Monday, October 29, 2007

Show 544 Monday 29 October

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Back to Japan 2007
Day 3: Courtenay

Today we visited Yuko and Andrew. That was the reason we came to Vancouver Island. Yuko made us a great lunch.

In the afternoon walked around Courtenay. It seems like a nice little town.

In the evening we talked to some people at the hostel. The German girl was really nice.

I like this hostel. The only bad thing is that there is no laundry.

The room is nice, the internet is fast enough, the kitchen is really clean and well organized, the owner is nice. And the best thing is Jake. Jake is a very cool cat.

Show 543 Sunday 28 October

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Back to Japan 2007
Day 2: Vancouver to Courtenay

This morning we walked around in the rain trying to find a bus stop.
Finally we found it.

The bus cost $2.25 and took about an hour.

Horseshoe Bay is where the ferry leaves from.

The ferry goes to Departure Bay in Nanaimo. It costs $11.50.
It took about an hour and a half.

It was a cool ferry.
There were lots of different places to sit, cafes and a shop ... this was the kind of ferry I was imagining when we took the ferry to Hokkaido.

We had to wait for a couple of hours in Nanaimo for the bus so we went to a bar. It was packed with people. There was some kind of event on called a silent auction. They had wireless internet which was cool.

We took the Islandlink bus from Nanaimo to Courtenay. It took about an hour and a half.

The bus driver was really cool.

It was still raining when we got to Courtenay but the driver was nice and he dropped us off pretty close to our accommodation.

This is our room. I like it.


took about an hour - actually it took about 40 mins

it took about an hour and a half - actually, sailing time is one hour and thirty five minutes

silent auction

This is from Wikipedia: This is often a variant of an English auction, where bids are written on a sheet of paper, and at the predetermined end of the auction, the highest listed bidder wins the prize. This auction variant is often used in charity events, and many items may be auctioned simultaneously. Participants submit bids normally on paper, near the item. Other variations of this type of auction may include sealed bids. The highest bidder pays the price he or she submitted.