Our most recent home exchange adventure, over spring break, was to Victoria, British Columbia. It’s an incredibly beautiful and cosmopolitan city for its relatively small size. It’s also very easy to get around the downtown area whether you’re on a bike, walking or driving. We had our car with us on this home swap (as we drove from our house to Victoria) and on the days we did drive into the downtown area, parking spots were plentiful.
Our home exchange partners, Jack and Brannan, were gracious and welcoming with a “Welcome to Victoria” package for us. Their home was beautiful, centrally located, and minutes from the downtown and inner harbor area as well as the stoic Craigdarroch Castle and Government House Gardens.
We had bicycles which we used to ride from their home to the Galloping Goose trail. It’s a fun, flat ride that we enjoyed with a picnic lunch.
Our big splurge was lunch out at “Red Fish, Blue Fish” which is located on the water in the inner harbor. Go off the menu and ask for the fried pickles. You won’t be sorry. Lunch was so tasty and the fish is all sustainably caught. There is outdoor seating along the water and the restaurant kitchen is in an up-cycled cargo container.
It seems to always happen on our home exchanges that some item accidentally gets broken. Honestly, I wish I could tell you that my kids are responsible for breaking the most items but usually it’s me! I ended up breaking not 1, but 2 glasses. From now on, I’m allowed only “sturdy” glassware and not fancy wine glasses or otherwise.
It was a beautiful week of weather in Victoria and I can’t say enough about the natural beauty surrounding the city or the ease with which we got around. The only downside of the trip? Our car had to be pushed off the ferry. The starter broke while we were there but luckily it’s a stick-shift and we were able to “pop the clutch” and head home!
Did you travel anywhere for spring break? Still wish you had a spring break???
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