Ed's International Experience
I left Vancouver and took the Sea to Sky highway up to Whistler, taking the greyhound is not only the cheapest option but it stops is random awsome spots to pick people up. It was very beautiful, it lived up to its well talked about standards. Arrived in Whistler and walked up the hill to my housing complex. Had my house orientation, then went back to check out the village. I have realised now that coming here to save money for the rest of my trip wasnt a good idea, with so much to do and a very big party town and everything is expensive, then at least I will have a wicked time. I went and had a drink at Merlins bar where I had to pay $2 for them to hold my jacket, so I wont go out in town with my jacket anymore, I just put thermals on. I went back to the house and met my room mate Alex and his mate Bentley. Really great guys. I have 2 other housemates arriving soon. We drank cider at our place and then headed into town which consists of running down the ski field into the village- loads of fun. Bentley paid for all of my drinks so I owe him once I get paid, which isnt untill Christmas, so it will be rather hard to make it until then. All those Mcmassive Christmas presents I had planned wont be making it sorry. Didnt get up till 12 the next day and then we walked into town and I went to meet Stef at the bus stop. Good to see him again. We checked out the Village and found a frozen river, and played on that for ages, so much fun. Then we had another big night and I had a slight headache so took two pain killers and continued drinking, not even realizing how much of a stupid idea that was, such a school boy era. But it was a cheap night for me cause I was smashed thanks to the unsafty pill popping. Stef cooked me macaroni for breakfast and then we walked around a Mcmassive frozen lake. And walked on it, it was awesome I need to get some skates so I can have cheap fun. We had a go swinging on a rope that in the summer you would let go, after some kiwi banter Stef did it and then again, and he was very happy he did it. So much fun, I love this place I can tell im going to continue to have a blast, just not going to save much. So I walked down the hill with Stef and said our emotional goodbye, and I headed off to work to catch back up with Alex before our Orientation. From 830 till 5, we had all the coffee needed with muffins and cookies and a lunch put on in the staff cafeteria. The day was long to be seated for most of the day, but we learnt alot of information. I am loving the page long benefits we get for working with Fairmont. And if I do a good job I can easilly transfer to other Fairmonts throughout the world. Alex and a few other of us went out for a drink and then back to the appartments. We met our new room mate Jonathon, hes a chef so very good to have within the house and a great guy. Me and jonathon went into town for his first night out. It was a Monday night and town was pumping, a very resort town. We had 2nd day of Orientation all about service Plus. But this time instead of cookies they had my favourite brownies. Our table was Alex and I and 3 girls from Perth, we just made jokes most of the day and kept ourselves admused in funny ways. We went out again and alot of our orientation group were out, great people, great times, great place. Yesterday Albert and I took the bus to Function Junction to see the Re-Use-It Centre. It was good finnaly something for cheap in this area. I got ice skates for $17. Alex and i went and played Air hockey in our longe when he got back from work. I was just about to go down to a resort today because they are giving away all there TV's cause the one we got doesnt have sound, so we put head phones in it and had one each, and then we made a cone out of a paper to amplify the sound. But Blair turned up this morning and he had gotten two so gave us one. I will head out to the lake soon and have a skate, hopefully I dont fall in, or this could be my last post. I start work tomorrow with my department orientation, my job starts like alot of fun, so cant wait to get into it. -Ed Style Travel Tip- "When travelling on a plane with alot of gear, get a suit carrier and stuff all your heavy items and big jackets in it. You can take this on the plane with you along with your carry on luggage" "Carry a mesh bag with you, similar to that of what woman use to wash there bras in I believe. Put all your dirty washing in it, and when someone else is washing there clothes ask if you can just put this bag in with it. It just saves alittle, but it all adds up and you get to meet great people"