The week started with a pretty normal few days at work. I have really settled down now and have started to learn some really interesting concepts and techniques. On Wednesday evening a few of the guys came out for a meal, which was really nice way to get to know people outside of work. We went to a gourmet burger restaurant called The Works, and I had a pretty standard, beef, cheese, and pineapple burger (with a gluten free bun of course). They had such a vast menu, so next time I will probably go for something a bit more adventurous. They also served all the drinks in milk jugs which was pretty cool and although it probably wasn’t the healthiest of meals, it was a great night and hopefully something that will be repeated. That evening I did all my washing and packed a small bag, ready for another weekend away. I left work at about 4:30 pm on Thursday, met up with my room mate and her friend and jumped in the car for the journey from Ottawa to Hamilton.
For a Canadian person, the trip from Ottawa to Hamilton would be considered relatively short (The province of prada handbags Ontario is about 8 times larger than England). Time did pass really quickly though, as we chatted about differences between England and Canada, travelling and about all the different sports (hockey, baseball and American football). On arrival in Burlington, (my legs were refusing to function properly by now) we were met by my room mates mum and her partner, who prada handbags showed me around their house and after a quick dinner, it was straight to bed!! The next morning we got up early and headed out to a farmers market in Hamilton, where I was generously treated to gluten free bread and other treats (biscuits and chocolate covered rice crispy cakes). We then returned home to a huge breakfast of scrambled eggs, beans and Canadian bacon. This was followed up by a hike around the woods surrounds Hamilton. I am really lucky to be in Canada during the Fall because the woods are stunning during this period, with a fantastic array of different trees and colours. I was also treated to a spectacular view over the surrounding countryside andneighboringcities of Mississauga and Toronto. We spent the afternoon and early evening running errands, visiting other family members and exploring a few of the local waterfalls.
Hamilton is known as “The City of Waterfalls”, with over 100 waterfalls and cascades, most of which are on or near the Bruce Trail as it wi prada handbags nds through the Niagara Escarpment. Whilst we only saw a couple of the falls I was grateful to experience this aspect of such a unique city. We also managed to fit in the time to visit ‘The Stairs’, where local people come to work out. After getting some pi prada handbags ctures at the bottom of the stairs, I decided it would be a good idea to race up. However, being a first class plonker I forgot to zip my pockets up and sure enough half way up my phone bounced out of my pockets, between two stairs and ended up half way down the hill. By this point I was starting to fell like ‘An Idiot Abroad’. After much scrambling about (which my room mate and several other random onlookers found hilarious) I managed to rescue my phone, which had a cracked screen but was somehow still working!! This episode not only emphasised my lack of common sense but also showed that cheap phones can survive pretty much anything!! If that was not enough excitement for one day, I arrived home to the biggest steak that I have ever seen in my life. However, I was determined to represent England properly and feeling like I was on an episode of Man vs Food I managed to finish the entire steak. The meal was the perfect end to a great day and after crawling into bed I fell asleep pretty much straight away.
The next morning it was time to tick something of the ‘places to see’ list as we travelled the 30 minutes from Hamilton to Niagara Falls. I knew the falls would be spectacular and they didn’t disappoint. I was blown away by the sheer size and beauty of both the American and Canadian falls. We walked the length of the falls and I tried to take as many pictures as possible. I really enjoyed walking to the top of the Canadian falls (the larger one) and see the water as it surged towards the drop and then cascaded over, smashing into the rocks below (I was very grateful for the barrier at this point). Not for the first time, I felt so lucky to be in Canada and have the opportunity to experience such sights. The city of Niagara Falls is also similar to Las Vegas with casinos, clubs and a whole variety of different shops. However, for me the falls themselves were by far the biggest attraction and I could have happily spent the whole day there. On the way home we also visited Welland Canal, which is used for the ocean going ships that carry goods into Hamilton (which has a huge steel industry). The canal is massive and whilst not as spectacular as the falls, was still a great place to visit, even though we didn’t get to see any ships pass through. We returned home, had dinner and I then went to a club with a few of my room mates friends (I will leave that part there.).
The next day (Sunday) was spent relaxing at home and recovering from all the excitement of the previous few days. I chipped in with chores and chatted to my room mates family as they prepared thanksgiving dinner. Which was incredible. We had a huge turkey filled to the brim with homemade (gluten free) stuffing, mashed potatoes (which were so creamy) and a huge variety of different vegetables. Yet again, I ate like a king and was also treated to apple crisp, the toppings from a pumpkin pie and an assortment of home made biscuits and cakes. By the time I was finished (approximately four hours later) I could barely move and could only just manage to roll to the sofa to watch some ice hockey. If this wasn’t enough we also had a second thanksgiving dinner with some of my room mates other family on Monday. All too soon it was time to go home and I said goodbye to some of the kindest and most generous people I have ever met. I had a brilliant and unforgettable weekend and first ever thanksgiving and that was largely due to the hospitality of my hosts.