This Friday was our fifth wedding anniversary. To celebrate, we took a trip back to where it all began: Victoria, B.C. When we got engaged, we were 22 and 23 years old and did not have much money. The best we could do for our honeymoon was a three-day getaway to Canada, which is a simple ferry ride away from home. At first, the jet setter in me was disappointed. I imagined honeymoon destinations like Bali or Paris. As it turns out though, despite the fact that I have since traveled to both Bali and Paris and many other bucket list places, our honeymoon to Victoria is still by far the best trip I have ever taken!
Five years ago, we spent three days renting a scooter and putting all over the island (maybe this foretold of things to come??), wandering around museums, indulging in horse drawn carriage rides, watching cute films at the IMAX, eating really good Italian and Irish food and also zip lining through the forest. This time around, fast forward five years, we had less than 24 hours in Victoria and simply sought to relish in memories and our wonderful first five years of marriage and ponder what the next 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years (and I reaching here?) will hold.
One of my favorite things about going to Victoria is the act of getting there.
You see, we get to take a ferry.
The Coho, to be precise.
It is an old-fashioned ferry that runs multiple times a day from Port Angeles in America to Victoria in Canada.
The ferry ride is 90 minutes long, which is the perfect amount of time to go outside, snap some photos, get your hair all messed up by the fierce breeze, shiver a bit and then go inside, grab a coffee and play some card games until arriving in downtown Victoria.
By far, taking ferries is my favorite act of actual travel.
It's not hard to figure out why, huh?