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Day out in Victoria, BC

My plane arrived at around midnight, so we took a taxi down to the “Royal Scot Hotel” where we stayed just for a night; straight to bed I went, I wanted to catch as much sleep as I could before venturing off into this beautiful city.
I woke up at about 0730hrs to enjoy a “West Coast Omelette” at “Jonathan’s Restaurant”; filled with shrimp, smoked salmon and topped off with Hollandaise sauce, I think I was in heaven! Man, do I ever miss the delicious seafood of British Colombia.

After my outstanding Breakfast, I took “Bus 6” down to the Naval Dockyard, which is where all the Canadian Navy ships rest, which includes my previous two ships: “HMCS Protecteur” and “HMCS Algonquin”. I walked onto the “HMCS Protecteur” and quietly made my way up to my old workplace where I surprised my buddies who are still working on the ship. When they looked at me, they glanced away and then quickly looked back. They must have thought they were hallucinating for a second, because they had no idea I was flying into the city. They were overjoyed to see me, just as I was to see them. These friends have helped me through the toughest of my times when I was living in Victoria, BC. They were true friends, always pushing their plans aside to help me out when I really needed it; these are the kind of friendships that you need to treasure and value for the rest of your lives, its not everyday you run into people like that. I stayed on the ship for just over an hour, wolfed down a bowl of “Cream of Chicken” soup for the Navy tradition of “Stand Easy”, which is at 1000hrs everyday, then made my way to the ship across from the “HMCS Protecteur”, which is the “HMCS Algonquin”. My awesome friend Jen, the one that we bumped into during my Vegas vacation was working “Quartermaster” duty. I paid her a surprise visit; it was really awesome to see that she is doing great overall and that she some awesome sails to look forward to!

Shortly after reminiscing with some amazing friends, I hopped onto a bus heading towards downtown to grab myself a delicious Lunch at one of the restaurants that serve the food that I miss most: “Azuma Sushi”. The sushi here in Trenton is overpriced and definitely not up to the standard of quality that you will find on the West Coast of Canada. I had a “Spicy Salmon Roll” and a “Yam Roll” with a bowl of brown rice topped with roasted sesame sauce on the side. The bill only ran up to 12.95$, now THAT’S a VERY fair price, especially for quality food!

I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Victoria, so I slowly walked back to my hotel, grabbing a “Spanish Latte” at one of my favorite Cafes: “Dolce Vita”. What really impresses me about “Dolce Vita” is how they create coffee art in your drink. They actually construct some sort of complex pattern in your coffee; it looks so nice you almost don’t want to drink it! Don’t worry though, I don’t know how they do it, but somehow when you sip back your delicious drink, the pattern doesn’t disappear, it stays right to the bottom of the cup!

Well, I’m back home in Trenton now, but not for long! I’ll have another adventure shortly for you to read up on, just keep your eyes peeled!

Tomorrow, I start my first Piano lesson, I’m also hitting up the gym with Amy first thing tomorrow morning too. Nothing like a fresh start to your day!

Dolce Vita Coffee Art

Dolce Vita Coffee Art

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Feelin’ my roots

It was just under a year ago that I was living in this gorgeous city, spent three years here; I’m not going to lie, I miss the city but I sacrificed that for the best job I’ll ever have in my life and to be closer to my family and don’t regret it one bit!

I’m staying just a night in Victoria. When I wake up, I’m going to have a quick Breakfast, then pay my friends a surprise visit at my previous unit: “HMCS Protecteur”; I can’t wait to see them, I miss those guys! Friendships for a lifetime!

For those of you that don’t know, Victoria is located in the province of British Colombia and positioned on a mid-sized island called “Vancouver Island”. The city itself has a very inviting vibe to it and you easily find yourself at home very quickly. Victoria stays true to Canadian culture, but somehow, the city incorporates a wide-tasting range of cultures from all over the world which gives Victoria a unique flavour when compared to most other Canadian cities. Despite the influence, Victoria remains unchanged to it’s “Victorian”-age style.

