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Published: July 27th 2013
When we arried to Halifax from Reykjavik, our first impression was that it was warm. It was also dark, something of a novelty after Icelands midnight sun. The traveling itself had gone well, it is a 4.5h flight from Reykjavik to Halifax, and half an hour in the bus from the airport to the city. We checked in at our hostel, and went to a nearby pub to grab some late night dinner which we ate outside on the patio, it was still roughly 25 degrees celcius even though the sun had disappeared two hour earlier. This starts to feel like vacation!
The next day we set out early to explore the city. We started by going to a farmers market to buy some breakfast. As we didn't have cash, and the ATM at the place only accepted mastercard, not visa, we ended up buying only coffee there, and instead took our breakfast from the nearby supermarket. We then set up our camp at a bench at the waterfront, and enjoyed!
The waterfront turned out to be an excellent place for enjoying the sun, and watching people and boats. The there were a lot of people strolling by to
observe, the bench was tuned towards the morning sun so we got the most out of it, and there was a little wind so it didn't get too hot. After maybe two hours, we left our bench and walked along the pier though all of the historical waterfront, and after a light lunch we set out to explore the shopping in the city.
We didn't find very much shopping, but we found a sunny roof top bar where we sampled the local beers. In Faroe island and on Iceland it was so cold and rainy that you were either sitting inside or doing something, in Halifax we therefore took every opportunity to enjoy the sun. After a few hours we wandered back to our hostel to do some laundry and find out how to get from Halifax onwards.
What we quickly discovered was that the distances in Canada are huge and that train is not a cheap alternative. We started looking for alternatives and found a site with ads for ridesharing. We decided to try that, and sent a message through the website (kijiji.ca) to a guy leaving the next morning for Quebec City. This was earlier than
we had planned for, we were thinking about extending our stay in Halifax with a few days as it was such a nice city, but the price was only one quarter of the price for the train tickets.
We went for supper, and when we came back we still hadn't received any answer for the rideshare. However we hadn't either received any receipt that the message had been sent, so we tried again and received both receipt and an answer within 5 minutes. We were lucky, the guy had space for us in his car, only drawback was that he was leaving at 5 am, and it was already 11 pm, and we hadn't even packed our stuff. So we accepted the ride, packed our stuff and slept for a few hours before leaving sunny Halifax behind us.
The ride forward to Quebec City went really smoothly. Even though it was roughly 1000 km, it didn't feel that long as we set out so early and were talking with our driver, Pierre-Luc, for most of the trip. We received a lot of good advices from him, both for the cities in Canada and for our future destinations, and
arrived in Quebec city already at 3 pm. Ride sharing was definitely a positive experience!
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