Well, here we go! We got up at 3.00
a.m. after a very busy weekend with the 125th celebrations at school.
Good old Raylene and Frank took us to the airport for our 5.40 a.m. flight to
Sydney. We booked our luggage straight through to Vancouver, which made it
much easier. In Sydney we caught the shuttle bus to the
International Airport where we lined up for our boarding passes. We
had a lovely girl who gave us middle seats, with no one next to us which meant
we could put the arm-rests up, spread out and have a snooze. Heaven!
The flight was smooth but pretty long - or so I thought, but worse was to come.
We arrived in Tokyo and waited about three and a half hours for our next flight
to Vancouver. While we were waiting, we were chatting with a
Canadian couple who had been to China and I gave the man a Kangy fridge magnet
when he asked where we were from. We took off for Vancouver at 9 p.m.
Japanese time. On this leg we had the back row before the exit,
which gives you more leg room. We also had three seats, thanks to our
lovely girl in Sydney. They served us delicious meals and the service was
wonderful. By this time we were pretty tired so I popped a pill and
slept for a few hours, as well as you can on a plane.
Woke up to sunshine and we were served a snack. I dozed again and
soon we were arriving in Vancouver. We landed in rain and caught the
commuter bus to our hotel, The Century Plaza in Burrard Street. It
was pelting down as we got out of the bus on the wrong side of the street and
dragged our luggage to the hotel. We could see so much from our room, with a
great view over the city. We'd only just settled in when there was a
rumble and crack, which I thought was thunder and lightning.
However, it turned out to be something falling off a building being constructed
across the street, all over the pavement. Ambulances, fire
trucks, police cars all converged on the area and gave us something to watch for
a while. Luckily, nobody was hurt and everything settled back again.
It was pouring so we looked at tours, booked a city one for the next day and
confirmed our Victoria tour for the Wednesday. We enjoyed dinner in the
Coffee Lounge of the hotel, showered and fell into bed at 8.15 p.m. A very
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