Sunday, December 21, 2008

Greetings from snowy Victoria!

Snow + Victoria is not a combination we usually expect but this year it looks like Victoria will actually have a white Christmas. Luckily we arrived on Saturday after only a few minor delays, because since Sunday flights in Vancouver and all across Canada have been majorly delayed or cancelled. Instead we've been having fun trying to get around in our rental car the last couple of days. We almost got stuck getting out of the parking lot at my father's apartment building this morning - it's down a slope with pretty deep snow! Since it rarely gets snow, Victoria isn't very well equipped to deal with it so the main roads are mostly getting cleared but all the side roads are buried. It's been an adventure so far, and other than it limiting our getting around and visiting, I am enjoying the white winter scenery. This is what it looked like this morning near where we're staying.
After a wander around in the snow taking a few photos, we walked to the nearby Starbucks. There's something so wonderfully wintery about coming in from the cold and snow for a hot chocolate, don't you think?
We've got it set up now that we can connect to the internet on our laptops so I should be able to post a little bit while we're here, and reply to the comments that I'm behind on. For those of you getting slammed with snowstorms I hope you're all staying safe and warm.


  1. wow, what a beautiful picture! Enjoy your white Christmas, tanabata!

  2. Gorgeous photo of the sun peeking through the trees! Truly a winter wonderland shot, Nat! Love it!

    I hope you have a grand time in Victoria in spite of the uncooperative weather. My dad (who moved off his boat in Seattle and up to Kingston) sent pictures of the snowstorm and they got a lot more than we have in Nebraska. Sure looks pretty with all those tall pine trees, though.

    Stay warm and safe and have a very happy Christmas!

  3. What a beautiful photo! This really is a very photogenic time of year. :-)

    Now you've got me craving hot chocolate.

    It's cold here. It rained most of yesterday, but today the sun is shinking and the sky is a brillant blue.

  4. Lovely photo, picture postcard scenery.

    Kurisumasu Omedeto Gozaimasu!


  5. They were calling for a white Christmas nation-wide, and now it is looking like the east coast is getting rain. :( I'm disappointed.

    Merry Christmas, though! Drive safe!

  6. How wonderful to have a white Christmas. We are, thankfully, going to have that as well. I wish you and yours all the very best. Hope the day, and the holiday week, is wonderful!!!

  7. Happy Holidays. We'll have a white Christmas this year, too. Enjoy your vacation!

  8. Welcome home! Can you believe this weather? I've lived her4e for over 16 years and have never seen anything like it!

    How long are you going to be here? Any plans to make it over to the mainland? Perhaps we could get together for a quick Starbucks.

  9. Glad you got home before the storm hit. All that white powdery stuff make a perfect Christmas postcard. And yes! Hot chocolate was made for winter...and vice versa too, I think. :-P

  10. Thanks Nymeth!

    Les - It was very pretty those first couple of days, but now it's just annoying. Hopefully it'll continue to melt so that we can leave without too much trouble. The airports are still chaotic!! Hope you had a lovely Christmas too!

    Wendy - It was very pretty but it is also making it harder for us to get around and limiting some of the places we can get to this trip. Oh well, what can you do? :P

    A Reader from India - Thanks! I hope you had a nice Christmas! :)

    Kailana - The first nation-wide white Christmas in 37 years of something like that! Wild! I actually hope it rains some more here and takes away the snow so we can get back to Japan on schedule. Darn Air Canada still cancelling flights! Hope things aren't too bad where you are.

    Carl V.- Thanks Carl! It was very nice to have a white Christmas this year. Hope the rest of your holiday is going well.

    Danielle - Thanks! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are enjoying your holiday.

    Teddy Rose - LOL. Thanks! Crazy weather! We're planning to go back on the 1st as long as the flight's not cancelled or something. We're not planning to be over on the mainland though this time, which is perhaps a good thing considering the roads. I'd love to meet up with you sometime though. If we end up stuck in Vancouver I'll let you know, but otherwise, maybe next year? :)

    indigo - I wouldn't mind the snow if I didn't have to travel around in it. They just don't have the equipment here to deal with it properly. It was pretty though. :)

  11. That is a stunning photo! I cannot imagine all that snow - I don't think I've ever seen anything like that in real life!

    Hope you are having a ball on your holiday! I think I need a hot chocolate after seeing that pic :)

  12. Iliana - The snow is almost gone near where we are although it's still sticking around in some places. And Vancouver apparently has it worse than here. The holiday is almost over but we've had a great time visiting everyone. :)

  13. Glad you got into Vancouver safely. My parents had a hell of a time getting home on the 21st or 22nd I think. They had to rent a car and drive back from Seattle because their connection home to Vancouver was cancelled. How long are/were you in Victoria for? Vancouver is my home and I just got back to mounds and mounds of snow!

  14. Monica - Crazy weather this year! We were very lucky actually. We came in on the Sat. the 20th and it was still ok, but from the next day flights were cancelled all over the place, like your parents experienced. Victoria didn't get as much snow as Vancouver though. I have an aunt and uncle who live in North Vancouver and they had some adventures trying to get in and out of their place! How is it now in Vancouver?
    We were in Victoria for just under 2 weeks this time but are back home in Tokyo now.


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