Thank god I'm a country boy!

Trip Start Feb 22, 2005
Trip End Feb 11, 2006

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Well here I am still doing the rounds around Canada catching up with all the friends and family around the place. I'm currently in the small town of Stittsville, just outside of Ottawa with my cousin Sheila, her hubby Pat and their two young kids Devon and Connor. I've been here for two days so far and don't have anything particularly exciting to report, so far I've just been catching up on a bit of sleep from the weekend in Saskatoon and catching up on all the family goss with Sheila.
To fill in the gaps though, after I left Edmonton last Monday I flew in to the city of Saskatoon pretty much right bang smack in the middle of Canada and surrounding by not a whole lot apart from flat flat and more flat. But that's not to say that the place doesn't have anything going for it, as I mentioned in my last entry I was flying in to meet up again with Joleen and her friend Sam who I had the good fortune to meet way back in Venice all those months ago. My arrival wasn't perfectly timed as I was staying with a bunch of uni students most of whom still had a couple of exams to go so the first few days were reasonably quiet but I did manage to get out and finally do my roots shopping, because after all leaving canada without something from roots is like coming to Aus and not seeing a roo! Apart from that though it was great just to sit back and relive the toga party, compare travel tales and bitch about the hassles of uni life and even though we'd only hung out with each other for a day in Europe it was like catching up with an old mate which just confirms what I've always believed is that Aussies and Canadians are really just the same people only their country is damn cold and ours in damn hot.
Anyway, on wednesday we ventured out to Jo's hometown of Cudworth to see her farm and have dinner with Sam's family on her farm nearby. Along the way we managed to squeeze in a taste of the country life with a treck down to Sam's dam to clear off an ice rink and show off our skills. Luckily for me, without any offence to my companions, the Canadians I was with certainly didn't fit the steretype of the gun skater so even with my very amateur skills I wasn't put to shame and managed to come out unscathed.
The next night was taken up with a trip to the Long Branch, the local "country pub" where I practically felt naked without my big cowboy hat and giant metal belt buckle, not to mention the fact that it felt like my toes were about to fall off after queing up outside for about 20 minutes in temperatures that would have been getting close to -30, even the locals were complaining about how bloody cold it was, but hey, that's what I came here for, I said I wanted some hardcore cold and I sure got it. I won't bother going in to much more detail as there's only so much to be said about going to a bar without boring you all out of your heads. I will make a couple more comments about going out though, I've gotta say that I did enjoy getting instant credit for being Aussie, a couple of times when we went to liquor store, the attendants always seemed to get a kick out of seeing my aussie driver's licence and later that night in the bar I was pointed out a couple of times with words to the effect of "hey, that guys from Australia!".
I won't bother prattling on much more, except to say that I had a great time in Saskatoon basically just hanging out with a bunch of cool like minded folks and I'll be looking forward to hopefully returning the favour whenever any of them make it over to aus. So on that note, thanks heaps Jo and Sam for putting me up and say g'day to Ash and Val and all the others for me and hopefully I'll see you back in Canberra before too long.
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