Hola! Sorry for the lack of updates. It’s been busy! First, the parental units came for a visit. They were here for about a week and we got to do a lot of sightseeing. We went to Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, The War Museum, The Aviation and Space Museum, the RCMP Musical Ride Training Centre, the Diefenbunker, and of course I took them in to see the embassy!
Then I was back in the office for a day before going to Montreal to help with some visitors at the Conference of Montreal. It was a great visit and a great event, and I even got to catch up with J, a friend from Ciudad Juarez, who’s now posted in Montreal.
Now, I’ve been back in the office for about a week, trying to wrap up loose ends, get things ready for my successor, organize things for my move, etc. Oh yeah, and new things keep popping up! So, it’s been a busy few weeks.
However, things keep moving along. My packout is scheduled. I’m where I should be with the checkout list. I’ve made arrangements for most of the things I need to do with my apartment since this is an LQA post, like scheduling my electric and internet account for cancellation when I move out, etc. And, yesterday, I officially got paneled for the job in Frankfurt. It’s a long story, but a series of hiccups pushed the paneling this long, but all’s well that ends well. 🙂 I’ve also made hotel reservations for my trip down to Texas for home leave.
So, I now have less than a month left here in Ottawa. It’s a shame I’m leaving in the middle of the summer, when Ottawa’s so nice. Summer and fall in Ottawa ALMOST make up for the winters. Almost. 😉
So, that’s the news here. Next up, packout, Canada Day, and the 4th of July!
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Last weekend was Victoria Day weekend in Canada, which meant that we had Monday off. I went crazy and took Friday off, too, and decided to check out Quebec City. I hadn’t been, and it seemed like a neat place to check out. It was indeed neat and I’m glad I went. It’s apparently the only walled city in North America north of Mexico City, and has a super-cute old town with cobblestone streets and cute little shops. I highly recommend it!
Without further ado, here are some pics!
Chateau Frontenac as seen from the Citadelle
Governor General’s Residence w/ period actors posing in front
This being Canada, there’s STILL snow that hasn’t melted.
The 22nd Regiment, based at the Quebec Citadelle, has a goat as its mascot. The goat’s ancestors were given to Queen Elizabeth II by the Shah of Persia. Fancy goats.
The largest cannon at the Citadelle. It’s pointed south down the St. Lawrence river because that’s where they thought the Americans would attack from. 😉
Buildings at the Citadelle of Quebec
Buildings at the Quebec Citadelle
The seal of the 22nd Regiment, the only French-language only regiment in the Canadian Army
Gate to Quebec City’s Old Town
Dog parking, 10 minutes max. Not sure if they ticket dogs that are parked there longer.
The Chateau Frontenac and old town as seen from the Citadelle
The mighty St. Lawrence
Last weekend, I went to Mont Tremblant and met up with a friend who’s now posted in Montreal. It was Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, so the resort area was really packed, but we had some fun wandering around a couple of the lakes in the area, shopping, etc.
Fall is in full swing in this part of Canada and the foliage was just beautiful. The drive up there from Ottawa was mostly two lane roads through cute little towns, and despite my GPS not being able to find the road I was driving on (and it was not a new road!), the drive up there and back was very enjoyable. I wish I could have taken some pictures while I was driving, but that would have been a bad idea, especially given my recent luck with raccoons. 😉 (I got my car fixed by the way, but that’s another whole story).
The most exciting thing of the weekend had to be finding a Mexican restaurant that actually tasted like Mexican food from Mexico. I’ve been to a few Mexican restaurants in Ottawa and they’re not bad, but just don’t taste at all like the food I was used to in Mexico or the Tex-Mex food that I know from home. This place, however, was amazing and tasted like the real thing I remember from my time in Ciudad Juarez.
I didn’t take a picture of the delicious Mexican food, but without further ado, here are a few pics from the weekend.
Happy Easter, everybody! Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.
Good Friday and Easter Monday are holidays here in Ottawa, so the embassy is closed for both of them, which makes for a four-day weekend for me. The weather has been really nice, so it’s been a nice break, but there’s still a lot of snow laying around and I really wish it would just go away so we could move on with spring and summer weather.
However, as part of the holiday weekend, a lot of stores were closed in Ottawa on Good Friday. After driving by four very obviously closed grocery stores, I went home and decided that I’d just go shopping on Saturday, even though there were a few things I really wanted on Friday. However, after awhile, I remembered that the rules were a bit different in Quebec and did a little googling and found grocery stores that were open over there. Success! So, I went over to Hull to go grocery shopping and got what I was after. 🙂
That makes two trips to Quebec this week, since I also went to Montreal for the day on Wednesday for a few work meetings. Montreal was really neat and I’ll have to go back on my own sometime when I can do some sightseeing and not just run from meeting to meeting.
I also took the train for the first time in Canada on my trip to Montreal. I’ve taken plenty of trains in Europe when I lived in Germany and Belgium, but this was my first time to take a train in North America. It worked really well and was a lot easier than dealing with parking, driving in an unfamiliar city, etc.