Well I’m off to travel the world...well Canada for now anyways.
The plan is to spend the next 7months in a country which can fit 254 Ireland's into it and is even colder than Donegal! (Thanks Google for that one). I will be meeting up with my mates Colm and Meagan in Ottawa, the city I will be using as my base from the 25th September.
The plan is to visit Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver along with a national park, great lake and niagra fall or two. Of course go skiing in Calgary (or out the back of Meagan’s home place) and of course visit a local bar or two to see what Coca Cola taste like in Canada...
....Family ~ i promise i won't grow a silly beard like Declan has done on his travels.......
update: Ok so i did grow a silly beard!
February 29th 2008
Finally got to an ice hockey match. The local team is called Ottawa Senators. They were playing their arch rivals Toronto maple Leafs on the day we went. Meagan won the tickets where she works so when she came home Colm hit her over the head and I grabbed her bag with the tickets inside...and off we went to the match:) With Toronto only being around 4 hours from Ottawa (which is only a hop and a skip in Canada) there were loads of Maple Leaf fans in the stadium which made for a great Great atmosphere. Turns out Toronto wins 5-0 which was crazy since Ottawa are one of the best teams. Still great time had by all. ps: Meagan's concussion cleared after a few days. Unfortunately she is experiencing some short term memory......sweet:) ! ... read more
February 16th 2008
Welcome to Winterlude 2008. Winterlude is a very large festival of outdoor activities including public skating and skating displays, snow and ice sculpture competitions, musical concerts at the Winterlude Snowbowl, children's play areas, and an 'ice lounge' - Wikipedia Winterlude is most famous for the Rideau Canal, which is cleared for ice skating displays and musical concerts. The Canal is claimed to be the world's longest skating rink. The festival lasts 3 weeks. During week two Roisin Grimes and her two friends Aoife and Ruth came to ottawa to sample the fun. Enjoy the Pictures!... read more
January 30th 2008
Well with Ottawa keeping to a consistently cool -10degrees over the past few weeks Meagan and I decided to head to Toronto where the weather has been keeping to a consistently cool -5degrees....it was like a summer holiday! Also Colm's sister Roisin lives there.... Fortunately Colm couldn't come due to work commitments (did I leave an "Un" out of that last sentence somewhere?). Thus myself and Meagan headed off on the Friday. With Train and Bus tickets costing around $100 each we decided to take advantage of a handy if not slightly "end up on a milk carton" idea they have in Canada called Ride Share. This goes along the line that people are traveling between cities so often, generally with work, that they offer folks who just want to visit these cities a lift at ... read more
January 10th 2008
Well I decided to wait and write one big blog that includes all the happenings over the past month. For Christmas we headed up to Meagan's home place in Quebec. There were two reasons for this: 1. Meagan's mum makes a mean turkey and her farther keeps a two year supply of beer 2. Our roof in ottawa decided to leak and was not going to be fixed anytime soon. As can be seen from the pictures we had alot of snow over Christmas which coupled along with the random Rain Deer around the house and some dodge Christams jumpers made it feel super christmassy! We spent a week there, during which time we done the usual Christmas stuff like share presents, eat loads and reduce the two year supply of beer down to 2months:) Early ... read more
January 3rd 2008
A very Happy New Year to everyone!!!! ps: a blog will soon follow detailing some dodge skiing over the christmas period.......... read more
December 18th 2007
Well winter is here and it's here to stay! I always thought -4 degrees in Donegal during the winter was cold but it's so much colder here that -4degrees is the indoor temperature! Over the past two weeks we have had a low of -23degrees with certain days seeing no warmer than -10degrees. To be honest it's grand and makes regular stuff like getting milk that much more of a fun challenge! Haven't done much travelling over the past few weeks due to the weather, instead we've (Colm and I) have sourced the local Irish community and we now play in an indoor football league every Monday. (PLD 3 W3 D0 F17 A8 PTS9) Apart from that we are keeping the Irish stereotype up by hitting the town the odd night. Colm has befriended a few ... read more
November 14th 2007
Well logically the next trip to follow Canada was.....Cuba....naturally! I was thinking the same thing but Lonely Planet got there before me with a great description of Cuba... "Controversial and just a bit conflicted, Cuba is a nation like no other rhythmic, colorful, sophisticated and whimsical all in one sumptuous breath." A quick History...... In 1933 a group of army officers, including army sergeant Fulgencio Batista (nasty facist man), overthrew President Gerardo Machado. Batista became president in 1940, running a corrupt police state with the help of the US Mafia. In 1956, Fidel Castro Ruz launched a revolution from his camp in the Sierra Maestra mountains. Castro's brother Raul and Ernesto (Ché) Guevara (Irish roots in Galway), an Argentine physician, were his top lieutenants. Many anti-Batista landowners supported the rebels. The U.S. ended military aid to ... read more
October 15th 2007
Well hi there, Last week mainly consisted of getting to know Ottawa, Colm's sister coming up from Toronto to see us, Colm falling in love with a bear and finally some lumber jacking in quebec. With the weather still keeping well above normal temperatures Colm and I took a few trips into the city to scope out the local talen.......eh local scenery. With Ottawa being the capital city of Canada, the inner city looks the part with a good combination of shops, restaurants and beautiful pedestrian areas. I took a few more pictures of the parliament buildings as they define Ottawa's scenery no matter where you are in the city. I also took a picture of Colm falling head over heels with a bear....Meagan i'm so sorry but the bear was kind of pretty and brought ... read more
September 29th 2007
Hi All, Well after a couple of great days lazing around Ottawa city we headed up north to Meagan's home place of "Sur la Rouge". From the name alone you can see we entered the province of Qubec (best known for having way too many French people) Of course they are fake French but they get angry when you imply this so it's better to avoid this line of conversation. Meagan's home place is stunning. Once off the highway the route is along a windy forest road with the sur la rouge river following us all the way. To say her house is remote is an understatement!! My neighborhood in Donegal seems like a city compared to this place. The main idea behind the trip was to head to a place called Tremblant which is around ... read more
September 26th 2007
Hi all!! Well I left the “green isle” on the 25th and managed to navigate Dublin and Heathrow airports without too much hassle. I was seated beside a rather strange lady on the plane. She had very little English and all she did was point at my food, as if to say “are you eating that?” As a result I had very little to eat and was starving by the time I got to Ottawa International Airport (5pm Canadian time). Colm met me at the airport and we got the bus to our apartment. Ottawa is a little bit bigger than Cork in size with a lot more people (approx 800,000). Its super clean and the real easy to get around. It houses the Canadian parliament buildings which look remarkably similar to those found in London…..much ... read more