Oot and Aboot in Canada Eh! – Day Six

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Hubby decided to join me for a walk this morning and although it was only 8-9 degrees celsius, the sun was out so he decided a short sleeved t-shirt would be good enough.
I was happy to be walking but I forgot hubby likes to make stops along the way so as soon as he saw those golden arches, we stopped.

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We came across a “stobie” pole on steriods. Actually, there were quite a few of these.

They’re called hydro poles here.

I got hubby to stand at the base so you can get an idea of how gigantic it is.

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Today we had to do a bit of personal business/banking so we went downtown.

Hubby has been loving driving this Cadillac. It does seem like we’re driving around in luxury!

Passed some Cannabis store signs along the way. Took a few pics of the downtown area which looked quite nice.

It’s funny for me to see signs in two languages wherever we go.


This pic upper right was a very funny situation. Hubby had to get a copy of his birth certificate so we went to Vital Statistics and had to get a number and wait to be called. Hubby went to get a number and violently pulled the number tab. All of a sudden, the entire roll came undone without any tabs separating. It rolled across the floor and hubby, full of embarrassment, started rolling it back up as quick as he could.
IMG_0278What made it even more funny was that there was a customer immediately to his right who saw it and started laughing uncontrollably. It was such a funny giggle because he was trying to stifle it but just couldn’t.

We walked around Portage Place looking for some other department. Lot of interesting things and people around there.

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We drove out to the country again late afternoon and stopped in at Tim Horton’s on the way and this time, we got some sweets as well!! We got a Maple Pecan Danish and a Cinnamon Scroll.

I love how here, and in the U.S too, they offer you coffee with milk or cream. I could get used to the lovely taste of cream in my coffee!!

Still not used to the fact that they display prices before the tax is applied.  You never really know how much you will be charged. The first few times I couldn’t work out why I had paid more than the ticketed price and then I was told.  Why don’t you people rebel!! This is a horrible system! The ticket price should include everything you need to pay. Price and tax! None of this add on at the end. And if you’re having a meal, you have to add on tip after that as well so you may think something is fairly cheap until all the extras are added on to it.

I had doggy cuddles this afternoon again. I could have sat here all afternoon with that little cutie.

We went with family to Portage la Prairie. It seemed like a nice place but it was so close we moved from the park to the indoor recreation centre.


Because it was easy, we went to Boston Pizza for dinner again tonight.

We started off sharing a big plate of nachos. These were great.
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In our party of five, four of us had the New York Steak Sandwich. It was so delicious!

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And we also ordered a plate of chicken tacos.

We said the first lot of goodbyes to family tonight and that’s the worst part. Always wonderful to see family and it’s never easy to say goodbye.

For now, goodnight and bonne nuit.

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Oot and Aboot in Canada Eh! – Day Four

This morning it was so nice I had to get out and went for a short walk.


IMG_0150Something I haven’t written about yet in all the times I’ve been to Canada is the three and four way stops.

I just can’t get my head around it.

I’m not sure if you can see it in the picture to my left, but that is a T – junction and it has a three way stop.

What that means is that when you get to the intersection you stop, give way, and if you were the first (or only) car there, you can go. Whoever got there next, goes next and so on and so forth. So no matter if you’re on the straight rd, if you get there and there’s a car waiting to come out of the “t” section, you have to wait for that one to go first before you can continue going on straight.

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It’s the same for four way stops which are for cross roads. I definitely prefer our system in Australia although I guess it does slow traffic down.

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We had more family time today which including a trip to Walmart.
All I could think of was the “People of Walmart” memes but I was told, that doesn’t really apply in Canada.
So now you know.

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If you need a toilet/bathroom here, you’ll see it and hear it referred to as “washrooms”

Our family group had dinner at Boston Pizza. It was pretty good. I had heard a few mixed reviews so was a little apprehensive but turned out to be a good choice and my pasta was just delicious!


After dinner we finally went for a drive to the Forks. I can’t believe we’ve been here four days and are only just going down there now! Normally it’s the first place we’re taken.

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There was a little chill but it was really nice and relaxing and pretty as the sun was setting.

Even found a busking station but luckily for the passers by, did not start singing.

 


There was a bit of an incident as we left The Forks.

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Hubby was busy talking about the MTS Centre and was going to show us where it was.
Now, he’s the one doing the driving and he’s used to driving like we do in Australia, on the left hand side of the road. Up till now he’s been doing well but with the distraction of hockey, as he went to make a left out of the Forks, he went into the LEFT hand side lane on Portage instead of the right hand side.
Luckily the oncoming traffic was far enough that we had time to reverse and correct our direction.

I feel like our time is going too fast now. We’ve been having such a good time with family. Tomorrow it’s supposed to hit 24 degrees!

For now Good Night and Bonne Nuit.