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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa October 2nd 2008

When we arrived in Ottawa we took a quick drive through downtown and we were really impressed with what we saw. Many would expect a nation’s capital to be somewhat uninteresting but Canada has done well and proved themselves to be another exception. The city was very clean, modern and enticing with the skyline being dominated with neo-gothic buildings and natural beauty abounding with the picturesque Rideau Canal. Mishka & Martin had stayed with us in Australia and now we were very much looking forward to being hosted by them. As it was nearly sunset time when we arrived at their house they whisked us up to a lookout in the Gatineau National Park. The view was amazing and had it not been for the fading light and rapidly cooling temperatures we would have liked to ... read more
House of Commons
Hall to the Parliamentary Library

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa September 26th 2008

I"m not sure if you can start your travel blog before you are actually travelling, but, as of yesterday (Thursday), I am so completely immersed in my trip that it is almost as if it has begun. Finishing up last minute work things, deciding what to bring, adding addresses to my hotmail account, making lists and lists and more lists, starting to say good bye to my kids. (This is the only really difficult part; I know they will be fine, but still a very small voice in a small part of my overworked brain niggles away with "why are you going so far away from them? are you nuts? stay! stay! hold onto them!" but, I am learning it is possible to hold on and be away at the same time). It is all the ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa September 10th 2008

Hi all, We've been moving around again, Vancouver was our last stop where we were in a place long enough to dislodge everything from our bags! This weekend just gone we were back in Toronto, this time in the Eastern corner of the city, which was wicked. Full of vintage shops, culture and a area called Kensington Market which has competing cheese shops, smelly but yummy samples. Turns out we in the right place at the right time too, Virgin V festival was happening on one of the island surrounding the city, about half an hour out by boat so we were persuaded by some English Oasis mad boys and a American (Joey who interviewed us for his university radio show and loves all things british) that we would be mad to miss it! Ended up ... read more
Tha main stage
some random tree men
if it's too loud your too old according to Virgin

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa September 10th 2008

Today We went to Ottawa, Canada and saw lots of old buildings that are government buildings now. They were really pretty. We also saw the Museum of Civilization. It was very big and had lots of things to do in it. Then, we saw an Imax film about sea monsters from millions of years ago. The screen was huge! It was a dome that came all around you so it felt like you were really there. After that, we tried some poutine. They are French fries with cheese curds and gravy. Surprisingly, we all thought it was very good, except Trevor. ... read more
Downtown Ottawa
more Ottawa downtown

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa August 25th 2008

When entering new cities, we'd found ourselves to be quite wary and over-cautious, but as our train rolled into Ottawa, our 7th city so far on the trip, this feeling wasn't so strong. Whether this was because we were staying in a converted jail so we thought we'd be safe, we're not sure! On arriving at the hostel, we found our converted jail hadn't been converted much at all! Apart from the entrance hall and reception area which were very modern with computers and vending machines, once we went through the big steel door onto the 'suicide-proof' stairs, it suddenly became quite scary, like we had imagined a prison to be. (Only from watching Bad Girls and Prison Break though, we don't have any other prison experiences...honest!) Our room consisted of a squeaky bunk bed, a ... read more
Mmmmmmm, salami sandwiches on the train
Parliament & Rideau Canal
Parliament Buildings


North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 29th 2008

Lame joke, no? I thought of it on the bus and thought I may as well put it in. So after the short 2 hr 40 minute bus ride from Montreal, I was in Ottawa, Canada’s capital! I caught a taxi from the Greyhound station to my hostel, which is actually in the old jail! I saw that there were tours of the jail every night, so signed up for one straight away. The jail tour was pretty cool, we were shown all the old cells, went into solitary confinement (which I could NOT handle, by the way), saw the cells the inmates were put into when they were on death row, and where hangings took place. This jail was the site of the last public hanging in Canada. Pretty eery! After the tour I wandered ... read more
The old cells
Rideau Canal
Parliament Hill all lit up

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 17th 2008

Hey! So what have I been up to recently? Well yesterday me and Michelle spent the day shopping together. It was a lot of fun. But... I actually didn't buy anything but a Cinnabon. Mmm... so good. Then today, I went to the spa with my mom, Kristy and Lynn and we had the best pedicures ever, we had a foot massage and all kinds of creams and it was so AMAZING! I painted my toes a bright purple pink. They are so cute. Then for supper my mom, sister and I went to a restaurant called Japenese Village. It's so cool there. They make the food right in front of you. The table goes around a steel grill thing. And they make a huge fire at one point that flares up and they flip the ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 13th 2008

Hey There! Just got home from 3 days at the lake. It was a lot of fun. We got there around 7:30 Friday night and then Kelly and I stayed up until 2 am talking. We shared a lot of funny stories. Then Saturday we all went swimming and in the hottub and of course... suntanning. I also tried to cast my sisters fishing rod and ended up tangling it so badly we had to restring the line. Put it this way... I am so not a fisher. Then that night we had Mark's "cottage" birthday with Claires. It's been a tradition for aout 8 years now. Claire got a really vute Aritzia skirt and top... which I can fit into!! haha! yeah :D Then we had cake and Mark, Kelly and I stayed up late ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 11th 2008

Hey There! So finally, we got into Ottawa yesterday around 4:30 pm there time. Once we got back to good old Chapel Hill, I went over to one of my best friends house. Megan, Michelle and Amy were all waiting there and so we decided to go to Place d'Orleans mall. We ate supper there, shared some stories from the past year and then did some shopping. We bought bath ball things and burst them outside. We also rode in a shopping cart and bought iced hot chocolates. It was great to see everyone again. Next week once I'm back from the lake I'll try and meet up with them again and for sure we'll get together once I'm back from France. This morning I slept in till 12 o clock. Then Kristy (the Brazeaus eldest ... read more

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