When I say that word, Vancouver, I get all giddy (like when the coyotes or hyenas say "Mufasa" and shiver in The Lion King). Before I go on, let me say that OBVIOUSLY, I do not want to "actually" marry Vancouver as I stated in the title. I am an extremely happily married woman, I adore my husband (and besides, I don't think it's legal-yet-to marry a place). I just fell in love with this city. I believe you will want to run off and have an affair with her too when you are done reading this. You get what I'm saying, right? Alright, TT--get back on track (for those that don't know yet, I tend to ramble and get VERY excited and jump from one thing to the next). YOU'RE gonna have to really focus to keep up but I know you can do it! Just think of it as a brain game. You no longer have to do crossword puzzles, etc. This blog can be your one stop shopping place. You is smart, you is intelligent, you is witty (guess the movie reference here).
I got to the bus station about a half hour early (I am always early, probably due to my 20 years in the military). I was the first one there and within a few minutes there was a couple and a lady (probably about 10 years older than me). I struck up a conversation with the woman and we became fast friends. She took me under her wing when I told her it was my first time to Canada so (other than my extensive research) I had no idea what I was doing. She offered to sit with me on the bus and we got a front seat. She is a true local and she knows what she's doing. She was born in Victoria and has lived there all her life. Wow, I now have a friend in Canada! Her name is Sharon and we are still in touch via email. Best thing about solo travel--new friends in new places. The bus took us from Victoria to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. From here, the bus drove on the ferry and transported us across to the terminal in Vancouver (Tsawwassen). I was very impressed with the ferry and I almost felt like I was on a mini cruise ship. You can read all about the fabulous BC ferry system at
The bus dropped me off within a block of my hotel so it was an easy walk with my rolling carry on bag. Since I had stayed at a hostel in Victoria (and it was wonderful), I was now ready to be a little more pampered. I booked a room at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver at a great rate. I highly recommend joining the hotel loyalty clubs--they are completely free and you get lots of perks for becoming part of their family. One of them is complimentary internet (which sometimes can cost around $10 a day). You also accumulate points for every dollar you spend and because I travel a LOT, I have been able to use points for free stays quite often. Honestly, it's partly because of this that I am able to stay in hotels so often. I am not a rich traveler, I am a SMART traveler. Because I am a loyal member, I always feel like family when I check into my hotel. Another bonus when traveling alone :-) You can check out Hyatt in general and the Hyatt Regency Vancouver at
Day Two will mostly be a pictorial. If you haven't clicked individually on any pictures yet, you may not realize they include captions. Day Two will be told in pictures and captions alone. Enjoy the visual stimulation:
Disclaimer: I paid for this trip myself and received no compensation for mentioning any of the locations and properties. Opinions I present will ALWAYS be my own.