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New country, new habits

18:52 27th March 2008 by Melanie Schönthier
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“I have never been to Canada before.” That’s what I told the Canadian police officer at the border after she had punished me with a grim glance for taking a picture of her without asking. “Do you mind if I take one more picture of you?”, I tried to make up for my bad behaviour and she gave me the biggest smile I have seen from any official person on my trip so far…


Mission accomplished – well, at least we are complete now!

I like Canada. Despite I’m only here since 15 hours and haven’t seen more than the border, snowy wilderness, some deer and some of Nelson. After spending the night in Spokane, Washington, yesterday, we were picked up by Al Flick, our bus driver who told me half of his family’s history after he got to know that I’m German, immediately called his wife (who was born in Germany but immigrated to the States in 1959) and passed the phone over to me so I could test her language skills. Before heading to Canada, we had to stop at the airport to pick up some more girls. Some more girls? Aren’t nine chicks enough for a girls trip? NO! In total there are 24 of us now! 24 girls who all share a deep passion for snowboarding and are keen to go shredding the next three days – hell yeah! I think Al quite enjoyed the 4 hours drive to Nelson…


Burton team manager Susie and the thickest sandwich I have ever seen!

We, on the other hand, much more enjoyed the dinner last night at the All Seasons Cafe Donna invited us to. No American fast food but really delicious fusion food and first class Canadian red wine! Did I already mention that I like Canada?


The Canadian “armed” forces. I like Canada!

So right now it is 11.30 in the morning and I’m sitting in the haunted Hume Hotel in Nelson. Haunted? Yes, haunted! During the check in yesterday, the receptionist told us that they used to hang people in the 19th century from some of the balconies of this hotel as the court is just across the street. Alright… Why couldn’t she tell us this morning after the check out? Well, at least I didn’t see any ghosts tonight but this morning at 6 o’ clock I heard a strange metal noise next to my bed I couldn’t tell where it was coming from. Time to get out of here…


24 girls on a trip means a lot of luggage!

Not that I didn’t like Nelson – it seems to be a really lovely town with a lot of skiers and snowboarders living here, old buildings (it used to be a gold digging town in the 19th century) and loads of little artsy shops. But we all want to get up to the lodge as soon as we can and ride powder tomorrow which means I need to leave you right now as I have to meet the others in the lobby in a few minutes. It is bluebird today which means that we can get a heli ride up on the mountain!


Birgit from Burton and Coco (7th Sky) tro to befriend possible ghosts in our haunted hotel…

More news coming up tonight once I’m up in the Baldface Lodge. Sorry if my next blog will be a bit late but maybe I will get a massage first, he he…

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