no thanks to www.flyzoom.com...
30.08.2008 - 02.09.2008 22 °C
I figured that I would make the most of my extra time in London, and start the travel blog that I've been meaning to write for ages. To cut a long story short, I should be on a plane now, jetting across the Atlantic towards Calgary and the Canadian Rockies. I had booked tickets with Zoom Airlines, and less than 36 hours before my scheduled departure, they announced their liquidation. Thankfully I managed to secure alternative flights with British Airways for only a little bit more than my initial payment, and postponed the entire trip accordingly by 4 days.
So! I now fly out of London Heathrow at 17:15 on Tuesday 2 September, and fly back from Montreal to arrive in London in the early hours of Wednesday 29 October. As it stands, I have organised some of the time in between (especially the initial 3-4 weeks from Calgary up north to Prince Rupert, down the Inside Passage, over Vancouver Island and finally to Van itself) but the later 4 weeks is largely unplanned. I'm quite looking forward to following my nose and hope to find some amazing, beautiful places as well as meet some equally amazing people.
I am lucky enough to have a couple of friends in Canada who I will be meeting up with along the way, which I am really looking forward to.
As I mentioned, the initial leg is pretty firm, but once I leave Van headed east - all is open and somewhat flexible. I do intend seeing as much of the wilderness as possible, as well as visiting the major cities and checking out some of the great contemporary Canadian architecture - especially in Toronto and Ottawa. The Maritime Provinces are also very appealing, especially as I'll be there during what are apparently the best few weeks of the year to view the fall colours. All very exciting!
I hope you enjoy reading this blog, and please do comment and keep in touch during the 8 weeks I will be away from London!