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After coming back from Vancouver Island we checked in to the hotel, which served as a base-camp for all the visitors of the wedding of Natalie and Bruce, an old school friend of Annika. The wedding was the initial motivation for the trip, so it was really nice to spend some time with Bruce and his friends every day we were there. And the resort hotel was fantastic. The suite we were staying in was actually bigger than our apartment back in the days in Leppävaara :) Continue reading

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Vancouver Island

I think the first thing you’ll notice planning a trip to Vancouver Island is, “wow, that’s bigger than I thought”. And you will think the same thing when you drive on the highway from Victoria to the north. Some Canadians told us that it’s a bit funny that the Island got the highway they are longing for on the mainland. But the first discovery on the island was: “wow, this is a lot of people going to the north” :) But here’s how we started. After arriving in Vancouver, we took over the rental car and took the ferry to Victoria. We went in the evening and the atmosphere on the sea with the setting sun and the cute little islands on the way is amazing.

The ferry to Victoria arrives in Sidney and after a 30km drive you’ll enter Victoria, the capital of BC. We spent the night in a nice inn with friendly stuff and spacious rooms, which was located close to the center and next to the Highway 17, so that it was really easy to reach. From there we started our trip to Tofino the next day. And we took it really easy stopping at almost every single viewpoint and checking out a winery (one out of plenty) on the way. The scenery on the highway 1 is amazing and it is definitely worth to take a rest every now and then, just enjoying it.

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This last weekend of July I’ve had my first experience with the famous Finnish cottage-life – and I loved it. Two days and just nature, reading and relaxing. As a welcome Daniel took me by boat the 30 km way from Joensuu to the cottage. The bit of rain on the way did not matter at all, and when we arrived the sauna was already heated and ready to use. Afterwards we finished the day with a good diner and they let me be part of the family life and I felt really welcome. The next day the weather showed its sunny face and after a longer breakfast with the whole family we went on a rowing trip around the island, read and swam in the lake again. The weekend passed by so quickly and then I sat already in the train back to Helsinki. More than 5 hours, but totally relaxed after so many new impressions.

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