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Canada Days 43-49

Canada Days 43-49

So this week, I had John in town. We ended up going out to dinner a lot more than I did with the previous person. This weekend, we went to the Toronto Zoo.

Canada Days 43-49 | Toronto Zoo

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We also tried to go to a laser tag place, but we unable to get in. Guess they don’t want us decimating the children. We did end up playing in Cambridge, but I don’t think John really enjoyed himself. I didn’t exactly go easy on him.

 

Sunday, we went to a Casino as John hadn’t been in a while, much less while he was up here. I didn’t do well, but I never expect to. He actually made a little money, but nothing to quit your job over.

 

Only a few days left. For some reason, I thought that an 8am flight would be a good idea. That means I need to be at the airport 3 hours prior, which means 5am, plus one hour for the drive, so that means leaving at 4am. So get up at 3am, check out of the hotel and head to Toronto. Still it will be nice to be home.

 

When I get home there will be a new set of challenges, but I’ll deal with those when I get there. So to everyone that has missed me for these 50+ days, I’m coming back!

 

I understand that today (Wednesday) it snowed in Denver (though looking at the cameras it seems to have melted). Funny that there is no snow up here, but I suppose we are close to a body of water which might act like a thermal storage device.

Canada Day 11-27

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:

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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.

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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!

Canada Day 10

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.

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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

Canada Day 9

Canada Day 9 | Laser Quest

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:

  1. I didn’t bring my emergency inhaler
  2. 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 Days 4-8

Canada Days 4-8

Nothing too much to report for these days. I mostly worked and went back to the hotel. On day 7 I attended a hiring fair for my company. Sadly, most of the people there were Developers and not operations. We might have 1-2 though to fill the security operations center here. Did also spend day 7 with the recruiting team (after the hiring fair). If you are looking for a job in the Waterloo, Kitchner area though let me know. We are looking for Developers and Operations people.

Canada Day 4-8 | Interviews

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