16.05.2016 - 23.05.2016
Another week down, another busy week, learning all things naval, finishing air and starting the ever anticipated... ground!! Dad went to Whenuapai Base Auckland on Monday - how ironic that the first time he's been since I was posted there, I am a million miles away in Canada. Here is he posing with a C-130 Hercules from 40 Squadron.
Friday called for an early finish and if it was off on a long weekend adventure to.. Kingston! My warrant works in both Ottawa and Kingston, so has a military apartment in Kingston. He was heading home to be with family for the long weekend so we swapped keys and the place was mine! I caught the VIA Rail train out early Friday evening, enroute to Toronto but I got off at Kingston.
Pitstop in town to get wine and cheeses, the lady at LCBO had never seen a NZ licence before. She thought it was such a novelty. She had to get the official book out with all licences from around the world to check that everything was all legit. I passed! And a bottle of Villa Maria was only $16 CAD. far cheaper than the $50 paid earlier in the year at the Six60 Concert at Villa Maria Winery itself... ay Ryan!!!
I used the indoor pool and sauna at the neighbouring apartment which you are allowed to via key access. The outdoor pool wasnt yet open, but it was 26 degrees so Im thinking it must be opening soon...
Fort Henry http://www.forthenry.com/ was a great place to explore. Great views over Lake Ontario, St Lawrence River and the Cataraqui River. So much history, was cool looking at all the married quarters, dining halls and underground bunkers. We got to see the washrooms, kitchens and underground tunnels.
They had a live fire and drill display, I thought these must be members from the Royal Military Collage (RMC) next door and so was feeling rather sorry for them getting yelled at and working on the weekend. I got chatting to one of the girls, turns out they are all actors, mostly university students earning some money over the summer!! Couldn't believe it, as the drill was near perfect.
I was set up with his military friends, who took me in both Friday night when I arrived and then invited me back for more drinks and food on Sunday afternoon. They sure do know how to cook. So many delicious recipes including a delicious cheesy baked artichoke and spinach dip that blew my mind. I introduced them to the 'selfie stick' and they loved it. They got right into the swing of things and started giving it a real go!!!! Thank you for your hospitality ladies, so glad to have met you!
I did the cruise around the 1000 Island's http://www.1000islandscruises.ca/ which was awesome - I managed to choose the best day, beaut weather and really calm sailings. Great views over all the islands, half which are owned by Canada and the other half by the USA. Some people have exclusive islands and it just looked like paradise. You could even hire an island for summer BBQ's! #lifegoals
The trip was great apart from all the tourists - I hate tourists! Which is funny because yes I know I'm a tourist, but I'm a nice, concientious and spatially aware tourist with no children. Everyone loves New Zealanders around Canada and always has time to stop and talk.. even if they think we have Koala's Ill let it slide this time.. There was live jazz musicians playing on the cruise - Dad you would have liked it.
I had to cross the LaSelle Causeway http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ontario/lasalle-eng.html many a time on my voyages from the apartment to downtown Kingston. It was never up, but the ladies told me you can wait for up to 15 minutes while a ship goes underneath!
The Royal Military College is right next door to Fort Henry. It is the only government owned University in Canada. It sounds like a sweet set up, like basic training but with additional study - all barracks, food, laundry and PT is all provided. https://www.rmcc-cmrc.ca/en There is a huge gym across the road that they students cross by bridge. They just graduated Friday night, and the university students from Queens were gone for the summer which made for a quiet wee town.
Just up the road from these houses is this beautiful old church.