CanadaPosted by Martin 2009-07-22 05:30:08
The deeper you go into the state of
Québec, the less English they speak and the more French. In
Québec City, it's pretty much only French, which gave me a
chance to practice my 20 year old school knowledge. It's a neat
little town, full of cobble stone paved alleys, 18:th century
architecture and loads of small eateries and pubs. The olde city is
surrounded by a great wall, giving it a slightly European medieval
feel. As the sun shone down and the open air restaurants called with
their cool beers, it felt doubly annoying that the Québecian
ATM:s seem to reject my VISA card. Fortunately, walking and looking
is free, as is taking photos, so I enjoyed the Gibraltar of America,
as Charles Dickens dubbed the city, to its fullest.
CanadaPosted by Martin 2009-07-22 05:27:18
Leaving Ontario, we set forth for the
french speaking parts of Oh Canada. Straight over the border to
Quebec lies Montréal, the host of the 1976 summer olympics.
The river flows quickly at points and with the assistance of a
specifically designed jet boat, we challanged and conquered the grade
4 and 5 rapids.
The combination of Montréal's
bustling nightlife, the ongoing festival Jusqua pour Rire, and the
fact that we all had nice clean beds to stumble into afterwards led
to a night of barcrawling and clubhopping. It was good fun, as was
the restaurant we patronized the second night:
O Noir, a theme
restaurant whose theme is exactly what it says on the tin. Where the
blind literary lead the (temporarily) blind. The place is completely
void of the tiniest shimmer of light, leaving it pitch black. You
can't see your hand in front of you, much less the food you're
eating. As the other senses enhance, you get an insight (infeel?
inhear?) as to what it's like to be blind. A must have experience!
CanadaPosted by Martin 2009-07-19 15:52:52
In between the cities of Toronto and
Ottawa lies Algonquin Provincial Park. It's a landscape full of
forests, lakes and mountains and it's big time scenic. For those who
aren't from Norway or Sweden, that is. There are also beavers, bear,
moose and heaps of chipmunks running around, and about two gazillion
mosquitos. After a mostly cloudy day on which we went for a hike, the
weather gods smiled upon us and gave us a nice, sunny day for our canoe
trip, which was a rewarding experience. One of the more lasting
memories from Algonquin, though, would be the staff at Portage Canoe.
Friendly and nice and not hard on the eyes.
CanadaPosted by Martin 2009-07-19 15:51:17
The land of maple syrup, mounties and
lacrosse was now ready for exploring. Toronto, with its magnificent
view from the CN Tower, was first on the agenda. It's a decent enough
city, and it has a bit of a nightlife, which was utilised. It also
has the Hockey Hall of Fame, but unfortunately it was closing within
five minutes when I arrived, so the $15 it cost didn't feel like good
Although smaller, Ottawa is the
capitol, and a very nice one at that. Byward market is a place to
wander and wonder for quite some time, and the official buildings,
such as the Parliament, have an almost European feel to them, partly
because of the British Empire-ish guards watching the place.
And just outside of Ottawa there lies
an old quarry, which now serves as the location for Canadas highest
bungy jump. I got slightly wet.