24.02.2016 - 29.02.2016
Wednesday was a good day. Although I was feeling a bit stressed out about our first test results, as I totally ran out of time and didn’t manage to answer all the questions. 5 minutes to go, the Warrant came past and said “Davis, just throw some buzz words down on a page”!! I couldn’t believe it when we got our marks back a few days later and I had tied for topping the class (with one other NZer), with 98%. I told the Warrant he must have got the wrong test and to have another look as it couldn’t be possible that my scores were that high. No one could believe it – all the guys that had been coming in early to tutor me said “Davis you sly dog”!!! It was off to the mall to purchase some celebratory Timberland boots that I had been eyeing up for a few weeks. Lucky for my wallet, I am blessed with dads wide feet and they didnt fit!! Thanks DAD :/
Wednesday was more snow, and no – the novelty still hasn’t worn off. Although, hard to open my eyes fully for a selfie!!
We got home and Nick text us saying he had bought a new truck. He came and took us out for a spin, in his brand new Dodge Ram Rebel! The speedo said 56kms but I asked how much in total the car had done, thinking that was just for this trip. Nope.. that was in total! Everything was awesome, more heated seats, a selection of drink holders, mirrors with lights, so flash infact I didn’t want to touch anything incase of devaluing the truck!! Although a bit hard to get up into, apparently you can lower the airbags to make it easier.. I think I need to join the Canadian Military!
We went out for dinner at an all you can eat Sushi restaurant, the best invention ever! You write what you want on a little piece of paper and hand it to the waitress. B1, C8, G5 etc etc etc - chicken teriyaki, fried rice, dumplings, edamame beans, miso, udon, lamb skewers.. you name it we tried it!! http://www.hokkaidosushiottawa.ca/ Defs heading back to this place...
Friday is baking day and this week was triple choc berry brownies which certainly got everyone’s sugar count up! Thank you Chelsea Winter, Canadian edition.
Another Warrant told me that he looks forward to my baking every week and asked me in the tea room one day, “Emma, is there anything that I can do to facilitate your baking?” haha so I said about buying a few bits from Walmart but lacking a cake tin and containers for bringing it into work. What would you know – the next day he arrives with a selection of 3x spring cake tins and 2x almost brand new Tupperware containers that I’m allowed to borrow for the duration of the course. Cute!!!
Trying to work out how to incorporate this exciting looking fluff into a future recipe.
I’ve been making friends at work and Friday I was bought in lots of treats. A course mate John bought me 5 eggs from his chickens that he has at home and another SGT from down the hall brought me a loaf of bread after we were talking about how all the sliced bread here is far too thick for club sammys. This then made my desk look like a supermarket for the rest of the day!! Egg sandwiches it is for John and SGT next week.
Friday night it was time to get my hair done (finally!!!!) at Salon Niccio in the Byward Market. Self-titled ‘the best hair salon in Ottawa’ and they certainly lived up to their name! Lebanese brothers George and Chadi own and run the place. One cuts and one colours, along with a whole heap of other staff. Bit of a language barrier (as they couldn’t quite understand my accent) but we got there in the end. They asked me what language I spoke in New Zealand (“is it German?”) and they thought I was a pilot. They got one of the other regulars who was having her hair done to come over to listen to me say “June”. They loved it! They have grown up in the Byward Market and so gave me heaps of recommendations for places to eat and things to do. “Just tell them Chadi sent you, you will get the VIP treatment”. Best colour I’ve ever had, and made some new friends! http://www.nicciosalon.com/#home
Saturday Gem and I caught the 97 bus out to the airport to try and find Air Canada Cargo to sort out how to get my second bag of military gears shipped home. We had an obligatory photo with the Ottawa sign as we didn’t get a proper one when we arrived in the middle of the night and we weren’t looking hardly as glamorous after a zillion hours of international travel.
A nice guy from one of the rental car companies dropped us over as it was a wee way away from the main terminal. To get 1x bag from Ottawa to Toronto is $149 which is heaps easier than carting it around the USA for my holiday. The guy behind the desk even knew where Auckland was, “we can fly there via New Zealand Air” (Air New Zealand hahaha) but the shipping was $500+ to get it home!!
We then bussed to South Keys Walmart, where you could easy waste a whole day. Their range of Easter Eggs was insane including ice hockey players, cupcakes, monster trucks.
I scored these cool boots, and after getting them home and looking at the tag properly, they were meant to be!
More funny things at Walmart...
We then caught the bus back into town and all the way out to the other end of the line, to Bayshore. A three story mall, but this one a lot more logical than the ones we are used to (nice rectangular shapes makes for easy shopping)! We get amazed at the amount of bikini shops right next to the winter coat shops (seems two extremes, no??) – this shop had every colour of bikini, togs, coordinating skirts, jandals and cover ups you could ever imagine.
Shoppers Drug Mart is another cool shop. It’s like a giant pharmacy with everything you could think of and then a small grocery section! They had a million different things in mini’s – perfect for travelling. I even found a mouth guard called ‘Grind No More’ – I think Ryan and the dentist would be happy if I got this!!
Mexican grill for lunch, and tried a Canada Dry for the first time. Looks like beer but it’s just a ginger ale. Delish! Tacos with ‘cilantro and peppers’ not ‘coriander and capsicum’. I’m learning!
These ‘wall flowers’ are big over here. Just like the Glade wall plug ins but on an extreme scale, where you can get every different type of scent available with matching holders!!! Definitely cant bring these home as would also have to buy a plug adaptor to make it work.
The worlds most perfect ice cream. Yes, I was in heaven.
Cute Canadian maple display at Loblaws. Not sure what the occasion was!!
Sunday it was time to go back to the Canadian Mint. Kristina had booked 4 of us in for a tour. Since it was snowing, we bussed down which only took 5 minutes. The 45 minute tour was up above the factory floor looking down through large glass windows. It was really interesting to learn the full process about how coins are made, including all about the collectors and investment coins. Who knew coins were such a big deal, but with the amount these guys are producing here we soon learnt! Apparently NZ is one of their biggest ‘Mint’ competitors and sometimes they produce coins for us. Unfortunately no photos allowed!
Next it was on for lunch at Zak’s Diner down in the Byward Market. Great service here, was like being in an old school American Diner. The waitress took our orders on her iPod and had one of the headphones in her ear, maybe she was talking to the kitchen or listening to some tunes, we will never know!!! The food came out really quick.
Here’s my beef and blue cheese burger. That little green pottle of unrecognisable stuff under the pickle is “coleslaw” – safe to say not much of that was consumed. http://zaksdiner.com/
On the way home passed a few other cute restaurants – the “Cabin” looked very gangster and Systemscope was a very quaint looking place. Found a new car for myself, not quite sure how this number plate is legal though!
These Easter Eggs are in the mall at the amazing chocolate shop… maybe if I get 100% on the next test, 12kgs for $375 (plus tax)! Dreams are free….
This mornings really exciting weather!