Thursday 22nd February 2001.
The groover in Vancouver
My flight left Melbourne at 8:25am, 22nd February, and was scheduled to arrive in
Vancouver at 8:25am, 22nd February. Interesting.
I was in the right mood to be seated next to a lunatic. Instead a bloke from
Vancouver sat next to me, and promptly fell asleep. So I watched all three in-flight
movies, which wasn't so bad.
I was met at Vancouver Airport by a couple of my mum's old friends. Olive and Lorne
whisked me off to an ABC Restaurant where I had pancakes and scrambled eggs
and maple syrup...yum.
They then took me down to the ferry that weaves through the islands to the city of
Victoria on Vancouver Island.
On the ferry I noticed that there seemed to be a higher proportion of the male
population with moustaches. Is this limited to ferries, or is this a western
I took a bus from the ferry into the centre of Victoria where I met Noelle. Yes
that's right - Noelle! She of el Camino de
After I met all three of her brothers, we went to the supermarket to do some shopping.
We were at the checkout and I was checking out the array of chocolate bars and assorted
confectionary available. "What's an 'Oh Henry!' bar?" I asked.
"It's a bar," replied Noelle.
"But what's in it?"
"Chocolate...and stuff." A definitive answer.
"Right." I left it at that.
That night we had dinner at Noelle's parent's place, with Chris and Dylan (two of
Noelle's younger brothers). I had macaroni and cheese - a first!
During dinner I somehow mentioned that I'd never seen an Oh Henry! bar
before. Dylan, the youngest who is about 10, just couldn't believe it. "You've
never had an Oh Henry bar?" he asked, his eyes wide with disbelief.
"We don't have them in Australia," I said.
"You don't have Oh Henry bars in Australia?" The kid just couldn't believe it.
"Do you have Mars bars in Australia?"
"But you don't have Oh Henry bars?"
"How can you not have Oh Henry bars?"
"We just don't!" The conversation continued like that for a looooong time.