You know every time I take a cross-country bus for several days straight, I always tell myself that I’ll never do it again, but then I always do it again!
The drive across from Ottawa to Vancouver was 3 days long, and honestly not too bad. I’ve gotten a lot better at these every time I’ve done them, and even made sure to prepare food ahead of time. I did a whole batch of like 6 bacon sandwiches and a few additional snacks, that I ate over the course of the journey, meaning I didn’t really have to buy any food until the final day, when I picked up a poutine in Calgary.
Once I arrived in Vancouver, I immediately head for the docks in Tsawwassen, to meet up with a host I’d made arrangements with on Salt Spring island. 2 boat journeys later, and I’m on a beautiful island with a lovely hippie atmosphere, and a quaint and free feel that I’ve never really experienced before. Whilst I’m not a huge fan of this level of isolation, I do find a lot of charm to this place, and am intrigued to lay back and experience what this island has to offer.
I ended up staying on a nice little hippie house on the island. I recognize that this tends to be a bit of a theme with me, but to be fair, hippies are generally the types to let travelers crash at their places. The environment was nice. The day after we arrived, we had a big feast of pancakes and other things for breakfast. This place eats vegetarian food exclusively, so it’s going to be something I’ll have to adjust to while I’m here. To be honest, I don’t really object to trying new diets, and I realistically open to eating anything if it’s interesting.
While I’m here, I’m primarily going to be helping out with some sewing tasks. These guys run a small business making hats in their shed, and I’m gonna lend a hand on that, since it’s something I actually have a decent amount of experience in, and can genuinely contribute to. Usually when I’m looking at work-stay arrangements, I tend to favor picking hosts that I know I have meaningful skills to offer things to, and this one seemed like an ideal fit. Right now I don’t have a planned stay-time, but I could be around as long as November if things go well. It’ll be a nice change of pace from some of the hectic month I’ve had so far!
Oh, one final note: This island has loads of blackberries that just grow all over the place! You can just pick and eat them, and I’ve been doing it all the time! They taste amazing, and are totally free and abundant!