I’ve almost been living in BC for four weeks now and I have to say that it feels good to be back. Living with the Arksey family is a blast, the lower mainland is still as beautiful as I remember and my job as a school photographer is treating me well. After I arrived there was a week of training during which I got to know the team and was taught how to set up the equipment, posing as well as communicating with the clients. On the final day of training we had a barbecue and the week after we started. I usually work around four hours every day and during that time take around 350 photos.
But what I definitely enjoy the most is catching up with friends that I met in my exchange year over a decade ago. It’s just amazing to continue our friendship from so many years back as if nothing ever changed. 🙂
Day 7: Regina: The city that rhymes with fun! When I first got to the capital of Saskatchewan I was pretty disappointed. The drive there was not very exciting since the Canadian prairies while having a certain charm get repetitive pretty quickly. Regina sits in the middle of what Wikipedia describes as “broad, flat, treeless and largely waterless plain” and driving into the city the first thing I saw were big chemical plants. Not the most inviting vista. But, as per usual, the people make all the difference and wow did I meet a cool dude here. My host Tim was pretty much the perfect couch surfing host and just generally awesome person. After working different jobs that he was never quite satisfied with, he one day decided to fully embrace his love for food and cooking and bought a food truck. In the morning of the day of my arrival he went to the farmers market and we ended up cooking a fantastic vegetarian meal together. Note: Tim is not a vegetarian, he bought fresh produce just to fit my eating habits. What an amazing guy. While Regina might not be the prettiest city, they do know how to do a certain thing close to my heart: brew beer. Tim took me to two local breweries. I ended up drinking a little too much and had an intense roller coaster ride on the couch after we got home, but the experience was definitely worth it.
Day 8: Feeling a little queasy, I set out on my trip to Calgary. The landscape was still a little boring but some hills started to appear here and there. My host in Calgary was Lauren, a doctor working on her specialization for public health. For some reason I forgot to take any photos of her beautiful apartment, but she made a killer sushi bowl for me and I made some soup from dried ingredients that I bought in St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. We spent a very relaxed evening and got up early. At that point I did not know how long the trip would be…
Day 9: Initially I set out to drive to Kamloops. It was definitely the most beautiful part of the drive landscape wise. The photos probably speak for themselves. I took a short break in Banff and had lunch at the Wild Flour Bakery (thanks Lauren for the suggestion!). On the way through the mountains traffic got stuck twice. Once because of a tipped truck and once because of a rock slide. I used both times to ride my penny board on the shoulder of the road. 😀
When I came to Kamloops at 20:00 I had not found a host for the night. I looked at my phone and noticed that it would be around 4 more hours to get to Maple Ridge. Since I didn’t feel like sleeping in my car, I decided to get another red bull and drive all the way. I unfortunately missed all of the scenery, but it did feel good to arrive and have Eric wait for me in the kitchen with a cold beer in the fridge. 🙂