You may not have known I was gone. That’s OK.
Some stats on this year’s October Canadian adventure:
- 3600 km.
- 7 states, 1 province.
- 1 graduation.
- 1 new border crossing point (Sarnia ON/Port Huron MI).
- Dinner and assorted socializing with friends in Buffalo, Toronto, and London.
- No recreational (nor any other) marijuana purchases.
- 4L of assorted craft beers imported into the USA.
- 19 books, 3 DVDs, 1 CD.
There may be more details later. Or there may not. I can be enigmatic like that…
So this conference that is keeping me from being in Canada for Thanksgiving and also making me miss The Bandicoots is now redeemed by the fact that I will actually be there for this (which I’ve missed for the past year or two) and for a friend’s graduation from library school in London (the one in Ontario that actually has its own Thames). Pretty good tradeoff all in all.
Also on the agenda:
- Groceteria research in Detroit, maybe Toledo, and Niagara Falls
- Quality time in the Toronto Reference Library
- Falafel Queen (just discovered it’s now closed and I’m depressed) and all my other favorites
- London and Windsor for the first time in twelve years
- Seeing friends (I hope) in Toronto, Detroit, and Buffalo
- Maybe another side trip yet to be determined
I’m home. Flying back from Halifax only took fifteen hours longer than driving would have. I hate flying.
So I’ve now done the Maritimes. I’m glad I’ve been there and I enjoyed the trip, but a return trip is not a terribly high priority for me. The whole area is just too rural and lacks a lot of the urbanity and diversity I associate with Ontario and Québec, though there are still some interesting notes I’ll add to that long essay on suburban form in Canada I’ve been formulating for years now.
A few more random thoughts:
- New Brunswick is the only “officially bilingual” province in Canada. Greater Moncton (and particularly) Dieppe was the only place I visited where it really seemed to “take.”
- There are a lot of a highways that seem to have much more capacity than the traffic requires.
- I found Halifax the most interesting place of all, probably because it’s the biggest city in the region and had some of the only decent bookstores I found.
- Halifax also has one of the oddest street numbering systems I’ve ever encountered anywhere.
- I’d like to read a spatial history of Saint John because I really don’t understand how it developed the way it did.
- A&W’s “beyond meat” burger? Meh.