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Parliament Hill

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  • Day13

    Wie geplant geht es heute in die Hauptstadt Ottawa. Hier erwartet uns etwas mehr Großstadtatmosphäre als in Québec. Die Innenstadt erinnert stärker an ein Geschäftsviertel mit Hochhäusern und einigen älteren Bauten, die auch als Parlamentssitz dienen. Das Flair ist trotzdem gemütlich mit Grünflächen, insbesondere am Ottawa River der durch die Innenstadt fließt.

    Geschäftig geht es trotz des Sonntags zu, da man z. T. shoppen kann und heute zusätzlich der letzte Tag des viertägigen Ripfests in der Fußgängerzone ist. Wie wir mitbekommen, ist das ein Grillwettbewerb bei dem man an jedem Stand das Essen kaufen und abstimmen kann. Zusätzlich gibt es anscheinend eine Jury, die die besten Rippchen, Sauce, Hähnchen etc. prämiert. Einige ergänzende Stände bieten Donuts, Maiskolben und Getränke an. Einer davon hat einige der sehr süßen, amerikanischen Softdrinks wie Root Beer (ist unalkoholisch) und Cream Soda. Sie haben uns allerdings mit "Butter Beer" gelockt, auch wenn es wahrscheinlich nicht so schmecken wird wie in HP beschrieben. Tatsächlich ist es Cream Soda am ähnlichsten, erzeugt beim Zapfen aber eine schöne Krone und schmeckt butterig-cremig. Allerdings ist es kalt und nicht warm, was bei dem heutigen Wetter auch deutlich angebrachter ist. Letztlich besuchen wir auch einen der Grillstände und nehmen ein paar Rippchen mit. Es sind ohne Zweifel die Besten, die wir je probiert haben und wir überlegen insgeheim, ob das Ripfest wohl als nächstes wie wir nach Toronto weiterziehen wird.Read more

  • Day22

    Blue Hairs & No Schedules

    September 21, 2015 in Canada

    Well, it's been almost a week since I haven't had to drag my butt out of bed to go to the office. And what a week it's been.

    First, I was honored with a very nice retirement party at work on September 9 and was very touched by the well wishes I received and the thoughtfulness of my co-workers and management who took the time out of their busy days to see me ride off into the sunset, with a Fitbit, a 21st century version of the gold watch, strapped to my wrist.

    My last official day of work was September 15 and it was a very strange feeling walking out the door of 177 Colonnade that afternoon, knowing I'd likely only be returning as a visitor. To leave behind a 39 year career was both melancholic and celebratory. Of course I'll miss the action that comes with an interesting claim, the challenge of learning all about the industry involved and, of course, the camaraderie of the people in the claims industry. I won't miss the -40 degree trips to northern Quebec, the hundreds of emails or being on call. So, it was with somewhat mixed emotions that I left the office that day.

    Since then, we've done more celebrating with friends and family over the past week: brunch with Brenda's ex-coworkers on Sunday, lunch with Dena and Ed on Thursday, A great day with Vanessa and Xav on Saturday and dinner with Mike and Carole tonight. Tomorrow we'll be heading off to Montreal for a couple of days to cap off the celebrations.

    It's strange adapting to retirement. There are a lot of stereotypical situations that comedians often play on, but until now, I thought there was a lot of exaggeration in their skits.

    I had to go to the mall the other day, so I wandered over at around 10:00, only to find the place crawling with blue haired little old ladies and curmodgeonly old men. Wandering around, having breakfast, or just shooting the breeze over a cup of coffee, they were everywhere! Now, I know I'm 59 years old, but I don't feel THAT old. Holy cow, is this going to be my life now? Am I really part of that demographic? Where do you buy those pants that go up to the base of your rib cage?

    The funny thing is that I kinda get why they all hang out at the mall, like pre-teens on a Friday night. Being retired you have so much time on your hands, you can accomplish everything on your agenda and still be able to squeeze in an afternoon siesta. No more having to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to get in your 10km run. I can now laze around in bed as long as I want before strapping on my runners. If I'm feeling musical in the middle of the afternoon I just pick up my guitar and play. We rarely drive anywhere now because we have time to either walk or ride to our destination.

    These last couple of weeks are really a warm up for our winter travels where we'll still have virtually no agenda, a minimal wardrobe and a maximum of time to do what we want and live our lives to the fullest.

    I think I can get used to this.
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