01.02.2016 - 01.02.2016
After a semi sleep in till 0830 hrs this morning, it was time to get up and explore. I went down to the ground floor to settle the apartment bill and hand in a few forms, and then it was time to explore the rest of the Apartment!
The gym is small but has a few good machines, and is attached to the laundry. The pool room is heated very warm, and has a few exercycles in here for the “Bikram Yoga” type effect. The pool is salt water and there is also a sauna room attached.
Gem and I were hungry this morning, so we got all rugged up and popped out for a Quickie. Don’t worry – not as it seems! A small corner store in the next block open 24 hours.
Love this emoji pillow.
Hardly needed a puffer jacket this morning.
Apartment block from down the street.
Various views from my apartment.
We headed down to the Rideau Centre (local mall) https://www.cfshops.com/rideau-centre.html – about a 15 minute walk – to have a look around and grab our monthly bus passes. As one of the Defence buildings is nearby, we spotted so many high ranking officers here, from all services. Note to self: never ever come again on a Monday or the 1st of the month. Check out the queue.
The queue was over 100 people long and curved round the escalators. After almost an hour wait, we were set. Starbucks in hand, off for our next stop.
Chocolate fountain in the Rideau Centre and refrained the urge to sample these Almonds.
Token Starbucks shot with a mispelt name "Amma"
We caught the bus up to work so we were all set for tomorrow. An excellent opportunity for the selfie stick’s Canadian debut (thanks Poz!)
We came back into town on the bus, and walked through Confederation Park in downtown Ottawa where the Winterlude Festival https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/winterlude/ is currently happening. Some cool ice sculptures!
Here you can see the Rideau Canal frozen over. At the moment ice skating is shut, but if it gets a bit colder it might soon reopen!
Possibly the best part of the whole day was when we saw a squirrel rascalling around in the snow and trees.
The boys pointed it out and then laughed uncontrollably as we all had our phones out snapping away.
Next stop was off to check in with the New Zealand High Commission, located in Ottawa. Awesome offices channeling innovative kiwi designs!
We walked back to the Apartment, and stopped into Loblaws to get some groceries on the way. Loblaws was described to us from previous course mates back home as a small Four Square type shop. It is HUGE! http://www.loblaws.ca/en_CA.html Heaps of goodies purchased with similar prices to NZ. I dont even like Olives but this was impressive (Lynne, this pic is for you!)
Cooked up a traditional NZ Emma dinner and felt better about life. Day 2 over, 19,000 steps done and dusted!
Water fountains that are frozen over.
Looking like cars are driving themselves (and then noticing the driver on the other side)!
Not knowing which way to look when you're crossing the street (knowing my track record, this could be dangerous)
Automatic everything – doors, flushing loos, soap dispensers and taps
Petrol is crazy cheap here! 78.9c per litre.
Bilingual – everything in French and English. My favourite so far, Exit = Sortie
Dad, I found a shop you might like!