Happy Birthday Jen :) I know it's two days early - but I couldn't help it! These are some photos of my favourite places in around the office (the office isn't one of my favourite places though :p, that's an exception). I'll try and call you Saturday. Hope the conference in Nairobi is going well!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
It all started this morning, when ironically, I watched my CEED video on China. (Found at www.video.google.com - search 'CEED'). I had some good laughs and reminised about the good times.
Then ironically, this afternoon, I received an email from Amanda in Edmonton, telling me that the article she wrote about my CEED experience in China was published today on page 3 of the Travel section in the Edmonton Journal. (The online copy can be found at http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/travel/story.html?id=370fe636-5d9a-494b-ae13-ae1f24ba7e4e&p=1).
Then, to top off the evening, Shirley's mom is visiting from Michigan and took us all out for an amazing Peking duck dinner. While waiting for a table, I went shopping and bought 6 'street' DVD's for $20 :)
So for some reason or another - I feel like these events have all fallen into place to remind me not to forget about the impact that my experience on China had on me. The friends that I made. The funny and unforgettable stories I have. The memories I'll never forget.
xia xia ni.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Yes sir-ree. Imagine having 13 people on a busy street near the Parliament Building in Ottawa on Canada Day spelling out 'Canada' with their bodies. Random people started taking pictures everywhere! Everyone on the street in front of us just stopped, realized what we were doing and snapped photos. I won't lie...we loved the attention :)
1. Brunch at Colin and Sonia's. What amazing hosts! Being the Chair of the Board of Directors, Colin was gratious enough to have the entire national team all over for brunch on Sunday morning. We got to meet his lovely family, feast on homemade gooooooodness...(it was sooo nice to have a homecooked meal!) and just relax in the comforts of a family home. It was the ultimate 'zen' for all of our team...and we all absolutely loved the short 3 hours we got to spend with Colin and his family. Thanks again!
2. Driving! We rented a brand new Jeep Cheroke with only 8km. on it for the weekend. 967 kilometers later, we have returned to our house in Toronto. But having the chance to drive to Ottawa (and also a little joy-ride after returning to Toronto...hehe...) it made me feel normal again. The little things that I used to take for granted - now mean so much.
3. Partying at the Cabin. On Friday night, after arriving in Ottawa, Carolyn, Jean-Nic and myself headed down to a club in Byward Market called The Cabin. It was absolutely packed with other Canada Day celebrants from across Canada and it was just great getting to party in a packed bar and dancing until close. It definitely was something I miss from Edmonton and the atmosphere at this bar was so much fun!
Thank you Ottawa for an amazing weekend :)