Archive for 09/27/2015

Canada Day 3

Canada Day 3

Canada Day 3 | AGO

Today is the day that I pick up my Co-Worker. Yay, no longer “alone” here. I decided that rather than drive up there and then drive back, I’d go to Toronto and just goof off. Went to theĀ Art Gallery of Ontario, it was interesting. The basement had model ships. The remaining floors had what you’d expect from an art gallery. I was excited about the photography wing, but it was all photos from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Still, the museum was interesting. Then it was time to pick Robert up from the airport.

 

What I learned today:

  • Toronto Airport has 2 arrival areas, good to know.
  • Baseball a big thing? I went downtown originally to see the aquarium and ran into a Toronto Blue Jays game that was jamming up the city. Apparently it’s not just hockey. I suppose the Rockies do the same thing.

Canada Day 2

Canada Day 2

Canada Day 2 | The Museum

Today I decided to go and visit a museum. There are of course a lot to choose from, but I decided on one simply called “The Museum“. Seemed like quite the claim. Indeed it was a museum. It was enjoyable, though it really didn’t have a focus. Level 1 and 2 were geared toward children and featured interactive exhibits such as plasma balls and such. Level 3 had dinosaurs. Level 4 had an art exhibit. Of particular interest was a movie that was playing on loop about two radio DJs whose station was shutting down, so they asked the audience to bring in music for them to play. This shady guy shows up and gives them a record that anyone who hears it becomes violent and almost zombie like. I admit was was interesting.

 

What I learned today:

  • “new” signs – I’ve seen these around the road. They indicate where new street lights and such have been put in. Interesting to say the least

Canada Day 1

Canada Day 1

Canada Day 1 | Downtown Cambridge

Today was spent with going to work. One nice thing though is that I work 9-6. It’s a relaxing time to get to the office, and there is no traffic. The two guys I tagged out left today to go back to the States so for Friday and Saturday I am alone (my counter-part comes in on Sunday). Not really sure what I’ll do with my time, but I’m sure I’ll find something to do.

 

It’s weird, even though I can expense my lunch, and I’m entitled to USD$50 per day in food, I didn’t feel like leaving the office. I suppose it’s because I get that hour of overtime. Maybe I’ll just have a big dinner instead. I forgot to get a receipt for breakfast this morning, a mistake I hope doesn’t happen often.

 

I’m debating trying a pizza place around here for dinner, it seems there are a great many of them.

 

What I learned today:

  • Cambridge has a good Ocktoberfest that apparently everyone says I should go to.
  • I need to get a credit card that ISN’T Discover

Canada Day 0

Canada Day 0 | Canadian Flag

So today I begin my 45 days in Canada. I shall call it Canada Day 0 because I just flew in today, Needless to say I was nervous. I don’t like leaving my comfort zone and going to a foreign place really by myself was a bit terrifying.

 

On a side note, the great lakes really are big. It was interesting to fly over them.

 

Had a few minor hiccups at the airport with customs, and again with the rental car, and again with the hotel. However, all of that is taken care of now. I met my co-workers at a restaurant in Kitchener called Lancaster Smokehouse. (menu)

It wasn’t bad. Admittedly, it has nothing on Nonmacher’s, but it was good for the price.

 

Went back to the hotel since I went to the restaurant from the airport, and just crashed.

 

What I learned today:

  • They use chip and pin a lot here
  • No pennies