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Week 19

Wednesday was a bit of excitement. A gigantic sinkhole occurred down Rideau! It was so big it even made the NZ Stuff news. A few people from back home messaged to check if I was OK. Its less than 1 km away from our apartment so pretty close and we go over it twice a day to get to work. A whole van fell in so it was lucky that no one was hurt. They are constructing the light rail system throughout the city and underground construction was what caused the upset.
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Cute fabrics – cactuses and high tea!
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This is what Canadians think is a “meat pie”! Not a bad price though.. still wasn’t game enough to try one.
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Wednesday night Stephanie and Sylvain took us out to dinner at a Thai restaurant. It might possibly be the lightest and freshest and most delicious chicken cashew I have ever sampled! Sylvain is on our course and his partner is also Navy. Thank you for the birthday present and for looking after us in Canada!
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Thursday night the birthday prep started at my favourite Salon Niccio with George and Chadi, the Lebanese brothers. They gave me a lovely bottle of shampoo for my birthday. Such sweethearts and they still think Im a pilot! So short!!!
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Lots of baking throughout the week, getting rid of the baking supplies and making treats to fill up the containers that I borrowed for their return! The bosses were stoked.
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Friday I turned 25! Lots of birthday treats, snaps, cards, pressies, messages and food. Made the guys pose for a birthday selfie. Its like hurding cats to get us all together for a shot.
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Gem and I booked in for a special treat to get our makeup done at Mac. Makeup here is so reasonable and makeovers are free! But as if I could leave the Mac counter empty handed… Our makeup was cancelled during the week due to the sinkhole as all the water was turned off in the Rideau Centre and businesses were banned from the Public Health board of doing any makeovers due to the lack of water. However within hours of being cancelled it was back on, bottled water could be used!
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Birthday dinner out at Cornerstone restaurant in the Byward Market.
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We got our final Ground test marks at dinner, facebooked through by the tutors. They were working late and wanted to let us have a good final weekend. We all passed – the hardest test too! The highest average for a long time they told us. We all sat round waiting for our phones to go off so we could see what each other got.

Delicious chicken and goat cheese salad with sundried cherries. I got delivered a free birthday skillet brownie!!!!!!! Yum.
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I loved my Makeup - thanks Shannon from MAC Nordstrom Rideau!
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Saturday Emma Davis picked me up and we headed out to the Westboro Farmers Market. Lots of cute stalls, the best was the pulled pork buns – my bun was swapped for additional “killer slaw” so fresh and yum!
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We went and checked out Diefenbunker (Canada’s Cold War Museum) which was a great outing. It was a huge underground, mulitlevel facility built for if a nuclear attack ever occurred in Canada. We downloaded the app and did the audio tour.
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Next Emma took me to the Ottawa Wild Bird Care Centre as she is very passionate about birds and wildlife. We got to see a huge range of birds at the hospital, set in such a tranquil setting.
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We bought some seed and lured in the chipmunks and squirrels. I got to feed a squirrel out of my hand and even touch its tail!!!! The best. This squirrel chased us. Well chased Emma. She wa90_IMG_9689.jpg90_IMG_9698.jpg90_IMG_9707.jpgs great at attracting them!

There is at least 6x creatures in this pic. Can you spot them all?
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Sunday we went for an end of course BBQ at the Warrants house. So so so much good food, mostly made by the kiwis (Canadians just like easy convenience food bought from the Metro) so think that we are all Gordon Ramsay’s and Jamie Oliver’s!
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This boss has 4 kids under 5 and his wife home schools them all. Such well behaved and lovely children! They were lining up to sit on my knee. So cuddly.
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Afternoon runs.
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How to keep Canadian Children.
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We were invited to an event run by the high commissioner and the Defence Attache from Washington DC, Commodore Fred Keating. We had been to drinks before at the high commission and it is fairly small offices so we assumed another event of 10-15 people (more Kiwis than Canadians)! However upon arrival we were greeted at the downstairs door by people with iPads checking us in, and the event was held downstairs in the foyer. 130+ people were there and they were all very very high ranking officers! One lady asked me where we have our ranks on our dress uniforms, we all had a wee chuckle as I told her that we are yet to have any rank.. but showed her the spot it will go in the future!!!

Here’s Commodore Keating doing his speech, and behind him is the Force for NZ PowerPoint presentation, just so happened a shot from our recruit course graduation last year was featured. Cool!
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Our last day at work and the PO shouted us all brekkie at the Wellington Diner. Can’t complain with a name like that! Graduation, awards, speeches, cringey handshake posey photos and we were all done!!! I hurded the cats again for one last shot before everyone departed and headed their separate ways. Thanks team its been awesome!!!
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A massage and a splurge up at MAC was a great way to end the day! Suppling all the NZ girls back home years worth of MAC.
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A day of cleaning out the apartment, and yoga on Parliament Hill. It runs once weekly in the summer up in front of parliament. So many people around!
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Emma arrives tonight and we start our trip first thing tomorrow!
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Bring it on!

Posted by emdaisy 18:01 Archived in Canada

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