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North America » Canada » Quebec » Gatineau October 16th 2016

Sunday, October 16th, 2016 Day 2: Gatineau and Ottawa: Raining fall in Gatineau Park and remembering the fallen at the Canadian War Museum. Today, was a very gloomy day. It was a grey morning on the verge of rain. We planned on being outdoors for the majority of the day. It was the last day to take the free shuttle bus from downtown Gatineau to the “Fall Rhapsody” festival in Gatineau Park. This is the first time Renata and I have been to Gatineau Park. With no easy way of getting to the park without a car, we had to take full advantage of the free shuttle even though there was a 100% chance of showers. Our first stop off the shuttle was Pink Lake. Named after a family of Irish settlers, Pink Lake is Gatineau ... read more
The Preservation Platform
Getting Wet
Reading the signs

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa October 15th 2016

Saturday, October 15th, 2016 Day 1: Toronto to Ottawa – Feeling chilly at the capital and finding waterfalls in the fall! Since my sister had an upcoming work conference in Ottawa, we decided this would be the perfect time to explore our nation’s capital. I’ve only been to Ottawa once for a job interview but did not have much time to look around. My sister took a direct flight from Toronto to Ottawa courteously paid by her employer. I on the other hand had to pay for transportation; so I took the cheaper train instead. We both met up in Ottawa for lunch and after settling into our hotel room we went off to explore. I did not realize how cold Ottawa was going to be at this time of the year. In Toronto we were ... read more
Its Raining at the Waterfall!
Green Curry Chicken!

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver » Stanley Park August 17th 2016

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 Day 15: Vancouver, British Columbia – Learning to ride a bike again! Today marked the end of our Alaskan cruise. Since our flight was not till the late evening, we still had a full day to explore Vancouver. Renata and I decided to check out Stanley Park. Stanley Park, is an enormous park in the middle of downtown Vancouver. Since it is a large park, we decided to rent some bikes to travel around the seawall. We had not ridden bicycles in years, so it took a while to get accustomed to riding them. The Vancouver seawall, is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. Along the way we passed a bunch of totem poles, Brockton Point lighthouse, the ‘girl in a wetsuit’ sculpture, the Lions Gate Bridge, and Siwash Rock. The whole ... read more
Stanley Park
Stanley Park
Stanley Park

North America » United States » Alaska » Inside Passage August 16th 2016

Tuesday, August, 16th, 2016 Day 14: Inside Passage, Alaska – Salsa class – Whale !!! For our last day at sea, we took advantage of the many activities onboard the ship. After a culinary class and delicious salmon bake we headed off to learn salsa on the upper crow’s nest deck. It was pretty hilarious, as the salsa teacher kept on losing our attention when we saw a whale breeching in the distance. Everyone, forgot about dancing and ran towards the windows to get a good view of the whales. After learning a few salsa steps that I don’t remember, Renata and I headed to the library to play our final game of scrabble while listening to some enticing classical music. Tomorrow, we have one more day left in Vancouver before we have to head back ... read more
The Great Alaskan Salmon Bake
I saw a whale breach!

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 15th 2016

Monday, August 15th, 2016 Day 13: Ketchikan, Alaska - the salmon capital of the world! Ketchikan, is our last official stop in Alaska. It rains frequently in Ketchikan and today was no exception. Renata and I decided to spend the day at the nearby Saxman village. Ketchikan has the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles and many of them are found at Saxman Village. Some of the interesting facts we learned about totem poles is that inanimate objects are forbidden on totem poles and all of the figures must represent living beings. There are many different types of totem poles. There are clan crests, mortuary poles, story poles, memorial poles and house posts. There are even shame or ridicule poles. Some of the interesting totem poles that we saw were the Lincoln pole and Seward ... read more
Saxman Village
Saxman Village
Saxman Village

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay August 14th 2016

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 Day 12: Glacier Bay, Alaska – Too cold to stay outside! Today, we are cruising along Glacier Bay, a vast area of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. It is a protected national park known for its wildlife and glaciers. It is here where you can witness a glacier calving, where chunks of ice break of the glacier and go into the water. We stared at the Glacier for about half an hour, waiting for it to calve. After a while, Renata and I decided it was time to go inside. It was cold outside and it was getting slightly boring just staring at an enormous block of ice. Instead we went to a towel folding and floral design demonstration on the ship. We also played more scrabble as we watched Glacier Bay from ... read more
Glacier Bay
Towel Folding Demonstation
Towel Folding Demonstation

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 13th 2016

Saturday, August 13th, 2016 Day 11: Skagway, Alaska – Who let the Dogs Out and Just Deserts! Today we stopped in Skagway, Alaska the gateway to the Yukon. Skagway, sprang to life in 1897 during the Klondike gold rush. The famous White Pass and Yukon route railway was built in 1900 to move gold and supplies between Skagway and Whitehorse, Yukon and beyond. The train today is used as a seasonal attraction for visitors providing the history of the gold rush between Skagway, Alaska and Bennet, British Columbia. Since the train ride is quite expensive, Renata and I decided to take a coach tour instead. We traveled along the scenic Klondike Highway to the Yukon, passing several waterfalls, the White Pass summit, and picturesque lakes. In the Yukon at Caribou Crossing, we had a delicious BBQ ... read more
Skagway
The Klondike Highway
The White Pass

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 12th 2016

Friday, August 12th, 2016 Day 10: Juneau, Alaska - Ice Caves! Land Ho! Today, Renata and I are going on an exciting adventure to the Mendenhall Glacier. We are not driving down to the visitor’s center like most people. We are actually going to walk on the Glacier and hopefully see an ice cave. But first we have to get there. There are three ways to access the Mendenhall Glacier. You can take an expensive helicopter ride, a strenuous hike or a canoe ride from Mendenhall Lake. We decided to do the canoe ride. We met up with our guides Zee and Nick in Juneau, and then headed off to the entrance to Mendenhall Lake. At Mendenhall Lake, we put on our gear, rain boots, a lifejacket and helmet. Then we were off! It was a ... read more
Juneau
Juneau
Juneau

North America » United States » Alaska » Inside Passage August 11th 2016

Thursday. August 11th, 2016 Day 9: Inside Passage, Alaska – Shipping away! On this day at sea, we took advantage of the many activities on board the ship. We witnessed a culinary show in the Culinary Arts Center, experienced our first live art auction, and watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for movie night. At the culinary show with Chef Estovas, we learned to make salmon tartar and salmon with shimp scampi. That’s a lot of Salmon! During the Art Auction, Renata won a painting and Spa treatment. Lucky her! To end off the night we watched the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We heard bad reviews for the film and we would have to agree. The film was all over the place with no real reason for Batman to despise Superman. Oh ... read more
Culinary Class
Culinary Class


Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 Day 8: Vancouver, British Columbia - All aboard... The next morning, during breakfast I found out that our Mom was worried and frantically calling everyone the night before to see if Renata and I came back from the party. She did not even bother to check our room. She only realized, we were sound asleep when my uncle heard me coughing in the night. Oh! The joys of going on vacation with your parents! Today is the beginning of our Alaskan cruise. With our bags pact, we made our way to the Vancouver Waterfront to board our cruise ship, the Holland American Volendam. After going through customs and getting our luggage checked in, a couple of us headed to a nearby Japa Dog stand that my brother, Brennan discovered on our way ... read more




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