This travelling lark is well tiring!
14.08.2010 - 14.08.2010 24 °C
So I wake up (looking a bit pink) at about 8 with the intention of leaving early to get out and about, doent exactly go to plan. Im so tired I could go back to sleep. I end up talking to Rich for a while online and before I know it, its time to check out. I have a shower and get packed (again). When I'm at home, I have a real issue with packing and unpacking aqll the time, especially when I stay at Richs because I dont know what to pack and end up up with loads of stuff. And you can guarantee I dont have what I need. Anyway, I really should have thought about that when planning this trip, somebody please remind of this fact when/if I ever have only funky travelling ideas again, thank you!
After walking the main strip last night, I wasnt too bothered about the shops or anything else so decided to head straight to Maid of the mist boat trip and hopefullly go behind the falls too. I had hoped to visit Butterfly world, but it is out of town, so I decide that I wont be going.
Niagara is quite small, so I get there in about 10 minutes and there is only a small queue, which is all good. I am told it will take about 20 minutes to queue because they run every 15 minutes. You can get a lot of people per boat and there are two working, so I am optimistic.
I can see the falls from the queue and they are even more impressive in daylight. You can see the American (bridalveil) falls quite easily because they are along a flatish wall, the Canadian (horseshoe) falls are horseshoe shaped and the spray/mist in the middle means its difficult to see it all. The shear volume of water is amazing though, to think thats its constant. There is spray in the air and it also causes a bit of a breeze too, which is nice as its hot today and I'm still a bit pink from yesterday.
I don my blue plastic poncho ready for my trip into the mist. Firstly we go past the American falls, the air is a bit damp so I use my old camera because it is waterproof, it then seems like its not too bad and so for better quality pictures (by far) I decide to use my new camera until it gets too wet. I start taking pictures but it is getting too wet so try to put away my new camera to keep it dry, somehow it slips of of my hand and drops on the floor (I later discover that the screen is cracked, which I am very unhappy with myself about, but apart from that it seems to be working fine). So for the remainder of the boat trip I use the waterproof. The sheer power of the water is incredible, its still difficult to see it, but the boat gets as close as it can inside the horseshow and everyone gets pretty wet.
I'm glad to get off the boat as its quite cramped and Im feeling claustrophobic. I then call Rich to tell him about my camera. He says he's not bothered but I feel like hes disappointed because I cant be trusted with stuff, i have a reputation for being clumsy and wanted to prove that I could be good this time, but Ive failed.
Then off to go behind the falls. Im getting conscious of time. I dont have much before I need to leave for the airport as my flight is at 4.15, but I can get in straight away so I do.
Theres a tunnel where you can see behind the falls in 2 different places (this is pretty rubbish). Then an observation deck with teo floors which are just next to the end of where the water stops, this is much better. I take a few photos and then head back to the hotel to collect my bag.
I have realised that the bus to the airport I was going to get runs every few hours and its not to my advantage, I decide that I will get a taxi no matter what cost. My back is very sore, I've definitely pulled something and struggling quite a lot, so a taxi is better for my back and my stress level, perhaps not on my purse, but money isnt everything!
I manage to flag down a taxi. His English isnt too good, but I explain I want to get my bag and then go to the airport. He hasnt got his passport and so he gets on the radio to get someone who has. I didnt realise I would have to go into the US to travel back, I was thinking the airport was the Canadian side. Lets hope I can get out easier than I did getting in!!!
The other taxi takes about 5 minutes and we are on our way. The driver reminds me a bit of the Indian in One flew overthe cuckoos nest, but he seems pleasant. Again his English isnt great, but he says that hopefully we should be able to get through to the US as I have a stamp from acoupleof days ago. I say I will smile and cross my fingers.
After picking my bag up, we are on our way and we get through the border with few questions. They seem ti find it difficult to grasp the idea of travelling from place to place. As soon as I mention I am doing a trip and then going home I get through no problem.
The journey takes about half an hour. It costs $85 US but is worth it. Also give the driver the last of my Candain dollars as I have no use for then anymore, (its only about $5).
There is a queue at check in and its slightly delayed (of course) so I go get changed and then check in. Its done mostly through machines and I have to pay $25 for my checked in bag, which isnt too bad (compared to Ryanair!).
I have about 2 hours to kill so go get some food. There is a chinese man in front of me causing chaos ordering food in front of me. Hes getting a set menu but thinks he should be getting extra for free according to the picture. He doesnt seem to grasp it and gets his own way in the end, I think because they want rid of him. Seriously, I don t know how some people get through life! I get Lasagne, salad and garlic bread, its the first sit down meal ive had in days, its not great but it hits the spot nicely!
I can't believe, I'm on ly a week in, done so much!!!
I board the plane and it is chocker block. I'm sat inbetween a mand and a woman, time for sleep (Im getting really used to this sleeping on transport thing)!...