Friday was just an ordinary school day. The sun was shining, the air crisp with excitement. But by three pm, everything had become quiet on the campus. Not only had the weekend begun, but it was a long weekend, the perfect opportunity for students to travel outside and visit unseen territory.
I began the long walk up Pearson hill with another student. We heaved our bags on our backs in hopes to catch the bus out of town. A teacher came along and picked us up, dropping us at the bus stop on the other side. We were very thankful for the temporary ride. We waited on the side of the road impatiently but the bus never came. My advisor did, however, and offered us a ride to the bus stop in the city. It was an interesting drive filled with conversation and laughter. We ended up in front of a newspaper office waiting for the final leg of our journey. It was less than a minute before we set off for the ferries.
After a long and draining bus ride, we arrived at Swartz Bay terminal. The line seemed intimidating but it wasn’t long before I got to the counter and secured my 6:00pm ticket. My friend decided to stay and wait for the 7:00.
Within 15 minutes we boarded the boat and got ready for the sailing. I sat myself in the middle of the lounge area and braced myself. At first I felt pretty sick, but it quickly died down and by the end I somewhat wished we had more time.
My friend from Shad was waiting for me on the other side. Meeting again was almost like a movie, it felt as if it were in slow motion. I couldn’t believe I was finally there.
After a long ride back to her house, we settled down for a late dinner and conversation. There was supposed to be apple pie for dessert, but it would require slightly more baking than we had planned for. So we had ice cream instead, and spicy indian food, and I went to bed fairly early because I was exhausted.
Saturday morning we woke up somewhat late and had a great breakfast of french toast and our Shad favourite, cream cheese raisin bagels. It was really funny how she remembered my favourite. We made fun of the fact that last time everyone was skeptical about her drinking coffee but now we both made our way through multiple cups.
After lunch we headed out to the mall. For the first time ever I got to take a sky train. It was so cool! The view was beautiful, and it’s crazy to think that they’re automated. When we got to the mall we walked around, going to various cool stores and waiting for my friend’s friend to arrive. Eventually we ended up meeting her in Coles and getting lost on our way to find the Halloween store. It was a pretty fun afternoon.
After that we headed home to watch a movie. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, my absolute favourite. We were interrupted for supper, but we also had popcorn and pudding afterwards. By the time we finished it was time to go to bed.
Sunday morning we got ready a bit earlier, had breakfast, and went to a farmer’s market type mall to look around. There were handmade items in shops, stationary, souvenirs, anything you could imagine. We got fudge and friendship bracelets. There was also a claw machine that bears the slogan “everyone’s a winner”. We struggled to even get the small prize. For lunch we ate at different places. I had fish and chips because the beckoning of cod can not be ignored.
After lunch we went to the Vancouver Aquarium. I really hate aquariums and zoos, especially those that have whales, dolphins, or other big creatures in tanks. No matter what they preach it will never ever be okay to keep them in such an environment that’s harmful to them. But it was cool seeing sloths, fish, etc. We also watched a 4D movie which was the best part! I really wish they’d consider more humane ways to let people see animals.
After we finished, we went home to watch a movie. It took us a crazy amount of time to decide which one but we finally settled on Atlantis (Disney movie). We also made pillsbury cookies and tried making the pie, which failed. Instead we had to go out and buy pre done pie halves. It was hilarious.
Monday morning we got up early and baked croissants and cookies before two other Shads came over. The four of us went to the mall and had lunch, walked around, went to build a bear workshop and did a 4D roller coaster. I got a werewolf bear and named him Remus Lupin. It was really fun.
After we finished at the mall, my friend and her dad drove us back to the ferry. I was lucky enough to make the 3 pm ferry, just in time to get a ride back to campus with one of my houseparents. I was super tired, but I made it back in time for the thanksgiving dinner with mashed potatoes!!! That was the best part.
Overall it was an amazing weekend.
P.S. Although I wrote this at the beginning of the week, it is posted today on Asia-Pac regional day. That would totally warrant it’s own blog except I’m really sick and I have not even close to enough effort to try to write about it. So Happy Asia-Pac day!