Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Today I wanted to go to the mall for lunch, and our ride was not around, so my colleague and I walked to the mall (in Africa). I've gone in a car dozens of time, but I've never walked before. It was a nice walk - it's a little over a kilometer. I didn't see any big lizards, but I did see a small one.
I took pictures along the way, but unfortunately my camera's memory card was in my computer, so I can't download them until I get home.
Later, we went to the main mall and looked at locally made souvenirs. The local handcrafts are mostly carvings and baskets. They were very inexpensive. I spent about $30 and got 4 things.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
My luggage arrived today! I was very impressed. I then unpacked and then almost immediately had to change rooms. The good news is that I'm now back in the room I was in last time, so I don't have to worry about walking past my new room.
Another colleague (from India) arrived today, so a bunch of us went to the Gaborone game reserve.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
When I checked in in Ottawa, I only checked my bag through to Johannesburg. That means that when I got here, I went through customs in South Africa, picked up my suitcase, took it to the check in counter, went back through customs & security, and re-entered the secure area. Hopefully this will mean that my bag will make it to Botswana this time. At least I know it made it this far.
One more flight to go, but it's not for another 4 hours. It's almost 5 a.m. in Ottawa, 11 a.m. here. I get to Botswana (assuming all is on schedule) at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. Ottawa time). That's 44 hours from the time I left for the airport.
Since I've been to Botswana before & I'm staying at the same hotel, I've been dreaming about the comfortable beds since the first flight.
Editted to add:
In Botswana now. Our flight got postponed until after the next flight, then we all got merged into one. Very rough landing, we were all glad the plan actually stopped. Our luggage is not here (probably in Johannesburg) and our ride didn't meet us (because our original flight never showed up). We ended up accepting a "taxi" ride from someone who works for the airline. In the hotel room now, so I'm happy.
Don't forget the contest! I'm enjoying the suggestions so far, and I will probably start using some of them soon.
Friday, July 25, 2008
My colleague & I decided to go see some of the city as we are here for 12 hours. We took the train down to the historic area. We walked out and saw this:
I was impressed, until I turned around and saw this:
We had lunch here:
It was very good.
Now we're both exhausted - the flight from Ottawa to Frankfurt was not condusive to sleep.
Hopefully we'll be able to sleep tonight on the Munich/Johannesburg flight. (The flight goes Ottawa-Frankfurt-Munich-Johannesburg-Gaborone).
Also, today was the first time I went through customs without being asked any questions at all.
Pictures are hopefully available here
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Anyway, since I'm probably the only one interesting in my messing around with google maps, I'll get on with it. Inspired by Krstlchik's green tips, I'm doing something I've never done before - I'm powering off the electronics in my entertainment stand before I leave. (Usually I don't do that because I won't be able to record anything, but it's summer and there's nothing on, so I'll give it a try.)
Updates will continue whenever I have internet access, so stay tuned.
Also, don't forget about the contest!
The prize will be something I pick up on my trip, so get those contest entries in.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Also, I am holding a contest.
Here's the deal. I will be living in a hotel room for a couple of weeks (without transportation) so new things will be hard to find. I'm looking for suggestions for new things I can do that do not require accessories/ingredients and do not involve leaving the hotel.
To enter, leave me a comment with one or more suggestions. (You can also leave me suggestions for more complicated things to do but I'm really looking for easy/simple things.)
The contest lasts a week, which means it ends next Tuesday (which I believe is July 29).
The winner will be chosen based on my subjective opinion on which idea is the most interesting (and fits the criteria most closely). The winner will, of course, get a prize.
Editted to add:
To add a comment click on the link that tells you how many comments there are already. A window should pop up. You can post using your google (i.e. gmail) account if you have one, or choose Anonymous or Open/URL. Just make sure your name is in the post somewhere.
I will be bringing the prize back from my trip, if that provides any incentive to enter.
Monday, July 21, 2008
However, lately I've noticed people going down what on a map is a dead end street (in red on the left). Where are they going?
Today I went down that dead end street. It turns out that it's only a dead end in theory - in practice you can get into the parking lot of one of the strip malls along the main road.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Anyway, the lower south side stands were in bad shape and needed to be removed. (The upper south side stands were OK.) Today was the day for imploding the lower stands, so I watched the implosion live over the internet. It was interesting - I could actually see the charges go off one at a time.
I'm not sure how the link is going to appear once they stop broadcasting live, but here it is: http://www.ottawa.ca/online_services/lansdowne_demo/english/index.html
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
(I didn't hurt myself today because I skipped it for no good reason whatsoever.)
Anyway, my ankle was irritating me today, so tonight I did some ankle exercises.
I liked the isometric strengthening exercises and my ankle felt better afterwards.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
An amazing side effect of it is that it is available - via hulu - around the world. Usually I can't watch things on hulu because I'm not in the US, so today for the first time I watched a video on hulu. Specificially this one.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
And then when I got home from work, I had an IM conversation over Facebook. I didn't even know that was possible.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
I still haven't figured it out. Does anyone have a recommendation for tree trimming in Ottawa?
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
The whole goal was to get saskatoon berries. I grew up in Saskatchewan, where they grow wild. Every year we'd all traipse off to the bush to pick them. It took a really long time. I much prefer buying them already picked. :)
Also on the way home I had to stop while the Pretoria bridge was raised to allow a boat to go under it on the canal.
(Picture 1: farmer's market; Picture 2: saskatoons Picture 3: the bridge)
Friday, July 11, 2008
However fuzzy the rationale, today I played Guitar Hero on Tour (i.e. the Nintendo DS version). I can see why the instructions involve warnings about playing it for too long. It is addictive.
My biggest complaint is that to play it I have to remove the Nerf case from my DS. This is not good. I have a history of accidentally flinging electronics across the room. I guess I'll just have to be careful.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
It seemed to work (although the microwave wasn't terribly bad beforehand).
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Ah, their web site tells me the P stands for Professional.
I found it interesting that the cover story is by a man. (Not that men can't write things of interest/value to women, of course.)
As well, many of the articles had little to do with professional women - there was a lot about the arts, but that's a very specialized area.
Also, there is a real estate section that doesn't include information on where the real estate is (although the phone numbers are Toronto numbers). Canada's a lot bigger than just Toronto.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Today I set up a google notebook. It looks like it could be useful for browsing the web - you can cut & paste URLs or pieces of web pages and add comments about them for later reference.
I'm not sure how often I'll use it, but I'll give it a try.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I was somewhat cynical about it, thinking that there was no way to tell if it worked (because how would I know how much juice I would have gotten if I hadn't microwaved it). However, it obviously made a difference - it was much easier to juice than usual.
I'll have to remember this for the future.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Here is a part of our conversation:
Colette: Hey, what do you think of paddle boats?
Wanda: I don't know. Wait, you've never done that before, have you?
In fact, I have been in a paddle boat before. However, today is the first time that I did a labyrinth in a paddle boat.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Since I was planning to go to the gym after work, I asked if she wanted to join me. She did, so today I brought a guest to the gym.
We did a body flow class, which is a combination of yoga, pilates, and tai chi. Unfortunately, she hurt her hand. Hopefully she will recover soon.
* OK, I admit it, she's 25. Not really a baby.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Luckily, fate (and Krstlchik) came to my rescue, because today I found out that I won a photo scavenger hunt. Krstlchik has organized a few of these, and the winner is based solely on who gets the most pictures. I managed to take 50 out of 50 (even though a couple were stretching it).
I have to say that I enjoy the scavenger hunts. Usually I'm pretty unobservant, so having to take 50 random pictures makes me much more aware of what's going on around me.