Seattle/Canada PT 2: Beautiful British Columbia
Next up in the Seattle/Canada adventure: Victoria! Thursday we took a clipper, and arrived in Canada approximately three hours later. Corina and I were lucky enough to sit down next to a really cute old couple and got to talk to them the entire way there. We had a wonderful conversation about...well, everything really. By the end of it, the older woman gave each of us a piece of paper with their phone number and names on it, telling us that if we ever came back to the area, we'd have to look her up and she'd take us out to lunch. How cool is that?
Wandering around the dock area has made me realize how much I miss living near water. If anything, this trip has made me determined to end up somewhere along the coast in the future. After settling into our hotel room, the group headed out to get a tour of the Parliament building, where history came alive with the actors!
I think what impressed me the most about Victoria is the gorgeous architecture around every corner. For one, there's the Parliament building, but right across the street is The Empress, a castle-like hotel where you can get afternoon tea (for $50 though, so yeah). The next day, Corina and I decided to hit up the Royal BC Museum, where they had a new exhibit on Vikings! It was definitely fascinating.
We walked down the streets and popped into whatever caught our fancy, and one of these places was a coffee shop that did latte art. Naturally, that meant we had to get photos. We also tried gelato for the first time, which was a messy experience since it melted far faster than we anticipated. Haha, I had gelato splatters on my shoes and dripping down my fingers. Thank goodness the public restrooms were nearby!
We did a lot of walking around the water, and on our return trip to the hotel, I heard live music coming from the docks. I all but dragged Corina down to the tent where it was coming from, and we paused when we saw the security guard manning the entrance. There was drinking past the booth, but then it hit us.
We're both legal drinking age in Canada!
We whipped out our two forms of ID and went in. They had a jive band up on the little stage, and just past the tent was a sitting area on the dock. It was a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere and I'd be lying if I said we didn't try the punch...haha, but we planned to go out later that night, so it was just a sample.
So later that night, at the tender age of 20, I stepped into my first pub. I'm not sure what your opinions may be on drinking, but my view on it is that as long as you stay smart, know your limit, and go with a good friend or two, it's not a bad thing.
They had live music, booths lining the walls, and a great big square in the middle where the bar was located. Corina and I snagged two stools and settled in for a fun night. The other half of our group had gone to the "hottest dance club in town," but we preferred the more laidback atmosphere of Darcy's Pub. My one regret is not saying yes to a guy who tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to dance. Ah well, there will (hopefully) be more offers in the future!
We remained smart throughout the night, and while we got free drinks from a guy, we knew when it was time to leave. After paying the tab, we snuck out the back and giggled the whole walk back to our hotel. It was a night for the memory bank - as was the next night! Haha, because the following night we made friends with a local Canadian who was an absolute hoot. I still regret not getting a photo with him or his number, because we spent probably the better part of the night yelling into each other's ears (live bands are loud, eh?), cracking jokes, and faking each other's accents. By the end of the night, we parted ways as friends, though I'm sure we'll never see him again.