I stayed here and highly recommend it. (Check them out!) Its a lovely rather quaint 3-storey house converted into a hostel. Everything was spotlessly clean, and they provided a free shuttle to and from the train station. Most of the travellers who stayed there were Europeans -- of all ages. Definately a fun way to meet new people. (And those late-night multi-lingual Scrabble games were a blast!)
The hostel is in the area of the city. Yes, Virginia, pretty much everything in the area sports that familiar black and white cow theme. For example:
Cowpuccinos for the BEST carrot cake in the world! There are so many 'cow' postcards on the walls inside, you might have to have a second serving of carrot cake in order to look at them all.
I saw lots of these ... a nice change from PG. I swear the bird life here in PG consists of crows and more crows. Right now there are baby crows. Ever heard a baby crow squawking for food? Nasty! And they start squawking for food around 4 am!
I managed to down a few cold ones here along with a couple of great fish & chips meals. There's something special about eating fish & chips while watching a fisherman gut and clean a fish on the dock below! I think I ate enough fish to keep me satisfied until . . . last Monday. (I'm already craving good fish again! You just can't get good fish & chips in PG!)
You all know no trip would be complete for me without finding yarn or fabric. I never did find a fabric store, but I found yarn! I came home with some Briggs & Little 'Durasport' -- one-ply, 80% wool / 20% nylon -- two of ecru & one of a deep ocean-looking green. It comes in generous balls, 4 ozs I think, and should make lots of socks. I also met and knitted briefly with a small group of delightful knitters. (Hi Shelley & friends!)
The week ended with SeaFest, Prince Rupert's annual 3-day bash -- complete with great parade, tons of events, and the best darned shishkabob I've had in I don't know how long. The train ride back to PG was a little anticlimatic after that.
So. Back in PG. Have yarn, but no knitting happening! I've been working on a couple of quilting projects instead:
* 'Love me, love my cat' place mats (BD prezzie for someone who loves her
* 'Village Women' quilt (which was SUPPOSED TO BE African-prints placemats,
but the fabrics WANTED TO BE something much greater, so its now twin-bed
* Reds & fuschias wallhanging (this one's for me -- to go with my new
Chinese red cushions, and my crocheted afghan if I ever get it
Its been really hot here, and I don't function well in hot weather. As a result, sitting in front of sewing machine & fan is a good way to spend time. I'm starting a Political Science Web course next week, so that will undoubtedly cut into my quilting time a bit.
So what's new with you???