Category Archives: Canada

Where can you park a dog-sled?

I’d never really thought about it before but it must be tough to find a good place to park your dog-sled.  I spotted this ingenious solution in the Ikea parking lot.  Do you think the owner had gone to buy … Continue reading

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Does a deer carcass count towards my checked baggage allowance?

New Brunswick.  The province everyone drives through on their way to Halifax.  The province everyone forgets on elementary school geography tests.  The province with the capital city nobody can spell (why spell it Fred-eric-ton when you say it Fred-ric-ton?).  The … Continue reading

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The Perks of Living in Ottawa

I have been back in Canada for a little over a year now, and while I am still unconvinced that Ottawa is actually a city (it’s more like a big, friendly town), there are definitely some perks to living here. … Continue reading

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International Rock Balancing Festival

With a name like that, how could I not go?  Organized by BAWI, or Balanced Art World International (http://bawiint.com/), the festival was held on the shores of the Ottawa River.  The weather was gorgeous, and the festival was both fabulous … Continue reading

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Smells like what??

I lived in Asia for almost ten years.  Eventually I learned to read both Japanese and Korean but sometimes, especially when in the grocery store, it was easier to look at pictures or shapes than to try to sound out … Continue reading

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Not as boring as I thought…

I love Ottawa.  I love living in Ottawa.  It’s a great place but I hesitate to call it a city.  The word ‘city’ brings to mind places like New York, London, and Tokyo.  Big, bustling, gritty, and busy 24 hours … Continue reading

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Canada’s most boring city?

I have twin godsons.  I adore them, they are delightful in almost every way.  But they are 15 years old, and many, many things have recently become SO. NOT. COOL.  I had assumed that I was a part of the … Continue reading

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Not quite the answer I was looking for

I have recently begun teaching English to adults here in Ottawa.  It’s been a bit of a steep learning curve- no singing, no dancing, and no stickers.  The upside is that my students don’t punch each other or cry if … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, my what a lot of poop there is!

In my mind, the word ‘spring’ conjures images of cherry blossoms, and tulips.  Of not wearing my long underwear every day, and being able to shower without fear of catching pneumonia.  Of blue skies, pussy willows, and green grass. Spring … Continue reading

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Curling is not as easy as it looks on TV

Last weekend my cousin’s son (my first cousin once removed?) Charlie, invited me to go curling with him.  It was ‘Bring your Parent to Curling Day’ at his curling club, and both of his parents sadly had other plans.  I … Continue reading

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