First of all, most of you will read this for the first time on the 4th, so Happy 4th of July to all of the American visitors out there. This past Saturday was Canada Day, and there was no shortage of things to do in the Nation’s Capital. While Vafa and friends held a Canada Day barbecue out in Kanata (hand-making their own kebab), I had the pleasure to hang out with Catherine and Andréanne, Baha’i youth from Sherbrooke and good friends of mine. We strolled about downtown Ottawa on Saturday afternoon, taking in the Byward Market, the Canal, Parliament Hill, and Sparks Street—among other things. Many adventures were had, faces were painted, gelato and sausages were eaten (not together), t-shirts and flags were bought. Not necessarily in that order. It was kind of fun—it’s not every day that I get to play the tourist in my own home town, one of Canada’s major tourist hotspots.
After all the strolling, we made our way over the Alexandria bridge to Gatineau, to stake our claim on a plot of lawn outside the Canadian Museum of Civilization to watch the evening’s fireworks display. More friends gathered around to watch and wait, and just after ten o’clock, we were finally treated to an impressive display of fireworks. All in all, a good day. Nobody got mugged, nobody lost anything, nobody broke any bones—at least, not that I’m aware of. Check out the Canada Day photos on my flickr site.
Sunday was a decent day as well. Fears of thunderstorms proved to be unfounded, as the weather defied meteorologists and gave us a beautiful blue sky dotted with clouds and lots of wind. several people ended up going to Lac Philippe and having a great time; meanwhile, I hung out at the barbecue at Bagha’s place with about 9 or 10 other people. We stuffed ourselves with burgers, played Cranium and soccer (football), and so on. I’ve started putting barbecue photos up on flickr—check them out when you get a chance.