Here is what many of my conversations have looked like over the past month or so:
"Where are/did you go/going?"
Me: "Vancouver Island!"
"Oh thats awesome, I have hear Vancouver is so beautiful!"
Me: " Me too! We would love to go there some day, but thats not where we are going. We are going to Vancouver Island."
".........so, your going/went to Vancouver?"
So I am here to set the record straight! We went to an Island off the coast of Seattle Washington. You can only really get there by ferry or water plane. While it is an island, it is actually quite large, but most of it is more or less uninhabited and has forests. Victoria, the major city/capitol is located on the south East tip, and is where most ferries arrive and depart to. It also happens to be where my aunt lives! While Vancouver Island is NOT the same thing as the Canadian City of Vancouver, it does share some similarities. First, it is a Canadian Island, so yes, we were technically in Canada, even though we were not on the main land. It also, much much of Canada, has a strong English influence, so finding my favorite chocolates was easy peasy. But I would say that is where the similarities end...
Victoria is a boating city... it seems almost everyone who lives there owns a sail boat or yacht of some sorts. The Seagulls are FAT FAT FAT, and the waters are filled with the sweetest seals that expect you to feed them some fishies as you pass by, and will even clap and wave for your attention! The people are kind, and seem to move at their own pace, taking to heart the term "Island Time" and the sunsets that slowly fall behind the most magnificent mountain ranges... Well these are breath taking. As if the island wasn't stunning enough on it's own, the arts scene is also very impressive here. Most notably is the huge collection of murals painted on town walls! There Murals are painted both by locals, as well as world renowned artists that travel to this city to partake in this tradition! They are simply amazing.
We just loved strolling the streets of this magical island, and were so fortunate to have the best tour guides in town! Not only have my aunt and uncle lived there for many years, Alan, my uncle is the most well read individual I perhaps have ever met. He knew the history and story, of what seems, every building, statue, dock, and chocolatier in town! It was just perfect!
Thank you Elspeth and Alan for having us, and being our tour guides for a few days! We will forever cherish the time we have spent with you and can not wait for our next adventures!