Days 2 and 3
05.09.2015 - 06.09.2015 13 °C
Yesterday morning at breakfast we met one of the permanent residents at the B and B, Terumi (from Japan), who offered to drive us around part of Victoria’s coastline. She is an occupational therapist who is trying to get her registration here in Canada. Although her professional qualifications are recognized, Terumi cannot be officially registered until she improves her English. It was a lovely offer and one we didn’t refuse. So this morning after brekkie off we went. Well, it was an experience. Most of the drive was incident free although in the last 5 mins there were 2 occasions when her driving was a more than a bit dodgy - one particular time when she almost turned into oncoming traffic. It wasn't until the next day that Linda
( B&B owner) told us she was a bit hesitant about Terumi driving us around and that she hoped that we had travel insurance. Thanks Linda!!!! Could have mentioned that a bit earlier. Anyway, we stopped at several places and ended up at a gorgeous Marina, had a coffee and saw some friendly seals. Terumi was very good fun and her lack of English gave us many laughs.
Terumi dropped us down at the local market before heading off to work. We grabbed some sushi and ate down at the harbour. We waked down and saw the markets once again for another browse. Lesley bought some cleaning substances that were so natural you could eat and drink them if you were that desperate ( ). We left early due to our need to start blogging and arrived home about 6ish. For dinner mum had bought some cheese and crackers from that same local market and Giaan had assorted spinach and feta snacks.
This morning, Jeff, Linda’s partner, was kind enough to drive us down to a small place near the harbour where we had booked a local whale watching tour. We hoped to see Orcas (killer whales). After we were suited up we hopped into a rather small boat. Giaan, feeling more than a little anxious, had her fingers crossed and hoped they weren’t as friendly as some of our humpbacks from Hervey Bay. The boat trip was excellent. Being only a fairly small boat it was only able to take up to about 15 passengers. It was a high powered speed boat that was able to get up to 110km/hr. After a few hairy moments when our bums were lifted off our seats and what seemed ridiculously like a joy ride we entered the waters of USA. We turned off the engines somewhere in the San Juan Islands. Although the whales didn’t come too close to our boat they were still lovely to see. A little disappointed there weren’t more opportunities to take photos but it was still worth the experience. In the end we saw about 8 Orcas (give or take) and a humpback (still not as friendly and showy as they are back in HB).
We then walked to one of Victoria's tourist attractions called Fisherman's Wharf. It is a gorgeous little village with many quaint, funky houseboats. From Barb's Fish 'n' Chips, we grabbed some seafood chowder and (would you believe it?!) Fish and Chips. Barb's resteraunt is also a well recognized place to eat.
On we walked to Ogden Breakwater which was especially nice at this time of day and then returned to our B& B after a quick bite to eat.
That was the end of another full day in beautiful Victoria!!!
G-bomb and Les