forest fires and one night there was a huge thunderstorm that rolled in over the city from the mountains.
Back at home I have been filling my weekends with adventure. twistedthreads and I have been up to London to take in a food festival, with lunch outside Buckingham Palace before having an evening at the theatre to watch the musical Wicked. It was great although since then all I have is the soundtrack buzzing around in my head. We have also just had a weekend in by the coast down in Brighton seeing people and enjoying the pier and beach. The weather wasn't the best but the rain held off and that's all one can hope for in the British summer. We also have attempted making triple layered fudge and a wonderfully out of season Yule log which were both successful to different levels but tasted delicious.
Now it's getting myself sorted ready to head back to Bristol for the final year of my degree. Time certainly flies as I feel like the first two years have passed in a blink of an eye. Moving into a smaller place but it should be homely so looking forward to it, especially as it is nearer to the university. Will be taking my stuff back this weekend and moving up there for the start of term near the middle of September.
So that's about all from me, look out for photos of Canada winding their way into my gallery soon.