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Niagara Falls

In canada, niagara falls, travel on August 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm
So we left Toronto and headed to Niagara Falls for the day! The way the buses worked out, we got to Niagara at noon and then would be able to leave in the evening for Winnipeg! So we spent the day at the falls. When you get into Niagara, the area around the bus stop is the ‘old downtown’ area and it’s kind of like something out of a zombie movie! It’s all boarded up and desolate. No people anywhere. We opted to walk to the actual falls and by the time we got down there, it looked more like civilization again. The falls are stunning!! Absolutely gorgeous! Then there’s this random street called Clifton Hill that is like a little mini Las Vegas that just appears from nowhere. It also reminds me of highway 192 in Florida. Crazy buildings and haunted houses and massive dinosaurs coming out of buildings and stuff. Totally random. Massive tourist trap. There’s also a few lovely parks and things that we wandered through. Overall I really enjoyed Niagara Falls, I would like some more time to explore it!!  

Toronto

In adventure, bus, canada, toronto, travel on August 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm
So we just left Toronto. It was lovely. I enjoyed it a lot more than I did the last time I was there, probably because I had some friends to show me around. We had a lot of fun wandering around during the day, we went to Chinatown and all over! Then we went for dinner with some of my friends from Banff, it was so nice to see everyone!! I enjoyed Toronto. I think I could live there, I like how much is going on all the time!  

More Ottawa

In canada, kids, ottawa, traveling on August 14, 2011 at 10:29 am
I think one of the most amazing things about visiting friends while traveling is that you get to gain an insight into their lives. In Ottawa that meant two kids. Now if you know me at all you know that I’m not good with kids. Not even a little. In fact it’s comical how bad I am with children, probably because I never want any. But Aly’s kids are different, we got along famously. So I had to take this chance to mention that I can be trusted to ensure that children don’t explode or hurt themselves. Derrek is fabulous with kids, he just laughs at how awkward I am with them. I took photos as proof!! Aly and Jasmine Derrek teaching Jas how to use his camera Grocery shopping with Auntie Erica  

Ottawa

In canada, ottawa, travel on August 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm
We have spent the last few days in the capital of our lovely nation!! When we arrived, my lovely friend Alysn picked us up from the airport with her two kids! I haven’t seen her in a few years so it was a really fabulous reunion! We spent some quality time catching up while the kids (and Derrek) napped. The first night we went on a really cool walking tour of Ottawa and heard a bunch of ghost stories and stuff. The highlight was a hostel that used to be a jail!!! We got to go up to the top floor and see the cells and they were so tiny it was crazy. The jail was eventually shut down because of the inhumaine conditions!! So cool. It also has this awesome gallows that was the site of the last government sanctioned hangings in Canada. SO COOL!! If we hadn’t had a place to stay I would totally have wanted to stay there! Apparently for a long time they had an offer at the hostel where if you could spend the whole night in one of the cells your night was free. However noone ever made it though a whole night so they stopped doing it. I bet I could last a night.

The jail cells!!
The location of the last sanctioned hangings in Canada!!
Aly and little Jasmine! Bedtime stories!!

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Bus Adventure

In bus, canada, travel on August 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm
So we are on a bus! We were waylaid a bit in Moncton but we are now back on track and are on a bus to Montreal!! That is a 15 hour bus trip, just so you all know. It’s been fun. And wierd. There’s always interesting folks on busses. Currently there’s an intoxicated French man talking to himself about how we all ‘Le text message’ too much. So that’s fun. About 3 more hours left until Montreal. I love how noone speaks English here, it makes me practice my French. C’est Bien!! I also forgot to mention that we spent our last night in Moncton at a lakeside cabin belonging to some friends of mine. It was gorgeous!! The lake was lovely and warm. There was a thunderstorm too, and the sound of the rain on the roof was so soothing and wonderful. I have some photos!
 

Living the dream

In canada, halifax, travelling on August 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Not that I needed a new definition of friendship, but I have found new depths!! Every step so far on this journey that I have met up with old friends, and every stop feels like I never want to leave! I think that’s a true friend, one that you never want to leave. We are in Halifax with Chelsea and David and I could just stay here with them forever. As I could have stayed with Katie forever. I think that all we can hope for in life is to have friends that are so close that you never want to leave!! A friend from New Brunswick is on the way to come get us!! The adventure continues!!

All I want to do is travel the world until I’ve seen everything!!
Best friends!!

 

David and Chelsea have the best dogs ever. Derrek has a new best friend

 

Magpie!!