Odometer reads: 6,018km
I figured tonight would be a good time to write another blog entry, as we, as of today, officially turned back east, meaning, in some ways, we are on our way home. But we still have a long way to go and lots to see. Since my last post, we’ve traveled through the winding roads of the Rockies, taken a ferry across to Victoria, BC, driven down to Seattle, WA for the day, and toured the dynamic and vibrant city of Vancouver. It’s been an incredible past few days, but, alas, we have gone as far west as we could and are now turning back east…and north.
I find myself here in Kamloops, BC. A quaint, quiet town, despite having nearly 90,000 people. To be honest, there is not much to do here, though the surrounding rolling hills and cliffs are quite beautiful. Let me take a few steps back, however, to another city of about the same population, that really made me want to go back one day; Kelowna.
If you’ve traveled before, you might be able to relate to that feeling you get when you arrive in a place that just feels right. It’s hard to explain, but everything about the atmosphere, the look, the beauty, just works for you. Well, Kelowna gave me that feeling. Just driving into the city, cruising down the hill into the city centre, rolling hills and old snow-topped mountains surrounding the city in every direction, it was picturesque. The downtown was vibrant, filled with unique shops, cafes, bookstores, and interesting architecture. We had a meeting with the mayor of Kelowna, but afterwards, we walked the streets for a short while, and after grabbing a bite to eat at a delicious sushi shop, I felt as if this place could be my home. I don’t really know how else to describe it, but it just felt right.
Vancouver is an obvious must-see if you’re out west. It’s such a vibrant, culture-filled city, with seemingly everything you would need in a city; countless beautiful waterfront condos, great bar-scene, a huge city park filled with paths, beaches, and walking/cycling paths (Stanley Park), and some incredible architecture. An incredible city I was sad to say goodbye to this morning.
As for the documentary, it is going very well. We’re had some incredible interviews. Whether it be a Nobel-prize nominee, a Blackfoot native teaching us about his sacred traditions and way of life, the mayor of Kelowna, or Vancouver city councillors, some great discussion has happened and the footage is looking great! We, or should I say Jannet and her mysterious, brilliant ways, even landed a meeting with Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada in Edmonton next week. Unbelievable! I am quite excited to put all the interviews, footage, and events together for a final product that I think you will really enjoy!
Anyways, we are off to Banff, Alberta tomorrow. We are staying at the famous Fairmont Lake Louise in a beautiful deluxe suite facing the water of Lake Louise. Incredible. Jannet says she’s even going to get a massage! Not a bad idea, if you ask me; the last massage I had was in Berlin last September!
Check back soon, I’ll be posting again when I get the chance!