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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 27th 2005

The philosophy of the firefighter exchange program is to enable firefighters from all over the world to cross boarders, both nationally and internationally, so as they can both study a specifically nominated Standard Operational Guideline from their host fire service. As one of the participants in the International Firefighter Exchange Program between Canada and Australia, spearheaded by New South Wales Fire Brigades Superintendant Marcus Baker and Deputy Chief Gary Largerquist of the Brampton Fire and Emergency Services. Canadian Senior Firefighter Chad Fiegehen and Australian Senior Firefighter David Simms have "traded places", to the effect of fire stations (fire halls as they are called in Canada), accomadation, friends, surf boards for Ice hockey gear, singlets for skiing apparel. This is quite simply my journal of the exchange, not in any way to be reflected upon as an ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 27th 2005

HI all, hope everyone is well....this is my last canadian journal for quite some time....i am just hanging out waiting to head to the airport for a crazy long flight....but the beaches and beers await for me half way around the world..lol..so my next entires will be from overseas...i will try and keep them intresting...so take care and keep in touch...guys at the hall "thats my life and thats how i am living it...lol" inside joke...cheers... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 27th 2005

I've been in Toronto for a week now and have been having a great time. I arrived at Toronto airport with my enormous board bag and my back pack and Peggy (my cousin's partner) was there waiting for me. When she saw my head poking out from behind all my stuff I'm sure she was glad she had brought Adams truck to pick me up. Adam and Peggy live in a beautiful part of Toronto called the Beaches. For my fellow Aucklanders it's a lots like Devonport. Quiet, tree lined streets; pretty, little old houses and it's a ten minute walk down to lake Ontario. Which is like the sea except fresh water and freezing cold. The weekend just been was the Beaches Jazz festival and it was so much fun. The main street gets blocked ... read more
Adam and I
Shawn Kellerman
Mae Cromwell

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 24th 2005

So I arrived in Toronto on Sunday August 10th, and boy has it been exciting! I have gone rock climbing, I went to see some live music, I learned how to ride a motorbike, I spent a day at Niagara falls and the surrounding area, I went to a Zambian cultural night with the other four volunteers, got chewed on by bed bugs in the hostel… And I have had my brain packed to the point of bleeding with information during all the training sessions. The goal of the training is to cover five areas of learning. The levels from the bottom to the top are: Health and Safety, Having the right approach, Understanding of livelihoods, Understanding of the development sector, and Understanding how to create change. They try to give us some time off (thus ... read more
The Bikers

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 23rd 2005

Hey guys! Just trying out the site. I know you guys demanded emails and lots of pictures so hopefully I can update this often enough to satisfy the mom+dad that I am safe and sound as well as satisfy you kids that I have Sam under control. JUST KIDDING! I leave tomorrow and I'm still not packed. Yes, I am procrastinating because I don't have Alia here ironing all of my clothes and packing for me (because I do it wrong...apparently). Love you guys! Thanks for coming out and saying goodbye last night! Jen... read more

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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 19th 2005

Well i just want to say I have 1 week left and time is flying by, so for those of you i don't get a chance to see before i leave "chees" have a great year and we will keep in touch....Mom, dad, sis and Dave, especially mom and sis, dont worry it will fly by, be back before you know it....boys at the Hall have a safe year!!!! don't worry i will send pics to keep you amused...lol...and to everyone else happy travels and have a great year....i will miss everyone Chad... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 7th 2005

Day 5! Last day in Toronto! We spent it going to the zoo, which was actually a long bus ride out there. At least we saw polar bears! Later on we went out and had a night in the town with Dan and Dee, our hostel mates. We stayed up pretty late. I take an early flight out to New York City early in the morning while Tony will stay in Toronto a day by himself and then fly home. It’s been fun thus far!... read more
Cichlid Heaven
Flamingoes
Camel

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 6th 2005

Gay Pride Parade I can really feel the heat of summer. I can feel a lot of sweat trickle down my whole body. Is it hot in here or is it just the hotties on parade? We weaseled ourselves into the crowded streets in Yonge for the Gay Pride Parade which was on its 25th year (please correct me if I'm wrong). There were gay people, gay couples, friends and families of gay people who were marching the streets of Toronto... either half-naked, naked-in-rollerblades, top naked, bottom half-naked and what not. Naked people are everywhere and I guess some of the spectators got carried away too. I smell like I've have not taken a bath in weeks and I got roasted in the sun to take silly pictures of naked gay people I don't know! What ... read more
Gay Pride Parade
Souvlaki
Jolly at Lakeshore

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 6th 2005

Day 4! After a few freak-outs I think I am starting to grow fond of our crappy hostel. Its got character plus its cheap and serviceable. I only wish it had some AC! Today's activities included an outing at the Royal Ontario Museum to see mummies, fossils, and artifacts and then a quick spur of the moment jaunt to the Toronto Islands. The Royal Ontario Museum (or ROM for short) is a nifty place. I especially enjoyed the Egyptian section with a cat mummy. I want to mummify my cats now and throw a grand funeral for them. They are definitely worth it! There were also fossils everywhere and a mirror I especially liked for some reason. My only problem is that we went though it too quick. Oh and this kid kept trying to fight ... read more
ROM Ceiling
Virgin Mary
Madonna of the Long Face

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 5th 2005

Day 3 After a sweltering night at the hostel we decided to head on over to Casa Loma. It’s a great place to go. Lots of rooms and antiques and its great fun to just walk around and pretend you could actually live there (Hmmm this would TOTALLY be my cat relaxation room!) The grounds were just as impressive. Toronto is a nice city to vacation in. Already I am starting to get a feel for the subway but the food still hasn't arrived. I keep thinking I will find Canadian cuisine but I don't think it exists! So far the slices of pizza and the sandwich wraps are what has kept us going. Later that day we headed to the CN Tower in downtown Toronto. It is TALL! It easily dominates the skyline and after ... read more
Much Better View of Casa Loma
Chandelier
Cool Atrium




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