Friday, February 22, 2008

Yeah... about that...

Way to go for posting something about blog inactivity and disappearing for a couple of weeks...

So many things happened !!

  • Many, many concerts
  • Many, many rehearsals
  • THE flu
  • And Nico's visit !!!!

Nico's visit left me a bit bitter sweet. It reminded me how much I miss him. Don't know why... We used to have so much fun together ! And then life happened. He moved to France, then England and travelled the globe, while the lives of us, mere mortals, stayed the same.

I call him Mr. International: he always seems to be in-between flights or preparing for a trip. And while I'm at it, I don't think any of us know for sure what he's really working on. We hear about exploding machines but that's just a rumor... Oh ! Maybe he's a spy !! ;)

But a bunch of us seem to have left a permanent mark on him and we've been lucky enough to see him every six months or so since his big move.

Missing our Nordic weather, Nico had planned a trip for early February, the coldest and stormiest month of all. And boy was he served !! He landed in Quebec City in the middle of a huge snow storm and left Ottawa in a record breaking freezing temperature.

We decided to make the most of his short stay with me and braved the cold to play tourists. Yes, it did take us 15 minutes to get dressed and people were looking at us funny at the restaurant but we had fun. Even in the - 30's weather.



We were stopped by 2 photographers on our way to visit Parliament Hill and were asked to be models for the new Winter Tourism brochure. Yep, if you ever happen to come across some brochures about Winter Tourism in Canada with pictures of 2 weirdos looking at each other and laughing their pants off, as if Parliament Hill was the funniest thing on hearth ? That or 2 drunks in front of an faux-old monument... That's us !!

We also went skating on the Rideau Canal and managed to skate for 7 km. And armed my new kick ass skates, I didn't even get one foot cramp ! I also discovered that while my skates made me look taller, so did Nico's...



I know; I'm cheating. But not that much. Nico was at least 7'' tall with those skates while I got up to a whooping 5'5...

We also discovered that freezing temperatures and bars ? Not so hot. We went out on his first night in town: there were a total of 4 costumers while that place usually has a huge lineup. We did a bit better on the second night: 15 costumers !! At least the drinks were cheap...

On our last excursion, we came across this shirt:



I am sooo getting them for our birthdays ! I know we are getting a bit old for that kind of thing but hey ! you only live once...

3 comments:

Shephard said...

That sounds like a great memory, esp. the tourism photos. I was about to say the photo above should be an ad for some ski resort, and then laughed when you said that!

Michele says hello!
~S :)

Diane Mandy said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you enjoyed the visit with your friend!

Nico said...

Yeah I really had good time in Canada!!
As you said, first snow storm in Québec then freezing cold in Ottawa...

And on top of that meeting with all my friends!

I don't know when is the next time I come, but I will definitely ;)
And no, I'm not a spy, and I haven't had an explosion for a log time :p