2/5/09 12 °C
After last night, we both are swearing off hostels forever. There was a pub-crawl last night which resulted in the attendees arriving home quite drunkenly sometime around 3.30am. This of course means more slamming of doors combined with the drunken screams up and down the hallways. Tom had earplugs but still couldn’t sleep through it while Chrissy buried her head further under the pillow. On the flip side (and totally unrelated) the beds here have heating pads under them, which makes for a lovely sleep!!!!
Today is the day we pick up the van so that means so sleeping in unfortunately. After a quick takeaway brekkie from the Honey Pot (mmmm breakfast bagel with avocado!) and an ever so delicious hot chocolate with marshmallow, we hauled our bags downstairs & bid a “fond” farewell to the hostel. We caught the shuttle to Pacific Horizon where our gleaming new Mercedes campervan was waiting for us. Yes that’s right, MERCEDES!!!! We are both pretty pumped, as this will be the first and last time in our life that we will drive a sexy Mercedes. Piling all our belongings in we headed off to the International Antarctica Centre. AKA PENGUINS!!!
The entire facility was quite well done and well worth the admission price. We played around in the simulated winter storm area but were not the slightest bit fazed by the -30 wind-chill factor. Sad really. We then meandered through all the Antarctic displays until we came to the most beloved of them all; the Blue Penguin colony. Chrissy snapped almost an entire memory card full of these cute little guys and then almost filled Tom’s memory card too! Luckily, we decided to partake in the Penguin Encounter, which gave us a backstage tour of the penguins and even had a slightly terrifying moment in which the one penguin nearly attacked Chrissy’s foot. But alas, the situation was diverted as the penguin instead conducted its business a short distance away. After spending close to 3 hours, Tom decided to drag Chrissy away and to the grocery store. We ended up at the Pak N’ Save which is similar to Extra Foods with the exception that its like a Costco on a Saturday and designed very similar to a maze. Frustrating to get around as well but eventually with our goodies ready we checked out. They also just throw your food into a cart, chuck some bags on top and make you pack them yourselves. It was interesting…
NOW we are ready to hit the road….We start driving and driving, spot the first sheep of the trip. Eventually we end up at a DOC site (like a provincial park), which is right next to a deer farm. We got in pretty late so we just had a quick supper and settled in for the night…it smells so good outside; words can’t even begin to describe it!!!