Day 1: Homeless in Vancouver

Things did not go according to plan.
To start off our journey.  Our newest trip monkey ‘Hayley’s suitcase was lost. We waited… waited…. waited…. and then the conveyor belt stopped. No more luggage was coming out of that carousel.  The lady officer’s best bet was that it never left Hong Kong during transfer and that they will find it in the morning and deliver it to our hotel.

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But, the divine gods smiled upon us, just as we were about to jump into the taxi, our cell phone rang – they had found it! It was on a completely different airline and had arrived at the airport 7 HOURS EARLIER. What!?

Not to worry. Everything was back to normal and we hopped in the big yellow taxi to go to the Le Soleil hotel on Hornby St.

Here is a useful guide to what taxi’s cost from the airport to downtown Vancouver.


When booking your hotel make sure you have taken into account the time difference.

After 30 hours of travel + lost baggage we were eager to get into our room and crash. 

But no.

We mistaken the time difference and hadn’t actually booked the room for tonight. The concierge was very kind and tried hard to find somewhere… But no.  Everywhere in Vancouver was sold out.  Even sketchy hostels were sold out!

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So what else could we do? We made our way to a 24/7 Blenz diner where got to experience some of the local sights. For instance, we saw our first skunk!  It had a plastic cone around it’s head. So naturally we chased it trying to figure out if it was intentionally put on it or was it stuck in some rubbish? Do skunks get vet treatment in Vancouver? We may never know.

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Along the way we walked by a sleeping homeless man on the side of the road. One of the crew (I won’t say who so they don’t get hated on) said that they can ‘relate’. We found that amusingly ridiculous because we had been homeless for only 25 minutes and were on our way to buy food – with money.  I’m really thinking I need to write a book with all these things I hear people say.

So I write this to you now from a 24/7 Blenz diner. We have expensive re-microwaved samosa’s and a pot of tea on the way. Not sure how long that is going to last – we have 12 hours to go!

It’s now nearly 4am, there is only so many games of cards I can handle. We have been brainstorming ideas for a film – the ideas are not getting any better the more sleep deprived we get.

6am.  Relocated to The White Spot diner for breakfast.  Hmm not bad!
We think the waiter was Irish but it would of not been polite to have asked so…we may never know.

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Oh look, we saw a squirrel.

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Buying a SIM card.
To cover Vancouver + Whistler + Alaska we found the best priced and only prepaid SIM that allows us to use roaming data whilst in Alaska with Koodo.
2GB Data + SIM and Activiation + Taxes = $78.40 CAD.
The next cheapest store was Best Buy, but that didn’t allow us to use data whilst in US.

I am going to end this with some good news. After 16 hours being stranded on the streets of Vancouver – WE FINALLY HAVE OUR HOTEL ROOM! Shower! Hot water! TV! Bed! Fluffy Robes!

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