So much for normal roommates - the San Francisco girl is ok but at the
bottom of Diane's bunk seems to be the local Nanaimo drunk! She
came in very late last night, poured herself a few whiskey's, rocking
the bunkbed and proceeded to eat the loudest crackers for about half an
hour - not just a nibble - a full meal of crackers - crunch
crunch! Emma heard none of this and had a good nights sleep!
When we got up we headed round the corner to a cafe for breakfast, having panckaes and omlettes - setting us up for the day.
After this huge breakfast we got the ferry to Gabriola Island - a short
ferry ride to a quiet island with forests and beaches. It was
relaxing; we walked to one of the beaches, saw a jelly fish.
Walking back we saw two deer. The island has a tiny little
shopping centre -all wooden. There was a little cafe called The
Rasberry Jazz Cafe where we called for coffee -ended up getting
some free soup as it was the end of the pan - it was delicious, along
with a cinnamon roll. Afetr this we dashed back to catch the
ferry back. The crossing was very foggy, it gradually got sunny
as we reached Nanaimo harbour. Looking back Gabriola had been
swallowed up in a cloud of mist. Just as we got back we saw a
seal swimming past the ferry. We picked up some groceries and
headed back to the hostel and relaxed for the rest of the
evening. Had glass of wine and pre dinner snacks - stuffed olives
and doritos - anyone would think we were on a budget!