British Columbia

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British Columbia (B.C.), Canada is definitely my next target after enjoying the tourist spots of Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. I was planning to travel last June 2012 but for some reason, it got pushed back from my bucket list.

Later on, my cousin, Jaime (a.k.a. Chancee), informed me that he’s flying to Winnipeg for a study tour and asked me if it’s possible for us to meet up. We both agreed to see each other in Vancouver and stay in one of our relatives place whom I haven’t met.

TheCuriousme & Chancee

Chancee

I was so pumped! I’ll be hitting four birds with one stone! Err… it would also be cute to say, with one airfare. Well, it’s surely worth it. I’ll be able to:
*** Chat with my cousin
*** Meet & bond with my new-found relatives
*** Take a well-deserved holiday
*** “Get to know” British Columbia

Indeed, God is good. Through His “magical hands”, the wonderful trip took place and it certainly paved the way to connect some of the missing links of my life.

So, what happened during the trip? Hmmm… I’ll let you know in a bit. :p

single ladies

My cousin’s colleague, Mel, invited me to go out of town on the first weekend of July… a lady that I haven’t met…  and a place that I haven’t been to. I certainly have no clue on what awaits me on that trip.

thecuriousme

On the day of the outing, Mel together with her Mom were waiting for me at the car park. They live across the street where I stay. It was Mel who’s behind the wheel… and I was quietly “driving” in my mind with my imaginary car. :p

The journey to the mineral spa took less than two (2) hours. Several of Mel’s friends joined us in that outing. It did do me good because my limited circle of friends increased. Wahoo!

Check out the links below for the unforgettable memories that we had during the trip:

Fun… fun… fun…!!! 😀

flea market

On our way home from our Manitou trip, we went to the flea market to check out some pies. Heavy rain poured while we were walking inside the flea market. We ended up sharing a shade with one of the vendors and as a sign of gratitude, my companions bought some of the cherries that the vendor was selling.

cherries

It was already late and the rain seems to get heavier each minute. Thus, we all decided to “battle” the heavy rain and dash towards where the car was parked. We were all drenched and shivering profusely when we reached the car. That certainly is another way of cooling down. 🙂

And… we were not able to buy some pies. Oh well… at least we had good time!

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exploring Paris

We had 3 days and 2 nights to explore Paris, the most romantic city in the world. Eiffel tower was on the top of our list to visit and it’s our first destination when we got there (click here to read the Eiffel tower article).

Aside from visiting the Eiffel tower, our first day in Paris was not that eventful because we were also occupied in looking for our hotel and gauging the cheapest and fastest way in completing our itinerary. In short, we just had the general feel and smell of the Paris ambience as a starter.

Our schedule was fully packed during the second day. First on the list was Museo De Louvre. I felt like I was in the movie, “The Vinci Code” while walking inside the museum scrutinizing one painting to the other (see Museo De Louvre article).

We also got to see the Notre Dame de Paris.

Next stop was the flea market. As expected, we had a hard time finding our way so we resorted to entering a shop, bought some stuff and asked for direction. One minor problem was, they can’t speak English well so we showed our map and explain in broken (known as “barok” in Filipino) English.

Thanks to the helpful Parisians, we eventually found the flea market. We shopped for souvenir items and gamely exchanged jokes with the vendors. To save money, we opted for the fries and beef (fondly called Shawarma in the Philippines) for lunch. It’s funny because I haven’t tried eating Shawarma in the Philippines but I was able to taste it in Paris.

Off we go to Disneyland, our next destination. It was very tempting to do the rides but we need to catch the last train back to our hotel. Hence, we hammed up for the camera, enjoyed shows, checked out the shops and then, non-stop walking and sightseeing.

Disneyland, Paris France

Notre Dame de Paris, France

A dinner at an Indian restaurant culminated our second day in Paris.

We were all dead beat when we reached Hotel Eden. We packed our things, rested our tired muscles then woke up early again to roam around Paris for few more hours before catching our coach back to Netherlands.

The 3-day trip to Paris was definitely a once in a lifetime experience! It’s worth every little penny we spent and for all the ordeals that we have faced. Out of sheer exhaustion, with a smile on our lips, we all slept all throughout the journey back to Netherlands.

Back to “reality”. :p