Travel: Home from Ottawa…

So, the First Air Jet with the big Inuksuk on the tail came to collect me and fly me home this morning (well, not *just* me, you understand…) It was a pretty good flight, generally, but we were ‘green-stickered’ for the landing in Iqaluit due to fog and only just made it. When we finally dropped below the cloud we were barely 200 feet above the ground and just a quarter of a mile from the runway. Everybody, including yours truly, was amazed (not to mention thankful) that the pilots actually brought us in!

Anyway… it was a very successful trip to Ottawa. I hit many interesting new restaurants and tried some food and drink I have never had before. I also did a lot of shopping and acquired some exciting foodstuffs and equipment that will be featured in upcoming posts. Beyond that, I had a nice relaxing time and got to see some very interesting sights as well…

First… (under the category of ‘things you don’t see every day’)

I actually saw this guy and his pony on an Ottawa trip a year ago. I assume it’s the same guy, at least… unless, maybe, Ottawa has an unusually large population of cowboys taking little ponies for walks around Byward Market. I can’t make up my mind if this guy just couldn’t find a dog he liked or is just working his way up to a more ride-able size of mount in gradual stages…

Stunning entertainments in the market…

Every summer Byward Market features all sorts of street performers. Some of them have been truly excellent in the past but on this trip, for some reason, the level of entertainment wasn’t quite up to snuff and the fellow you see above really took the prize for performances which need… well, let’s just say, a *little* work…

On the Wednesday afternoon, I watched this guy attempt a display in which he would toss the tennis racquets into the air while standing on one leg and then try to catch them. In the space of the two minutes that I could bear to watch him, he managed to drop one or both of the racquets no less than eight times and it got to the point that I was cringing for him every time he tried his trick.

The next day, to my surprise, he was back at the same spot but, this time, he clearly decided that the throwing and catching routine just wasn’t working and that a ‘human statue’ performance might be a bit easier. Now I have seen other people doing this in the market and some have been truly impressive. Some, painted all over in white, adopt some very difficult poses and then stay that way for up to twenty minutes at a time. The hapless Mr. Dreadlocks, however, while still (unaccountably) holding his racquets, only held each pose for a minute or so and didn’t really attract much of an audience… or money, for that matter. Indeed, I was standing pretty darn still as I watched him and nobody threw so much as a penny in my direction either!

Finally…

On my last evening I took things easy and made a final at The Highlander Pub. It was the promise of a being able to sample a couple of more single malt Scotches that drew me, of course… no other reason in particular…

Anyway, my next trip away from home takes me to the little Hamlet of Kimmirut. It is an unusual little place about a half hour from Iqaluit by air and I shall have a few interesting pictures for you after I return…

11 thoughts on “Travel: Home from Ottawa…”

    1. Oh indeed! Coming from 30 degrees and humid to 5 degrees and dry was so nice. The moist heat in Ottawa made me feel like I was underwater when I was traipsing around the streets.

  1. You caught some great vignettes at the Byward Market. Now you are really going to have to move your street entertaining skills up a notch if you are going to make any money. Virginia

    1. Thank you 🙂 We are in the process of moving at the moment so things are going to be a bit disorganized for the next couple of weeks… posts will follow though!

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