If you visit BC, you must visit both Victoria and Vancouver.

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Beautiful British Colombia

Well, it’s no secret, it’s only on the back of every license plate in this province: “Beautiful British Colombia”.

British Colombia License Plate

British Colombia License Plate

Towering mountains to rolling and vibrant green hills; British Colombia is an excellent place if you love the outdoors, especially if you or your family love some of the following activities: camping, hiking, swimming, surfing, rock climbing, geocaching, running, biking, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, snowboarding, skiing… That’s just a small taste of the opportunities that await you in this charming Canadian province. Some of you might think: “Well, those are only seasonal activities in Canada, it gets cold with loads of snow in the Winter, so can’t possibly take part in every one of those activities!”. Believe it or not, the weather in the Southern portion of British Colombia is very temperate all year long; it’s a bit cooler with a bit more rain in the Winter, but nothing that you can’t handle. Getting back to my point, I surfed in Canada during the month of February in a small surfing village called “Tofino”. Tofino is what some like to call “Canada’s hidden paradise”, because really, not many know about it, even many Canadians don’t know about this hidden paradise! I believe the population is just under 2,000 and to get there, you have to have a car and some quick reflexes as the roads to this wonderland is winding and narrow, but the journey is breathtaking! You’ll see some of the biggest trees that you’ve ever set your eyes on, you actually have to pan your eyes left to right to see the size of some of these beasts! You won’t even be able to hug one, trust me, I’ve already tried…

Just one of the many trees you'll find in British Colombia.

Just one of the many trees you’ll find in British Colombia. (I’m on the right)

Tofino is just a few hours by car from the Victoria, the capital of British Colombia. You can surf in Tofino all year long and there are several alluring and enticing beaches, probably the most beautiful beaches in Canada. I’d also have to say that Tofino is probably the best place for you to learn how to surf, the reason behind that is because there are no sharp rocks or coral to wipe out on if you make a mistake, you just wipe out into the water and the ocean’s bottom is just soft sand, at least from the beaches I was surfing on. The best part is, you can get full surfing equipment rentals for about 25$/day and it gets cheaper the more days you rent the equipment for.
The only thing that is quite expensive is the accommodations and the food, but hey, most people come here for a vacation and usually on vacations, you’re expected to spend a little bit to really enjoy yourself.
In Tofino, there is also a very small island called “Hot Springs Cove”, where you can take a beautiful stroll through a British Colombian rainforest, only to end up at some natural sulphur hot springs, where you can just take the day to soak right into and melt off and bit of stress that may be on your body or mind.

That's me practicing my surfing skills in Tofino!

That’s me practicing my surfing skills in Tofino!

I’ll also show you a pointer on the map so you can get an idea of where Tofino is located in Canada, the red dot is the location:

Location of Tofino

Location of Tofino

I’m actually on a one week vacation with my girlfriend in British Colombia right now, but were in Abbotsford, which is one hour East of Vancouver. The mainland of British Colombia is absolutely stunning! View of the mountains from almost all angles of this city and most other cities nearby.
Shortly, I’ll be leaving for Bellingham, Washington, which is just North of Seattle. It’s going to be my first time there and my Brother-in-law will give me a tour of the “Cancer Centre” that he works at over there. We will also eat some mouthwatering Spanish food for Supper too!

On Thursday, we’re driving to Kelowna, which is a few hours East of Abbotsford. Apparently it’s scorching hot and dry over there, with plenty of outdoor activities, I should be able to grab a few awesome snaps with my handy camera. I don’t know too much about the place, but hey, that’s all part of the adventure that I will inform you all on!
On Saturday, Amy and I leave for a week in Las Vegas, but that’s another adventure for me to talk about down the road!

Take a look at the fireworks we saw in downtown Vancouver last night for Canada Day!

Vancouver Canada Day Fireworks

Vancouver Canada Day Fireworks

 

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