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Thursday in Ottawa

Friends, friends, and more friends!

sunny 33 °C
View Summer 2011: Ottawa & Regina on tracebc's travel map.

I've already spent two nights in Ottawa. The flights were amazingly good - a window seat with clear skies over most of the flights except over Lake Michigan, so it was nice to read and occasionally look out. The flight from Toronto to Ottawa left about 15 minutes early and arrived 23 minutes early. I had my luggage well before my ride arrived!

Yesterday we walked around downtown through the market where we had some lunch, saw the locks for the Rideau Canal in use, then walked around the parliament buildings. Right in front of the peace flame, I ran into someone I used to work with at my last school, along with her family. I love those random, surprising moments like that! We didn't go to any museums and don't plan to - I know they're great here but people are much more important! (I don't think I'll be doing museums in Regina either, people being important there too!) We had a good visit in the evening with a few other friends that came over.

Today it's quite warm so our trip to the park may be put off - we'll opt for air conditioning instead. This evening, though, we're going to see Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra, done by an Ottawa theatre company, in a little town outside of Ottawa. It sounds like it's like Bard on the Beach on tour.

I think we may go to the night market tomorrow night after dinner out, and on Saturday some more friends from Peterborough will be in town, and we're heading into Quebec (Gatineau park and Wakefield, I believe) with them, then in the evening, we're watching the light show at the parliament buildings. Sunday will be church and lunch with even more friends.

Even though this sounds busy, there is lots of down time and time to read and just hang out. I'm quite enjoying my time! I do have my camera, but people are more important than pictures on this trip, so some will eventually be posted, but not in the quantity of some trips!

Posted by tracebc 08:47 Archived in Canada Tagged ottawa

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