Posts tagged as 'canada'

Vancouver ahoy! Part 4: Panther Time.

Nearly four months ago, I set off across the Canadian Rockies (yes, and all the other piddly mountain ranges squeezed in nearby) with a chum en route to Vancouver. You join me here for the fourth and final installment of the adventure; the memories of which are slipping away from me like something slippery. (I know, what have I become?) In part one, we completed the journey from Alberta to British Columbia whilst ensuring we got involved in every bizarre situation we possibly could. Part two covered our first night in the city, losing beer pong competitions and insulting local bands; and the third wedge of prose took care of the following day and all the tomfoolery we partook in. Now you join us at approximately 6pm, camped out in the back of Josh's car/van in an all-night parking lot that had become our home. In but a few hours we ...

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Vancouver ahoy! Part 3: There’s Something In The Wheel Arch

Let's not beat about the bush; every instalment of this series is written further and further away from the actual event itself, and subsequently this third helping had potential to be extremely hazy indeed. But as a wise man once said, “shit happens.” On with the show! In part one, we'd just about completed the interesting journey from Banff to Vancouver, part two covered our first night in town, and now we were on our way up to Whistler to shred some gnar. We managed to find the highway that would take us all the 110 kilometres up the coast to our destination, and spirits were high as we drove over an enormous bridge with a great view of the harbour on our left. Then, BOOF. “What was that?” BOOF BOOF BOOF BOOF. “It's coming from the back right of the car.” BOOF BOOF BOOF. “I think there's something in the ...

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Vancouver ahoy! Part 2: Ivan, Razul, and Cash-Point Jesus.

After a lengthy drive, we had arrived at our destination Vancouver. You can find out about the outward journey here, because sadly I'm not willing to summarise something that took me a reasonable time to smash out. So nyeh. But now we were in Vancouver, without any definitive plan. We knew we had to be somewhere the following night, and we were probably going to be sleeping in the van; beyond that, the world was our lobster. We started off heading for higher ground (I don't know why,) but once we had succeeded in that we realised that there was little benefit to being there. The venue for the next evenings entertainment was on Granville Street which to our knowledge was amidst the hub of downtown Vancouver. We deduced that it made sense to head that way and find a place to park up – so we trundled down into the ...

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Vancouver ahoy! Part 1: Going, going, gone.

A month or so ago I bumped into a friend in a nightclub who instantly mentioned he was driving all the way to Vancouver to see Steel Panther, and subsequently invited me along. That was a long way to go for a band that I didn't listen to, but I thought that after a beer or two it would be horrendously fun. And that was that – I had three days off and it was time to hit the road. We were heading off late on a Tuesday after we'd both finished work, aiming to rest somewhere around Golden which was an hour and a half away. A small dent in a mighty journey of over ten hours in total, but a dent nevertheless. We were also giving someone a lift to Golden who was visiting a friend who had broken her back. Killer. But before we could depart, we ...

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