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Next time, I'm taking the plane. [Jul. 17th, 2007|09:19 pm]
[Current Location |Edmonton]
[Current Mood |hotsweaty]

Alright, so I just caught up on my flist and am waiting for my sister to get home, so I thought I would start my recantation of my Seattle trip. The way there was fine. They showed movies on the bus: Mr. 3000 and Daredevil. Other than the fact that I had $100 less with me than I thought, I still had enough for my roundtrip ticket. I thought that I was getting on a direct route, but there was a transfer in Vancouver, so now, technically, I have been to every province west of Quebec (minus the territories). I wanted to get a Vancouver souvenir, but there wasn't anything that I liked. The bus ride from Vancouver to Seattle was alright, but the air-conditioning on the bus was broken. The driver wanted everyone to wait til the next bus, but I got on anyway, cuz I was excited to see Kim. Only 4 other people braved the heatstroke bus. Customs was a breeze, especially compared to the airport. No interrogation at all and the officer was all cool about us running a mental health community.
So, I get to Seattle no problem, but I am dehydrated from the bus ride and I have to walk 4 blocks in the scorching sun to get to the bus stop to Kim's. Fortunately, there was a Quizno's right there, so I bought 2 bottles of water and drank one right away. Asked the bus driver about getting off at the right stop, and I recognised the area after I got off. Kim had the stick-on decorations I bought her last time on her front door. :) We went to gets smokes and drinks and we hung out at the grocery store. We took tons of pictures, but I haven't uploaded them onto Leah's computer yet. (Hopefully tomorrow.) Later on we went to Denny's and met this cool chick named Toni. We got her email address and I gave her the URL for the borderline community. On Thursday we got drunk again and had nachos at Ed's #1 Diner. It was cute and retro. I think that was the night we listened to Jarvis and Tea Party and Kim sang to me and I made her listen to some of Weird Al's original songs. We cleaned up a bunch of her living area. On Friday we were gonna go to karaoke but Roger didn't feel like going, so we stayed in and watched "Don't Answer the Phone" and Ghost Hunters. Kim and I had a good talk and it was just as fun being sober. I left on the 1pm bus to downtown on Saturday. Kim couldn't wait at the stop with me cuz it was way too hot, but at least she was able to pick up her fan from the office. She gave me two books and a bunch of tapes, since she wasn't able to make a mixtape.
So, I get downtown and walk the four blocks to the bus terminal with plenty of time. I even went over to Subway to get a sandwich for later. Well, the bus was an hour and a half late just getting to the terminal. So I was fucked for my transfer in Vancouver. The Greyhound staff claimed that there were no buses at the garage... There was one stop that a bunch of people got on. The kid beside me was nice. He woke me at a stop to make sure it wasn't mine. He was really polite. A group of French tourists got on the bus in Bellingham. Because the bus was so late, the driver stopped at the DutyFree for everyone to buy stuff. Customs was even easier on the way back. I phoned phantomeor when I found out I was going to have to stay overnight in Vancouver, but no one answered. So, several people gave me warning talks about staying in lit areas and to keep my eyes on my stuff. I said how I survived the streets of Toronto overnight, but they claimed Vancouver was worse. There were a few other people who had to wait overnight as well, so it was alright. I shared smokes with this guy from Quebec. Those public toilets that taluagel ranted about, I used one of them. They have bus-shelter sized ads on them. The door and everything is automated. It felt like something out of Star Trek. It was sorta cool, although scary.
So, 6:30am I get my bus to Edmonton. I passed out for most of it. A bit later on, a girl named Lisa sat beside me. She's a zoology major and she was totally nice too. We watched a movie on the bus called Showtime. It was some cop comedy with Eddie Murphy.
So, we finally got to Edmonton at midnight. I was able to phone Leah ahead of time, so she was there waiting for me when I got there. I passed out on the floor in the living room so she could have the bed. Hooray for air-conditioning!

More adventures to be had!

[User Picture]From: spilledpills
2007-07-18 09:47 am (UTC)
omg im sorry that happened!!
damn greyhound no wonder my dad who worked there for 25 years hated it!.
glad nothing terrible happened.
and ive heave vancouver horror stories as well.
when i got home i broke out in the hives i told ya about.sorry i couldnt wait with you..*sigh*
hope you like the books and the tapes!!!
im sure you will!!!
i had alot of fun!!!
funny,i totally forgot you were the one that got me my door decore..LOLOLOL.
i love you..cant wait to see the pix!!!
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[User Picture]From: xlife_n_deathx
2007-07-23 02:09 am (UTC)
I hate Greyhound. I once spent 24 hours on a Greyhound that was completely full. There was some guy sitting somewhere near me that had some major BO the whole time. I think I managed to get 2 hours of sleep during the entire bus ride. Haivng to drive for a whole day with complete strangers is exhausting. I'd never do it again. I'd rather rent a car and drive myself.
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[User Picture]From: nineveh_rains
2007-07-23 04:14 am (UTC)
That would work if I had a license. ;P

I don't really mind the bus, or any public transit really, I just hate having to transfer. I'll take a direct route any day.
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