Contemplating a trip to the Canadian West? You shouldn’t pass by Vancouver without having done at least some of these activities. (more…)
Home again, at last. What a ride it has been the last two months – I drove over 5000 km by myself across deserts, mountain passes, on highways and dirt roads, spend more than 50 hours sitting on trains, flew across oceans and continents, slept in different places almost every day, saw landscapes I still can’t comprehend and did things I never imagined I would ever be doing. (more…)
Finally (you might say), I made it to my last stop: Toronto. I had heard many things about the city – most prominently I remember the saying that it’s “like New York run by the Swiss”. I definitely had to go and check out if there’s any truth to that (although my judgement might be seriously impaired, since I’ve never set a foot onto the city of New York). Coming in late in the evening from Winnipeg, I checked into the hostel and made myself comfortable, enjoying a quite night on the hostel’s rooftop. It’s hard to argue with a view like that. (more…)
After all these amazing days spent with friends in BC it was time to get on the road back east – I had to return my car in Calgary and get a train from Edmonton to Winnipeg where I was going to fly to Toronto.
After flying into Calgary and having a little explanation to do with the Canadian Immigration Officer (Why are you here AGAIN?!) I needed to get a new ride for my upcoming roadtrip. I prebooked the cheapest option, knowing that I will be able to upgrade for a better deal when I get the car. And hell, did they give me an awesome deal. Ford Mustang Convertible! You guys should have seen my smile (or better: grin) after rolling out of the airport, over to my hotel for the night. (more…)
Where did we end the last post? Barstow, California, right? Well from there you just do what you always do when you’re in California. Enjoy life and head out to the coast. (more…)
After my well deserved restful days in Las Vegas, it was time to hit the road again. (more…)
After a long day of traveling, getting up at 4.15am and a 7 hour layover in Edmonton, I finally landed around half past 7 at night in Vegas – a beautiful scenery. (more…)
After coming in late on Thursday (see story here), I ventured to discover Halifax early Friday morning. A little sleepy, but never the less beautiful and charming, Halifax offers a variety of views and different areas. (more…)
Well, I knew that trains in north america don’t have the standard we’re used to in Europe, but my overnight train ride from Québec City to Halifax was an adventure in itself. Let’s start with the seating: they packed all economy passengers into two cars, leaving no seat empty, even though there were a total of four cars available for economy passengers. The reason why: “so we don’t have to walk through 4 different cars to wake everyone up at the stop they have to get off”. It’s not like people can think for themselves and have alarm clocks built into the smartphone they have with them, is it? But yeah, at least we were able to make friends. Since we had a medical issue with one of the passengers which forced the train to make an unscheduled stop, we ran about 50 minutes late when I woke up early in the morning. Not complaining about that, still funny how the employees said “we’re only 50 minutes late”. And still about 50 minutes late we finally got into Moncton, New Brunswick. The announcer said, we could go for a quick walk and get some fresh air. So we did, and after about 10 minutes we were told the train was leaving, so “everybody aboard”! 2 hours 20 minutes later, we had moved about 5 meters. But sure, we had to run to get aboard the train, and no information about what caused the delay. I later heard that there was a problem reconnecting the engine to the rest of the train after removing two extra cars the train carried.
Good thing me and my co-travelers were in good and sarcastic spirits: (more…)