museum of B.C and more boats!
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My next two days were spent in Victoria, starting first with the Museum of British Columbia. I got a ticket and found out when the next tour was going (following the unrivalled success of the Manitoba museum tour I wasn't going to miss out on another). Hmm 45 minute wait. Just enough time for a spot of lunch. I found a cafe down the road which was curiously empty until I just started to eat my BLT, then a coach load of high-school kids funnelled in. They must have been famished because they all just sat down and ate with hardly a word! I scarpered off back to the museum, managing to get some Rhubarb and custard sweets from and olde English sweet shoppe on the wayye.
The tour was given by a retired maths professor, in his capacity as a volunteer. His tour was marvellous, although the hour he estimated soon became an hour and a half and only covered about half the top floor of the museum. I rapidly descended through the rest of the museum myself, taking in a cool if slightly creepy natural history section (lots of gloopy looking things preserved in jars), an exhibit on the more recent history of the town and a different natural history exhibit with full sized animals from the province. I entirely missed a special exhibit on the artist and writer Emily Carr, owing mostly to time constraints but also slightly because I didn't know who she was and therefore didn't know if I'd find the exhibit interesting or not. Problems like these arise from not giving oneself enough time to explore a museum of this size.
That evening I was kindly invited to a dinner party hosted by M's brother P and his wife J. They work and live at a botanical gardens and gave me a fantastic meal and a free after hours tour. Thanks P&J!
The next morning I squeezed in a trip to the Victoria Maritime museum, which totally out-did Vancouver's. Sorry Vancouver, better luck next time! At the VMM I saw an old dug-out canoe Tilikum that had been altered to make it sea-bearing and thence it was taken off on a voyage around the world. The canoe made it back in one piece, only to be left to decay and later be restored to its former glory.
After a quick lunch at the sticky wicket (beef au jus sandwich and sweet potato fries, mmmm thanks go to M & K for treating me!) I headed off for the ferry back to Vancouver. I attempted to do a short timelapse film on board. It's short but you get the general idea!
comming up: random trip into the states