We got to Canada Tuesday afternoon, honestly didn’t start out great.
To begin our experience the lady at the border was not very nice to us. She didn’t believe we would leave and go back to the United States, that there was no evidence we would leave. Since we could live in our car I believe she assumed we would want to stay the beloved country of Canada and not go back to the dreaded states. I’m not assuming all Canadians hate the U.S.... but some might.
Us not being in school, not having jobs and still living with our parents also did not help the situation. You wanna know what convinced her, Kember saying we plan to be in Seattle for Halloween... Us saying we are going to a party and dressing up really got her¿ So we were free to enter.
We planned to hang around Vancouver for the day going to art museums, parks and whatever we could find. This is where I discovered I don’t like Canada...
We found out the hard way you cannot park anywhere in the city. Like absolutely nowhere on the streets from 3pm-6pm some not even until 8. That was very annoying I must say.
We ditched the museum idea for now and headed to the big Stanley Park. Get this! You have to pay for parking there!! Like what? It’s a park. Good job Canada, really great job on convincing people to not get up and walk around the park... I was very mad at this point. I mean obviously Kember and I parked and just hung around the car so we didn’t have to pay.
This may look bad, but we don’t have enough money in our pockets to pay for a parking spot everywhere we go.
We left the park before 6 to snag the hot parking spots downtown. We realized we had fallen into a predicament, we had no change for the parking meters. Totally forgot Canada had dollar coins! Such a great country now that I realized that. Went into a Subway and asked for change, she didn’t even make me buy something!! Such a nice lady.
This is where Canada started being good to us, kinda. Well just wait, after this next part, then she’s good to us.
We were debating on parking in a parking garage so we wouldn’t have to keep filling the meter. Although as we drove down into this lovely garage. The top of our car hit the roof. That was definitely a fun experience. Having to back up a steep him ripping up the pipes from the ceiling. Thankfully we only had a few spectators. Anyway we got out of there and realized we were forced to park on the street.
All parked and paid for, we were off to the museum. I really didn’t want to pay 24 bucks each to walk around and see art. But get this!!! Tuesday is “suggested donation” of course we asked the man behind the desk if we had to give any money and he said yes because 0 isn’t a donation. We gave 50 cents each. I know tell me about it. So generous. Honestly this was the worst museum I have ever been to, Kember agreed. The whole first floor was like royalty fashion, I know guys… My favorite!!! Shockingly enough that actually was not the highlight of this not so great museum.
They had one cool room that was a huge stereo system build out of wood. That anyone could come and play their own records and just chill there. We were about to leave unsatisfied until I discovered this hidden gem. So glad I did otherwise that dollar I spent went to waste!! We hung out in there for a bit and headed out back onto the streets.
We landed at this very cool bar restaurant, watched the baseball game there which was as pretty fun. Haven’t watched tv in a month, kinda just got used to it. Never really watched tv in general, would sometimes binge watch NCIS for a day every now and then. Back to present day I won’t spoil the end of the game for anyone who went to bed before the ending...
Anyway, hung out there for awhile. Then we walked around for a bit after that.
Ever since then Canada has been pretty good to us. We are now on a hike, I’m sitting in a gazebo writing in my notes app. I will go now to finish this beautiful hike thought this forest and I’ll pick back up when we are in the car heading to take a ferry.
We stopped to check out this clock that blows out steam or something like that every 15 minutes... fascinating. We were in this very sketchy town, was not a big fan of it at all. I had my army backpack on so everyone was obviously scared of me because of that.
I’ll maybe write another one on just this little town. This was just to be a quick update¿
Soo yeah... we are in Canada now. Definitely not as great as I thought it would be. I’ve been to Canada a few times now and it has all been east. All those experiences have been great, then again, I wasn’t living in a small van in those days. Aah the good ol’ days:)
Anyway hope you are having a good day! I’ve seen a lot of people who have been doing drugs on the street today. So message of the day is “hugs not drugs.
10/25/2018 06:15:53 pm
Sounds like a tough start in the beautiful state of Canada ... focus on what’s ahead now and don’t let a couple of not so wonderful moments distract you from all the beauty and cool things Vancouver offers. Remember you can start your day all over again any time you want. ( i had to do it 3 times today ughh) and please know you can pay for parking ...i gotcha on that gretsky!) you’re only in Vancouver for a short while so look at paying for parking as part of the process... heck your not paying rent! You deserve to ENJOY your time and not let $$ get in the way of experiencing amazing opportunities. I’m not saying go crazy spending... but parking and entrance fees (at least for things important to you ) should not get in the way of enhancing your experience . It’s green paper (or actually coins?) . I know i work really hard to make it and i appreciate more than i can say that you are careful with it... but please know that what matters to me most is that you dive into this experience and look back with NO regret that you missed out on anything because of money ( to a degree of couse❤️) plus you’ll make it up to me in years to come ! I love you to Vancouver and back a bagillion times xooxox
10/29/2018 09:56:00 am
Gretsky, you are on a roll Sista. Good last couple of posts. Hope Juju doesn't mind me getting a word in here. (I agree on the $$ Jules, Greta needs to stop obsessing over parking fees like her God Father.)
11/4/2018 12:28:24 pm
Mr. Dave!! I totally agree! I think that is just the place for him to spend his days after retirement...if that ever happens:)
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