Canada Days 28-43
It’s been tough to keep at this (I want to be in the moment and somehow stopping to take pictures detracts from that), but rest assured I do have things I did. So here are some of the things I’ve done in these 20 days
Hockey rink in a shopping mall (go figure)
Ontario Science Center
Air Combat Zone (F-18 Fighter Jet Simulators)
Royal Ontario Museum
Side note: Subway in Canada has Cheddar Cheese Slices! (Why not in the United States?)
There are also some things I’ve done that I didn’t take photos for
- Visited Eaton Mall
- Played games at palladium (big arcade)
- Various restaurants
- Played at Casinos
It has been a memorable experience. I will be returning home on the 13th of November. It will be nice to be home (though I’ll admit it will be harder since I can’t expense everything). Still, I look forward to returning to the USA. It has been a memorable time. I’ll admit that aside from a handful of things, very little is different from here to the United States overall. It feels a little like Fort Collins to be honest. However, it was a pleasure meeting people and generally enjoying an area that I would not normally get to go to, much less on the company dime. There may be other opportunities in the future to go to other places across Europe and Asia. Maybe these will come to pass.
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, Niagara Falls
Canada Day 11-27
It has been a long few days. I’ve gone and done a few things for fun. One thing we (my co-worker and I) have done is visit the Royal Ontario Museum. It was a little like a jack of all trade museum. They had various sections, from life to ancient Canada to geology. I found this million dollar loonie coin interesting:
One interesting thing I saw was that Subway up here actually has Cheddar. Needless to say, if you know me, you know that makes me very happy.
This Friday, I am taking my co-worker home, and I think I’ll go visit Niagara falls. The weekend before, we ran into an issue with Canadian Thanksgiving. I had to work on the day that I would normally venture out. But that shouldn’t be an issue from now on. Some of the other things I might do is an fighter jet simulator, Legoland, and a haunted house. I did visit a cheese store as well. It was the first time I found sharp cheddar up here. Admittedly, it’s 30 minutes away, but it is good. We also went to a casino, and I doubled my money. $200 CAD turned into $410 CAD. Whee!
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, Canadian Thanksgiving
, Day 11-27
Canada Day 10
Today, we did the toursity stuff I wanted to do last Sunday. Robert and I went and did the Ripley’s Aquarium and the CN tower. I’ll tell ya though, they are not messing around with security at the CN tower. Not only is there a metal detector and a bag search, but after you buy your ticket, there is one of those air puff scanners as well.
After that, we went to a Poutinery
It was interesting. Admittedly, I’m not a huge gravy fan, but it wasn’t bad.
Canada Day 9
Today, since my Co-Worker works on Saturdays, I decided to do some things that most people don’t enjoy as much as I do. I was planning on hitting Laser Quest and then a Laser Runner, but I realized two things:
- I didn’t bring my emergency inhaler
- I’m not as spry as I used to be
Needless to say, after 2 games I was having trouble breathing and figured I’d better stop. When I do go to Laser Runner, I’ll take it easy and just be tactical instead of physical. Had lunch at a nice German place and generally just bummed around for the day until it was time to pick Robert up.
Canada Day 1
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
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
So this weekend was the weekend to meet the parents.
Julia graduated this weekend from Nursing school and her parents flew in for the occasion. As a bonus, Julia was throwing a party to celebrate and I invited my parents to the event. Therefore, I got to meet the parents and they got to meet each other as well all in the course of a weekend.
Overall, I think the weekend went well. We took them on a tour of Estes Park, took them to Casa Bonita (prepares for Coloradans to mock him) and generally had a very good time of it. Her parents are very nice. Her brother is about as much of a geek as I am. I look forward to many more such meetings in the future. Julia has a nice family.
There was talk of going out there in August (or was it October?) and I’d be happy to go to a state I’ve never been to.
The festival is coming. Cheyenne here I come. If anyone is interested, it is the 13th of June through the 15th at the depot plaza in Cheyenne. Nothing much happens until Friday night. There are things most of the day Saturday and in the morning/early afternoon Sunday. If you do go, please let me know, or come and talk to me. Come and enjoy beer and haggis. There are dancers, singers, bands, vendors and enough plaid kilts to… well….
Saturday afternoon I’ll (most likely) be doing the celtic dancers. Friday I’ll be there all day doing set up.
Update 6/5/14: It seems I may not be doing the dancers this year. I may actually be doing sound. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what my role will be.
[countdown event=”Celtic Festival 2014″ date=”13 June 2014″ hour=”9″ minutes=”30″]
(Clock it set to time when I need to be in the plaza. Actual event starts in the evening)
Honestly. my muse hasn’t been inspiring me lately. To recap, lately, I’ve eaten with friends at the melting pot, attended board game nights, and opened a few new websites. My latest website is JacobAnderson.Me which is a kind of hub for people looking to find me. I really need to get back into my photography though. I’ve neglected it. I also suspect my girlfriend might be getting bored with me, but that is just a feeling
In a rehash from last weekend and people being sick not to mention the baby being born, we are now doing fondue tonight.